LIFE COACHING OVERVIEW
Coaching is unique among the world of supportive counselors, therapists, and psychologists.
It is both client centered, and client-directed. It is forward looking, dealing with the present and the future. It does not dwell on the past. It is strengths oriented. And it seeks pragmatic and practical results within a likely time frame, in areas which are important to a client.
Life coaching addresses any situation in a person’s life – personal, relational, social, educational, work-related, and health related – where growth and accountability are sought.
First, a coach seeks to establish trust. By the coach’s attentive and non-judgmental listening, in a safe and structured setting, a client can come to know what they want – what is really important to them, what they aspired towards. Coaching is best described as a “designed partnership” that actively supports positive growth and change in these areas.
Clients – not the coach – determine the agenda. Clients use their own talents, strengths, and innate wisdom to achieve personally meaningful goals. This is accomplished by incremental change and without forcing, manipulation, compulsion, or shaming. All efforts are recognized by the coach, and even those efforts which do not seem to succeed are regarded as lessons from which to learn.
Coaching is done by weekly 30 minute sessions over the phone. This convenience allows flexible scheduling and no travel. I will, however, meet all local clients once in their homes or in a large public area where conversations cannot be easily overheard. Alternately, we can use Skype. When coaching a minor, I include parents at an initial conference. They are there assured of appropriate boundaries and how I keep them informed while respecting their child’s privacy.
A preliminary consultation serves several purposes:
I answer additional questions, and we get to know each other’s conversational style. You can begin to determine if this is a good match for your needs. Then, I’ll do a bit of coaching. Subsequently, I’ll send forms for you to fill out, including a contract. You may have additional questions at this point.
Once these are answered, coaching begins.