Because coaching is a relatively new field, many people have questions about how it works. Here are a few frequently asked questions, and answers:
How does coaching differ from therapy or consulting?
While there are areas of overlap, there are a few general distinctions among the three. Therapy, coaching and consulting all tend to deal with growth and change, but they do so in different ways. Therapy tends to focus primarily on the past and roots of problems, and deals with diagnosable mental health conditions that inhibit functioning, while coaching focuses primarily on the present and the future, is generally more directive and action-oriented, and deals with more emotionally healthy individuals. Consulting is more information and advice-oriented, while coaching is more support-based, drawing on and leveraging the inherent strengths of the client. While I have a masters-level education in counseling and have worked as a therapist, what I offer here is coaching with occasional consulting as needed. As a coach, I do not diagnose or treat mental health conditions. I do, however, help clients identify areas of their lives where they would like to make changes, follow through on those changes, and maintain them, often moving beyond what they thought was possible.
How does coaching work?
Personal coaching is conducted by phone (or by Skype for clients outside the United States) in 30-60-minute sessions, usually on a weekly basis, and usually for a minimum of a few months. Group sessions vary from 60-90 minutes, with some running for 6 weeks, and some for longer. Fees vary based on the length and type of session, and I offer packages when a block of sessions is paid in advance. We can discuss what might work best for you. I offer free sample sessions for beginning clients, so you can see what coaching sessions with me are like first-hand.
How does group coaching compare to individual coaching?
Both can be very effective for creating positive change in your life. However, group coaching provides a more cost-effective solution for those who are short on cash as well as the support and momentum of others focused on the same goal, while individual coaching can address needs in a more tailored, personalized way. If you’re not sure which type of coaching might be right for you, contact me and we can discuss it.
How effective is coaching?
Although coaching is a relatively new service, it's earned a strong following among those who have experienced it, and is gaining momentum. A recent study conducted by the International Coaching Federation found that 98.5% of coaching clients are satisfied with the success of their coaching experience. Coaching can bring tangible results like improved health and happiness, stronger relationships, greater job satisfaction, and more meaning in life. With my clients I can track success with assessments in 16 areas of life that make up overall wellness and happiness, so you can see the results in a measurable way emotionally, as well as in the outward changes you see in your life.