Common questions about Coaching
The International Coach Federation (ICF) defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.
A coaches role is to help guide you as you take steps towards positive life changes. Together with your coach, you’ll identify the goals you’d like to achieve as well as the things that are roadblocks for you right now. Your coach guides you in developing a clear plan of action for overcoming the challenges you’re facing, and supports you as you dig deeper to understand how to transform your thoughts and kick start the kind of thinking that fulfills and motivates you daily.
A coach honors the client as the expert in his/her life and work with the belief that every client is resourceful, creative and whole. It is the coach’s responsibility to:
- Discover, clarify, and align with what the client wishes to achieve
- Encourage the client’s self-discovery
- Evoke the client’s generated solutions and strategies
- Hold the client responsible and accountable
This process helps clients dramatically improve their outlook on work and life, while improving their leadership skills and unlocking their potential.
While coaching is not a cure, but rather the foundation that in partnership becomes a personal life map that can guide you in making the kinds of changes that you envision for yourself, and live a more healthy life. With your commitment to work hard means you will be well on your way to achieving your goals.
Coaching is, in fact, quite different from therapy. Coaching mainly deals with the direction one intends to take moving forward. The focus is on goal attainment. It considers one’s objectives and desires and determines the best plan to realize these outcomes—including how to remove obstacles, solve problems and change behaviors to achieve forward progress.
Therapy deals with healing pain, dysfunction and conflict within an individual or in relationships. The focus is often on resolving difficulties arising from the past that hamper an individual’s emotional functioning in the present, improving overall psychological functioning, and dealing with the present in more emotionally healthy ways. Coaching, on the other hand, supports personal and professional growth based on self-initiated change in pursuit of specific actionable outcomes. These outcomes are linked to personal or professional success. Coaching is future focused.
The American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress defines traumatic stress as, “the emotional, cognitive, behavioral, physiological experience of individuals who are exposed to, or who witness, events that overwhelm their coping and problem-solving abilities.
The events of trauma have many faces and are not limited to the following:
- Chronic illness
- Large-scale disasters and catastrophes
- Death of a close loved one
- Loss of a home or employment
- Witnessing a crime
- Sexual , physical, verbal and/or emotional abuse
- Overly defensive towards others ultimately pushing them away
- Impulsive need to control situations
- Manipulating the actions of others
- Lacks the ability to form close romantic partnerships
- Heighten feelings of insecurity
- Overwhelming need to isolate oneself from the outside world
- Sexually compulsive and/or inhibiting behaviors
Crisis Coaching involves dealing with threats or misappropriate actions after they have occurred. With risk management assessments, I help you to identify and understand the crisis and together we implement an appropriate safety plan to help you better manage and ultimately diffuse the immediate crisis before leading to long-term trauma which is the on-set of trauma.
The techniques used in crisis coaching is preceded by many of the same life events involved in trauma recovery coaching, such as the death of a love one; unhealthy relationships; divorce; accidents and/or other devastating or catastrophic events such as school shootings; hostage situations and financial loss.
Crisis can be diffused if treated through coaching at the on-set, but if pro-longed crisis will lead to short or long-term trauma. If either of the latter happens, the coach will engage you in crisis sessions, and once the crisis has been diffused the coach will engage you in trauma recovery coaching with the goal of guiding you in ways that helps you to minimize risk to similar crisis, and helps you in providing the best response to crisis.
While there is no set limit of coaching sessions, it is recommended that to maximize the full benefit of service, a minimum of three months is best. From there more sessions can be taken if you feel the need for more session which should be discussed and can be determined through assessment with your coach.
All sessions are tailored align your schedule which you determine at the time of your coaching agreement which you will then sign committing yourself to engage in the service.
Prices vary depending on the coaching package that you decide upon with your coach.
Most coaching sessions are not covered under insurance, but you should double-check with your insurance carrier. If it is not covered, coaching payment plans can be discussed and worked-out between you and your coach.
Coaching sessions are delivered by telephone and/or live chat over the internet. Face-to-face sessions can be offered and is determined on a case-by-case basis, and the fee for this service is higher than other coaching services.