What is a Professional Life Coach?
A Professional Life Coach is a trusted mentor who can help you identify and uncover what keeps you from reaching your fullest potential. It is a one-on-one relationship that provides a supportive and non-judgmental space to help you create what you want for yourself. Coaching is not designed to treat mental illness but we also know, at times, some forms of mental illness can accompany common life struggles. This is why you want to get coaching from a professional who has expertise in all of these areas. If mental illness is the main reason for your struggles, you will be referred accordingly within our practice.
A Personal Coach will help you strategize and acquire the tools you need to achieve your goals. It consists of steps to help you identify and reframe your thoughts and attitudes. It can also help you break negative habits, acquire new methods of identification, and take action to achieve your maximum potential!
What types of people have Life Coaches?
People from all walks of life work with professional Coaches to help attain their goals. Life Coaches work with people in all areas of their life including relationships, career, finance, health and more. Working with a personal Coach is not limited to any type of person, but is best for those who want to take initiative in their own life. People who get a Life Coach are committed to a more fulfilled life and are willing to do the work needed to get there.
How will Life Coaching help?
Mainly, it will give you the tools you need to take charge of your life, increase your capacity for resilience, and well-being that will allow you to achieve your goals. Coaching is not about living an easy life, as life is not easy. It's about teaching and giving you the skills you need to live at a High Capacity in a difficult world.
How long does coaching take?
People aways want a "quick fix." However, lasting change takes time. How long depends on the complexity of your siutation. On average the process takes about three months. Don't expect change to occur and be long lasting after a few sessions. Coaching, like therapy takes time. It is a process. During our program, you will be very busy learning how and why you ended up where you are but more importantly, what to do about it. This also requires you "doing things differently" which we will need to monitor and process how the change process is working for you. We will prepare you for all contingencies so you know how to apply the strategies on your own and give them to others.
What happens in a Life Coaching Session?
Each session is tailored to the client and will vary based on individual needs. In the beginning, we will discuss what you are committed to accomplishing through our work together and we will begin to create a plan to achieve your goals. You will use a structured program created by Dr. Barclay's research on resilience and well-being called the Anatomy of a Resilient Mind: The High Capacity Model of Resilience and Well-being. After initial assessment, you will engage in guided discussions as well as homework assignments that will give you a concrete road map toward your success.
Do I really need a personal Coach, can't I just do it by myself?
Some people need more guidance than others. People who seek coaching are generally stuck and just don't know where to go. Most people don't even know what their potential is and have no clear vision for themselves. Others may have a vision but don't know the step to make it happen. Successful people surround themselves with others who know, people they can trust and count on to give them straight advice, even if it hurts. This is also what coaching is about. We call this Accountability.
How is Coaching different from Therapy?
While the life coaching we provide can be therapeutic, it is not therapy. Coaching is distinct from traditional therapy because it is not designed to address psychological issues. While emotional issues may arise, the primary focus of life coaching is to help you identify your goals, achieve them, and develop constructive habits and skills. We know that the past has a significant influence on who we are in the present and unless the present is changed, the future will remain the same. Because we're also licensed professionals in mental health, we can help you navigate these issues.
What is your cancellation policy?
We require a 24 hour notice to cancel all sessions. Please be sure to contact me if you will not be able to make your scheduled appointment in order to avoid being charged for the session. All sessions must be paid for in advance.
How long do people generally work with a Life Coach?
To experience the effectiveness of a life coaching program, We suggest clients make an initial three-month commitment. It generally takes three months to get through the HCAP curriculum depending on the frequency of appointments and your commitment to change. At the end of the three months, we will evaluate progress and discuss options for continued coaching.
Is personal life coaching confidential?
What we discuss will be held in confidence and not shared with others. However, our discussions are not privileged for legal purposes. The privilege of confidentiality that exists for the clergy, therapists and attorneys is not granted to coaching professionals. To that extent, life coaching is a confidential process, and your personal information will always be protected and not released without your permission.