What is a life coach?
As a life coach, I empower you to set goals and establish accountability for personal and professional success. I am a facilitator who will guide you in articulating your aspirations; clarify your thoughts and feelings; examine the choices before you; and create an action plans to achieve your goals. You set the agenda, and I serve as an objective sounding board to help keep you focused and on track. I help you break through old barriers and develop new practices so you can reach your desired goals.
How Does Life Coaching Differ from Therapy?
Although life coaching and therapy can complement each other, life coaching is not therapy. Through coaching you develop strategic actions to help you move forward. Coaching does not attempt to explain behaviors, delve into your past, or identify pathology.
Who Comes to Life Coaching?
My clients come to coaching because they want to change something in their lives or business and they want help along the way. By hiring me as their coach, they are committed to living their lives to the fullest.
What Happens in Life Coaching?
Before you can go anywhere, you have to know where you are starting. In the first coaching session, I conduct a thorough interview to get to know you well and help you clarify what you want and need out of coaching.
Following this, we will start our regular sessions. I recommend one to four sessions/month based on your availability and budget. During each session, I will lead you throughout variety of exercises related to your goals. By the end of each session, we will develop a homework assignment to give you a clear sense of what to focus on in preparation for our next session. I'm also available for email check-ins in between sessions. You will experience a sense of relief, self-compassion, direction, and focus from each session. If you truly commit to the process, you will find that the real benefits of coaching show up between the sessions.
What is Your Coaching Style?
As a coach, it is my mission to create a safe and respectful environment in which my clients feel both supported and challenged as they work towards their goals. My coaching style has been described as warm, direct, energizing, and action-oriented. I push my clients out of their comfort zones but not beyond their limits. I am there to celebrate their successes and to support them when they stumble. I want my clients to win in life and love. My coaching style is designed to create a safe place to learn and practice new things that clients can immediately implement new ways of thinking, feeling, and behaving in their everyday lives.
Who Is Your Ideal Client?
My ideal clients typically:
• Have high integrity
• Are entrepreneurs, educators, and/or leaders in their industry
• Have careers in healthcare, education, human services, ministry, technology or entertainment
• Connected to their spiritual self
• Are committed to do what it takes to achieve their coaching goals
• Take ownership for their lives
• Hungry for growth and development
• Consider themselves to be life-long learners
• Know that true success is an inside-out job, and recognize that they will need to change to get better results
If this describes you, I know I can make a huge difference in helping you to create the life you want to live. Complete the Coaching Request Form to initiate the process.
What Can I Expect From Life Coaching?
Although the coaching experience is different for everyone, my clients report common outcomes. As a result of coaching, my clients report that they are better able to effect change and accomplish goals. In addition, my clients enjoy increased self-esteem, improved communication skills, enhanced relationships, better work/life balance and less stress. They are better able to make decisions and navigate the daily demands of their jobs and home lives. They have a clearer sense of what is important to them and how they want to live their lives. They feel better physically, more connected spiritually, and are finally moving forward towards definitive goals.
What Are the Benefits of Phone and/or Video Coaching?
Coaching over the phone allows you to open up more fully and provides you with flexibility in your environment. Instead of worrying about what you may look like when you get emotional, you are in the privacy of your own home so you can really focus on the work at hand. Or you may prefer to bring your cell phone to your favorite location where you feel most relaxed, creative or energized. Again, coaching is all about you – so you get to decide. Coaching over the phone or video also allows you to work with me regardless of the country, city or state in which you live.
In-person coaching sessions available in my Virginia office.
What About Confidentiality?
Everything we talk about is 100% confidential and unless you tell someone that we are working together; you give me written permission to share information; you say something to suggest that you are planning to hurt yourself or someone else; or if you say something to suggest that someone from a vulnerable population (anyone under 18 years old, elderly, and/or disabled). Other than those exceptions, no one will know that we have spoken.
How long does coaching take?
There are no long term commitments to coaching. You can access single coaching sessions at our premium rate with no contract. For a discounted rate, we require a minimum of six sessions. After you’ve completed those sessions, you can exit coaching at any time with a two-weeks notice. If you're serious about achieving your specific goals, I suggest you make a mental commitment to yourself for at least three months of coaching (6-12 sessions).
What Is Your availability?
I work with individual clients by appointment only, Monday – Friday eastern standard time. If I do not have an immediate opening after our Discovery Call, I can recommend another outstanding Life Coach in my practice or place you on a waiting list.
How Do I Get Started?
The Life Coaching Process starts with the completion of our Coaching Request Form. Once your form is completed, our Client Care Coordinator will let you know whether or not our service is a good fit for your needs. If appropriate, you will receive an email that gives you access to a calendar for a Discovery Call. The Discovery Call is a complimentary 20-minute video or phone call to explore the possibility of entering into a coaching relationship.
How Much Does Coaching Cost?
Individual Coaching = $150-$175 per session
Marriage/Pre-Marriage Coaching = $200-$250 per session
Group Coaching= $50-$75
*Payment plans available.
How Often Do I Need to Attend Coaching?
You can schedule your sessions every week to every month, depending on your budget and needs and my availability. Sessions are 55 minutes in length.
Coaching is often covered under employers' professional development benefits and/or under FSA/HSA accounts (wellness). If you work for yourself, coaching is often tax-deductible. Check with your employer’s benefits administrator and/or your accountant for more details.