Frequently Asked Questions

 
 

Do I really need coaching? I can usually handle my problems.

Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you've faced, there's nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it. In fact, coaching is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired. You are taking responsibility by accepting where you're at in life and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking support. The support gives you the tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face.

Why do people get a coach and how do I know if it is right for me?

People have many different motivations for obtaining a coach. Some may be going through a major life transition (unemployment, divorce, new job, etc.), or are not handling stressful circumstances well. Some people need assistance managing a range of other issues such as low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, addictions, relationship problems, spiritual conflicts and creative blocks. Coaching can help provide some much needed encouragement and help with skills to get them through these periods. In short, people seeking coaching are ready to meet the challenges in their lives and ready to make changes in their lives.

Are the conversations confidential?

Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and a coach. Successful coaching requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter that is usually not discussed anywhere but in the session.  A written copy of confidentiality and disclosure agreement will be provided. What you discuss in session will not be shared with anyone.  This is called “Informed Consent”.  

However, state law and professional ethics require therapists to maintain confidentiality except for the following situations:

* Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders to the authorities, including Child Protection and law enforcement, based on information provided by the client or collateral sources.

* If there is reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threaten to harm another person.

 

How can coaching help me?

A number of benefits are available from participating in coaching. Some of the benefits available are:

  • Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values

  • Developing skills for improving your relationships

  • Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek coaching

  • Learning new ways to cope.

  • Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures.

  • Improving communications and listening skills

  • Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones

  • Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage

  • Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence

What is coaching like?

Because each person has different issues and goals coaching will be different depending on the individual. In general, you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history relevant to your issue, and report progress (or any new insights gained) from the previous therapy session. Depending on your specific needs, coaching can be short-term, for a specific issue, or long-term, to deal with more difficult patterns or your goals towards personal development. In either case, it is recommended to schedule regular sessions.

Counseling vs Coaching

Counseling Coaching
*Oriented toward healing and brokenness *Oriented toward health, wholeness and potential
*Retstores and maintains stability and functionality *Embarks on a journey toward fullness and calling
*Focused on insight regarding the past and how to relieve pain *Focused on the future and how to pursue passions and dreams
*Usualy includes a DSM diagnosis and treatment plan *Usually includes establishment of personal goals adn measures progress toward objectives
*Counselor is generally seen as an expert that can provide intervention, insight, and advice that could not be gained without the counselors help *Coach is generally seen as a partner, guide, and catalyst in the client discovering their own calling and defining their own way to make progress toward their objectives