What is the difference between coaching and counseling?
First, when counseling someone, the focus is typically on problem-solving by understanding what has happened in the client’s past. To the contrary, coaching focuses on the present and future by discovering through a strategic procedure, what the client can do now to live a more fulfilled life.
Second, to counsel someone means to give them advice. Coaches do not give advice – instead, they use various techniques to facilitate the process of an individual finding the best path for themselves.
Is coaching like mentoring or training?
No, training tells individuals what to do in certain circumstances. Mentoring often has some elements of coaching but differs in that the mentor also offers guidance based on their experience. If you get told what to do or how to solve a problem, then it is not coaching.
Is coaching right for me?
If you are looking for a transformation in your life, whether it is changing or creating a habit/ behavior; improving your work-life balance; making a career change, improving your relationships, etc., and you are ready and willing to take steps to achieve it, then you will benefit from having a coach. If you are looking for a safe space to vent about your past or your circumstances, then a coach is not the proper avenue for you.
How do I select a Life Coach?
The following are some points to keep in mind when selecting a coach:
First, a coach does not need to be an expert in a any specific area. For example, if you’re a doctor, it is not necessary to find a coach that is a medical guru. Strong general knowledge in a coach is however essential in building rapport and maintaining credibility.
Second, have an informal conversation with your prospective coach first and see if you feel comfortable with them. For coaching to be effective, it is crucial, to feel that your coach is capable of thoroughly listening to you, without judgment. Most coaches offer discounted or free preliminary sessions – use these to help you make your decision.
Third, speak with a few coaches before you decide which one is the best fit for you. Coaching is about helping you achieve your potential and exploring what works best for you is part of that process. When you find someone that you are comfortable with and works well for you, stick with them.
Fourth, if you don’t know where to start looking, ICF (the International Coach Federation) is a global body that offers accreditation based on a combination of training and practical coaching experience. Coaches that attended ICF accredited courses or are ICF certified have at least proven that they are serious about coaching as these involve some investment regarding both time and money.
How long will I need to work with a coach?
It depends on where you are, where you want to go, and how quickly you want to get there. Some clients may achieve their goals in as little as one to three months. Most often, clients stay with a coach anywhere from six to eighteen months, but it is up to you. After clients realize their first goals, they often identify other areas in which they want to work through. The coaching relationship continues as long as there is a benefit to the client.
How does coaching work?
Coaching is a process. It can and does evolve differently over time with each person. It's explained in greater detail during your initial complimentary session.
How do you coach?
I use our sessions as an opportunity to calm my mind completely so that I can thoroughly listen to what you do and do not say. I tune in with clarity and without passing judgment on what you choose to share.
An essential part of the coaching process is asking relevant and often challenging questions. My experience allows me to do so in a way that will keep you curious about yourself and that will inspire you to stretch your thinking. The point of each session is to make you more resourceful to find your path going forward. The focus is entirely on what you want – I do not give you advice.
How much does coaching cost and how can I pay?
Professionally trained, certified coaches charge fees in line with other highly trained professionals. The cost varies from coach to coach and is based on a variety of factors including whether it’s in-person or over the telephone. I charge on a package basis. A fee arrangement will be agreed upon once we’ve had a complimentary, initial session and I have a better understanding of your current situation and goals. Acceptable payments include check, Venmo or PayPal.
Where are your clients based?
I currently do most of my work in North America but have the capabilities to work worldwide. I conduct the majority of my remote sessions via Skype, the telephone or email.