Frequently Asked Questions
What is a coach?
ICF defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential, which is particularly important in today’s uncertain and complex environment. Coaches honor the client as the expert in his or her life and work and believe every client is creative, resourceful and whole. Standing on this foundation, the coach’s responsibility is to:
Discover, clarify, and align with what the client wants to achieve
Encourage client self-discovery
Elicit client-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.
Why hire a coach?
People hire a coach because:
They want to grow
Work and/or life are out of balance
The need and want an accountability partner
They need help identifying their core strengths
A goal exists but they need help with clarifying it and setting attainable goals
Do you take health insurance?
No. This is not medical care.
What is the role of the coach?
The ICF has a great explanation of the role:
Provides objective assessment and observations that foster the individual’s or team’s self-awareness and awareness of others
Listens closely to fully understand the individual’s or team’s circumstances
Acts as a sounding board in exploring possibilities and implementing thoughtful planning and decision making
Champions opportunities and potential, encouraging stretch and challenge commensurate with personal strengths and aspirations
Fosters shifts in thinking that reveal fresh perspectives
Challenges blind spots to illuminate new possibilities and support the creation of alternative scenarios
Maintains professional boundaries in the coaching relationship, including confidentiality, and adheres to the coaching profession’s code of ethics
What is the Client's role?
Again, the ICF offers great insight into what the client's role entails:
Creates the coaching agenda based on personally meaningful coaching goals
Uses assessment and observations to enhance self-awareness and awareness of others
Envisions personal and/or organizational success
Assumes full responsibility for personal decisions and actions
Utilizes the coaching process to promote possibility thinking and fresh perspectives
Takes courageous action in alignment with personal goals and aspirations
Engages big-picture thinking and problem-solving skills
Takes the tools, concepts, models and principles provided by the coach and engages in effective forward actions
Is this confidential?
Of course. All meetings, calls, emails are kept strictly confidential unless there is a court order to the contrary.
Is coaching in person or virtual?
I can coach you via phone, video conference or in person. When we have our breakthrough session we can discuss this in detail.
Why would my teen or emerging adult need a life coach? Isn't that the parent's job?
Life coaching is about mindset development. Just as some kids need academic support beyond what they do with their parents, some children could benefit from a co-collaborator aka. coach. There are several reasons parents may feel it a benefit to hire a life coach to work with their child, including but not limited to building self-esteem, handing big changes or transitions, dealing with anxiety, stress or even shyness, confidence in the classroom, on the athletic field or on stage,decision making or handling peer pressure.
What does life coaching for teens entail?
Coaching adolescents involves developing resilience skills and self esteem. It also involves building self confidence and allowing them room to develop an "inner compass" that they can use and trust when making decisions. They learn to live with intention as well as to be present in the moment rather than always striving to reach the ideal perfection and never feeling like they are enough.
Is there a difference between a life coach for teens and adults?
Yes. Adults' frontal lobes where critical thinking occurs are fully developed. Teens on the other hand need a little more guidance and teaching to assist them.