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My coaching practice was born out of my consulting
with executives on work-related issues. It became apparent that
work success was tightly linked to success in other aspects of
life. I began using a more holistic approach to coaching.
Why do people call for life coaching?
The reasons for life coaching are as varied as the
people themselves. However, there are some themes that come up
- Managing transitions
- Solving a specific problem
- Finding highest passion and purpose
- Establishing balance and a satisfying life amid
- Finding a new career
- Making an important decision, dealing with a
- Making a relationship work better
- Working on financial issues
What is the typical duration of a coaching relationship?
The duration of the relationship depends upon the
goals to be achieved and the demonstrable progress toward them.
In most cases, my coaching contract is a minimum duration of three
months. Often, clients choose to extend the relationship.
How can I tell if the coaching is helping?
You, as the client, are in the best position to
judge the value of the coaching. I work with clients establish
their goals and how we will measure them. We regularly monitor
progress and adjust our actions when necessary. Although I will
do whatever possible to help achieve the goals, it is the client
who must take action.
Are there ethical guidelines that govern coaches'
Coaches must behave with the same ethical conduct
as other business and professional people. In addition, the International
Coach Federation has established ethical guidelines covering coaching
philosophy, definitions and ethical conduct. Details including
responsibilities, confidentiality and competence are included
in the guidelines. You can download the ICF
Ethical Guidelines in PDF format.
What is the difference between coaching and psychotherapy?
A coach relates to the client as a partner. A coach
does not relate to the client from a position of an expert, authority,
or healer. Coaching is typically focused on reaching future goals-it
is forward-looking. Psychotherapy may focus on the healing past
How does coaching differ from consulting?
Coaching typically draws from within the client.
Traditional consulting relies upon information, skills and expertise
being brought by the consultant. The two methodologies can be
highly synergistic in reaching results.