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Life Coaching

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 often.

  • Managing transitions
  • Solving a specific problem
  • Finding highest passion and purpose
  • Establishing balance and a satisfying life amid competing demands
  • Finding a new career
  • Making an important decision, dealing with a critical issue
  • 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' behavior?

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 experiences.

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.

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