Frequently asked questions
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What is coaching and how can it help me?
The International Coaching Federation (ICF) defines coaching as, "partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. The process of coaching often unlocks previously untapped sources of imagination, productivity and leadership. We all have goals we want to reach, challenges we’re striving to overcome and times when we feel stuck. Partnering with a coach can change your life, setting you on a path to greater personal and professional fulfillment."
Do you offer a free consultation?
Yes! I offer a free consultation of up to 30 minutes. We'll use this time to see if coaching with me would be the right fit for you, to discuss the number of sessions and time period you'd like to be coached, and other logistics.
Free consults are over the phone or via Zoom. Please indicate your preference on the intake form at the time of booking. All consultations and coaching sessions take place on Eastern Standard Time.
How do I get started coaching with you?
I'm so very excited you've considered partnering with me for coaching services. Your next step, is to go to my scheduling page, select a free 30 minute time slot, and fill out the client intake form at your time of booking.
I've scheduled or had a consult, what's next?
After the consultation, I'll send you a coaching contract. The contract will outline the terms and conditions of the coaching relationship and outline other policies. I'll hold your preferred dates/times for coaching for three days after sending you the contract. Once I've received your signed contract, your preferred dates/times are secure. We'll then begin to meet regularly.
How are coaching sessions facilitated and how long do they last?
Currently, coaching sessions are offered virtually through Zoom or via a phone call for 60 minutes. Depending on your coaching needs, we might meet once or multiple times. Toward the end of each 60 minute session, we'll wrap up and leave a few minutes to discuss coaching logistics, future sessions, etc. Before and after sessions, I may send you activities, worksheets, and other resources that could be valuable to your progress or help you meet your goals.
How many sessions will I need to see progress and experience growth?
In coaching, there's no "one size fits all" approach, and the time it takes for each person's transformation is unique to that person. That being said, many individuals start to see progress in as little as one session. Though in my experience, around three sessions focused on one topic are typically needed to make sustainable changes in your life.
Do you have any tips on how to prepare for a coaching session?
Yes, I do! To get the most out of your coaching sessions, I recommend the following tips and practices:
Try to find a distraction-free and quiet location.
Give yourself plenty of time to transition from your last activity to be mentally present for your coaching session.
Put electronic devices, such as your phone, watch, or computer on "do not disturb" mode.
Let family, coworkers, or roommates know you'll be in a coaching session.
Complete and submit any session pre-work ahead of time.
Spend some time reflecting on what you'd like to discuss and walk away with from an upcoming coaching session.
What's the difference between coaching and therapy?
Coaches do not treat or diagnose mental health conditions. We do utilize some very similar techniques (i.e., appreciative inquiry), however, in coaching the focus is not on resolving issues of the past.
If issues come up during coaching that would better be served in therapy, I will make such a recommendation to you. You always have the option to continue coaching in other areas of your life, to coach while you seek out therapy, or to return to coaching after therapy concludes.
What kind of training do coaches have to complete?
Not all coaches and coaching programs are created equally. The International Coaching Federation (ICF) has clearly defined standards and requirements to ensure that you're in the right hands! But because membership with ICF is voluntary, there is no mandatory regulation in the industry and anyone can call themselves a coach regardless of their training or experience.
When you work with a coach who is either a trainee in an ICF accredited program, graduate of an ICF accredited program, or who has obtained an ICF credential, you'll be working with someone who has studied evidence-based techniques and practices, who has the core competencies required for coaching, and who is committed to following the ICF code of ethics.
I am a certified professional coach through the International Coaching Academy. In order to achieve my certification, I completed a rigorous program that required me to demonstrate coaching skills at the ICF PCC level.
I worked with a coach in the past but now think it wasn't actually coaching. How would I know?
Often people who have undergone career or business related coaching in the past weren't actually coached but instead mentored. Or they worked with someone under more of a consulting-type relationship. If someone calling themselves a coach offers advice, solutions, or problem solves for you, that's not in fact coaching. ICF defines coaching as, "partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential."
How much do you charge?
I charge $100 for single sessions and $285 for a package of three sessions for individual coaching.
I can no longer make my scheduled appointment, how do I reschedule or cancel?
I understand that sometimes life happens and you won't be able to make a scheduled appointment. Absent an unforeseeable or emergency situation, I ask that you give me as much notice as possible:
For the free consult: I ask that you try to provide at least 24-hours notice of the need for cancellation or rescheduling.
For scheduled coaching sessions: I ask that you provide at least 24-hours notice if you need to cancel or reschedule a session.*
*For the full cancellation policy, please refer to your coaching contract.
Do you offer well-being coaching and consulting for organizations?
Yes! If you're looking to have a coach on retainer or to offer customized coaching or well-being plans for your employees, get in touch with me to discuss how I can best serve your organization's needs.