Is this like counseling?
No. There are some important differences that you will find in coaching, including a focus on getting to specific life goals. In coaching we do not work on emotional healing (although that can be a side benefit!) or tending to mental health, but instead we work together to map out a proactive leap into a better life as you define it. I also push you harder than a therapist! You are here to stop letting yourself down, and I won’t let you down in that task.
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
Well for one, I won’t tell anyone else! I also have no bias, no expectations based on past definitions of you, and we won’t be limited by your narrow life history. Sure, I don’t love you like they do, but I also have more freedom to tell you the unvarnished truth without fearing the cold shoulder at our next book club meeting. With a coach you are free to think out loud, make mistakes, change your mind, and it’s all erased like an Etch-a-Sketch so you can reinvent without feeling judged. Sometimes well meaning people in our lives scare us back into our comfort zones with just the lift of an eyebrow. In coaching, we incubate your dreams until they are strong enough to withstand the dreaded eyebrow.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Because each person has different issues and goals, it will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my coaching approach to your specific needs. What I ask of you is honesty, openness, and commitment to yourself. We talk, we do exercises, there is homework, and we measure (and celebrate) progress.