Common Life Coaching Questions

Can you give me an example of your Life Coaching?
Well, here's an ancient analogy for you.  During my senior year at UC Davis, or, one of my senior years, instead of studying I spent my time teaching skydiving, that is, helping people to voluntarily jump out of a perfectly good airplane. 
I know what it is like to come alongside somebody whose heart is pounding as they are about to take a very big step (say, thousands of feet) to accomplish a desire.  My success was demonstrated because - well, not just because everybody walked away from their parachute landing -  but because many of my students advanced to free fall on their own.  
This same process has applied as I've come alongside many kinds of people making many kinds of decisions and then bringing them into reality. 
Who could use a Life Coach?
Who couldn't?
Look, I'll ask the questions here.  So, What is a Life Coach, Anyway?

A Professional Life Coach is a trusted ally who can help you identify and uncover what you need to help you reach your fullest potential.  A Life Coach can help you strategize and acquire the tools you need to achieve your goals. Coaching consists of steps to help you identify and reframe your thoughts and attitudes. It can also help you break negative habits, acquire new methods of identification, and take action to achieve your maximum potential. 

What types of people have Life Coaches?

People from all walks of life work with professional Coaches to help attain their goals. Life Coaches work with people in all areas of their life including relationships, career, finance, health and more. Working with a personal Coach is not limited to any type of person, but is best for those who want to take initiative in their own life. People who get a Life Coach are committed to a more fulfilled life and are willing to do the work needed to get there.

How will Life Coaching help?

The results will vary depending on what brings you to a Life Coach. If you get a Life Coach to help you out professionally, life coaching can help you make your current job more gratifying, gain better focus on managing your work, and market your self more effectively. If your reasons are personal, you can find a life coach to help you improve your relationships, resolve ongoing negative behaviors, improve your overall health, and grow spirituality.With life coaching you can live a more balanced and enhanced life.

What happens in a Life Coaching Session?

Each session is tailored to the client and will vary based on individual needs. In the beginning, we will discuss what you are committed to accomplishing through our work together and we will begin to create a plan to achieve your goals. Periodically, I will give you assignments to help direct your progress. We will work together to acknowledge obstacles, explore alternate perspectives and celebrate successes. With the conclusion of each session, we will revisit your goals and evaluate the next steps that are needed to achieve these results.

Do I really need a personal Coach, can't I just do it by myself?

Well, sure you can!  That's the point!  We will just try to make the process more efficient for you.  Life coaching can take you above and beyond your own personal limitations. More often than not, people try to achieve their greatest potential, but don’t even realize what stands in their way. A personal Coach can offer an unbiased and objective perspective, and can help you realize your patterns and habits. Most people experience that they are more efficient when working with a Professional Life Coach and that this provides the opportunity for them to better realize their potential. Life coaching can make your dreams attainable and will give you support and encouragement along the way.
How is Coaching different from Mentoring?
Life Coaching is not mentoring.  Mentoring is the passing on of knowledge, experiences, and skills usually by someone within a company who is older and wiser.  A mentor has normally achieved the goal themselves, whilst a coach may not have any experience in the given area. 

How is Coaching different from Therapy? 

Life coaching is not therapy. Coaching is distinct from traditional therapy because it is not designed to address psychological issues. While emotional issues may arise, the primary focus of life coaching is to help you identify your goals, achieve them, and develop constructive habits and skills. There is little emphasis placed on the past with coaching, but instead the focus is on creating what you want now and in the future. 
What are your fees?
Although I do have a set fee schedule, I should also say I do not have a fixed fee schedule.  This is something we can work out together.  After all, that's part of Coaching, hey what? 
What is your cancellation policy?

I require a 24 hour notice to cancel all sessions. Please be sure to contact me if you will not be able to make your scheduled appointment in order to avoid being charged for the session.

How long do people generally work with a Life Coach?

To experience the effectiveness of a life coaching program, I suggest clients make an initial three-month commitment. At the end of the three months, we will evaluate progress and discuss options for continued coaching.

Is personal life coaching confidential?

What we discuss will be held in confidence and not shared with others. However, our discussions are not privileged for legal purposes. The privilege of confidentiality that exists for the clergy, therapists and attorneys is not granted to coaching professionals. That said, life coaching is a confidential process, and your personal information will always be protected.