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COMMON COACHING QUESTIONS

Because life coaching should only be considered by those who are committed to doing the work and making changes to improve their quality of life, I offer a FREE 20 MINUTE consultation to assess your's or your adolescents needs, answer questions you may have and determine if you're a good candidate for coaching.  To schedule, please go to our scheduling page to secure your consultation appointment.

What is a life coach?

A life coach is a type of wellness professional who helps people make progress in their lives in order to attain greater fulfillment. Life coaches aid their clients in improving their relationships, careers, and day-to-day lives. Life coaches can help you clarify your goals, identify the obstacles holding you back, and then come up with strategies for overcoming each obstacle. In creating these strategies, life coaches target your unique skills and gifts. By helping you to make the most of your strengths, life coaches provide the support you need to achieve long-lasting change.

What is difference between a therapist and a life coach?

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Coaches and therapists share a common goal – to enhance well-being and outcomes for those they serve. Some therapists are also coaches. Some coaches are also therapists. Deciding which is the best fit for the client depends on their needs and goals. Keep in mind, the same client may work with a therapist and a coach to address different needs and goals. It doesn’t have to be a question of one or the other. Here’s an overview of the primary differences:

Therapy: The patient is struggling with dysfunction related to psychological issues, concerns, or symptoms that interfere with daily tasks.
Coaching: The client is functional and does fine with daily tasks. The client is considered psychologically normal and copes well enough.

Therapy: The patient needs help coping, alleviating pain, or distress related to trauma, disorders, or illness.
Coaching: The client wants to be better, grow, or set and achieve higher goals.

Therapy: The patient wants to work through the problems and get back to normalcy.
Coaching: The client wants to improve performance, relationships, or life satisfaction.

Therapy: The patient is looking for a mental health professional to help them overcome and live well again.
Coaching: The client is looking for a success partner to help facilitate the next level of growth, advancement, or change.

Are coaching sessions confidential?

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Yes. All coaching sessions are completely confidential, with some exceptions related to personal safety:

  • If a client reports to me about physical or sexual abuse. I am obligated to report this information to Child Protective Services or like service in your state of residence and/or law enforcement .

  • If a client provides information that informs me they are in danger of harming themselves or others.  I will perform a mental health first aid assessment and act as appropriate. If this occurs with a minor client, I will contact the parent immediately.  If an adult, I will bridge connection with mental health professional, emergency services and/or law enforcement as necessary.

Are parents informed of minor client's progress?

A brief summary of coaching sessions (sharing an overview of content only) is available to parents/guardians by request in order to keep you apprised of coaching progress. If requested, an email will be sent to the parent/guardian with a cc: to the minor client for transparency. Detailed information of client communications to the coach through the coaching relationship is held in confidence unless it meets one of the exceptions noted above. Establishing trust with the minor client is paramount to a successful coaching outcome.

What qualifies you or anyone else to call themselves a life coach?

A coach should be trained and certified by a credible organization. Life coaches are not regulated by any government agencies, so be sure to  you’re hiring someone qualified and experienced enough to coach in a professional manner. In addition to finding someone trained, you should feel comfortable with your coach. Arrange for a consultation prior to hiring so you can determine if the coach is a good fit for your needs.

I have been rigorously trained and certified by top professionals in the field. My coach training merges behavioral science and evidence-based coaching to empower my clients to thrive. I have worked professionally with hundreds of clients over 8 years, and have a deep passion for my work and dedication to guiding clients to attain goals and live their best life.

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