Commonly asked questions
Coaching can mean different things to different people.
The ICF (International Coaches Federation) defines it as: “Coaching is partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.”
iPEC (Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching) says: “The Core Energy Coaching process helps people tap into their inner purpose and passion and connect that with outer goals and tasks to bring about extraordinary and sustainable results.”
Thomas Leonard defines it as: “Helping people set better goals and then reach those goals. Asking clients to do more than they would have done on their own. Helping clients to focus better so as to produce results more quickly. Providing clients with the tools, support, and structure to accomplish more.”
As your coach,
- I will be a partner in your journey from where you are now, to where you want to be in the future.
- I will help you find solutions and create customized plans to move you forward towards your goals – bringing out your best in the process.
- I will support you while holding you accountable to commitments that you make.
- I will listen to you with no judgement.
- I will help you realize that you do have the answers you are searching for.
- I will help you break through what is holding you back.
- I will challenge you to focus on what you want.
- I will encourage you to turn perceived problems into opportunities and solutions.
- I will inspire you to do things beyond what you thought possible.
- Together we will focus on your future, only using the past as a tool to learn from.
- I will NOT judge you.
- I will NOT tell you how to live your life, or give you advice.
You are the expert on your own journey and you do have all the answers. My job is to partner with you on that journey, helping and supporting you, holding you accountable, and celebrating your victories with you.
While the two may seem very similar, and both can be very beneficial, there are some distinct differences between therapy and coaching. On occasion, therapists and coaches can work synergistically.
Therapy often deals with dysfunction and/or diagnosing pathology in a person, while coaches work with a healthy client who desires a better situation and wants support in getting there.
Therapy often aims to “fix” the past and spends a lot of time discussing this, while coaching aims to create a better future using the past as one of many tools. Often a therapist has the answers, while a coach partners their client in discovering their own answers. A coach knows that the only expert in a client’s life is the client.
Many clients can feel a positive shift in their life after a single coaching session. However, to achieve real, sustainable change, a longer period of coaching is often needed (8-12 sessions). Every client is an individual, and as such their coaching journey will also be unique. We can work together to determine your ideal path to success. My goal is to be such a good coach that you no longer require me. You will have the tools to move forward confidently on your own when you are ready to do so.
I can see clients in my office in Sydney, Australia, or more commonly we can have our coaching sessions on the telephone, or via Skype.
As an ICF accredited coach, I am bound by their code of ethics. Everything that occurs in a coaching session is totally confidential.
The short answer would probably be “who doesn’t use a coach?”
People use coaches for almost all parts of their lives – personal development; professional development; family and parenting assistance; to increase fun and enjoyment in their lives; to achieve health and wellness; to improve their intimate and social relationships; to balance their finances; to raise their level of spirituality.
Even Oprah has a coach!