What is Coaching?

In high school you're assigned a guidance counselor. Someone to help you explore your options without telling you what to do.

Who gives you guidance now?

 

Friends, partners, coworkers, or family members are often busy with their own lives and competing agendas.

Coaching is about engagement, connection, and partnership to help you develop new insights about old stories you've been telling yourself around what's possible for you. 

 

You know that thing you really want? What's keeping you from getting it? What's true and what's not?

 

Traditional therapy and psychiatry are valuable tools and certainly helped me when I needed them, but I don't believe anyone needs a medical diagnosis to ask for support. 

 

Life is MESSY. We need each other.

 

Is Coaching for You?

Coaching works best for people who are highly motivated, open-minded, and willing to do the work. Real change and growth occur as a result of the client taking insights and ideas from the sessions and translating them into action between sessions.

 

Coaching is not for people who are not ready to take responsibility for improving their lives, nor is it for people who blame others for their challenges.

 

I'm not a therapist. Therapists often diagnose and treat clinically significant disorders, with the goal of helping clients return to normal function. 

Coaching, in contrast, is focused on helping clients move from functional to optimal, as well as overcoming areas where they may be stuck (such as personal and professional burnout, boredom, a sense of isolation or loneliness).

 

Coaching uses evidence-based techniques to help people clarify what "success" means to them and what internal and external challenges are getting in their way. That insight is then used to set and accomplish goals for leading a more purposeful and meaningful life.

 

Coaching is very focused on action and on the future.