What is coaching?

Coaching is a designed alliance that helps you to create the life that you want, achieve your goals more efficiently and show up as your most authentic self. Coaching is defined by the International Coach Federation (ICF) as “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential”.

How is it different from therapy/consulting/mentoring?

The biggest difference between coaching and other support modalities is that in coaching, the client is the expert. Often in therapy, consulting or mentoring relationships, you are seeking insight from an expert and expecting them to give advice, offer a diagnosis, suggest a treatment plan, and/or provide a plan for implementation. 

So you’ll tell me what to do?

This is the one thing I won’t do! Coaching is not advice, therapy nor counseling; my role is to facilitate your process and to support you in living with more intentionality, alignment and awareness as you work towards your goals. The goal of a coaching session is to facilitate the client’s own process and support the client’s agenda. You will always choose what we work on, how deep we go, what action steps you commit to, and how you will choose to be accountable. 

I may offer observations of what I’m noticing in our conversation, or share my expertise when relevant, but always without attachment or agenda. It is up to you to decide whether my observations align with your experience, and to choose how and whether to incorporate them into your process. In our work together, you are in the driver’s seat: you not only decide *what* you want to achieve, but *how* you want to get there. (If that sounds overwhelming, don’t worry! I am trained in various frameworks and tools to help you figure out what that looks like for you.)

Are you licensed?

Coaching is an unregulated industry, and so there is no board of licensure. There is an internationally recognized professional association, the International Coach Federation (ICF), which offers credentialing and requires adherence to a strict Code of Ethics for ICF member coaches. I currently hold a Certified Professional Coach (CPC) certification from the Institute for Excellence in Professional Coaching (iPEC), which is an ICF-accredited training program for Core Energy Coaching. I also have an ELI-MP certification from iPEC which qualifies me to administer and interpret results for iPEC’s proprietary Energy Leadership Index assessment.

What is Core Energy coaching?

The Core Energy Coaching model is a unique process created by iPEC founder Bruce D. Schneider. The Core Energy Coaching process empowers clients to bring a new awareness and choice to how they show up in all circumstances. By knowing that our experience is affected by our view of a situation, the process helps clients consciously connect with their core thoughts and emotions to identify how these shape the actions they currently take, and to harness and shift their energy with intention in order to create the inspired action they want to achieve. 

What sort of topics can we work on?

The beauty of Core Energy Coaching is that we can talk about anything and everything. We will begin our work together by asking you to rate your overall level of satisfaction in 8 areas: 4 external-focused (career, finances, health, and family and parenting) and 4 internal-focused (spiritual awareness, personal development, fun & enjoyment, and personal relationships). We can cover any and all of these areas (and more!) in our coaching conversations.

That said: as a coach, I am not a mental health professional and therefore I am not qualified to offer diagnostic or therapeutic support for mental health issues or trauma. Although these topics may come up in our work together, and we can explore them to a limited degree, if you are actively experiencing mental health issues or in need of deeper support around these areas I will always recommend that you also work with a therapist.

What is a session like?

Each session is structured with a beginning, middle and end. At the start of the session, we’ll create alignment around the goals for our time together, why the goal is important to you and what might be holding you back currently. We’ll then shift into a more conversational process to explore what inner and outer blocks need to be addressed in order to achieve the goal we’ve aligned on. We will wrap up our session by checking in on how well we’ve progressed towards the session goal, what insights are being created and what action you want to commit to in the time until our next session.

How does it work logistically?

When starting out, especially working towards a specific goal or goals over time, the recommended frequency of meetings is weekly. Some clients prefer to meet biweekly, monthly or on an ad hoc basis. Sessions are scheduled by the client using a booking link. 

For 1:1 work, my fees start at $125 / session. Typically we would work together on a “package” basis, where the client commits to completing 9 sessions over the course of 3-6 months (depending on desired meeting frequency). The 2022 investment for this package is $1,500 and includes an ELI assessment and bonus ELI debrief session.