How many sessions should I book to start?
Coaching works best in the context of a series of conversations. Coaching is a relationship that requires trust, and trust takes time. Also, lasting results require a long view. While each session will focus on a specific goal or outcome, clients should expect to invest in at least six weekly or bi-weekly sessions of coaching to begin to see measurable results. Click here to book a series of six sessions.
How do I know when I’m done? Who decides when to stop coaching?
You do! I work for you, and since you come to coaching with goals, when you feel like you’re where you want to be, or you’ve gotten what you came for, you are welcome to end the coaching relationship. My success lies in your flourishing, so when you feel like you’re “there,” or at least on your way, my job is done.
By the same token, if we have been coaching for a while and you are not experiencing measurable success, I will likely suggest ending our coaching relationship. I respect my clients’ time and money too much to continue working together if it is not producing the outcomes they came to me for in the first place.
Not all relationships are a good fit. You may have a few sessions and decide that you need a different coaching style. This is totally normal and totally fine. Again, I want you to be successful, so if a different coach would be better suited to help you get there, you have my full support to move from my practice, and I will cheer you on. In fact, I will even offer to introduce you to another coach I think will be a better fit for you (if you want)!
WILL YOU COACH MY EMPLOYEE?
A tripartite coaching contract is very common, and I have several clients whose employers have hired me to coach them. In a tripartite coaching contract, my client is the employee I am meeting with, not the parent or employer who is hiring me, though I will ask for permission to involve the parent or employer when I think it is appropriate. If the client gives me permission to discuss things with the parent or employer, I do; if (s)he does not give permission, I maintain the client’s confidentiality, unless I perceive that my client is a danger to self or others.
The only thing I require in a tripartite contract is that the person I am coaching come willingly. Coaching only works if the client is on board.
How is coaching different from counseling, therapy, mentoring, etc.?
Simply put, coaching looks forward to the future, while counseling looks backward at the past. Counseling helps you unpack and process and deal with your past; coaching helps you process the present and move forward in strength. While your past certainly comes up and can be part of the conversations we will have, the goal is always to identify the changes you want to make in life, formulate tangible steps, and move you forward toward your goal. In some cases, I will suggest counseling or therapy as a companion to coaching when I think it would be helpful.