Prospective clients who are new to coaching have lots of questions to ask before they commit to a coaching relationship with me. These are the questions I get most frequently. I’m happy to discuss any of these answers with you in greater detail.
The International Coach Federation defines coaching as “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.” Coaches guide clients to attain specific goals. For this reason, coaching is future-focused, and it’s a form of temporary guidance rather than a lifelong process. If I do my job well, my coaching will guide you back to your own wisdom and help you to reach goals through your own efforts.
Unlike therapists, coaches are not trained to assess mental health or provide treatment. A therapist may guide you back into your past to help you heal from trauma, teach you strategies for managing mental health issues like anxiety or depression, and offer advice. Coaching is not therapy or counseling. However, I can sometimes coach clients who are also in counseling.
I help womxn find the courage to be authentic.
This means that I can help you find clarity when you’re feeling confused or stuck in your personal or professional life. Often, clients come to me with several interrelated issues. We might work on goals related to your personal fulfillment, relationships, and/or career path. I am interested in holistic perspectives and solutions.
I’m not an executive, business, or nutrition and fitness coach. If you want an expert to guide you to bigger business profits or a healthier body, I can refer you to a coach in that niche.
In an astrological consultation, I act as a translator: interpreting the squiggly symbols of your chart into words and metaphors that you can understand. In this role, as the Consultant, I am giving you a lot of information.
In a coaching session, I am playing the role of the Coach, which means that I will guide you to your own knowledge mostly through asking questions and listening. Coaching sessions are led by you. When I coach, my primary role is to listen and guide, not to give you information. I don’t predict your future as a Coach. Instead, you are the one envisioning and creating your future. It is crucial for clients to understand that I do not have some kind of psychic special access to your Life Answers. I can only guide you to the answers you already have.
When I talk about women or womxn, I mean all self-identified women, femmes, non-binary and genderqueer people. That’s a long list, so I spell womxn with an X to signal that my coaching practice is an inclusive place for all kinds of folks.
I focus on coaching womxn because I think that people who were raised with an assigned female gender, have female bodies, and/or identify with the feminine have some important experiences in common when it comes to owning our power and stepping into our authenticity.
Also, my business coach told me that I should have a niche? So coaching womxn to lead their most authentic lives is my “niche.” But any person who is vibing with what I do here can book a discovery session.
The coaching relationship is organic, and the length of time depends on the client’s needs. I ask for a minimum 3-month commitment from clients initially, because it takes at least three months to form a habit and make real, sustainable change.
You can choose to meet with me once a week, or twice a month. I’m happy to discuss which arrangement works best for you.
I meet with clients on video chat via Skype. This allows clients to meet with me easily from anywhere in the world.
When we partner together, you will be directing your own experience by forming and working towards your own goals, staying fully engaged in sessions, and giving time to assignments or practices in between sessions. When you make a commitment to coaching, you are making a commitment to yourself. The change you get out of this will be directly related to the effort you put in. Because the experience is shaped by the client and their goals, clients feel excited about the time they spend in coaching.