How it works

COACHING VS. THERAPY

International Coach Federation (ICF) - the leading global coaching organization and professional organization for coaches - defines coaching as, "Partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential."

Bader (2009) stated that the differences between coaching and therapy are greatly overstated.  While coaches apparently work with the future, and therapists the past, he believes both approaches aim to help people in their efforts to grow, master their problems, and become more effective in their lives. 

My training in clinical psychology leads me to agree with Bader. Coaching should not be a substitute for issues that warrant true counseling or psychotherapy. But in your work with Intentional Activities, you will find that while I similarly use the past as a point of reference, I will work to identify your current strengths/supports and use them as a point of departure in capitalizing on the other 40%. We will work collaboratively to answer the question: "What actions are you taking to reach your goals?"

WHO AND WHAT?

Coaching is definitely for you if you are ready to make changes in your life, 'find your answers', and prepare to take action needed to begin living authentically, based on your core values, purpose, goals, and dreams.   

Although you may initially seek to focus on a specific issue, coaching ultimately addresses your entire life.  A few examples of the 'life stuff' that we are able to work on are: 

  • Making a particularly stressful life transition more manageable

  • Implementation of an action plan to achieve your goals

  • Identifying core strengths, values, and goals

  • Getting motivated to get out of a rut

  • Organization and Decluttering

  • Family-related issues/stressors

  • Work-related issues/stressors

  • Relationship issues/stressors

  • Work/Life balance

  • Boundary-setting

  • And much more...

HOW DO COACHING SESSIONS WORK?

I tailor my approach to your individual needs and goals. The coaching agenda really comes from you.  Sessions are based on a continual process of assessment, goal setting, action steps and further assessment. Our sessions will emphasize action, accountability, and follow-through. Your growth and development will be based on individually-initiated change.  

Because rapport-building and sense of a 'good fit' between us are necessary, and embarking upon this journey is not always an easy task, you also have the option of choosing an 'Introductory' session. The 'Introductory' session allows us a 1 hour and 30 minute session.  During the first session, we will briefly review your personal information and goals which led you to seek coaching and you will be given a customized action plan at the conclusion of our initial session.  After choosing the session option or package that you would like to continue with, we will begin to assess progress toward your goals, by review of your action plan completion. Choosing this introductory session will allow you to be absolutely sure that coaching is for you, before making a more long-term commitment.

Initially, progress is optimal when sessions are held weekly. This frequency allows for proper tracking and support of your plans.  Frequency will decrease as you begin to realize your goals! For more detailed information about the different types of sessions, the menu of services can be found here.

It is essential to our coaching relationship that you be open and share honestly.  Our conversations are entirely confidential, unless a release of information is otherwise authorized or requested by you, or required by law.

HOW LONG IS THE PROCESS?

At the core of coaching is an intentional process. This does not happen overnight. Some clients make coaching an on-going part of their lives. Others seek coaching for a specific time-limited situation. Ultimately, my job is to equip you with the tools necessary to effectively negotiate the 'life stuff' that you present.  

The benefits of coaching build over time.  In order to make this experience as valuable as possible, I  recommend a minimum coaching period of one month (with once weekly sessions) for all of my clients.  I recommend three to six months to establish longer-term support as you make major transitions and changes in your personal and professional life. Your coaching timeslot is a "reservation" on my calendar, a committed time period that I dedicate to you and your goals.