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WHAT IS COACHING?

The ICF Philosophy of Coaching 

The International Coach Federation adheres to a form of coaching that honors the client as the expert in his/her life and work and believes that every client is creative, resourceful, and whole.  Standing on this foundation, the coach's responsibility is to: 

  • Discover, clarify, and align with what the client wants to achieve 
  • Encourage client self-discovery 
  • Elicit client-generated solutions and strategies 
  • Hold the client responsible and accountable 

Part Two:  The ICF Definition of Coaching 

Professional Coaching is an ongoing professional relationship that helps people produce extraordinary results in their lives, careers, businesses or organizations.  Through the process of coaching, clients deepen their learning, improve their performance, and enhance their quality of life.

In each meeting, the client chooses the focus of conversation, while the coach listens and contributes observations and questions.  This interaction creates clarity and moves the client into action.  Coaching accelerates the client's progress by providing greater focus and awareness of choice.  Coaching concentrates on where clients are now and what they are willing to do to get where they want to be in the future.  ICF member coaches and ICF credentialed coaches that results are a matter of the client's intentions, choices and actions, supported by the coach's efforts and application of the coaching process. 

 

Health Coaching Q & A

Questions and Answers for Everyday Living Healthily

Welcome to Health Q & A!

Thank you for your inquiry regarding my coaching services and congratulations for taking the first step towards having the life and health you want. The purpose of this article is to provide you with some important information before we begin this process. I hope to answer some questions you may have and provide you with some insight as to how we might work together to change your life.

Some of your questions may include the following:

Is this therapy? -

No, coaching is not therapy. While both are very valuable in moving you past roadblocks in life, their approaches differ in many ways. Coaching is about taking you from where you are now and moving you forward. Therapy often involves extensively examining your past to define how you got here in the first place. Additionally, there are some clients who benefit from working with both professionals concurrently. Finally, and foremost, coaches do not diagnose or treat any psychiatric or health disorders.

So, what is coaching? -

In short, it’s a collaborative process, in which I help you define, speak out loud and strategically move toward what you really want for your health. I will help make the nutrition changes you choose and I will help you find success as you define it - and deserve it!

How will you help me do that? -

Bringing to our relationship my personal, professional and educational experience allows me to utilize many skills in the programs we will work together.

  •  I listen to you - not for judgment but for understanding
  •  I ask questions that allow you to think in new and revealing ways
  •  I motivate, encourage and support you every step of the way
  •  I share resources that will assist you and provide good information
  •  I help you reveal, define and then focus on your true passions and dreams
  •  I co-create a supportive structures and environments in your life - ones you can count on
  •  I hold you to your inner highest standard - accountable to your personal best!

Who uses a coach? -

Individuals, families, small companies, large corporations and......you! Coaching is found in every industry and situation you can imagine. Life provides an abundance of circumstances, coaching provides and abundance of support.

Successful coaching clients typically have just a few factors in common-

  • They are willing to ask questions and challenge perceptions.
  • They are willing to reveal the truth, learn from it and take action.
  • They have a vision, although frequently clouded, of a better life.
  • They are highly functioning, intelligent people with a desire to realize their best.

How long should I expect to need a coach? -

The average amount of time clients keep their coaches varies based by client and situation. I request a 90-day minimum commitment from my clients. I find it allows their success to evolve more rapidly since our relationship has some time to grow. The truest test though, is simply this: Are we both still benefiting from the relationship?

What types of things do I work on with you as my coach? -

What you want - What you need. I define it as having less and having more. Changing one's diet includes the elimination of unhealthy foods as well as the addition of more healthy foods.

Having Less:

Processed foods and the emotions that drive us to take care of ourselves poorly/Fear / Frustration / Boredom / Resentment / Disappointment / Doubt / Confusion / Overwhelm / Indecision /Exhaustion / Emotional and Financial Bankruptcy

Having More:

Whole, Living, Organic foods and the emotions that come from taking better care of ourselves/Joy / Hope / Confidence / Balance / Abundance / Peace / Energy / Motivation / Clarity / Action / Time / Fun /Productivity / Freedom / Courage / Money

Seriously, can you really do all that? -

No, not without you! This isn’t a get the “Cliff Notes” to happiness program; it’s more like a gym. I’m your personal trainer and I provide the equipment and the environment for you to succeed. You have my resources and training at your disposal - BUT - it’s up to you to use them. We share the responsibility of this journey together. I can truthfully say that, I will hold you accountable right up to the moment you quit, but I’d rather you had let me go. I want you to let me go because you’ve finally got less of and more of the things you want - we’ve succeeded. And most importantly, you’ve got the skills to keep it that way.

So, my answer is yes - passionately, wildly, YES, we can do all that and more!

What kind of resources are you talking about? -

I have a treasure trove of goodies in addition to our regular coaching sessions, like - Program Homework, Assessments Tests, Reading, Referrals, Writing Exercises,

Drawing, Puzzles and Action Assignments. We’ll select what’s best for you, and in the end, probably use them all!

How do we do this coaching thing? -

One of the greatest testaments to the power of coaching is it’s powerfully effective in many mediums. Some coaches have local “face to face” practices and some do speaking tours. Corporate coaches often go on site to deliver their programs. Many coaches have international practices sustained entirely via phone, fax and e-mail. I utilize several methods to best serve my clients needs.

Policies and procedures you should know up front:

Rescheduling: Coaching time is priority time for both of us. Changes in our schedules are inevitable from time to time, but please provide a 24-hour notice except in the case of an emergency.

Billing: Payment in full, for the program selected, is due at our first appointment each month or program cycle. I accept business and personal checks, money orders, cashiers checks and PayPal. Failure to pay on time or without repeated prompting hurts our working and professional relationship as much as my not showing up or multi tasking during our sessions.

Extra Time: If we run over, don’t worry. I’m prepared for some things to take longer than the scheduled time - some things, not everything.

E-mail and Updates: If you’re facing a difficult challenge or an exciting development, I want to know. Call or e-mail me for a quick update - included in your regular coaching fees.

Confidentiality: The client/coach relationship is both personal and highly professional. My clients must always feel safe in what they share. I encourage you to share the unexaggerated truth with me – I’m ready to hear it and it remains safely in my care. I have a strict NO DISCLOSURE policy.

Referrals: I love and appreciate them! When you begin to see results - please share your experience and my name, with others.

Satisfaction Guarantee: I intend to bring the best of myself to my clients and strive to provide value during every call. We close each call with a brief assessment of that value in order to be sure we’re on track together. If for any reason, you don’t feel you’re getting the value you expected within the first 3 sessions, you can request a full refund of all fees paid to date. Your success is important whether it’s as my client or not. If we discontinue our relationship, I’ll gladly help place you with another coach if you wish.

Call Etiquette: Please, give yourself the gift of our time together. Make sure you’re in a quiet place, free from interruptions and distractions. I hope I’ve been able to answer many of your questions. If not, please bring them to our interview call. I look forward to getting to know you.

Thank You!