Are there professional standards for coaching?
Yes, there is a code of ethics, core competencies, accreditation processes and an International Coach Federation (industry association). To learn more about this click here: http://www.coachfederation.org/ICF/. I received my coaching certification from CTI (The Coaches Training Institute), which is one of the oldest and most respected coach training schools: http://www.thecoaches.com.
How is coaching different from therapy?
This is definitely a frequently asked question! One helpful way to think about the coaching process is: Where are you now? Where do you want to be? Let’s go! There may be times when it makes sense to discuss things from your past in order to move forward, but the focus is more on action. Some people choose to see a therapist and a coach, as they provide different kinds of support. Coaches do not receive training to manage psychological issues, such as addiction and depression, but work well with mental health providers to help clients make progress toward their goals.
How will I know you are the right coach for me?
During our initial consultation, we will be able to determine if we are a good fit for each other. So before you say “yes”, you will have a sample of what the coaching experience is like and an opportunity to ask me any questions you want. To get started, click on the “About Leah” page to learn more about me and my approach. If we decide not to work together, I can also recommend other coaches who I think might be a better fit.
How do I get started in the coaching process?
If you are interested in beginning the coaching process, please contact me via phone (617-599-0592), our contact form or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) so we can schedule a free consultation session.
What can you expect from me as your coach?
1. Be your partner in achieving the goals that are most important to you.
2. Provide encouragement, support and accountability within a safe environment.
3. Respect the confidentiality of our work together.
4. Expand your view of what is possible and promote discovery of new insights.
5. Give you input, straight feedback and operate as a sounding board.
6. Listen carefully to what you say and ask questions that increase awareness.
7. Be an ongoing resource for you in accomplishing your goals.
What makes me a good candidate for coaching?
Coaching is great for you if you are ready to make a commitment to yourself and to our work together. While there is flexibility in how often we meet, generally 3 times a month works well. Depending on what you are working to accomplish, we will decide on a meeting schedule, but it’s important to meet frequently enough to gain momentum. If you’re ready to make some changes and work to reach your goals, I will be right there with you!
What if I sign up for this and decide it is not right for me?
You can end the coaching relationship at any point if you decide that it is not working for you. In general, you can expect it to take 3 to 6 months to make significant progress. Some coaches ask for a minimum 3-month commitment, but I feel strongly that if the work is no longer useful to you, there is no reason to continue.
Are coaches bound by confidentiality?
Yes! The International Coaching Federation Code of Ethics states that the coach “will maintain the strictest levels of confidentiality with all clients.” (www.coachfederation.org) When we begin our work, I will give you a confidentiality agreement. As is true with therapists and doctors, I will only share information if I feel you are a danger to yourself or others.
Can I contact you in-between our scheduled coaching sessions?
Yes! Many clients find it helpful to use email or text to let me know they have accomplished a goal we set in their session. This is a great way to have accountability and immediate recognition. If something comes up that you want coaching on before our scheduled session, we can set up a “laser coaching” session to focus on that specific thing.
Forms, Documents and Resources Available
When you sign up for coaching, I will send you a Welcome Packet. This will include some basic forms, documents and resources that will help to get us started in the coaching process. It includes a “Goals” form and also a “Discovery” form. By completing the information in the welcome packet, you will provide me with some helpful information so I know best how to support you, guide you and work together with you. You will also find our coaching agreement located in this packet.
We will schedule appointments for the month. If you need to change an appointment, just give me 24 hours notice and we can find another time.