What is Coaching?

Coaching is a process and partnership that is driven by you. My role as a coach is to guide you in making the important decisions in your life. The coaching creates space for you to work on the most important issues you’re facing and is done so on a process level to not only understand where it is you currently are in your life, but to tap into your inner purpose and passion, and to connect that with outer goals and tasks.

This is done by:

  • Identifying common themes or things in your life that result in you feeling blocked or unable to move forward. I work in close partnership with you in identifying what is or isn’t working in your life
  • Helping you set clear, focused and achievable goals
  • Guiding you through the process of knocking down all the small goals that lead to you achieving the big important ones in your life
  • Providing you with the tools to ensure that the change is sustainable

How is coaching different from therapy/counseling?

The International Coaching Federation (ICF) differentiates professional coaching from other professions in the following way:

Therapy deals with healing pain, dysfunction, mental illness and conflict within an individual or in relationships. The focus is often on resolving difficulties arising from the past that hamper an individual’s emotional functioning in the present, improving overall psychological functioning in the present, improving overall psychological functioning, and dealing with the present in more emotionally healthy ways. It cannot be overemphasized how the bulk of the work is focused on the past.

Coaching, on the other hand, supports personal and professional growth based on self-initiated change in pursuit or specific actionable outcomes. These outcomes are linked to personal or professional success. Coaching is future focused—while a little time is spent in identifying common threads in the past, the emphasis is on what the client hopes to achieve. While positive feelings/emotions may be a natural outcome of coaching, the primary focus is on creating actionable strategies for achieving specific goals in one’s work or personal life. The emphasis in a coaching relationship are on action, accountability, and follow-through.

In short, therapy leads people on the path to living functional lives. Coaching helps functional people live their lives as close to their fullest potential.

How is coaching different from Consulting?

Consulting: Individuals or organizations engage consultants for their expertise. While consulting approaches vary widely in practice, the common expectation is that the consultant will diagnose problems and prescribe (and implement, in certain circumstances) solutions.

With coaching, the approach is that the clients themselves are capable of generating their own solutions, with the coach providing support and discovery-based approaches and frameworks.

Consultants come up with answers, whereas Coaches ask the right questions.