What Is Coaching?
Coaching is a professional service that is significantly different from consulting, mentoring, advice, therapy, or counseling.
Therapy tends to focus on reducing emotional distress and psychiatric symptoms, recognizing aspects of our personality that we want to change, and learning how to change dysfunctional patterns of thinking and behaving.
The coaching process addresses specific personal projects, business or academic successes, transitions in the client’s personal life, relationships, and improving well-being. We do this together by establishing realistic, clear goals, discovering what your obstacles or challenges might be, and choosing a course of action to make your life be what you want it to be. By using structure, accountability, technology, and effective communication, working with a professional coach can lead most clients to growth and success beyond what they have been able to achieve on their own.
Every day we make choices to do or not do many things. These choices may range from profound to trivial and each one has an effect that makes our lives more fulfilling or less fulfilling, more balanced or less balanced, that make our process of living more effective or less effective. Professional coaching helps you learn how to make choices that create an effective, balanced and fulfilling life.
Common areas of concern that are well-addressed through professional coaching:
- Relationships and Intimacy
- Health, Aging, Lifestyle and Self-Care
- Family and Parenting
- Stress Management and Balance
- Career Planning and Development
- Workplace Dynamics and Team-Building
- Spirituality and Personal Growth
- Motivation and Time Management
- Finances and Budgeting
I combine over 15 years of professional experience in business development, marketing, and human resources with over a decade of graduate psychology education, training, and practice to help my clients reach their goals.
Many “coaches” do not have any graduate level education, 1,000’s of hours of supervised professional experience, strict state licensing exams they have passed, or a professional license granted by the California State Department of Consumer Affairs. I do.