Coaching focuses on creating a vision and getting clarity for our “what’s next”, noticing what makes us feel stuck, and then setting goals and developing a plan to get unstuck and achieve our goals. Coaches can assist with life challenges such as developing healthy communication strategies; conflict management; interpersonal issues, and family dynamics. They can also help with career and leadership challenges. Coaches are not licensed therapists and therefore cannot diagnose or treat mental or emotional disorders. If a need for mental health counseling should arise, those cases would be referred to a professional counseling, social worker, or marriage and family therapist.
Professional coaching contains the following:
- An ongoing, confidential, one-to-one, fee-for-service relationship
- Setting goals and managing accountability with clients who desire change
- Use of questions and deep listening to gain forward movement – coaches do not advise – they believe the client has the answer within them, they empower clients to choose
- Actions between sessions that help with accountability and drive change
- Sessions either weekly or bi-weekly get best results
Coaching is a partnership, one in which both sides work to reach agreed-upon goals. The aim of the partnership is to bring about sustained behavioral change and transform the quality of the individual’s work and personal life.
To learn more about the various types of coaching, click here.