Coaching Q & A

Interested in learning more about me and the coaching process? Here are answers to some commonly asked questions.

Does coaching work?

Yes. Coaching helped me, I’ve seen it help my clients, and its value has been confirmed by research. When researchers study the effectiveness of coaching, they find that it can help people:

  • Establish and maintain good habits
  • Improve productivity
  • Increase self-confidence
  • Build better relationships
  • Set and reach goals
  • Improve work/life balance
  • Manage time more effectively
  • Have a better quality of life

To learn more about the science behind coaching, read this article from the Institute of Coaching at Harvard University’s McLean Hospital.

Who benefits most from coaching?

You’re most likely to benefit from coaching if you believe in it, take it seriously, want to change, and work on your goals between coaching sessions. Coaching is most successful when you commit to honest self-examination and self-discovery throughout the process.

Shouldn’t I be able to set and reach goals on my own, without the help of a coach?

Yes, and you usually do. We all set and achieve goals on our own all the time. But sometimes—especially with important life choices or difficult behavior changes–we get stuck, and for whatever reason we need help. Or we make a plan but have trouble motivating ourselves to follow through. That’s normal. Coaching helps when change is hard. If it were easy, you already would have done it.

How much does coaching cost?

Coaching rates are in line with other professional services. However, I want coaching to be affordable for everyone, so I offer flexible rates that vary based on client circumstances. If you think you can’t do coaching because of what it costs, tell me and we’ll work something out.

What are coaching sessions like?

Typically we schedule two coaching sessions per month, depending on your preference and your goals. Sessions typically last 45-60 minutes and are done by phone. Depending on the direction our coaching takes and what kinds of goals you set, we may check in between calls by email or text. Accountability check-ins help keep you on track. I may give you homework before or after a coaching call that will encourage self-discovery and help focus your thinking. Homework is optional, but it can be a powerful coaching tool.

Will our conversations be kept confidential?

Yes. I promise full confidentiality.

What if I try coaching and don’t like it?

You can stop whenever you’d like and receive a refund for any upcoming sessions for which you’ve already paid.

How do I know if coaching is working?

When coaching works, you feel energized and optimistic. The load you’ve been carrying starts to feel a little lighter. You don’t necessarily have immediate solutions and specific goals—although sometimes you will—but you do begin to have an idea of how to move yourself forward in the direction that you want to go.

Any other questions?

Contact me to ask your questions or learn about how coaching can help you.