q. What is Co-Active Coaching?
a. So glad you asked! Co-Active Coaching is a tried and true coaching model that holds collaboration between coach and client (rather than coach-as-boss-of-client) as the standard of connection and progress. As a Co-Active Coach, I create powerful partnerships with my clients to support them in accessing their own creativity and resources, and realizing their deepest desires and goals.
q. It looks like you're also trained in psychotherapy—how is coaching different from therapy?
a. Although I definitely use my therapy training to enhance my capacity as a coach (and coaching can certainly be therapeutic), coaching differs from therapy in a few fundamental ways. Most importantly: therapy is generally more focused on making connections between a client's past and their present, while coaching focuses on the here-and-now + actionable steps for moving into the client's desired future. Also, coaching is more focused on optimal growth and exploring/realizing potential than it is on "problems" or obstacles.
q. Any recommendations for choosing the right coach?
a. Like any relationship, the coaching partnership comes down to communication and a certain kind of chemistry. Feeling like your coach "gets" you and having a sense of ease in the conversation are usually good signs that you will feel comfortable and supported enough to do the work. That's not to say that it's always easy or comfortable, but I think it's important to feel a connection. Even if someone has all the experience in the world (and that's really important, too!), you either want to tell them what's really up for you, or you don't. In short, I'd say go with your gut. It's your time—who do you want to talk to?
q. Is everything kept confidential?
a. Absolutely. There are only a few (very rare) exceptions to this—including relevant legal requirements, and ethical obligations having to do with safety. If we work together, we will cover all of these details in the first session, to ensure that everything feels clear and comfortable. In the meantime, feel free to check out the ICF Code of Ethics for more information.
q. How do we get started?
a. You can always send me a message, or you're welcome to go ahead and set up a free phone consultation so that we can get to know each other a little bit and see if working together feels like a good fit.
q. How much does coaching cost?
a. In most cases, the rate is $400* per month, which includes two 50-minute sessions + unlimited email support/check-ins. Most commonly, we work together for 6 months; sometimes a little less, sometimes a bit more... All of that said, let's talk about what would work best for you.
*Directing Self Revelatory Performance is a whole different ballgame, so if you're interested in more info about that process (including fees & logistics), please reach out for more info.