What is Coaching?

The International Coaching Federation defines coaching as:


"...partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential."

It is a collaborative relationship, through which we will explore and refine your agenda and goals, clarify and prioritize your personal value system, and discover and bolster your inner resources, so that you can intentionally make meaningful life choices.


Based on your goals, we will come up with a plan for your success in meeting those goals (always subject to revision and refinement as you see fit). We will learn to recognize obstacles and ways to creatively embrace and work with them. We will honor the fact that you are exactly where you are supposed to be on your life's path, and enter into this partnership with the knowledge that you are already creative, resourceful, and whole. 

As a mindfulness and self-acceptance teacher, I can also help you establish a meditation practice of your own and to bring mindful awareness into your daily life. I pair mindful teachings with self-compassion and acceptance practices, because they are essential to each other.


What coaching is not: Coaching is not therapy, psychiatry, or psychology. Coaching focuses on "being here now" and on intentionally unfolding your future. That doesn't mean you won't dig deep. You will!


 Who is coaching for? It is for anyone at any stage of life, who is:

  • Exploring big changes

  • Making major decisions

  • Striving to achieve personal goals

  • Feeling stuck or lost

  • Experiencing high levels of stress or existential dread

  • Facing grief, loss, or end of life issues

  • Starting a new life adventure

  • Looking to enhance their performance at work

  • Seeking balance in life

  • Wanting to extinguish self-defeating habits and establish life-enhancing habits

Let's meet and discuss your coaching goals. I offer a free 30 minute initial session, and as long as I am working toward IFC certification, my fee is only $15 per half hour. 

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