What is holistic life coaching?

Holistic life coaching helps you meet goals by guiding you in the right direction. It works with your physical well-being, thoughts, emotions, spirit, and intuition to help you create the life you want.

People turn to friends and family for guidance. Coaching is a professional extension of that help. You may have turned to a "wise" friend to make decisions or solve problems. But friends may not be sufficiently objective about a situation to give good advice.

Coaches are trained to help you see your life from a different perspective and give you confidence to move forward. They also help you to break negative belief patterns, act more decisively, and set clear goals. By working with a coach, you can set better goals and reach them faster than if you tried to reach them on your own. 

How does life coaching work?

Coaching uses a series of individual sessions (usually 45 to 60 minutes) which can happen face-to-face (in-person or video conferencing), by telephone, e-mail, or Facebook. We begin with a free Life Reset Strategy Session, in which I will ask you to share the challenges you are facing, where you would like to be in your life, and the obstacles that are getting in the way. I will also talk with you about what a coach does and does not do and the sort of relationship you can expect from me. If you are ready to go forward, we will schedule your first coaching session. Please note that I ask my clients to commit to a minimum of 3 sessions when we begin.

The first session is 90 minutes. We will review where you are, where you would like to be, and what is standing in the way. Then together we will do a "life balance" assessment to explore your values and satisfaction in the main areas of your life.

We will take this awareness into our second session, when we will begin to identify your goals and options as you begin to move forward. In the third session, we will create a step-by-step plan to get you to where you want to be. From here, you will decide if you would like additional follow-up sessions.

Along the way, I will ask you questions to prompt you to really think about how you see things, how you are inspired, and what issues might be blocking your progress. You'll begin to see and think through things in a clearer and more balanced way. Powerful questioning will help us develop the right exercises and action plans to help you achieve your goals. 

What is the difference between coaching and therapy/counseling?

Psychotherapy/counseling generally focuses on uncovering and healing past pain and trauma. This is essential for being able to forgive and move past hurtful experiences. Coaches are interested in where you are now and where you want to go. We generally coach people who are of sound mind and who are well mentally and emotionally. We might talk a little about the past, but we won't stay there for long. If, as your coach, I see that something from your past has become an obstacle, I will suggest that you talk with someone who is qualified to help you. 

How do I know if I'm ready for coaching?

It's possible to be willing, able, ready - and afraid or anxious - at the same time. If you see yourself in any of these statements, you are ready for coaching. My clients find that having the support and guidance of a coach helps them move through their fears and commit to doing what is necessary to create the life they want and deserve.

  • I want to find and live my life's purpose.
  • I want to achieve a greater sense of fulfillment.
  • I want more enjoyment in my life.
  • I am willing to overcome self-limiting beliefs and behavior.
  • I am ready to create plans and take action to achieve my goals.
  • I know I need someone to help me to stay on track.

What are some misconceptions about coaching?

Life coaches are not mental health professionals, so they don't analyze or treat. They are not clinicians; they don't diagnose or prescribe. A coach is not a counselor, mentor, friend, advisor or instructor. There is a difference between an instructor and a guide. An instructor shows a person exactly what to do. A guide provides the tools and support a person needs to do something for themselves. A life coach is a guide. Coaching is about objectivity, structure, and empowerment, not instruction or indoctrination.

I will be friendly and may suggest resources, but I do not become personally involved in a client's life. Nor will I attempt to give advice. We all have different perspectives of the world. No one perspective is "right" or "wrong," but some perspectives are restrictive and can stop a person from having the life they want. It is within everyone's capability to adjust their perspective. With the help of life coaching anyone can learn to open their mind if they wish.

Adapted from Life Coach Directory Copyright © 2015.

What does coaching cost?

New clients must invest in a minimum of 3 sessions -- $350.

Individual coaching session (45 to 60 minutes) -- $125.

30-minute check-in (for current clients only) -- $50

15-minute check-in (for current clients only )--$25

Payments can be made by cash, personal check, money order, credit card, PayPal, or the Cash or Venmo apps. Sliding scale payments may be negotiated on a need basis.