(frequently asked questions)
What is transformational coaching, exactly?
While many forms of coaching focus primarily on what you do (by helping you set and attain achievable goals, for example), transformational coaching focuses more on who you are (including how you see yourself and how these perceptions keep you from living your life to the fullest). Personally, I aim to address both your perceptions of yourself and the personal narratives that shape those perceptions.
I offer two different kinds of transformational coaching: personal coaching and leadership coaching. (Keep reading for more details.)
How is personal coaching different from leadership coaching?
The aim of personal coaching is personal healing and transformation. Our sessions will focus primarily on your story, your inner world, and your style of relating to your outer world. This is deep work that invites you to contend with feelings of grief and/or shame, and our progress will depend on how deeply and honestly you are ready to engage yourself and your own story.
The aim of leadership coaching is growth in regard to how you lead and influence others. Whether you are an artist, an activist, a healer, a coach, an educator, a business person, a clergy member, or [fill in the blank], your own story and style of relating determine how you affect people within your sphere of influence. Our sessions will focus primarily on addressing any issues you face as a leader, and identifying how your story impacts your capacity to lead with love and integrity. (If much deeper engagement of your story is needed in order to grow, I might suggest you either consider personal coaching sessions or see a licensed therapist in addition to our time together.)
What happens in my first coaching session?
We'll talk about what you hope to gain from transformational coaching, and I'll answer any questions you have about the process or my approach to coaching. By the end of our first session, we might have some idea of how I can best join and empower you, but at this point we're still getting to know each other and what you might need. How we proceed depends somewhat on your individual needs, desires, and style of relating. If you want to read more about my approach before you schedule an appointment, you can do so here.
How much does a session cost?
A single coaching session costs $140 for 50 minutes, or $220 for 80 minutes. Longer sessions and story groups might also be available; contact me for more details if you're interested.
Where do we meet?
Right now I meet all of my clients remotely, using a video chat application. (Keep reading for more info.)
Do you offer sessions via Skype or FaceTime?
I offer remote coaching sessions to individuals around the globe! Instead of Skype or FaceTime, I use a HIPPA compliant application called SimplePractice.
How often will we meet, and for what duration?
It depends on you and what you hope to gain from coaching. I usually recommend meeting at least once a week at first for personal coaching, and once every two to four weeks for leadership coaching. More progress will happen the more often we meet. At what point we decrease the frequency of our meetings (or stop meeting altogether) is ultimately up to you and will depend on how satisfied you are with the progress you're making.
What kind of education and/or training have you had?
You can read about this on my More About Me page.
Is your coaching faith-based?
Yes and no. You can read more about what I mean here.
How do I know if transformational coaching is right for me?