My Coaching Philosophy
Welcome to the world of coaching! It can be one of the best investments you make. It would an honor to be your coach, and I look forward to working with you.
The relationship between a coach and client is Co-Creative, meaning that we are equals and both have an active role. I am not a therapist, counselor or consultant. I am a trained coach using honed communication skills to support you as a subjective thinking partner. Together we create more power for you to effect meaningful change and take dynamic actions towards your health and life goals.
Your role as the client is to:
- Bring the agenda to each session. You are the best person to decide what are the most important topics on which you would like to be coached. Coaching is about you. Don’t know where to start? Don’t worry, a coach can help you with that too.
- Be willing to work, and be willing to change. Coaching is challenging; healing from chronic illness is challenging. Keep the reward (your health goals) in mind, stay open and coachable, and a coach can help you get there.
- Commit. I ask all of my clients to commit to change. Commit to healing. Commit to your commitments (really). Have trouble with commitment and sticking to your promises? Coaches are great at helping with that.
- I will listen closely to you, respond to what I hear and ask questions. If I hear something in your voice or language that sparks a thought, I’m likely to ask you about it. Often, it is the small moments that bring about big shifts, and potentially big health gains. If I’m not on target, just tell me. I’m not attached to being right.
- At the end of each session, if you do not mention what actions you are ready to take, I will make a coach request. I ask clients to stretch themselves, deepen the work done in the sessions by writing, taking some action, resolving relationships, changing life patterns, or things that feel incomplete. You are free to negotiate, accept or decline.
- Perspective. I do have a lot of experience living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease, and when appropriate, I can offer perspective that can ground and encouraage you in difficult times.
Ways You Can Get More From Your Coaching Experience
- Make our coaching sessions a priority. Come to every call with a specific agenda – a clear understanding of what you’d like to take away from the session.
- Do your own work between sessions. Use what you learn. Complete what you agree to do.
- Be open-minded. Try new approaches. Experiment.
- Be willing to change your beliefs and patterns if they do not serve you anymore.