Common Questions | Art of Choice Coaching

Common Questions

What is a professional life coach?

A life coach is someone who is has been professionally trained to help you create and achieve your personal and professional goals. Hiring a life coach gives you access to someone who has the tools, processes and know-how to help move you forward.  Your coach will be your champion during transitions, a sounding board when making choices, your motivator when big actions are called for, unconditional support when you fall down, a mentor and co-designer when developing  and creating your future, the wake up call when you don’t hear it yourself, and most importantly, a partner in creating the life you know you’re ready for personally and professionally.

What types of people have life coaches?

People from all walks of life come to work with professional life coaches to help them reach their goals. The best candidate for working with a coach is someone who wants more and is willing to make changes. Life coaches can work with people in any area of their life, the only requirement is that you are committed and are willing to do the work needed to realize your goals.

How will life coaching help?

The results vary depending on what brings you to coaching and how committed you are. Life coaching will help you focus on managing and improving the areas of your life where you want to make changes the most. Having a life coach gives you the support and collaboration most needed during times of transition in both your professional and personal lives.

What happens in a life coaching session?

Each session is tailored to the client and will vary based on individual needs. In the beginning, we will discuss what you are committed to accomplishing through our work together and we will begin to create a plan to achieve your goals. You and I will collaborate to create assignments to help you progress towards your goals. We will work together to acknowledge obstacles, explore alternate perspectives and celebrate successes. With the conclusion of each session, we will revisit your goals and evaluate the next steps that are needed to achieve these results. Sessions are between 30 and 45 minutes, occur between two and four times per month and take place by phone.

Do I really need a life coach; can’t I just do it by myself?

Even people who are committed to making changes can get stuck and don’t realize what stands in their way. Life coaching gives you another set of eyes and ears to give new perspectives that can take you above and beyond your current mindset and thought processes. A coach can offer an unbiased and objective perspective, and can help you understand where your patterns and habits aren’t serving you. Most people experience that they are more efficient when working with a coach and that this provides the opportunity for them to realize their goals faster.

How is life coaching different from therapy or counseling?

While the coaching I provide can be therapeutic, it is not therapy or counseling. Life coaching is not designed to address psychological issues. While emotional issues may arise, the primary focus of life coaching is to help you identify your goals, achieve them, and develop constructive habits and skills as a result. There is little emphasis placed on the past with life coaching, but instead the focus is on creating what you want now and in the future.

Sometimes life coaching isn’t the right fit and another helping professional might be. Here are some resources that may be helpful in that case:  Resources when coaching isn’t the right fit

What is your cancellation policy?

I require a 24-hour notice to cancel all sessions. Please be sure to contact me if you will not be able to make your scheduled appointment in order to avoid being charged for the session.

How long do people generally work with a life coach?

To experience the full effectiveness of a coaching engagement, I suggest clients make an initial three-month commitment. At the end of the three months, we will evaluate progress and discuss options for continued coaching.

Is life coaching confidential?

Life coaching is a confidential process, and your personal information will always be protected. What we discuss will be held in strict confidence and not shared with anyone*.

*Please note that our discussions are not exempt from legal disclosure if a law has been broken or you are a danger to yourself. The legal privilege of confidentiality that exists for the clergy, therapists and attorneys is not granted to life coaching professionals.