What is Coaching?
Professional coaching helps you create strategies you can use to accomplish your personal and professional goals. It is designed to help identify your values, navigate obstacles, and support your success. As your coach, I’ll help you clarify your goals, create a plan to reach them, and take actions that help you move toward them. Services include Coaching or TeleCoaching on topics decided in collaboration with you, the client.
Coaching vs Counseling and Psychotherapy
Professional coaching and Counseling are fundamentally different. Both are valuable, and at the same time it is important that you find the service that best meets your needs. One of the fundamental differences is the focus. In counseling, the focus is on your emotional experience and symptoms, and on healing the past. In coaching, the focus is on your values, goals, performance, and the results you get.
I hold to the same standards of confidentiality as a professional coach as I do as a therapist. This means that I will only release information about our work to others with your written permission, or if we are required to do so by a court order. Although during the course of our coaching, we may discuss your future plans, financial information, job information, goals, personal information, and other private information. I will not voluntarily communicate any of that information to a third party.
Some means of communication, such as cell phones and email, might not be secure from eavesdropping. If you agree to their use, you are indicating your agreement to use a type of communication that might not be confidential.
Coaching is a professional relationship, and I will make sure to maintain our professional boundaries during and after our work together. Considerable experience shows that when boundaries blur, the hard-won benefits gained from the coaching relationship are endangered. Although I am trained and licensed as a psychotherapist in California, coaching is not counseling or psychotherapy, and as your coach I will not provide psychotherapy. Should it become clear during coaching that you need counseling or psychotherapy services (diagnosis, treatment, or medication) I will either refer you to other professionals who can provide these services, or suggest that you find someone on your own. As your coach, I will provide only coaching.
In addition, I will not give medical, legal, nutritional, or financial advice, although I might make general suggestions about the need to take care of yourself and/or suggest that you seek the help of a competent professional with expertise in the appropriate area.
Responsibility for Results
I may make suggestions for you to consider. However, you have the ultimate responsibility for the choices, plans, and actions that you take. At all times, you are in charge of what you choose to do or not do with the coach’s advice, suggestions, and ideas. I welcome your feedback and rely on knowing that you will protect yourself and your needs by only taking those actions that are best for you.
At no time should you feel compelled to “please” me by agreeing to a strategy that you question or doubt. Simply tell me that you don’t like that plan of action, and I will help you find another option or a better way to proceed. I can not be responsible for the outcome of your goals or plans. I have no set agenda for you to complete in regards to your business decisions or your life path. You, as client, determine the agenda, goals, and timeline for your coaching.
The potential benefits of coaching are include improved performance, better work/life balance, and a greater sense of well-being. There are risks as well. For example, you might decide to leave a job, and experience a period of struggle as you search for a new one that is a better fit. Like any human endeavor, professional coaching can involve feelings of distress and frustration which accompany the process of change. I will use my training, education, and experience to help you meet your goals, but since the outcome depends largely on the actions you take, I cannot guarantee success.
We will continue to work on the goals that you define unless you want to stop, which we will do whenever you ask.
If, at any time, you feel that your needs are not being met or you are not getting what you want from professional coaching, please tell me so we can discuss your needs and adjust your professional coaching program, as needed.
You, the client, assume responsibility for your own results and outcomes. You agree to save and hold harmless your coach from any liability that may arise as a result of client’s negligent performance or any perceived act of omission or negligence on the part of the coach in accordance with this agreement. As your coach. Due to the subjective nature of the work, I can make no guarantee as to the results you achieve. A coach agrees to serve as guide, advisor, and consultant in the area(s) identified by the client, however the client is solely accountable for producing any and all results.
You, the client, agree to keep agreements, to regard our coaching appointment time frames with respect, and to keep a coach informed as to what you need in order to keep moving forward. I take very seriously the role of your trusted advisor and will remain committed to your ultimate success.