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Why Coaching?

To Get Clarity

Coaching is an excellent tool for getting clarity.  A trained coach’s powerful questions help unlock what is already inside of you, waiting to have permission to become real.

To Accelerate Directed Movement

Each coaching session ends with an invitation to take action about what you brought to coaching that day.  By committing to action steps, coaching helps accelerate movement towards your desired future. 

To Solidify Learning and Growth

Studies have shown that coaching after training increases application three times more than training alone.  

Is Coaching for Me?

Likely, yes.  There are coaches that specialize in just about everything from parenting autistic children to 6-figure job changes to living well through cancer treatment and about everything else you can imagine.  

One of the great things about coaching is that it is all about powerful questions.  Your coach doesn’t need to be excellent in your field — they just need to know how to listen well, ask powerful questions, and support your own discovery and movement.  

The majority of my coaching base comes from clergy, people in transition or retirement, and people of faith– although I’m happy to work with a wide range of clients.  If you are interested in finding out if I would be a good coach for you, sign up here for a free 30-minute consultation.

How are Coaches Trained?

Unfortunately, people can call themselves coaching without having any training at all — so research carefully when you’re considering connecting with a coach.

The gold standard of coach training is ICF, the International Coaching Federation.

ICF has 3 levels of coaching certification.  The most common is the Associate Certified Coach (ACC) which includes a minimum of 60 hours of training and 100 hours of coaching.  Professional Certified Coaches (PCC) have at least 125 hours of training and over 500 hours of coaching.  Master Certified Coaches (MCC) have over 200 hours of training and 2,500 hours of coaching. I completed my ACC certification in 2020 and currently have over 500 hours of coaching experience.  

What Happens in a Coaching Session

Before our session, I will send you a 5 Minute Prep e-mail.  This has a few questions to help you think about what you want to focus on during our 50-minute coaching session.  Some people find it useful, others ignore it.  It’s up to you.

At the beginning of our session, I’ll ask you what you would like to work on.  We will spend some time getting clear on the topic, and through the use of powerful questions and other mental exercises, I will be your faithful companion as you get more clear on your next steps.  

As a coach, I will embolden you to commit to actionable steps you would like to take towards your goal.  I will help you clarify these steps and we will do “gut checks” to ensure you are really working towards your desired future, and not simply more “shoulds” in your life.   

How Much Does Coaching Cost?

Coaching can range in price from free to over $400 an hour.  Often, the cost has little to do with the training or ability of the coach and more to do with what any particular market will support.  I strive to find a rate that is fair for both me and my clients.  

Single Individual Session:  $120

Four Individual Sessions Package  $450

Six Individual Session Package: $600

What’s “Cardboard Dog” About?

As I was beginning my coaching work, a friend told me the story of a tech company.  When employees got stuck on a problem, they needed to talk it out with someone in order to get to their next breakthrough.  

They tried talking it out with their bosses, but the bosses were distracted.  They tried talking it out with the cleaning staff, and found out that the cleaning staff stopped what they were doing, paid attention, and the employees’ breakthroughs came quickly.  But the cleaning work wasn’t getting done.  Next, they tried talking to their company dog and found that the complete focus and attention from that dog was exactly what they needed to think through their issue and get to the breakthrough.  One dog wasn’t enough to go around for everyone, so the company created cardboard cutouts of their company dogs.  There were enough cardboard dogs for everyone who needed to talk.  Employees could come to the cardboard dog and be reminded of the full attention they received from their company dog.  They knew they could say silly, scary, outrageous things to the cardboard dog, and it would be OK.  The cardboard dog was there, just for them, to do the work they needed to do then.  

I realized as a Coach, I want to be your Cardboard Dog.  I want to be your faithful companion — focused on you, letting you lead, sniffing out the truth, and supporting you on your way to your desired future.

Send a message or set up a free 30-minute conversation to find out if coaching is a good fit for you.

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