Who do you work best with? What kinds of people and around what kinds of concerns?
I work best with people who are open to expanding their capacity to be curious, creative, productive, grateful, compassionate, authentic, balanced and mindful. Whether the project work is around a career shift, developing a business plan, leading successfully and with heart, establishing a network or support system, balancing home and work priorities, etc., the underlying work is always developing competencies for the inner landscape that fuels the outer work and projects in our lives. Clients choose me to help them achieve results in their 'projects' and to develop their core strengths and resources that will help to shift their lives toward greater meaning and purpose while being aligned with their core values.
What do you enjoy about coaching? How do you renew your energy for the work?
I am motivated and energized by clients' successes and by the core values and strengths that are hallmark resources for being a good coach: being curious, creative, present, compassionate, grateful, a learner, grounded and open. I also take continuing education and personal development workshops that keep me committed to the values of this deep and satisfying work.
What credentials do you have? Where did you receive your training?
I began my training in Presence-based Coaching® (www.dougsilsbee.com) ten years ago and I am now a Certified Presence-based® Coach and accredited by ICF, International Coaching Federation, as an ACC, or Associate Certified Coach. I attend conferences and training for continuing education. Prior to my work in coaching I have also held roles that contribute to my coaching knowledge-base, including accounting, management in finance and systems, Organizational System Development consulting, Information Systems consulting, and, group and meeting facilitation.
What leads you to believe that your coaching can be helpful to me?
I believe that my coaching can offer structure, support, accountability, compassionate reflection and assessments; it can reveal your sometimes hidden beliefs and assumptions allowing you to reframe your situation and achieve results. The successes I have experienced by being coached, and, the successes I have witnessed in those I have coached, assure me that you can achieve desired outcomes if you are committed and want to change.
Have you yourself been coached? With whom, for how long and with what results?
I have received peer-level coaching through my initial training programs and I also was coached by Doug Silsbee, PCC, creator of the Presence Based Coaching model, for six months. I continue to be coached by one of my peers. Coaching has been instrumental in supporting me in discovering previously unconsidered options, achieving desired results, promoting balance and wholeness in my life, and, grounding myself in my resourcefulness. I have made significant small shifts with long-term results as well as reaching stated goals and outcomes defined at the beginning of my coaching program or sessions.
FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions...
about coaching. If you have a different question please contact me and I will respond as soon as possible.
What is the difference between Coaching and Counseling? ...between Coaching and Consulting?
Coaching involves working with the client on stated goals by staying in the present moment and not digging into the historical past. Historic information and facts may at times be helpful to expand the ground and understanding of what is presenting in the moment; however, when deep emotional issues arise one is not digging deeply into them, but instead, grounding in the present and with somatic (physical) awareness. The goal with coaching is to achieve results based on what is presented in the moment.
Counseling can go into deeper issues with emotional and historical focus; therapists and counselors are trained in treating at this level. If these deeper issues arise and are not easily resolved with coaching, or any concern for a client's mental health arises, then a referral needs to be made to a mental health professional.
Coaching and consulting difference:
In Consulting one is playing more of a role as expert and being asked for advice and explicit guidance. This often involves teaching or training depending on the nature of the engagement. In Organizational Consulting one works with systems and their emerging processes at a group level through process consultation or meeting facilitation. It is not typically working one-on-one to help an individual achieve specific personal results and outcomes.
In Coaching one may play a role as teacher, guide, mentor, contractor, however, these roles are not static but defined as temporary shifts to meet the coaching needs of the individual client. The primary goal is to support the client reaching her/his personal outcomes.
How will you assess my specific needs?
Your needs will be assessed through a thorough interview process with the use of assessment documents and questionaires, and, through coaching skills that offer and reflect what has been learned/heard regarding the current issues and your desired results. Information is also gathered which can include your desired results, values, priorities, current issues and situation(s). After an interview session and reading through the completed assessment documents, I would offer you an assessment of what I perceive as your purpose for the coaching program and measurable outcomes. We will review this and modify as needed to arrive at a mutually agreed upon coaching program.
Will you give me assignments? What is required of me?
The requirement is commitment and openness to change, to show up and be fully present, to be honest and willing, to participate in the sessions and to complete assignments as they occur. Assignments will be checked with your schedule and ability to complete them; these can be reading, practices, exercises, self-observations, interviewing others, gathering data, etc. These are designed with a holistic perspective with components that address mental, spiritual, physical and emotional needs and concerns.
What can I expect to gain?
You can expect to gain results! In addition to achieving results in the stated outcomes, one can also gain a sense of much greater self-awareness, of centeredness and groundedness in life, and, of an embodied knowledge and sense of one's own resourcefulness to handle situations in the future and not just for the current issues. By focusing not only on the external project issues, but also making the inner development work a core element of the coaching program, one is assured in gaining long-term benefits that outlive the immediate projects and sustain long-term needs.
How do we start?
We would schedule a time to have an initial interview and discuss coaching and its opportunities for you at this time. We would both need to agree to the benefit of our working together. I would then share some assessment questionaires and data gathering worksheets to begin the assessment process. These will begin creating the foundation that will result in a coaching program and measurable outcomes. (See the coaching testimonials page for more information.)