How does coaching work?
We work with highly motivated and creative adults. The format is modern-- 45 minute phone, Skype or in-person sessions 2-4 times per month. You create a vision for who you want to be and what you want to create in your life. In each session, we move through obstacles, envision possibilities and create action plans for reaching your goals. You "try on" new perspectives and experiment with new strategies for handling challenges and stepping into your fullest potential. You set "homework" assignments for yourself that make you think and act toward your goals between sessions. Through this process you learn to listen to your inner signals and become a sculptor of your own life-- cutting away the dissonant parts and watching as your core purpose and being emerges, radiant and alive!
What are your rates?
$500/month ~ 4 coaching sessions per month
$375/month ~ 3 coaching sessions per month
$250/month ~ 2 coaching sessions per month
Three Month Packages:
$1200 ~ 3 months @ 4 sessions/month ($300 savings)
$900 ~ 3 months @ 3 sessions/month ($225 savings)
$600 ~ 3 months @ 2 sessions/month ($150 savings)
A three month commitment is requested as change takes place over time. After this, you can opt to continue on a month-by-month basis.
Payment is accepted by cash, check or credit/debit using Paypal and is due by the first of each month. Mail checks to Essence Life Coaching, P.O. Box 1421, Discovery Bay, CA 94505.
Is the coaching by phone or in person?
The coaching is conducted by phone/Skype, allowing us to work with clients around the world. In-person sessions are available in Discovery Bay, CA.
Why over the phone? One of the keys to self-development is regular, consistent attention to your progress -- this means finding a structure that will fit your schedule over the medium to long term. You will be amazed how connected we can be over the phone and the convenience of this structure will allow you to spend more time on your self-development and less time commuting. Plus you can continue your self-development while on vacation or traveling for work. I have had regular clients in all parts of the country.
Is coaching right for me?
Do you want to improve the quality of their life? And, are you willing to explore new ways and possibilities? If your answer is yes, then coaching may be just what you’re looking for!
How does hiring a coach benefit me?
- You get clear on what you want and what’s important to you.
- You take more effective and focused actions immediately.
- You identify and move past the things that get in your way.
- You create momentum towards the life you want to be living.
- You set clear goals and achieve them.
How long does the coaching relationship last?
It’s up to the client and depends on their needs, goals and growing edge. I ask for an initial three month commitment but many relationships extend much longer. Some clients use coaching to reach a specific goal or for guidance around a particular issue and prefer to allot a specific amount of time for the coaching to support them in realizing their vision. This could be anywhere from 3 to 9 or more months with regularly scheduled assessments to ensure that we’re on track. Others choose to have coaching be a regular part of their life. These clients are committed to being on a path of growth and find value in having a coaching relationship support them along their life’s journey.
What is the difference between coaching and therapy?
Therapy focuses on healing past wounds and curing dysfunction, and aims to bring clients to normal functioning. Therapists ask ‘why’ and look to the past for the answers. Therapy is usually conducted in-person and rarely by phone.
Coaching, on the other hand, helps an already successful, generally well-functioning person to reach a higher level of success and satisfaction. Coaches work with their clients to clarify their goals, get past obstacles, develop better habits, and make conscious choices. Coaches ask “what now” and look to the present and future with their clients. It focuses on transforming lives from ordinary to extraordinary. Coaching is conducted by phone or in person, though many coaches only coach by phone.
Coaching and therapy do complement each other and it is not uncommon for a person to be involved in both processes. When appropriate, I refer clients to therapists.
What is the difference between coaching and consulting?
Consulting is the transfer of professional or expert advice on a specific topic. It typically involves an expert using their own skills to improve a given situation for their client. For example, a financial consultant advises a client on investments that may be appropriate for the client’s specific situation. This consultant’s advice is taken into consideration and a decision is made. The client will most likely seek out a consultant again when another such decision is required as the client most often does not become adept at investing on their own.
Coaching, on the other hand, addresses the client’s whole life and taps into the knowledge and wisdom the client already has. Coaches help to align their clients with their values and priorities. They help clients figure out what they want, set goals for getting there, and help them overcome the obstacles (like fear, lack of resources or support) that get in their way. They help clients restore life balance, find fulfillment in work and life, and reduce stress and anxiety while achieving more. It's a “work smarter not harder” philosophy. Coaches do not give advice or fix problems for their clients. Rather, they help the client uncover their own solutions. Unlike consulting, coaching develops the client’s skills and abilities. After working with a coach, clients are better prepared to achieve success, without a coach.