Why Coaching?

Like other support practitioners, a coach helps you achieve your goals. Essentially, to get from ‘A’ to ‘B’.
I accompany clients as they pare down and slow down to get to what matters.

On the continuum of tasks and professionals you may encounter in life, a coach uniquely has a place next to all of them. As part of their efforts to simplify their lives, my clients may be on a health journey, attending medical appointments or therapy sessions. They may be in career balance mode, managing a new position, or they’re wrangling post-grad demands. Some may be downsizing and coordinating tasks with organizers and real estate agents, or they desire to mindfully get through estate matters. And some just love taking time out to discover where they are at and what can they do to embed resiliency and zest into their lives!

What do these clients have in common? They are in a transition that requires a vision, a creative plan, action and accountability. A coach is your partner through it all.

Change can be something we choose. Sometimes change is given to us, with or without notice. From either perspective, I help you get through the mental, emotional and tangible ‘weeds’ so you can stay on track. But coaching isn’t just about helping you cope; it is a pathway to thriving! Your wellbeing is the focus here.

I provide a guiding framework to help you get to what is most important for you.

Through questions, tools and assessments, you explore, reflect, assess, make decisions, become aware, learn and grow. Along the way we look at assumptions, expectations, habits, motivation and more.

I listen non judgmentally as a neutral person not invested in your outcome. I provide a safe space for you to express yourself. Our sessions elevate you out of your day-to-day so you focus solely on what you need.

These sessions thread together as a trajectory to achieve an end result that makes you feel proud.

There is a point when coaching and therapy overlap. Therapy generally helps clients who are stuck somehow and not able to cope in the present moment. They look to the past to unravel what may be contributing to this. You sometimes hear words like ‘to heal’ and there are conditions for which people seek treatment. Many wonderful therapists have taken coach training and use the skills set in their repertoire. In coaching we focus on the present in daily action to change your future. Our assumption is clients are generally well and no matter how difficult it is to make change, they have the full capability to walk forward.
There is a kind of coach who imparts knowledge and provides a program for their clients to follow. Think of a sports or singing coach. Consultants are the same, in that they have an expertise that they will share with you (think of a small business consultant) Mentorship is similar, in that wisdom is shared to support someone, yet mentors often are not paid.
Our type of coaching assumes that you are the expert of your life and we coax you to reveal the best route for you based on your knowledge of yourself. We don’t suggest or impart information and we are not cheerleaders for our clients. A coach is an impartial outside objective professional who is continually training to provide you with the best skillset to help you reach your goals.
Professional coaches like me are members of the International Coach Federation (ICF). ICF credential-holders are part of a self-regulating group of elite coaches who provide accountability to clients and the coaching profession as a whole. They pursue and complete rigorous education and practice requirements that provide  legitimacy to their commitment to excellence in coaching.
To learn more about my ongoing education, as well as my background,  click on the About Jo link in the menu above.