Frequently Asked Coaching Questions
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I am registered as a vendor with a number of universities and many of my clients pay for coaching out of their start up, research, or professional development accounts.
The initial consultation is free. Clients who are self-paying send a check in advance for three or four 45-minute sessions in a month. When research funds are being utilized, we meet first and I will email you an invoice on a monthly basis. The sessions take place by telephone at a mutually agreed upon time. The client and coach sometimes also communicate via email between sessions. The fee is inclusive of all coaching services, including email support.
I customize the coaching to the needs of the client. I have worked with clients for as short a time as six weeks and over as long a period as several years. Most clients make an initial commitment to three months of coaching.
One client came to coaching because of a psychological block to completing a piece of writing. We worked together to reframe her thinking about that piece, and she surprised herself by finishing in just a few weeks. Another client with a very successful career aspires to be one of the top people in his field. He has continued with coaching over several years because he appreciates the extra edge it gives him. Between those two examples are clients who use coaching to develop new habits and ways of operating, and feel ready to “fly solo” after a six- or twelve-month course of coaching.
Athletic coaches work with highly skilled people who want to perform at the top of their game. Likewise, professional development coaches work with people who are healthy, creative, and whole, but who want something more. A coach encourages you to think bigger and strive for more than you might have thought possible.
Coaching is action oriented. While clients often experience profound learning in coaching, learning in coaching is not just for the sake of understanding – it is always in service of moving forward toward a goal. Coaching sees the client as a whole, healthy person who wants more. Coaching is not psychotherapy. If the coach and client identify depression, anxiety, or other issues that are outside of the scope of coaching, the client is referred out to an appropriate service provider.
I am a graduate of the Mentor Coach Program. Although coaching is distinct from therapy, my years of training and experience as a therapist also gave me excellent preparation for coaching.
The client and coach participate in structured, collaborative conversations. I engage my clients in a variety of coaching methods including assessment, strategizing, visualization, creating structures, metaphor, and more. Incisive questions are also employed to bring clients greater clarity and allow them to move beyond self-imposed limits. Homework assignments are frequently incorporated in order to consolidate learning and allow the client to progress between sessions.
I am glad to meet for a free consultation to discuss how coaching could help you to reach your goals. You can schedule a consultation by emailing me at Rena@LeaderAcademic.com or calling (734) 665-4885.