Frequently Asked Coaching Questions
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We are registered as a vendor with a number of universities and many of our 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, the sessions are held first and we 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.
Although we customize coaching to the needs of the client, most clients make an initial commitment to twelve coaching sessions.
One client came to coaching because of a psychological block to completing a piece of writing. We worked together to reframe his thinking about that piece, and he surprised himself by finishing it in just a few weeks. Another client in a leadership role has continued with coaching over several years because she appreciates the extra edge it gives her. 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.
Rena is a graduate of the Mentor Coach Program and also trained with the Coaches Training Institute (CTI). Although coaching is distinct from therapy, her years of training and experience as a therapist also gave her excellent preparation for coaching. Affiliate coach biographies are available upon request
The client and coach participate in structured, collaborative conversations. We engage 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.
We are glad to offer a free consultation to discuss how coaching could help you to reach your goals. You can schedule a consultation by emailing Rena@LeaderAcademic.com or calling (734) 665-4885.