Why work with a coach?
People hire a coach for one reason: to help them move from where they are to where they want to be.
Coaching results in faster, more powerful progress — no matter what your goal.
On your own, change can be slow and difficult.
With a coach as your partner, you gain insights, learn new strategies, boost your motivation, and more. This results in faster, more powerful progress than you could have achieved by working alone — no matter what brought you to coaching.
What is coaching?
As your coach, I am your partner in a process designed to help you clarify — and achieve — your vision for yourself and your work.
Here are some of the things I do to support you:
- Ask powerful questions to elicit your wisdom and expertise.
- Provide feedback and share impressions to help you see yourself and your situation more clearly.
- Challenge you to stretch beyond self-imposed limits.
- Suggest new perspectives that present greater possibilities.
- Help you stay focused on what’s most important.
- Suggest resources and concepts that will enhance your effectiveness as you move toward your goals.
- Help you create systems and environments that support you in achieving your objective.
- Help you understand and navigate setbacks when they occur.
Coaching has a goal-oriented and positive focus. You set the goals, and together we identify ways you can draw on your strengths in order to accomplish them.
Coaching works best when you take an active role. Here are some tips for getting the most out of the time and money you invest in coaching.
Coaching is different from psychotherapy, which has a focus on healing and reducing symptoms of emotional problems or psychological disorders – difficulties that are often rooted in negative past experiences. In contrast, coaching has a future orientation and is focused on helping well-functioning people achieve the goals they have set for themselves.
What To Expect
My coaching is tailored to each client. That said, there are some common elements in the process...
1. Clarifying Goals
We begin by getting clear on what you want to achieve. Why are you seeking coaching? What's your vision for yourself and your work/life? Often the answers aren't obvious, and getting true clarity around them can be a catalyst in and of itself.
2. Assessment (optional)
We’ll often use structured tools early in the process to help you gain insight into yourself and your current situation. I frequently suggest a combination of a self-report personality test (such as Personalysis® or the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®) and another assessment focusing specifically on skills you are seeking to enhance.
3. Sharing Feedback
The goal here is to get an accurate picture of your strengths and challenges. We might review assessment results together, or we may use other strategies to get you feedback (e.g., interviews with your colleagues). I'll also share my own impressions as we talk together; often this means helping you see strengths and unique qualities that you've overlooked in yourself.
4. Identifying Strategies, Action Steps, & Resources
Once we've done the above work, the way forward quickly becomes clear. I help you nail down the best strategies and needed action items, and I also point you toward useful tools and resources.
5. Celebrating & Supporting Progress
I support you as you work toward your goals — helping you stay motivated, keep your perspective, and adapt as needed to address unanticipated barriers or opportunities. I also help you recognize, celebrate, and understand your successes — a powerful way to keep learning and improving!
A client once told me that coaching with me was like looking in a mirror that reflected back the very best version of herself.
I don't ignore the very real challenges or issues my clients are facing, but I DO believe in connecting with and building on your highest aspirations as well as your unique talents and strengths. Experience has taught me this is the best way to help people make powerful progress.
So when you work with me, you can expect to feel supported, encouraged, inspired, lifted up — even loved. Warmth is a real hallmark of my style.
I'm also particularly good at synthesizing what I hear and reflecting it back in ways that boil things down to their essence, which helps create greater clarity. And that clarity is often the first step toward meaningful action.
Finally, I bring a helpful blend of practicality and creativity to my coaching — sharing tried and true ideas and resources, but finding new ways to adapt them to your unique style and circumstances so they'll "stick" for you.
Here are answers to some of the most common questions people have about working with me as their coach...
How long is a coaching session?
Most sessions last from 45–60 minutes.
Where are the coaching sessions held?
A phone call or videoconference works well; just pick a private place where you won't be disturbed. However, my local clients (here in Richmond, Virginia) often like to come to my office. It's a pleasant, sunlit space that offers them a chance to step away from the stresses and distractions of everyday life.
How often will we meet?
We'll decide this together. It can range from every other week to every other month, depending on your needs and goals.
Can I contact you between sessions?
Sure! In fact, periodic emails to share a success or ask a simple question are encouraged! I just ask you to keep it brief (5–10 minutes or less) and save the big things for our scheduled conversations.
What does it cost?
My fees are usually $350 per session for corporate clients and $200 per session for nonprofit clients. (If you are a very small nonprofit or an individual who's employer is not paying for coaching, a need-based fee reduction may be possible.) There will be an additional one-time charge for any assessments, we decide to use; costs for those range from $30 to $350, depending on the tool. There is no cost for an initial call to discuss your coaching goals and determine if I would be a good fit for you as your coach.
What about confidentiality?
Our conversations stay confidential unless you give the ok for me to discuss them with others. If your employer is paying for the coaching, they may require that I provide your supervisor with information about your coaching goals and progress; in those cases, I keep my updates as general as possible to protect your privacy. The only (highly unlikely) situation in which I would break confidentiality is if I am legally or ethically required to do so.
Ready to get started? Or want to explore a little further? Get in touch so we can schedule a time to talk!