What are your office hours?
I'm available by phone or video chat M - F, 10 - 5 EST. You can book online here. I book some evening appointments but only directly. Call 415-845-9135 to inquire about evening availability.
What do I need to know about coaching by phone?
I recommend you use a headset or speakerphone so that you can have hands-free body awareness. Also, please choose a time when you will have privacy and be free of distractions.
What do I need to know about coaching by video?
We can use Zoom, FaceTime, Signal or What's App. Please note that of these options, Zoom is the only platform that is not presently end-to-end encrypted. I keep my app up to date, however, and take all recommended precautions to keep my Zoom calls secure because it provides the best visibility.
What is a life coach/personal development coach?
The International Coach Federation defines coaching as "partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential." A personal development coach is a coach who emphasizes the development of inner capacities as foundational to everything else. The term is synonymous with life coach.
What is a coaching container?
For me, a coaching container is:
a safe, reflective space for another to clarify and speak their truth in
an artful, candid space that allows for shifts at the level of belief system
a respectful space that honors the body's wisdom
a spacious space that encourages another to birth a new level of awareness
a focused space that supports another to manifest something very meaningful to them
Who is your ideal client?
You're my ideal client if you resonate with the following statements:
There is some cherished way I desire to become more satisfyingly me.
I want to focus my attention on that desire.
I would like a coach to help me focus my attention.
I value honest conversation and powerful questions.
I trust the information my body gives me.
I value personal growth and am willing to step outside of my comfort zone.
What will happen during my Clarity Conversation?
During this free, 25-minute phone or video chat conversation, I'll ask you questions that allow you to gain some clarity about what you are truly longing to experience and how you can begin to answer the call of your potential. You'll get a feel for my coaching presence, and you can ask me questions about my policies, pricing, etc.
How much time will I have to devote to coaching?
This answer will depend on your personal vision, circumstances, and level of commitment. You'll need a half hour or an hour a week to meet for our coaching conversations, and you'll also be devoting some time each week to your Individual Development Plans. These practices and exercises will emerge from you during our coaching conversations and most will be easily folded into your daily routine.
The actions steps you choose to take will require various amounts of time. However, you might be able to free up some time in your schedule by identifying certain things you can do less of or some things you may be willing to let go of. In fact, letting go of what no longer serves you tends to occur naturally as you become more satisfyingly you.
What methods of payment do you accept?
What are your refund and cancellation policies?
If you can’t complete a package or simply decide that you don’t want to complete it for any reason, I’ll happily refund you for the unused portion. Regarding cancelling or rescheduling, thank you for doing so withing 24 hours of your appointment time. I charge a $50 fee for appointments not cancelled or rescheduled within this time frame.
What is the difference between coaching and therapy?
Generally speaking, therapists will help you explore and understand conditioned patterns of behavior that you formed in the past. Therapists will also offer you suggestions and resources that will help you more effectively manage your behavior and navigate your present reality. (Therapists who are also trauma specialists offer deeper liberation by helping you literally process information that overwhelmed you at the time you experienced it.)
By contrast, a life coach's role is to facilitate powerful conversations that allow you to gather your internal resources, clarify your vision, and intentionally create your most authentic, fulfilling life. While conditioned patterns of behavior will definitely be a part of some of these conversations, as a coach I won't focus on your story or try to help you process trauma. I will, however, hold space for your emotions as they arise, and I will help you identify and shift underlying beliefs. I'll also help you become aware of the subtleties of the habit nature you're wanting to change, and I'll help you consciously choose and practice new ways of being in the world - new ways that support you actively creating your desired future.
Is life coaching for me?
Performance (goal-oriented) life coaching was embraced and popularized by the corporate world to great success beginning in the 90s. It's come a long way since then, becoming increasingly personal, developmental, and spiritual. Now life coaching is for anyone willing to commit to the honest, internal exploration that will allow more authentic ease, joy, and fulfillment. Is this you?!
How can I prepare for my coaching conversations?
You can maximize your coaching time by entering into the conversations knowing what you'd like to focus on and what you'd like your session outcome to be. This awareness isn't necessary though. Any way you show up will be fine.