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re: integrative life coaching
What is integrative life coaching?
Integrative life coaching is designed to support you in resolving the discrepancy between where you are and where you want to be in life. You can also think of it as addressing and transforming the point of least satisfaction in your life. The ultimate goal of our work together is for you to make peace with yourself and to love yourself more fully.
Integrative life coaching was created by author and spiritual teacher Debbie Ford, and based on Carl Jung's theories and methodologies.
What distinguishes integrative life coaching from other kinds of coaching?
Some concepts and tools of integrative coaching distinguish it from other forms of coaching - and we can talk about those distinctions more fully in your free discovery session. But briefly, the method of coaching I practice is based on concepts of discovering and defining a vision you have for an area of your life, setting goals and action steps, and receiving profound support as you work toward that life vision. Additionally, integrative life coaching helps you move toward wholeness, expand your emotional education, understand your core stories, find and trust your own heart-based answers, and transform your relationship with yourself so you can learn to completely love yourself.
What can I expect from our work together?
When we work together you can expect that I will always see and hold you at your highest. Be assured I will be ruthlessly compassionate, even as I'm asking difficult questions and working with you to bust through your limitations so you can achieve your goals. I will hold you accountable for following through on your commitments, support you breaking through barriers you identify, and guide you to your own inner truths. And I will do all this without any agenda that your beliefs are broken or that you somehow need to be fixed.
How is coaching delivered?
Coaching is delivered over the phone or online via audio versions of Skype, WhatsApp, or Facebook.
Why don’t you coach in person or via video chat apps?
Coaching via the phone or audio apps allows you to be comfortable in your own space, wherever that might be in the world. By removing visual input, it allows me, as your coach, to provide you with deep listening and focus. Anonymity may also offer you a greater sense of ease, openness, and authenticity that might not otherwise be available during our time together.
How is life coaching different from counseling or therapy?
A counselor or therapist is someone who addresses psychological issues and provides diagnoses. The therapy process is driven by examining your past experiences to find the root cause of the problem. Therapy can last for several weeks, months, or years.
On the other hand, life coaching is a measurable, goal-driven, and shorter-term experience. Coaching is future-focused, though you will likely look at your past during our sessions to uncover what's getting in your way of you achieving your stated goals and desires.
As a coach, I am not qualified to diagnose or treat any psychological issues you may be experiencing. If you're unsure if you should be seeing a therapist or working with a coach, get in touch so we can talk it through. You have my vow that I will not take on anything I am not qualified to do.
Are there measurable results from our work together?
Of course! But as with anything, you will get out of coaching what you put in to it. Each session, you'll set goals and action steps or define structures and practices to move you closer to your life vision and goals. It's up to you how much you accomplish and how much you transform. My job is to hold you accountable and to support you in discovering what gets in the way of you achieving what you say you want.
What is your cancellation or missed-appointment policy?
Life has a way of showing up when you least expect. If you have an unforeseen circumstance that prevents you from keeping your appointment time, 24-hour notice is requested. If more than two appointments need to be rescheduled over the course of our agreed upon number of sessions, and there is less than 24-hour notice each time, please plan to pay a $50 no-show fee.
How long do you generally work with clients?
Think of life coaching as a program rather than something you do in sessions. You can receive as much coaching as you feel is necessary to create the change you're looking for. Sessions can be held once a week, every two weeks, once a month, or as needed.
How long is each coaching session?
Plan to spend about 90 minutes for each coaching session. Some sessions may run slightly shorter or longer depending on what’s come up for you session to session.
How long do you generally work with clients?
Think of life coaching as a program rather than something you do in sessions. You can receive as much coaching as you feel is necessary to create the change you're looking for. A single coaching session can offer powerful insights and shifts in your life. But if you are new to coaching, the process is best undertaken with multiple consecutive sessions, generally scheduled one or two weeks apart, though the timing is completely up to you.
To get started, plan on five sessions to begin building momentum toward fully living the life you long for. If you already know you want to work expansively and get the most out of the coaching process you can, consider signing on for ten sessions. Single sessions are for established clients (those who have received a minimum of five coaching sessions) who wish to revisit a coaching concept, go deeper into the process, receive extra support, or work through trouble spots.
What do you charge for coaching?
10 sessions: $1,000 ($100 / session)
5 sessions: $600 ($120 / session)
Single session (for established clients only): $100 /session
How do I pay you for my sessions?
After signing the client agreement, please make payment via Venmo or PayPal (a 4% fee is assessed for payments made through PayPal). Checks are also welcome. Payment must be received 24 hours before each session together, and you can always pay for all of your sessions at once.