Coaching is a special honor. Except for love, there is no greater gift a person can give another, than the gift of education, self-awareness, and personal growth. ~Caren Robinson
What Is the Role of the Coach?
- Provide clients with questions, observation, feedback
- Provide clients with support, encouragement, and accountability to meeting the clients own goals; work with clients to create actionable plans for achievement
- Mentor or Guide with proposed solutions that are often action oriented and present or future focused
- Facilitate conversations to help clients find clarity and direction
- The coach may share strategies, insights, tools, or even training based on their own experiences and training
- The coach may offer strategies that benefit the body or the mind and increase wellbeing by helping the client reframe past experiences by improving present and future applications in their daily life
When you’ve spent your whole life listening to others, it takes courage to pay attention to the sound of your own voice. ~ Unknown
What About Confidentiality?
Everything we talk about is confidential to the extent permitted by law and will be protected as such. Please be aware that the coach-client relationship is not privileged under law. That being said, since our relationship is built on trust, it will remain confidential unless you request otherwise in writing, and or if Vital Ability is subpoenaed (this will be further discussed in your Confidentiality Agreement).
Never be ashamed of a scar, it simply means you were stronger than whatever tried to hurt you. ~ Unknown
How Does Life Coaching Differ from Therapy?
Although life coaching and therapy can complement each other, life coaching is not a substitute for those who need therapy. Through coaching you develop strategic actions and plans to help you move forward in your life. Coaching does not attempt to explain behaviors, delve into your past, diagnose clients, or identify pathology. It is important to understand that coaching is not therapy and does not substitute for therapy if that is what is needed. Coaching does not prevent, cure, or treat any mental disorder or medical diseases. It is important that if you feel psychologically stressed to the point that it is interfering with your ability to function on a daily basis, it is important to seek the help you need in the form of a professional Counselor. We are glad to assist with various resources with how to access a Counselor should this be what you desire. Some folks see a Counselor and get Coaching simultaneously. This is how they both can complement each other.
The most profound thing we can offer our children is our own healing. ~Anne Lamott
When Should I Consider Therapy?
- If you feel incapacitated or are having an inability to function in daily life
- If you are having panic attacks that are causing you harm, or require hospitalization
- If you have suicidal thoughts, history, or tendencies or are actively suicidal
- If you have been diagnosed as a Psychopath, Sociopath
- If you are having thoughts of harming others
- If you are looking for treatment based on childhood trauma’s, how to leave or deal with a volatile relationship, or how to heal past relationship traumas
- If you have an issue you have been referred to counseling for