What to expect
What is the difference between coaching and psychotherapy?
Coaching and psychotherapy overlap in some areas and there are some key distinctions.
In transformative coaching it is the belief that every client is creative, resourceful and whole. There are no diagnoses or pathologies to examine, instead an integration of parts of ourselves that need to be shown compassion and space to communicate. The answers to the questions you are seeking lie within you. As a coach, I am here to help facilitate your own process of self awareness, connection and understanding.
Therapists are trained to work with people who have serious mental health diagnoses where coaches are not. If you are in a place of deep trauma and need help, there are incredible therapists who can help you heal.
This website is one way to find a therapist who can be of service.
What can I expect during a coaching session?
All sessions are confidential. We will co-create a safe space to discuss an area or areas of your life you feel stress or confusion. From there we will choose from a variety of coaching tools to dive deeper into the thinking and beliefs behind the area of stress. These tools will reveal blindspots and mental and emotional obstacles often times we can not see on our own.
You'll leave each session with new tools to navigate through your life with greater clarity on the steps ahead. Most of all, with each session you will know yourself deeper and more profoundly.
You will come home to yourself.
What approach to coaching do you use?
The coaching methods I practice are spiritual and transformational techniques based in consciousness studies, earth wisdom, the universal laws of quantum physics and Internal Family Systems.
We will start the work at your comfort level, whether you are looking for more practical tools for everyday challenges or deeper exploration of subconscious blocks. Many clients are surprised by the depth of the work and feel profound shifts in only one or two sessions, releasing stagnant emotion and energy.
If we decide to do deeper work, I will be available to support you in post coaching self-care practices. This will provide continued healing to the areas we worked on and a way to integrate the wisdom you found inside yourself.
Some additional self-care activities to keep in mind: taking a walk, sitting by a sunny window, making a favorite cup of tea, listening to relaxing music, dancing to music you love, doodling on paper, journaling, meditating, taking a shower/ bath, being with your pets, taking a nap. These are just some suggestions. Listen to your body, it will know what to do.
How should I prepare for a coaching session?
Not much preparation is needed. Some clients like to have some notes of things they've been thinking about. Depending on our session, I may send you a specific questionnaire to get acquainted before our session.
On the day of our session just be sure you have a safe, quiet space free from distractions and noise so you can get the most out of our time together. The healing process will take care of the rest!
I also encourage clients if it's possible to have at least 10-15 minutes free after the session to spend either in silence or to take a walk, so you can process the work before going back to regular activities. Some additional suggestions for self-care are listed in the previous answer.