Answers to Questions
Where do you coach?
I coach most of my clients via phone which removes the geographic limitation except for time zone considerations. Typically I coach those within the continental U.S.A.
Since I live in the Stony Brook area, on Long Island, NY the in-person coaching I do is local to that. I do offer on-site coaching as well which includes additional fees for travel.
How important is certification?
Coaching has been around for several decades. While it is still relatively unregulated, it is maturing as a profession. The International Coaching Federation (ICF) is the premier international organization that sets and maintains standards for coaching and coach training and provides accountability for it's member coaches to ensure high standards of practice and ethical conduct.
It was important to me to be trained by organizations who are accredited by the ICF.
I believe it is important to belong to an organization that oversees my coaching. I am a full member of the ICF and have received their ACC certification. I also serve on the board of the local ICF chapter here on Long Island and am a member of Christian Coaches Network International.
Certifications never guarantee the quality of service. However, as an ICF certified coach, it's important for me that you know I'm serious about the coaching profession, my ongoing development, and providing you coaching and results that meet a high standard. You can be confident that my coaching is in accordance with the ICF's Code of Ethics and you have recourse through the ICF should you need it.
How can I know if your coaching style matches what I'm looking for?
I provide a 20 minute Discovery Session in which I describe my coaching process, provide you with a brief sample of coaching and allow you to ask your questions. This gives you a sense of my style and whether we might be a fit.
This conversation is provided at no cost to you.
In a sponsored coaching engagement - where the organization pays for coaching for an employee - I meet with a representative and the person to be coached to discuss their needs and provide a written proposal for the work to be done.
Do you provide a single coaching session?
Effective coaching involves change and follow-up and it is rare that a single session of coaching can be effective. If you have a specific need and believe a brief engagement will suffice, let's have a conversation about what would be most effective for you. Contact me to explore a solution that meets your need.
Do you coach people who are currently receiving counseling?
I may coach someone who is concurrently receiving counseling. This depends on the nature of the counseling and will require a conversation between me and the counselor to determine whether concurrent coaching is appropriate or not. If, while engaged in a coaching partnership, a client wishes to pursue counseling, we will end the coaching partnership at that time and I will refund the appropriate portion of the Package Fee.
If you have other questions please contact me. I'd be glad to speak with you.