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Frequently Asked Questions

What is coaching?

The International Coach Federation defines coaching as follows:

“Professional coaches provide an ongoing partnership designed to help clients produce fulfilling results in their personal and professional lives.  Coaches help people improve their lives.

Coaches are trained to listen, to observe and to customize their approach to individual client needs.  They seek to elicit solutions and strategies from the client; they believe the client is naturally creative and resourceful.  The coach’s job is to provide support to enhance the skills, resources, and creativity that the client already has.”

 

How is coaching different than therapy?

Coach U defines the difference between Coaching and Therapy as follows:

“Therapy focuses on the life an individual is living as related to past, often childhood issues.  Therapy focuses on accompanying feelings and emotions, patterns of behavior and any self-destructive tendencies.  A typical outcome of therapy is healing the individual, the creation of more useful and healthy coping skills, and dealing with current issues and challenges.  Coaching focuses on what a person wants, beginning in the present and moving forward, developing the person to engage life with new behaviors and ultimately to achieve his or her definition of success.  It can be useful for the coachee to access information or knowledge from the past in order to identify past patterns of behavior that do not produce the preferred outcome.  A succinct way of identifying the line between coaching and therapy is that if a coachee’s past is an issue he or she may benefit from therapy, but if the past is a fact, he or she is coachable.”
 

How is coaching different than mentoring?

Coach U defines the difference between Coaching and Mentoring as follows:

“A mentor is an expert with knowledge in a particular field or within a particular company who can guide others to move forward within the company or field by benefiting from his or her experience.  A coach is an expert on the development of people in general, and helps people move forward on their own unique path that may be very different from that of the coach.”
 

What should I work on with my Coach?

You can work on anything you would like with Helen.  Often the coaching sessions will revolve around your goals; however, the coaching agenda is up to you!
 

How often do I talk to my coach?

Helen usually works with her clients two or three times a month.  Additionally, she offers direct e-mail support and brief telephone support outside of the regularly scheduled coaching time.  Please visit the Contact page to submit any questions.
  

How much does it cost?

The cost varies depending upon the type of service you choose.  There are a variety of individual coaching services, as well as a number of group programs. Please refer to the 1-to-1 Coaching and Teams pages for more information.

What do I have to do when I’m working with a coach?

Coaching requires a commitment from you to meet two or three times a month and complete certain work before your coaching appointments. You will work with Helen to determine how much time and energy you can commit each week in order to meet your stated goals.  Ultimately, the amount of work that you do is entirely up to you…you are the driver of this relationship.
 

I have more questions.  How do I get in touch with Helen?

Please fill out the form on the Contact page.
 

Are my conversations with my coach confidential?

Confidentiality is a very important aspect of the coaching relationship.  Information you share with Helen is confidential. 
 

What is a certified coach?

There are many different types of coach certifications.

 

The International Coach Federation (ICF) has created a certification program that is considered to be the gold standard for coaches internationally. They provide the requirements for achieving various certifications.  Please refer to the ICF website for the full certification details. The ICF also has regulatory and ethical standards. Please click here to review these standards. Helen has earned her Professional Certified Coaching (PCC) certification from the ICF.

Additionally, various training programs provide certification.  Please refer to the specific training program’s website for the requirements for their certification.

What training is there for coaches?

There are a number of organizations, colleges and universities offering training for coaches.   Helen is a graduate of the Coach U – Core Essentials program and the Coach U – Advanced Coaching Program.  Click Coach U to learn more about the Coach U training programs.