Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. I work a lot with the adoption community and birthparent grief, and with widows, widowers and those having a hard time with the realities of being aging Baby Boomers and thinking about the next phase, or are part of the Sandwich Generation. I help people with relationship changes or who want to make changes. Also work with young adults with loss that holds them back and gives them pain. I work with those facing or wanting to plan for a big life change and who are ready and motivated to stuff suffering and to begin the process of reinventing themselves.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. A coach must feel like a good fit for you. You do a lot of important work with your coach and trust must be built. If you don't feel compatible from the get-go this is not too likely to happen. I was trained and certified by International Coach Academy, am an ACC (Assoc. Certified Coach) through the International Coach Federation, and am a Founding Member of Impact, an International Membership Group of Coaches, Advisors and Trainers
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. Coaching is a tool that takes many forms. It works!!
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. Prospective coaching clients must decide if they are ready to do the work it takes to achieve their own goals or to change their lives. The coach doesn't do the work for the client but facilitates the change, provides an ear, prodding, insight, help and accountability to make change possible.If you are hurting enough, or tired of how things are, you will be ready to invest in yourself. I will be 100% committed to seeing that you make the transformation you seek.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. I coach with a practical heart. I have a nature that is a combination of creative visionary and practicality.
Not only have I helped many people over the years but aside from professional skills, I have moved through many life changes and losses myself. I know how to help people move from pain to passion and purpose.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. Watching people blossom and transform their lives in ways they never thought possible.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. What if it doesn't work? If you are truly open to viewing the world/your life in a fresh new way and to finding solutions for whatever your problems are, I believe those solutions are within you and I will help you to find them.
Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?
A. It is so terrific to watch the growth and change that we facilitate as coaches and to be able to cheer our clients on. I have many stories. I guess watching a particular widow blossom and grow after she thought she would never feel "normal" again, and also helping birthmothers begin to look forward to new lives and start to set goals are among my favorite accomplishments and "stories" from my coaching work.
I also run a group for new or struggling new coaches and it's great to watch them move ahead and get clear on how to build their businesses.
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. Coaching is not therapy or mentoring, though at times a coach can also wear a mentor's hat. Clients have to be ready for the changes they are commiting to and for the work and new perspectives that will come their way.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. After running an adoption agency for nearly 30 yrs that had a unique, client-centered approach, someone pointed out to me that I did a lot of coaching at our agency and that was unique for the field. I decided to look into further training and became a certified professional coach, as well as continuing to take advanced training at every opportunity. I love the work and being able to help clients lead healthier, more successful lives no matter what they have gone through.
Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.
A. Client confidentiality makes this difficult but you can read some testimonials here and on my websites.
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. I am continuously taking training. There are all sorts of coaching training programs out there. The main training I took for my professional certification was an exciting and rigorous program equivalent in time, commitment and work to many grad school programs.
Q. What are the latest developments in your field? Are there any exciting things coming in the next few years or decade that will change your line of business?
A. Coaching is a relatively new field and has many applications and uses in business and in people's personal lives. All coaching essentially boils down to life coaching, whether it is working with an executive, a homemaker, an artist, a parent, a person with any career. We set our own goals and we all have our unique blocks that keep us stuck and prevent us from taking our lives to that wonderful next level, to achieve our dreams and goals.
Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.
A. I am trying an experiment in early 2015. It works on the honor system. If someone can truly not afford my normal fees, they can view my price points and propose an offer based on price points. Depending on my case load, I may or may not be able to accept but ask. I do need to fill my schedule with enough clients who pay full fees to be able to reduce the fee at times for others.
Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?
A. Have enough life experience, be a real people person and not just one who wants to make money, and get excellent training.
Q. Write your own question and answer it.
A. What do you tell people who say they probably can't afford coaching.
I ask them if they can afford to remain just the way they are without doing what they want to do or growing out of the pain they are in. I ask them what they can afford and tell them we can probably work something out if they are serious about coaching and getting help.