What is transformational life coaching?
Transformational life coaching is the process of working with a skilled professional coach trained to stretch you into new ways of being and doing through the art of high-level communication, the use of psychological and psycho-spiritual coaching tools, and by fostering a foundation of accountability and empowerment. The process of coaching is about committing to leaving behind the behaviors which lock us in place, disabling our progress forward, and finding a new relationship with our own highest functioning Self. Coaching facilitates human thriving. It brings psychic order to psychic chaos. My particular flavor of life coaching brings spirit and intuition into the mix through a foundation of presence, compassion, confidence, energy, and courage. Transformational change means permanent change and it’s the creation of a new brain network. It’s powerful and highly rewarding.
How does transformational life coaching differ from therapy?
From a coaching standpoint, every client is creative, resourceful and whole. Combing through the past through talk-therapy is critical and important work done through the expertise of a psychologist, psychotherapist or analyst. Transformational life coaching is equally critical and important work which does not focus on the past but instead focuses on the present into the future. Coaching requires a person to be self-correcting, meaning they are aware when their behaviors are harmful to themselves or others and have the ability to shift their behaviors when they are destructive. It also requires a person to be self-generating meaning they know what it takes to feel strong and have the ability to shift into those behaviors when they’re in a difficult place. If a person is not self-correcting or self-generating, they are a candidate for therapy, not coaching.
What are some typical reasons to work with a transformational life coach?
There are too many to list, but a few examples are:
- Finding clarity has become difficult.
- Renewed energy and vitality is desired.
- Something urgent, compelling or exciting is at stake (such as a big goal, dream or challenge).
- A desire to move forward.
- A gap exists in knowledge, skills, confidence or resources.
- Strengths need to be identified and leveraged.
- A spiritual awakening is taking place and there is a lot of confusion swirling.
- Painful life-patterns keep appearing in various forms.
- A strong desire to live an authentic life of integrity.
What is your model of coaching?
My model of coaching blends my expertise in transpersonal psychology (the psychology of highest connection & expression) with the Appreciative Inquiry model of coaching. Appreciative inquiry is about focusing on strengths. It’s about exploring what’s working, what’s right, with the ultimate intention of transforming what’s not working, what’s wrong. My coaching model is a blend of spirit and science working with your soul’s expression while also fostering the development of new neural-pathways to assist your brain in working for you rather than against you.
What are some benefits of working with a transformational life coach?
Professional coaching brings a multitude of gifts including new perspectives on life challenges, enhanced decision-making skills, greater interpersonal effectiveness and greatly increased confidence. Those who undertake the transformational coaching journey are happier, more productive and report greater satisfaction with their life and work.
In a recent study independently conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers more than 12,000 people having received either executive or personal coaching reported these results of their coaching experience:
- 70% of them reported improved work performance.
- 61% reported improved business management.
- 57% reported improved time management.
- 80% reported increased self-confidence.
- 73% reported improved relationships.
- 72% reported improved communication skills.
- 67% reported improved work/life balance.
- 99% of all polled reported that they were more than satisfied with the overall experience and 96% would repeat the process.
Can I count on you to solve my problems for me?
Through the journey of coaching you will develop the skills required to solve your own problems. I believe the coaching relationship is a sacred partnership built on mutual respect and a commitment to your own empowerment. There is nothing more disempowering than another person attempting to solve our problems for us.
Are you a trained professional coach?
Yes I am. I have a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in psychology and I also earned my CPC (certified professional coach) status through my master’s program. I am credentialed through the International Coach Federation, which I believe holds the highest professional standards in the industry. Coaching is an art and a science. I believe professional credentials are important. I believe I’m also innately and intuitively gifted in coaching. The merging of the two qualities, intuitive and professionally credentialed, are my foundational strength.
What is required of me?
Your primary responsibility is to show up, ready to be 100% real and fully ready to embark on this journey of inner exploration and discovery. This takes courage. But more than anything it takes self-compassion and the willingness to open up to new possibilities. There is no behavior of yours, no emotional pattern which does not hold infinite wisdom within. You have to be willing to integrate all parts of you through this process. Also, there is work involved. I’m a good judge of a person’s preferred process (some crave actual homework, some despise it) and will design your coaching work based on your strengths. But 100% accountability is required for the transformational process to have a positive effect. If you say you’re going to do something, I’m going to hold you to that.
How long should I work with you?
This depends on your needs and desires. If you’re wanting to work on one specifically defined issue, such as “How can I learn to function with my aggravating boss? I love my job and don’t want to leave, but I’m struggling here.” then a 4 or 8 session package is a great place to start. If you’re experiencing a spiritual crisis and want desperately to find deeper meaning in your life though find that you keep sabotaging your journey, then there is likely a gold mine of factors to be excavated which will naturally take longer. Transformational change is literally the creation of a new brain network and it takes about a year, biologically. It is the process of recognizing which behaviors, thoughts or beliefs are asking to be retrained and then undergoing the process of transforming those behaviors, thoughts or beliefs. For broad strokes of change, the 6 or 12 month total transformation packages are for you. The investment will last a lifetime, will result in a much higher-functioning You, and will most definitely pay for itself through your life’s progress.
I strongly desire this work, but cannot afford it. What should I do?
First of all, I want you to evaluate the absolute truth of that statement. Can you truly not afford it, or are you not accustomed to investing in yourself because any investment in your success or wellbeing is considered frivolous or unnecessary? Be honest with yourself. Transformational work takes you to a new level of possibility, including new levels of success, abundance and productivity which typically lead to an actual financial return on your investment. Just be incredibly honest with yourself. If the answer is still, nope, cannot afford it, then I would strongly suggest the group classes and/or the e-courses which also give you access to a Facebook community where you can reach out for further support. If you can’t swing that, then please follow my blog, sign up for my newsletter, and follow me on social media (Facebook and Twitter are my primary platforms). I am always writing transformational entries designed to stretch you and strengthen your inner reserves as well as frequently recommend books to read including my own book, S.T.A.R. Philosophy Fascinated Observer’s Guide. It’s a book which encompasses my entire coaching philosophy and has exercises throughout built for transformation. I also welcome you to visit the free resources section of this website for some powerful tools you can implement immediately.