Why: why we believe professional certified coaching is the best form of support for most of life’s difficulites
Coaching is gaining in popularity. People are no longer viewing coaching as it relates to fitness & sport. CEOs of large corporations & institutions, small business owners, career minded people, college students, stay at home parents, young adults, middle aged and the elderly are all hiring personal coaches to assist with everything from transitions of life, break ups, work performance to couples coaching. Coaching is quickly becoming a much sought after support system due to the fact that hiring a professional coach works! The proof is in the fact that coaching moves you through wherever you are and helps you get to where you want to go!
What is important to know about coaching is that professional /certified coaches are not taking some weekend warrior course on life coaching. Professional coaching is so much more comprehensive and skilled than that. So check the credentials of your coach.
Professional /certified coaches have to go through extensive training from an ICF recognized school that includes theory, coursework, mentoring, observations, and over 100 hours of coaching people before they even embark into the field. ICF, the International Coaching Federation is a governing body that has its own criteria that needs to be accomplished before the coach can be certified by ICF. There is a significant /important Code of Ethics that coaches are required to follow as well as one must prove competence in the core competencies outlined by ICF by submitting video footage etc. A comprehensive, timed final exam is also required. Coaches are also trained to know where clients may benefit from other therapies and are required to refer clients on if this is the case. The thing is most people do NOT need therapy. There are people who need to see a psychologist, psychiatrist, or counsellor, but coaching is quickly taking people helpers to the next level. Coaching is a very empowering process for MOST people who are finding a way towards becoming much more self directed and working towards independence long term.
So why did we decide to get into coaching? Why not counselling, social work, psychotherapy etc? Both George & I have advanced graduate work in Educational Psychology and each of us have 8 years of university behind us (total 16 years combined) so graduate work in the above fields would not have been difficult. So why did we pursue the coaching route that parallels many of these helping professions? The answer is complex, but not difficult to figure out.
With backgrounds in Educational Psychology both George and I are able to create curriculum that enhances coaching during the in-between sessions. That is, you get more support than you ever would with another type of counselling or therapy. These assignments are tailored to the unique needs of every client. We use assessment tools to help identify your strengths, and we help you put your strengths to work. Coaches help people in the area of mental health, relationships, careers, business, and yes, also fitness pursuits in such a way as to give the client the level of respect that is second to none. We don’t pathologize clients (we do not diagnose clients or find flaws that need to be fixed). We do not set ourselves as above our clients, but we do know that we can walk our clients through a process that is empowering and develops self determination at its core.
With a professional/certified coach all of the addictions, trauma, and pain from life is handled in a much different way than with other therapies. We do not blame you, yet we hold you accountable to the plan that YOU create. We develop curriculum/assignments/reflections that are unique to your own learning style. We deal with shame from a place of self discovery while fostering life changing self-compassion. Coaching is a strength based, client centred approach to supporting you in whatever place you find yourself. The philosophy and paradigm for coaching is the belief that you have everything you need inside you to make the decisions you need to make to plan a way forward. We take you through a process at your pace, and support you to find the strength you didn’t know you had. It takes time to change thinking, and to overcome the hard things that life has presented you with, but we are here to show you that the best is yet to come. It is a privilege to come along side you to work with you in whatever place you find yourself.
We offer a no-charge 40 minutes consultation so that you can determine if coaching is right for you. If you are reading this article then perhaps the time is right for you to get started.
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: Ecclesiastes 3:1
We look forward to working with you,
George & Lesley