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General: HP has 2 years experience with coaching clients, over 10 years working as a small business consultant and over 30 years of social work in the public service sector.
Life experience has given her the capacity to express empathy to those who have found themself on the same path. HP herself has traversed the 'invisible kingdom' of acute to chronic health conditions. These overall experiences have given her a deeper understanding of human behavior and motivation.
Certifications: Level 1 and Level 2 coach Chronic Wellness Collective certifications and internship. (https://chronicwellnesscollective.org/) HP has completed the requirement and will sit for the ICF ACC tests in 2023. (https://coachingfederation.org/credentials-and-standards)
Other credentials: CLE, AANC nutrition counselor certificate, 3 certificates through the Dr. Vodder Lymphatic Therapy School and a level one essential oils certification from EO University.
Be Well ˑ Flourish offers virtual coaching sessions to accommodate the needs and preferences of HP's clients.
The frequency of coaching sessions depends on the individual and their goals. Some clients prefer to meet weekly, while others may meet bi-weekly or monthly.
When you work with a coach, you set out on a path to greater personal and professional fulfillment.
What is Coaching?
The International Coaching Federation (ICF) defines coaching as partnering in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires a person to maximize their personal and professional potential. The process of coaching often unlocks previously untapped sources of imagination, productivity and leadership.
You might think of coaching like going on a road trip with a supportive passenger riding along with you. You are in control of the car and where it’s going – the same way you’re in control of your life, your destiny, your decisions, your future. As you drive, your coach accompanies you, assisting you on your journey to reach your destination.
When you partner with a coach, you are in the driver’s seat. Your coach provides support for accountability and self-awareness and helps you gain new perspectives. Coaches ask questions not to get an answer they desire, but to encourage you in meaningful exploration that can help you reach a new level of depth and performance.
What Coaching is NOT
Coaching is not the same thing as mentoring or therapy. A mentor provides subject matter expertise, wisdom and guidance based on their own experiences. Therapy deals with healing pain, trauma, dysfunction or conflict of some kind, typically with the goal of resolving difficulties that impair an individual’s emotional health and psychological functioning.
By contrast, coaching focuses on facilitating individuals or groups to draw upon their own experiences and capabilities to set and reach their own objectives. The coach is the expert in the coaching process, but you are the expert on your life journey.
Be Well ˑ Flourish was designed to work with individuals who have arrived at a place of chronic health challenges they no longer consider acute but long-term. Despite these challenges, our clients have chosen to move forward so they can create a higher quality of life and not get stuck within the limiting belief that "this is it" and "things won't get better". They are professional people, parents or individuals pursuing greater fulfillment.
The ICF Identifies these as signs you may be in a good position to partner with a coach:
- I have a chronic illness but I don't want it to identify me
- I have a chronic illness but I still have to work
- I was a caregiver and am trying to redesign my life
- Feeling “stuck” and just want to "move on"
- Wanting to pursue a life-long dream
- Longing to become your best self
- Wanting to pursue career advancement
- Transitioning into a new stage of life
- Looking to grow professionally
- Desiring to feel more confident
- Leaving behind emotional baggage
- Wanting a sustainable routine despite health challenges
From the article: https://experiencecoaching.com/coaching-an-investment-in-yourself/
When you make the decision to invest in coaching, you are making the decision to invest in yourself.
This investment ensures you are setting aside the time and focus required to successfully achieve your goals.
Before you examine the time and financial investments of coaching, consider the following questions:
Answers to these questions can help you determine whether you are ready for coaching, as well as what you are willing to invest.
Investment of Time
The length of your sessions and engagement is really up to you. On average, a coaching engagement typically lasts four to six months, and each coaching session is one to two hours long, according to data from the 2020 ICF Global Coaching Study. In addition to the sessions with your coach, you should also plan to spend some time between sessions completing homework, reflecting, and preparing for upcoming sessions.
Your coach can help you develop a schedule that will work best for you, taking into account what your goals are, your ability to implement new skills, and the time you can dedicate to the coaching process. This is something you can discuss and agree upon during the initial contracting phase of your engagement.
Average coaching fees are dependent upon what type of coaching is being sought and who is paying for coaching. You may pay for coaching yourself, but increasingly, organizations are investing in their employees’ coaching. If you are unsure whether your organization will pay for your coaching, just ask. And even when your employer does pay for coaching, note that what you discuss with your coach will remain confidential.
By getting clear on what you want, you will have a better idea on what you’re willing to invest. You can then search for coaches within the price point you’re willing to pay and agree on a time investment.
The ICF states, the top 3 results reported by coaching clients are:
Improved communication skills
Increased self-esteem / self-confidence
"84% of coaching clients said they were likely or extremely likely to recommend coaching to a friend or family member." https://experiencecoaching.com/learn/
3 Things to Know about Coaching
In recent years, coaching has become a buzzword, especially within leadership circles, but there are still many misconceptions about what it is. Here are three key things to know about coaching:
1. Coaching is for performance development and enhancement - not for remediation.
Athletes have coaches to help improve their performance so that they can win matches and break records — even if it’s their own personal records. Even if you are at the top, you can still challenge yourself and continue to grow. A coach will help keep you focused on your goals, and the process of coaching often unlocks previously untapped sources of imagination, productivity and leadership.
2. Coaching is often confused with other modalities like consulting and mentoring, but there is one big differentiator.
In consulting and mentoring, someone else is the expert. A consultant offers advice and possible solutions. A mentor provides wisdom and guidance. In coaching, you are the subject matter expert. You set your objectives and goals, although a coach can help you ensure they are actionable, and the results are measurable. Then, you tap into yourself and do the work required to create the outcomes you seek.
A coach is an expert in the coaching process. It is their role to create a safe, non-judgmental space for you to clarify your goals and explore creative solutions. A coach is also there to keep you accountable to the goals you’ve set and to motivate you when you need it.
3. Coaching is confidential (even if it's employer-paid).
Coaching can be a deeply personal and private experience. Having a confidential, safe space is crucial for the process to work and allows you to be fully open, vulnerable and authentic with yourself. That’s why what you discuss during a coaching session remains between you and your coach — even if your organization pays for your coaching engagement. Members and Credential-holders of the International Coaching Federation (ICF) have made an ethical pledge to maintain client confidentiality.
When you decide to seek a coach, you will want to ensure that they are committed to your privacy.