Life Coaching in Washington, DC
[huge_it_share]When I talk with people in the Washington, DC area, early on in the conversation the question “what do you do?” inevitably comes up. Our success-oriented culture here in the DC area places strong value on “what we do” for a living. As a Life Coach and Mentor, I enjoy telling people about what I do, why it’s so important and fulfilling to me personally.
What is a personal coach, mentor or life coach?
Why are so many executives and individuals in the DC area using the services of a life coach to catapult their careers, break free from 9-5 jobs, and to create better, more fulfilling, richer lives?
The International Coach Federation (ICF) is the leading global coaching organization and professional association for coaches, and I’m a member. ICF defines coaching as “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.” The Coaches Training Institute, where I received my certification, are global experts in ICF. Learn more about my background and training here.
Life or personal coaching is gaining mainstream recognition as a growing field to help people reach their goals and improve life satisfaction. Much of the research that has been done on coaching is on the impact and return on investment of executive coaching. But a recent study of former United States Senate interns in Madison, Wisconsin by ICF and Pepperdine University showed that those who received coaching increased their life satisfaction and improved their lives in the following ways:
- overall life satisfaction
- goal attainment and personal development
- setting concrete, measurable goals
- effective at creating change
- seeking new solutions to old problems
What does a Life Coaching relationship look like?
In the interest of effective time management for my clients, I coach 90% of my clients over the phone. I can accommodate out of area clients via Skype and have worked with clients as far away as California and Dubai.
Those who live in the Washington, DC area have the option of meeting with me one-on-one at a convenient, mutually agreed on location. Typically, my clients like to start out by setting the tone of the coaching relationship by meeting for the first time face-to-face. Above I’m conducting one of these initial “get to know you” meetings with a new client for the first time over lunch.
Each coaching session is a one-hour intensive one-on-one conversation. The methodology is based on a partnership I create with my clients. The client sets the agenda and decides the subjects for life coaching. At minimum the meetings are twice per month, but some feel that weekly sessions work best for meeting their goals. I ask for accountability on our mutually agreed upon goals. I follow up and keep close track of progress through emails and reminders, and I ask for a three month (six session) commitment from all new clients.
How can Life Coaching help?
I provide life coaching to clients who are at a crossroads, looking for new beginnings, and want to get organized to move forward. Learn about each of my services. I specialize in:
- Transition Coaching. Making a big life change or new beginning, wherever you are in the process today.
- Relocation Coaching. Cross-cultural adjustment, whether cross-country or overseas.
As I mentioned earlier in this post, our success-oriented culture here in the DC area places strong value on “what we do” for a living. As you gather with colleagues, friends and family this holiday season, think about how you feel when asked “what do you do.” Is it what you want to do? Are you feeling fulfilled by what you do? Are there other things you want to be doing, whether professionally or in your personal life? Are big changes coming in 2015?
Make the new year the time you make a fulfilling life choice – whether you are relocating, changing jobs or adapting to another culture. I will help you find balance and purpose with a personalized plan that provides tools, skills and knowledge to face a transition with confidence. Call me today or use the tool on my homepage to Schedule Your First Complimentary Appointment. I look forward to working with you to create the life you’ve always dreamed of.