– The Wizard of Oz –
– The Wizard of Oz –
Coaching closes the gap between where you are now and where you would like to be. It is based on the principle that you already have the knowledge and know-how to unlock your full potential. It cannot be overstated how powerful it is to sit down with someone objective and non-judgmental in order to explore your values, your dreams, your goals, and come up with a blueprint to bring it all to life.
Coaching helps you get to the bottom of what you really want – with a clear vision and a plan to achieve your desired results as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Coaching develops self-awareness, a strong mindset, and clarity around goals. These are the simple, yet fundamental, keys to personal and professional success.
Many people come to coaching in moments of transition, for example, at the beginning or end of a relationship or career change. Coaching supports you through those stressful moments of change offering perspective and the tools to help you move forward successfully.
Others come to coaching for the opposite reason – stagnation, a sense of monotony, a feeling that something is missing, and frustration at not having more fulfillment and joy in their lives. Coaching helps you recharge and discover a new sense of purpose.
Executives, entrepreneurs, athletes, and others, recognize the need to work with a coach in order to boost their performance and growth. However, coaching is no longer just for elite athletes and CEOs – everyone deserves and could benefit from having a coach.
Our coaching relationship is confidential and focused exclusively on you and your goals. We work together on whatever challenge you present.
I offer support and encouragement to help you clarify exactly what you want, as well as an unbiased perspective to challenge you to notice self-limiting patterns or beliefs.
You bring your commitment and willingness to take action, and I bring the tools to help you achieve your goals quickly and efficiently.
As we work together, we will uncover what has been holding you back and the ways in which you may have inadvertently been getting in your own way – powerful insights which will serve you in the present and the future.
60 min – is the typical length of a coaching session with me, although the first session can run longer.
Coaching is available in English, French or Spanish.
– Anaïs Nin –
What I like about coaching is its emphasis on the present, and the limitless possibilities out there.
As your coach, I assume you already have plenty of experience and knowledge about your situation, as well as lots of well-meaning family and friends who offer you advice. That is not my job as a coach. (I’m quite sure you don’t need yet another voice piping in about what you should do.)
What we do is work together to help you understand yourself better and see yourself and your situation from an objective viewpoint – to help YOU find the best solutions for YOU.
We all have blind spots. We all see everyone in the room but ourselves.
It is my job to help you understand some of the dynamics (and limiting thoughts) that are giving you trouble.
As your coach, I serve as a mirror to help you see why you are not getting the results (promotion, better relationships, weight loss, improved body image & self-care) you want.
With a wider perspective and deeper understanding of yourself and the situation, you can make the mindset changes necessary for better decisions, improved relationships and greater accountability.
I work in parallel with you to support you as you learn to integrate new ways of thinking about yourself and moving about in the world. My only agenda is to help you streamline the learning curve to unlock your full potential.
I absolutely believe in and adhere to the code of ethics spelled out by the International Coach Federation (ICF) on their website.
Every one of my clients is unique and has their own personal story and reason for seeking out a coach – for this reason, I believe in tailoring my sessions to each individual and situation.
However, I do tend to rely on two overriding methodologies.
One is the popular GROW model, which is goal-centered. In this model, the client often arrives to the first session with a specific goal in mind, and together we define clearly where they are (their current reality), where they want to be (their goal), and an action plan to get them to their destination.
It is a linear model and is similar to a journey with a map and milestones – how to get from A to B as quickly as possible. Many clients find this very reassuring, especially if they are new to coaching, because it feels controlled and focused with the emphasis on a specific outcome.
Some clients are simply seeking accountability within the GROW model. In each session, we discuss their progress, any stumbling blocks and how to overcome them, until they feel they are ready to continue on alone.
The GROW model, which is problem/solution based, is sometimes referred to as transactional coaching.
Narrative coaching takes a different, much more client-centered, approach. The underlying premise with this methodology is that each of us has a story, and how we relate it is of the utmost importance.
As you relate your ‘story’, I am all eyes and ears. I notice the exact words you use, the people you mention (and don’t), what you highlight (and overlook) – in general, this narrative of yourself that you have created throughout your lifetime, and that you 100% believe about yourself.
By bringing your internal narratives into the room, we can work with them, and ultimately, help them to evolve to reflect who you are now or who you want to be.
Although it may seem counterintuitive, narrative coaching can often get to the crux of the client’s issues sooner and bring about more meaningful and longer-lasting change. Thus, it is often referred to as transformational coaching.
Moving forward often implies making hard decisions and incorporating change – something we all process differently, in part due to the emotional factors involved. Resistance can come up for different people at different stages. It would be nice if there were a cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all formula, but it’s just not the case.
In my experience, honoring and working with each individual’s process and learning style yields the best results.