Life coaching is a collaborative experience. It involves working closely with an individual—developing a close partnership of sorts—in order to better understand what that individual hopes to accomplish in life. I will ask questions to help my clients discern what their goals are, and I also want them to comprehend that these goals should be for their own benefit and personal growth—they should only seek improvement for themselves, not for the sake of others. A large part of my coaching revolves around helping a client actualize their dreams: We will work together to achieve their desired results. Sometimes, my clients have personal challenges that they need to overcome before they can progress to their ideal level of self-growth, and I will help them do so. My goal as a coach is to help my clients get where they want to go.
Life coaching is for individuals who desire to reinvent themselves. We all come to a point in our lives when we desire some kind of positive change—many times, we feel the need to take that next step and seek out that ideal career, or we may want to achieve important personal or relationship goals. However, some people have difficulty realizing positive change on their own—they might have a tendency to procrastinate, they might be intimidated by change or they might be unaware on how to proceed with their desired course of action. But as a life coach, I help my clients gain that much-needed sense of security to move forward and achieve vital life goals.
Pricing for my life coaching services depends on a client’s personal needs. Typically, my clients receive life coaching for two hours a month, divided up into four, 30-minute sessions each month. From my professional training and experience, it is customary to charge $75.00 per session. However, my services are flexible and I can be reasonably accommodating depending on a client’s wishes and needs.
On average, my clients make a three-month commitment to the coaching process. After that initial three-month period, the client and I can work together to evaluate their progress and determine if they were able to reach their desired goals. Depending on the individual, coaching can last for three months, or it can continue up to a year or more. After three months, it is up to the client to decide how long they want to continue.
I am an officially licensed marriage and family therapist—I received my therapy training at the Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria. Furthermore, I received my life coaching training at the College of Executive Coaching. Because of my background, I can utilize the most effective and cutting-edge coaching techniques in order to help my clients achieve their personal goals in a timely and efficient manner. In addition, because of my efforts as a special needs advocate and the founder of Angels Bearing Gifts (a local Santa Barbara non-profit program that provides gifts for special-needs individuals on special occasions like birthdays—oftentimes they don’t have anyone to celebrate with), I have a keen understanding of what’s required when it comes to providing support for loved ones with special needs. If a client needs emotional support or guidance when it comes to providing assistance to a special-needs family member or friend, then I can provide invaluable consultation.
If you’re in the Santa Barbara area, we can arrange an in-person session. However, I’m available for remote life coaching, and I can provide life coaching sessions with a client via phone or Skype, no matter their location—even if they’re located on the other side of the world.
I may use some of the tools that I have successfully incorporated during my career as a therapist during a life coaching session, such as my ability to listen, overcome resistance and solve specific social problems. However, life coaching is not a specific mental health service (it can’t be reimbursed by health insurance), and it’s centered more specifically on positive communication than any sort of psychotherapeutic DSM diagnosis.
In addition to being a life coach, I have been a marriage family therapist for many years. Although I will not be doing therapy in the strictest sense I can utilize my ample experience as a therapist to better communicate with my clients. Overall, because of my therapy background, I can offer my clients a life coaching service that is high quality, unique and unrivaled.
During my life coaching training, I learned just how vital it is to interview my clients on their past successes. By doing so, I have a better understanding of a client’s strengths and weaknesses. I can also use a specific example of a past success (say a successful relationship, a job promotion or so on) to help boost a client’s personal self-confidence—if they could achieve success in the past, they can surely achieve it again in the future. By examining all aspects of a client’s life, I can help them establish that stage for success.
Life coaching sessions are centered on communication. I’ll work with the client to better understand their overall goal, their available options for reaching that goal, how they can overcome certain obstacles, and lastly, deciding how and when a client will work to accomplish a goal.
I like to have any potential clients fill out this following application form so I can assess their respective life coaching needs. Then I’ll work with the potential client to set up an initial life coaching session: this first session is designed to allow the client the opportunity to experience my personal style of life coaching firsthand. The first session also gives me the chance to explain what I do and how I work. If they enjoy the initial session and the progress that they’ve made, then we can discuss setting up a reoccurring session.