How is coaching different from therapy?
Coaching is not therapy.  We do not work on “issues” or get into the past or deal much with understanding human behavior.  We leave that up to the client to know and figure out while we help them move forward and set personal and professional goals that will give them the life they really want.

Who hires a coach and why?
People hire a coach because they want more, want to be clearer about what they really want more of, and they want to grow.  Coaches help you get further and faster, than you would likely get on your own.

What happens when you hire a coach?
Many things happen, but the most important are:

  • You take yourself more seriously.
  • You take more effective and focused actions immediately.
  • You stop putting up with what is dragging you down.
  • You create momentum so it is easier to get results.
  • You set better goals that you might not have without the coach.

Why does coaching work?
Coaching works for several reasons:

  • Synergy between the coach and client creates momentum.
  • Better goals are set, ones that naturally pull the client toward the goal rather than goals that require the client to push themselves to the goal.
  • The client develops new skills, and these skills translate into more success.

Why is coaching becoming so popular?
Coaching is becoming popular for several reasons:

  • Many people are tired of doing what they “should” do and are ready to do something special and meaningful for the rest of their lives.  The challenge is, many cannot see it, or if they can, they cannot see a way to re-orient their life around it.  A coach can help them do both.
  • People are realizing how simple it can be to accomplish something that several years ago might have felt out of reach or like a pipe dream.  A coach is not a miracle worker (well, sometimes they are) but a coach does have a large tool kit to help the Big Idea become a reality.  Fortunately, people now have time and resources to invest in themselves for this kind of growth.
  • Spirituality:  People are increasingly looking for answers to some deep questions and many turn to spirituality for direction.  Many coaches are spiritually based — even the ones who coach IBM and AT&T.  (One working definition of spirituality, “How connected you are with yourself and others.”)  The coach helps clients tune in better to themselves and others.

Can I hire a coach just for a short-term?
Yes.  Some clients hire a coach to help them accomplish specific goals or projects.  However, the client keeps working with the coach after that because there are even more interesting things to accomplish.

How long must I commit if I start working with a coach?
Most coaches ask for a three- to six-month commitment but usually let you stop immediately if coaching is not working for you right now.

What does it cost to hire a coach?
While it, of course varies by coach, most coaches working with individuals charge $200 to $500 per month for approximately 2 to 3 hours of coaching (divided into 40- to 60-minute telephone calls).

*Please note that the above FAQ’s are taken from www.sfcoaches.com