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Common Questions

How does coaching work?

Coaching is based on the idea that all the answers and wisdom you seek are already inside of you, they just need to be discovered and freed. The coaching process empowers you to overcome life challenges and to formulate and achieve your goals.

What’s more, these goals will be based on your authentic self’s true desires – not on anyone else’s idea of what your life should look like. The coaching relationship is a partnership based on trust, open communication and 100% confidentiality.  The coaching process is individualized and progresses at your pace.

A recovery specialist is a coach who assists individuals whose needs go beyond the scope of a treatment counselor, therapist, psychiatrist, or case manager.  They will serve as a role model, mentor, advocate, and motivator to people in recovery in order to help promote long-term recovery.

What are some of the benefits of coaching?

  • Deeper learnings - about yourself, how you're perceived, where you can improve
  • Space to hear your own voice - to talk something through and gain perspective
  • Clarity on your values and what you stand for, which leads to greater conviction
  • Awareness of perspectives, beliefs, and attitudes that may be holding you back
  • Support and confidence to "lean in" and take strategic action
  • Ideas for ways to improve that you may not see - awareness of blind spots
  • Emotional support, empathy, and encouragement - feel less lonely
  • The cold truth others won't tell you
  • Hard results - long-term recovery, greater productivity, faster promotions, career advancement
  • Faster action - advancing things and with greater precision
  • Third-party moderation for 360-reviews, strategic planning, and conflict resolution (Professionals / Executives)
  • Support for improving specific skills - communication, relationships, delegation, conflict management, team building, persuasion, etc.

How does coaching differ from therapy?

Although they are often lumped together in the same category, coaching and therapy are actually quite different. Therapy revolves around fixing problems, illnesses and issues that have arisen from the past. It is very focused on what happened to you earlier in your life. Coaching, on the other hand, is future-focused. Coaches acknowledge the past for its part in making you who you are today, but they don’t dwell on or try to fix it. Instead, coaches empower you to turn your attention to the present and the future, to take action and create significant, noticeable changes in your life.

Do I really need coaching?  I can usually handle my problems. 

Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you've faced, there's nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it. In fact, coaching is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired. You are taking responsibility by accepting where you're at in life and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking support. Coaching provides sustainable benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to uncover behavior patterns and limiting beliefs that impact your ability to accomplish goals and make healthy life choices. 

 Is everything shared during a coaching session private & confidential?

Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and coach. Successful coaching requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter. Every coach should provide a written copy of their confidential disclosure agreement, and you can expect that what you discuss in session will not be shared with anyone.  This is called “Informed Consent”.  Sometimes, however, you may want your coach to share information or give an update to someone on your healthcare team (your Physician, Therapist, Family member), but by law your coach cannot release this information without obtaining your written permission.
 
However, state law and professional ethics require coaches to maintain confidentiality except for the following situations:
  • Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders to the authorities, including Child Protection and law enforcement, based on information provided by the client or collateral sources.
  • If the coach has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threatened to harm another person.

To read more about confidentiality and the coaching relationship, click here.