What is coaching?

What makes coaching different?

So maybe you’ve heard of a coach, but don’t understand what a coach can do for/with you?A coach is different than a mentor, advisor, counselor...


A coaching relationship can be powerful. A coach can empower you to take control of your life and the choices you make. You make hundreds of decisions on a daily basis whether or not to do or not do certain things. The choices you make during the day, no matter how small they may seem, contribute to creating a life that is more (or less) fulfilling. The best part of having a coach is that it is not therapy - there is room for that ‘gray’ area. It is a collaboration. An alliance. A team. In a coaching relationship, the coach and coachee work together, while still empowering the coachee to come up with their own solutions.

 

As a coach, I personally employ a hybrid/blended type of coaching. Blended coaching is essentially taking coaching skills and prior expertise and creating a hybrid type of coaching process. I have a lot of expertise in military transition, reintegration, career advising, developmental coaching and educational coaching. It would not be fair to myself of my clients to withhold information that may give them the ability to excel. So while many coaches use a 'questions' method, I use this but may also add additional information to the conversation based on experience. It is my goal to see my clients excel. I want to not only teach them how to self-reflect and self-manage, but I also want to learn with them.

Let’s face it – the military to civilian transition is complex. It can feel exciting and fresh, but it can also feel scary, anxiety-packed and overwhelming. It can be difficult to navigate through the waters of a ‘new life.’ If there is a gap between where you are now and where you want to be (life, career, relationship…), a coach may be the choice for you.

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