The Work

First things first

What is Coaching?

Coaching is
a journey

Because coaching addresses the full spectrum of our lived experience people work with a coach for many reasons. Themes include: career, creativity, conflict, finances, health, parenting, performance enhancement, leadership development, relationships, and new ventures. Sessions are typically weekly or bi-weekly, last 50 minutes, and take place by phone, in person, or video conferencing. The journey begins with your first session.

Coaching is
a partnership

Like most areas in our lives, success in coaching is built on a solid relationship. Standing beside you, your coach soon becomes a thinking partner, guide, trusted confidant and adept catalyst for you to be architect of your own life. Through astute and compassionate inquiry, your coach opens the door for you to explore and move beyond limiting beliefs that interfere with your success, inner peace and happiness.

Coaching is a practice

Coaching works well when individuals are open to new ideas, are ready to be courageous in the face of the unknown, and want a different way of being in the world. Similar to any new behavior, be it a new business strategy, a sport or an artistic pursuit, practice is the key ingredient for developing skills that create meaningful change. As a client you would generally leave sessions with self-chosen practices to support you in shifting and integrating your desired changes.

Our Approach

How three words guide our practice

Our principles originate from many sources, but can be summed up in three words: Awareness, Alignment, and Action. By applying open-hearted awareness, aligning our objectives with our deeply-held values, and taking skillful action, we minimize internal conflict and move toward our goals with a rich sense of integrity.

While the model is just a map, the map is not the territory. That territory is within each of us. But an articulated approach creates a sense of safety that can return the client back to themselves. It highlights areas of stuckness, offers alternate routes, and amplifies the experiences of connection, integration and personal power. 

AWARENESS

What lies beneath the idea that the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence? Is it that we spend more time thinking about how things should, could or would be? What if the grass just grows greener on the side you water? Do you know what you are watering? Do you like what is growing and where?

ALIGNMENT

Then Goldilocks said to herself, “This one is too hot. This one is too cold. Ahhhh, this one is just right.” Now imagine you are the master engineer of a sound control board. How can you adjust the sliders, dials, and buttons to mix your human experience so that it is “just right, for you?” 

ACTION

Thich Nhat Hann said, “To know and not to act is to not know.” Why do our actions so often subvert the heart’s wisdom? And how can we stop causing ourselves such unnecessary suffering? The answers lie in the practice of being accountable for ourselves, staying curious, being grateful, and taking skillful action. 

Begin where you are.

Decide where you want to go.

Be led by what you learn.