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What is an Integral life coach and how is it different from a regular life coach?
An Integral Life Coach uses cutting-edge developmental models and Integral Theory - a growing school of philosophy - that "seeks to integrate all of human wisdom into a new, emergent worldview that is able to accommodate the gifts of all previous worldviews."
Integral Life Coaches are more holistic, complete, similar to the difference in looking at physicians trained only in western medicine and Integrative Physicians who are trained in additional multiple modalities such as Chinese herbs, acupuncture, diet, food as medicine, and more.
How is coaching different from counseling or therapy
Life Coaching focuses more on the client in the here and now and conducts sessions with the future as the central point to encourage personal development and self-improvement. Counseling is a form of talk therapy associated also assessing the individual in the here and now, but working to determine past events that have contributed to their client’s current struggles. Coaches and therapists will bothj develop coping mechanisms and strategies for the client to move forward with their life.
The main difference between counseling and life coaching is that counseling and therapy can investigate the underlying causes of mental health problems. Life coaches are not (unless specified) qualified to diagnose or treat any health-related problems, although if the situation arises they may suggest you see a GP or a therapist. I am an ordained Pastoral Counselor.
What happens in a typical session?
During the session, we’ll ask you a number of questions, such as what you want to achieve in life, what areas you're unhappy with and where you'd like to see yourself in the future. Although a life coach will work with you, it’s often up to you to challenge or reflect upon certain ideas you have to help you move forward with your life. You will never be forced to make any decisions you don't feel comfortable with and all sessions will be confidential, allowing you to explore your thoughts and feelings privately in a safe space.
Integral Life Coaching is often seen as a partnership between you and your coach, who will gently encourage you to explore how to make positive changes in your life based on your aspirations and capacities. We will also offer support and feedback to help you to stay focused on your goals and will occasionally set you tasks and objectives to work on outside of sessions.
What do the sessions cost?
After a complimentary 30-minute exploratory session, 50-minuite single sessions are $75 for an individual and $90 for an initial 90-minute session with couples. Money-saving packages of multiple coaching sessions are avaialble. Click here for more information.
How do I know you’re the right coach for me?
What can an Integral Life Coach help me with?
I also approach things from a hoilstic, or mind-body-spirit perspective. Through questions and exercises, I'll determine how you perceive the world. From this, I will be able to identify the most effective route for you to your goal. Some people feel intimidated by the idea of change and need to take things slowly to fulfill their goals. In this situation, I might divide big goals into smaller bite-sized pieces, as clients sometimes can get frustrated and impatient and lose interest. In this situation, I can also suggest introducing stronger reminders, incentives, and techniques to help keep clients on track.
However you approach life, an integral life coach will be able to tailor your sessions to fit your individual needs. Subjects life coaches deal with include:
Business life or retirement
How many Integral Life Coaching sessions will I need?
Do Integral Life Coaches need to have qualifications?
Still, qualifications and memberships mean little if you don't get feel a connection with your life coach. Rapport is one of the most important parts of life coaching. If you feel uncomfortable with your professional, you are unlikely to gain much from the session. That’s why I offer a FREE 30-minute exploratory session before you book a session, so you can gauge how comfortable you with me.
Can I have coaching online or by telephone?
I enjoy meeting face-to-face with clients, But since I moved to Panama in later 2020, and as a result of COVID-19, online meetings have become commoin place and part of "the New Normal." While I prefer eithr Zoom or Facebook Messaging video calls, we'll decide together what will work best for us. Even prior to Covid restrictions I had international clientele and online video and telephone coaching was my primary method of coaching.
What if I have a problem with you or you just piss me off?
One of my jobs is to motivate my clients when needed, and while it doen't usually happen, there may be times when you might feel uncomfortable or possibly even triggered by something I do or say.
If I ever say or do anything that upsets you or doesn't feel right or maybe even safe, please bring it to my attention. Honesty and trust are critical in our coaching relationaship, and I strive to provide an open and safe place for my clients to come with complete confidence.
Will my conversations with you be confidential?
You have the same right to confidentiality that you have with any other professional. I guarantee that everything you share with me will remain in compllete confidence. I do reserve the right to act if i feel that your safety or the safety of those around you is in jeopardy... anf that's never happened to me.
Are there any Liability issues with coaching?
Our coaching agreement is an "at will" alliance and we both reserve the right to terminate any agreements we may have at any time. All actions and decisions are yours and you alone are responsible for the results of your choices. As your coach. I will encourage, motivate, guide and help you achieve your success. The real work is yours. How far you go and how fast you get there is up to you.
What's the next step?
If you want to get atarted, but haven't already made an appointment for your Complimentary 30-minuite Coaching Session, let's get an intake form filled out and get it scheduled. You can request an appointment at the bottom of any page on my website, including this one.
If you decide to hire me as a coach, we'll discuss what that would look like and continue from there. Whether it's one session or a package of sessions, full or partial (upon agreement) payment is expected before we begin and can be made through PayPal or by check. Please note that there is an additonal $25 charge in the case of NSF funds on checks.
If you decide to buy a package of sessions (Click here for more information), I require a completed "Coaching Agreement" to reflect your full commitment to the coaching process for the agreed-upon period of time and number of sessions. Most clients are coached for 2-4 months, Coached now, coach yourself in the future.
You can download the "Intake Document" at the bottom of this page in either Word or as a PDF.
To begin your coaching, download the "Coaching Agreement" at the bottom of this page, complete it, and either send it to me by mail or email it to me. Also complete the payment amount using either PayPalm or check by snail mail.
Changes and Cancellations
If our appointment is by phone, please call me at 206-779-5870 at your scheduled time. If it's online with ZOOM, please be logged on at the appointed time
I understand we all have busy lives and every effort will be made to accomodate changes when necessary.