Coaching IS a Partnership
Our coaching relationship begins when you invite me to walk alongside you in some area of your life that needs movement or progress. I’m not there to lead the way; you know yourself better than anyone can. But I am trained to offer a new perspective, creative shifts, and a gentle investigation into thoughts, habits, ideas that you have perhaps always taken for granted.
You have the innate wisdom and internal resources for figuring out your own answers. A Wild Goose Guidance coaching session gives you Sanctuary – both the time and the mental/emotional space for contemplation and stillness. There, in that set-aside expansiveness, what you’re seeking finds you.
Coaching is NOT Consulting
Consultants apply their professional experience and knowledge to someone else’s situation. It’s often a brief, specifically-focused intervention/solution-based relationship; and usually not one that focuses on a deeper, heart-centered agenda like coaching does. That said, I often bring my experience and solution-based ideas to coaching sessions where they are warranted! My clients appreciate the balance; sometimes what makes room for heart awareness is to clear the weeds with really practical next-step brainstorming.
Coaching is NOT Therapy
Therapists are experts in the field of mental health and wellness. Their work with clients often focuses more on the past and healing past traumas as a way to move forward from dysfunction. Coaching sees you as the expert on your life, needs, and values, and offers a deeper look into your current state as a way to move forward to your ideal future. Coaching and therapy compliment each other beautifully – it doesn’t have to be an either/or choice.
Coaching is NOT Mentoring
Mentors are much like consultants for more personal/emotional situations. They give advice based on their experience. While that can be valuable, it is not coaching, which holds the premise that you are have within you the ability and wisdom to find the way that is best for you. This is another fine line we often balance as coaches – sometimes a bit of mentoring is appropriate. What I’ve learned is that my clients best incorporate the wisdom they unearth themselves, rather than simply going through the actions of what they’ve been told is right and true.
Coaching is NOT a Best Friend
Close, supportive friends are amazing and necessary. However, coaches offer a more objective view into your life than someone who is heart-connected to you. Sometimes, the unconditional positive regard and supportive, whole-hearted listening of coaching can feel an awful lot like an ideal friendship should. But remember: you’re paying me for my time and ability to invest in you for the duration of your session. That’s why clear boundaries and expectations are important!