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FAQ: Coaching vs Consulting

What is a personal coach?

A personal coach is a valuable asset to the lives of many people in need of guidance. Their primary skills of a coach include excellent listening, practical problem solving, and active encouragement. A personal coach provides individuals with opportunities to learn new methods for handling seemingly everyday situations with greater understanding and skill.  No matter your aspirations, having the support of a personal coach may help you catalyze your progress tremendously. With years of experiencing observing results from their professional work or past practices, a specialized coach may heighten motivation while nurturing flourishing relationships. 


What is an executive coach?

An executive coach can be the perfect solution for anyone looking to maximize potential and accelerate success. Coaches act as sounding boards and mentors, offering guidance and wisdom derived from personal experience. They are able to guide their clients through goal setting, personalized action plans, routine check-ins and an improved awareness of one's core strengths. Being held accountable to aspiring vision is critical, and executive coaches provide support during difficult times and honest feedback when necessary. When paired with such a devoted resource, minded individuals come away ever closer to attaining their most predictive goals -- giving them a true edge in life and business.


Where did you receive your formal training? 

I have achieved personal growth and career success with my qualifications from prestigious institutions. I hold a certificate in personal development and executive coaching from The CAPP Institute, a bachelor's degree in sociology from Indiana University (Indianapolis), a certificate in community and voluntary services from All Hallows College (Dublin, Ireland), and a master's degree in public service management from DePaul University (Chicago). I am on track to receive my Associate Certified Coach (ACC) credentials from the International Coaching Federation. 

What is the difference between coaching and consulting?

A coach focuses on helping you walk your unique path to success. As the client, you are responsible for the results you receive as a result of coaching. I help you discover how to become more of who you need to be to achieve those results and identify what you may need to do differently. A consultant takes responsibility for a specific project, acting as a specialist, providing specific deliverables and knowledge. I believe in your ability to fully experience your potential and will provide a safe, consistent space for you to develop your potential. If you would like to take advantage of my consulting services, we may set up an orientation to discuss pricing and my services.

What is the difference between coaching and counseling?

Coaching focuses on where you are presently and where you are headed, with a goal of helping you gain clarity about your vision, eliminate obstacles to your success, accelerate the pace of personal growth and achieve results that empower you to live your best life – professionally and personally.  While coaching is forward-focused, counseling tends to deal more with past issues in which you may find yourself stuck and struggling. We may occasionally discuss something that has occurred in the past, for the purpose of clarifying the present, but your coaching will not focus on resolving the past. A simple rule of thumb to know whether you should be coaching or counseling: If your past is an issue, counseling is your best option. If your past is simply a fact (regardless of whether the circumstances were difficult or negative), you are probably ready for coaching. If it appears that there is an issue for which you may need counseling, I will suggest it. With the support of a counselor or therapist, some individuals choose to engage in coaching and counseling simultaneously, but with a focus on different areas of life for each service.

What is depression and when to see a doctor?

Depression can be mild, moderate, or severe. Even mild depression can become more serious if it’s not treated. To learn more go to the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. 

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