- WHAT IS EMPOWERMENT COACHING?
"Empowerment Coaching is a process by which a trained professional helps bring out the absolute best in a person by emotionally connecting one's inner purpose and passion to their outer goals and tasks to bring about extraordinary results." - Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching
- WHAT IS MEDIATION?
Mediation is an informal dispute settlement process run by a trained third party, called a mediator. Mediation is intended to bring two parties together to clear up misunderstandings, find out concerns, and reach a resolution. The process is voluntary, although it may be urged by the courts or individual agencies.
During the mediation, each side will present its view of the issue, and the mediator will work with each side, together and separately (in a caucus) to attempt to work out a settlement. The mediator does not impose a decision on the parties but rather attempts to assist the parties in creating a solution that is acceptable to both parties. Mediation can be used in divorces, real estate, labor bargaining and in other disputes in an attempt to avoid taking a case to court.
- ARE YOU CERTIFIED?
Yes ~ As a coach I am certified through the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching. As a mediator I am certified through the Center for Conflict Resolution.
- WHAT IS YOUR PRIMARY FOCUS IN COACHING?
Predominantly, I empower people to manifest spiritually directed careers they excel at financially.
- WHAT TYPES OF COACHING DO YOU DO?
Intimate and Social Relationships,
- FOR COACHING, HOW OFTEN DO WE MEET?
Most of my clients meet with me for 45 minutes per session, four times a month. This is flexible depending on our coaching agreement.
- HOW LONG DO YOU RECOMMEND PEOPLE USE A COACH?
Initially I recommend people make a three-month commitment to themselves to try coaching. This covers the initial "honeymoon" phase of trying something new, the wanting to quit with the first hurdle of resistance and then the celebration of the first of many accomplishments you get to experience from your hard work. After the three months, then the agreement can go to a month-to-month commitment with the idea of when you feel you have reached your goals you are done.
- WHAT WAY CAN POTENTIAL CLIENTS TRY YOUR COACHING WITHOUT SIGNING UP FOR A FULL 3 MONTHS?
I gladly offer a complimentary ½ hour session that includes about 10-15 minutes of coaching and then 15 minutes for us to get to know each other and for you to ask any questions you might have.
- WHAT IF SOMEONE JUST WANTS TO DO A SINGLE SESSION?
I do offer a "Coaching Tune-Up" that is a single session for individuals finding they would like to be coached on a single issue, choice or obstacle. With this package, you receive 2 hours of coaching and unlimited email support for five days after the session.
- WHERE DO THE SESSIONS TAKE PLACE?
Most of my clients prefer to meet by phone. The general consensus seems to be that the phone provides a safe way to allow one to open up while being in a familiar environment of their choosing. I do insist that all clients choosing this option make the commitment to find a quiet place where they will not be interrupted. If you want to meet in person, I have an office in Lincoln Park near Depaul University. I am also more than willing to meet at an agreed upon location in the city of Chicago.
- DO I HAVE TO LIVE IN CHICAGO TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF YOUR SERVICES?
No, you do not! Since I do most of my sessions via telephone, I can coach anyone, from anywhere, that has access to a phone.
- HOW IS COACHING DIFFERENT FROM THERAPY
Therapy takes people from dysfunctional to functional. Coaching takes people from functioning to optimal. In fact, many who are seeing a therapist might benefit from also working with a coach. Both coaching and therapy use the client's past in healing. Therapy uses the past to find out why and how the client might be experiencing a particular situation in their life. Coaching only deals with the past in regards to helping a client move forward on a specific area. People who find they are suffering from severe depression, addictions, mental disorders and/or suicidal thoughts should first work with a licensed mental health specialist. Once a therapeutic relationship has been established, some find coaching a great addition to their healing. Coaching is not meant to take the place of therapy for individuals who need those services. Though I am a certified empowerment life coach, I AM NOT A LICENSED THERAPIST NOR DO I PROVIDE THERAPEUTIC COUNSELING.