What is Life Coaching?

A life coach is a partner who helps you use your strengths to create the life you really want to live. You and I would work together to identify and explore your core strengths, clarify your long-term goals, and set achievable milestones. We can explore a variety of life topics, such as career, relationships, recreation, personal growth, and finances. Many top-tier performers in the arts and business have life coaches. 

A life coach is a guide, not a director. I listen, intuit, question, and reflect back to you to help you move forward by finding your own answers. During coaching you will sense which direction we should go, and you may even have epiphanies that cause you to take the coaching into areas you did not anticipate.

Is coaching right for me?

People often find coaching valuable when they feel in transition or out of balance or simply stuck. They sense they need a second pair of ears and eyes to find their way, and I provide that to help them visualize a future and map out how to get there. It's a map we create together.

Some topics that clients have worked on with me include:

  • Changing careers or redirecting the focus of his or her life 
  • Improving work/life balance 
  • Managing time for greater satisfaction and productivity
  • Clarifying long-term goals 
  • Strengthening personal boundaries in work and personal relationships 
  • Improving communication
  • Relocating  
  • De-cluttering 

How do I choose the right coach for me? 

You want a coach who's a good fit for you, who you sense "gets" you. To help find that out, I offer a free, 30-minute phone chat prior to beginning coaching. We can discuss the topics you want to focus on in coaching, and I will tell you more about my approach. Usually that's enough for you to get a sense of whether we have the kind of rapport that feels right to you. If you'd like to discuss any of the coaching options I offer, please contact me. We can arrange a time to chat by phone so I can answer your questions personally.

How long does a client usually work with a coach?

This varies by individual and depends on the scope and nature of the goals you're working toward and the time and energy you can devote to reaching them. A general rule of thumb is that the minimum commitment to begin making changes in your life is three to six months. It is not unusual for a coaching process to take a year or more. Naturally, you can stop coaching at any time for any reason, or take a break and resume later. 

I am an actor. What makes your coaching unique?

My background is a big part of it. I've worked in professional theater in the San Francisco Bay Area for 35 years, half of them as a Casting Director. I've watched several thousand auditions and worked with hundreds of actors on their audition material and technique. I coached MFA graduate students on their audition strategies and mentored their preparation to enter the acting profession. In addition, I have a degree in Psychology and coaching training based in Positive Psychology. The combination of extensive theater experience, academic study, and coaching enables me to place a variety of insights and tools at your disposal. 

I'm not an actor. What coaching can you offer me? 

Life coaching, which is quite different from audition coaching. It is for anyone who wants to move forward and make changes in life. The first FAQ above describes my life coaching practice

Should I do individual or group coaching? 

Some people prefer group work, some prefer one-on-one sessions, and some do both and get something different from each.

Obviously, in individual sessions you have my undivided attention, and over time individual coaching usually results in faster progress. There are also advantages to working in a group, though. They include:

  • Enrich your perspective by hearing other people's experiences, struggles, and triumphs.
  • Tap into group sharing of, for example, audition announcements and audition material.
  • Make new personal and professional contacts. 
  • Save money. Group coaching is less expensive.

How is coaching different than counseling or therapy?

Coaching identifies and builds on your strengths to bring out the best in you. Counseling and therapy, on the other hand, probe personal issues, often psychological and rooted in the past, that are holding you back. Coaching focuses not on your shortcomings but on your strengths, and we stay in the present, set goals for the future, and create an action plan to move forward. In short, you're doing fine, but you want to do better.