What is Coaching?

What is Coaching?
The founders of Co-Active Coaching
 offer a great description of this dynamic technique: “[Co-Active Coaching] is a focused, concentrated conversation designed to support the client in clarifying choices and making changes….A coach is someone who cares that people create what they say they want, that they follow through when they choose. The coach is there to hold people accountable and keep them moving forward toward their dreams and goals.” (Whitworth, Kimsey-House, and Sandahl).

Check out: what Rhona's clients have to say about Coaching.

Coaching offers an empowering confidential conversation (actually, a set of conversations) to those who are curious about, and ready to make, positive shifts in their lives. Coaching often draws clients who have been successful (however they define success) in some areas of their lives and are looking for ways to expand the scope of that experience, or revisit what success means to them and how they want to achieve it going forward.

For couples, Coaching offers unbiased support for both of you and your relationship, and provides a toolbox to enhance communication, decrease and better manage conflicts and disagreements, and navigate life's obstacles as a team. 

Coaching isn't a substitute for professional psychological, psychiatric, or medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. If you're unsure of the differences between Coaching and traditional Therapy/Counseling, here's one distinction: Coaching focuses on the present and future, while conventional Therapy/Counseling is present and past-focused. For a great article by Patrick Williams about the distinctions between therapy and coaching, go to: http://www.gutsycoaching.com/article5.html. Also, you'll find a downloadable PDF in the Resources section that details other contrasts between Coaching and most Therapy.

For anyone interested in Executive or Business Coaching, you'll find another downloadable PDF in the Resources section, which is excerpted from a recent article in Harvard Business Review. This chart compares Coaching to Consulting.