Are you curious about how coaching can help you? See if any of the statements below apply to your life….
- Could you benefit from insightful, professional support and feedback about how to get more balance and fun in your life?
- Are you sometimes unclear about your personal and professional goals? Would support and accountability help you get focused and make progress?
- Does your morning start after hitting the snooze button several times?
- When your feet finally hit the floor and you start the slow shuffle that begins your day, do the colors of life appear muted and bland? What if you could spring out of bed and see life in vibrant living color?
- Is life going pretty well for you but you feel a desire to kick it up a notch or two and do something different?
- Do you feel like you’re in a holding pattern?
- Is your creativity gone, causing you to no longer be interested in the things you used to enjoy?
- Does your life feel out of balance? Have your priorities shifted and work is number one, with family and God a distant second and third?
A coach is a cheerleader, consultant and taskmaster wrapped into one, whose main purpose is your success and satisfaction! Coaching is not therapy, but a collaborative relationship between coach and client to identify and achieve specific goals. Individual and group formats are offered to guide the client toward accomplishing the end result – balance in every aspect of life. At some point things were fresh, new and exciting, but life got in the way! As your life changed over the years, your focus was directed elsewhere – family, children, obligations, career, health.
What is coaching?
A coach is a cheerleader, consultant and taskmaster wrapped into one, whose main purpose is your success and satisfaction! Coaching is not therapy, but a collaborative relationship between coach and client to identify and achieve specific goals. Individual and group formats are offered to guide the client toward accomplishing the end result – balance in every aspect of life.
Are coaching and therapy the same?
Want the short answer?
No, coaching and therapy are not the same. Coaching is…… Whereas, psychotherapy is…. Here is a similar comparison your physical trainer and your physician are both concerned with your health and your weight. Your trainer guides you and supports you in your fitness goals, whereas your physician addresses medical problems/concerns and illnesses. Although I am an expert in both. I do not do psychotherapy with my coaching clients and I do not coach my psychotherapy clients.
Want the extra long version?
Dr. Rachel Elahee is trained to help people learn new skills and make significant behavior changes. We are here to offer our skills in the areas of communication, problem-solving, and behavior change. We do this through a service called “coaching”, in which you come to us for help in making decisions and implementing them, in order to achieve goals that you decide for yourself.
In addition to being a coach, I am also a licensed psychologist in Georgia, with training and experience in diagnosing and treating emotional and psychological problems. Although there are some similarities between coaching and psychotherapy, I will not conduct psychotherapy with my coaching clients. These are different activities, and it is important that you understand the differences between them. Although both coaching and psychotherapy use knowledge of human behavior, motivation, behavioral change, and interactive counseling techniques, there are major differences in the goals, focus, and level of professional responsibility.
As your coach, my job is to help you to take information and skills that you already have and (1) to make decisions about which changes you would like to make (including [list of coaching targets/goals]) (2) to develop a personal “action plan” in order to make those changes, (3) to implement your action plan and make the behavioral changes, and (4) to develop strategies to maintain the changes you have made. I will support, encourage, teach, and help you stay “on track” toward your goals.
You, as the client, set the agenda for your coaching, and your success will depend on your willingness to define and take risks and try new approaches. You can expect your coach to be honest and direct, asking straightforward questions and using challenging techniques to help you move forward. You are expected to evaluate your own progress, and if the coaching is not working as you wish, you should immediately inform your coach so we can both take steps to correct the problem. Like any human endeavor, coaching can involve feelings of distress and frustration which accompany the process of change. Coaching does not offer any guarantee of success.
Psychotherapy, on the other hand, is a health care service. Its primary focus is to identify, diagnose, and treat nervous and mental disorders. The goals include alleviating symptoms, understanding the underlying personality dynamics which create symptoms, changing the dysfunctional behaviors which are the result of these disorders, and helping patients to cope with their psychological problems. It is usually reimbursable through health insurance policies (while coaching is not, at present).
Because of these differences, the roles of coach and psychotherapist are often in potential conflict, so I believe that it is ethically inappropriate, under most circumstances, for me to play both roles with a client. If I am your coach, I cannot be your therapist. This means that if either of us recognizes that you have a problem that would benefit from psychotherapy, I will refer or direct you to appropriate resources. In some situations, I may insist that you enter psychotherapy and that I have access to your psychotherapist, as a condition of my continuing as your coach.
It is also important to understand that coaching is a professional relationship. While it may feel at times like a close personal relationship, it is not one that can extend beyond professional boundaries, either during and after our work together. Considerable experience shows that when boundaries blur, the hard-won benefits gained from the coaching relationship are endangered.
What if I don’t live in Atlanta, can I still receive coaching services?
Yes, although coaching can be in person, coaching primarily occurs over the phone or tele-chat, depending on the needs of the client
Do you accept health insurance?
No. Medical insurance does not cover coaching.
How long do people use life coaches before their lives began to reap the results?
It all depends on the person, the time, effort, and dedication they put forth in initiating a change in their lifestyles. I highly recommend committing to 3 months of coaching to see progress.
What can I expect with coaching?
It could take 2 sessions, or it could take up to 18 sessions. I start with a complimentary session to plan and map out your goals and challenges, and go from there.
What do people typically go to life coaches for?
People utilize life coaching services for a variety of reasons including; stress management, career guidance, balancing busy day-to-day tasks, grief, etc.
Choose the Coaching Package Right For You!
- Coaching is $75 per session and is paid at the beginning of each month. Research indicates that clients typically began to see significant results in approximately 3 months
- Receive email and phone support between sessions
- Contact us today to set up a complimentary, no obligation single session coaching call to see if it is right for you.
- 4 coaching sessions, email & phone support
- 12 coaching sessions, email & phone support between sessions, Copy of Choose You and 20% discount on workshops.
Choose You! Jumpstart Package
- Dr. Elahee’s Jumpstart package includes assessment of your goals & strengths as well as four structured coaching sessions designed to increase your focus, productivity and your level of life satisfaction. Take advantage of this bundled deal today.
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- Choose You! Reignite Your Passion for Life Book
- 4 Coaching Sessions
- Strengths Assessment Report & Guide
- Choose You! Surprise gift
“When I was unable to stick with my original plans, [Rachel] encouraged me not to give up, but simply to readjust the plan and keep moving forward.”
~Sharon S., Minister & Author