Life Coaching

Life Coaching Designed

Specifically For You

The majority of my clients get what I would term very significant value from their sessions. They are able to sharpen their life and/or relationship goals; they get clarity on a path (or paths) forward to achieve those goals, and they acquire knowledge or enhance certain skills that help them get to those goals. Because they are imparted with new strengths, attitudes, and perspectives they are able to identify and pursue possibilities that weren’t even imagined before, or which might have been imagined but then dismissed as impractical or impossible.

What to Expect from Life Coaching

Life coaching emerged as a viable field perhaps 25 years ago, as the generally formal nature of psychotherapy proved inadequate in many cases to deal with the increasingly complex lives of the many people who needed help. That coincided with the increasing numbers of people who desired to enter the work force in a helping capacity but didn’t want to invest the time and money necessary to earn degrees and licensure in psychology.

Unfortunately life coaching has not earned a sterling reputation, due in great part to the fact that too many life coaches have a coaching certification but not the life experience, and breadth of client experience, to be optimally effective.

The most effective life coaches possess a number of essential skills. Here are a few:

  • An ability to connect with people so that they feel comfortable, safe, and understood.
  • An ability to take an objective stance, separating themselves from client prejudices, fears, and limitations and believing in the client’s power to advance and improve.
  • A knowledge of techniques that can be effective in dealing with common roadblocks to personal progress, for example how to build motivation and self-confidence, how to reduce anxiety, how to improve organizational ability.
  • Finally, a personal history that demonstrates success.

It is this last element that all too many coaches lack. Demonstrated ability to succeed in the real world (whether professional, relational, or interpersonal) is a powerful signal that the coach hasn’t just learned a set of “one-size-fits-all” techniques (which is what most coaching programs teach), but can understand how to apply them successfully to the real world.

Most coaches focus on engaging and bringing to the fore hidden internal resources. For many clients this is an effective approach. But unfortunately in myriads of cases the internal resources are either insufficiently developed, blocked, or otherwise inaccessible.

I call myself a Life Consultant because I see the services that I offer as closer to what a consultant would provide as opposed to what a coach would. Broadly speaking, a consultant in the corporate world is brought in to help an organization tackle a problem that it has been unable to solve using its own resources. These organizations generally seek a different perspective and a set of specific knowledges and skills that can be applied to the problems being faced.

A coach, while similar to a consultant, focuses more on assessing the strengths of the organization and its members and then works to enhance them. So, if you know you have the strengths, skills, and qualities necessary to succeed but just don’t know how to harness them, a life coach is a great place to turn. If, though, you may need more in terms of objectivity and new approaches to solving the issues you are wishing to solve, I strongly urge you to look more in the direction of a consultant (like me!).

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Greater Washington D.C. and Beyond

I’ve helped clients from all over the greater D.C. area land their dream jobs and make successful career transitions. I’ve also taken on clients from across the United States and world in a virtual setting. In Washington, I counsel clients at my Dupont Circle office and at my home office in Alexandria, although due to COVID I am only conducting virtual sessions presently.

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