Coaching sessions will take place via videoconference (Zoom). This allows you to meet with me face-to-face from a comfortable, safe and private place of your choosing. Using Zoom is for free and can be run on a PC or Mac with camera and microphone, or on your smart mobile device. Alternatively, coaching can be done over the phone, if you do not have the proper equipment to connect via videoconference.
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I am a Certified Life Coach (CLC) with a PhD degree in biochemical physiology. As such, my coaching is not a substitute for treatment of any disease or support and advice from Medical Doctors, Primary Care Physicians, Endocrinologists, Diabetes Educators and other medical professionals and specialists. Whereas an MD may tell you what to do to live a healthy lifestyle, I can help you with how to hold yourself accountable and explore what adaptations and techniques work best for you to maintain good habits. That said, the Client is fully responsible for actions taken and the resulting outcomes (or lack thereof, if not followed through). The Client is strongly advised to consult with medical professionals before implementing any changes that might have an impact on health or safety, and under no circumstances can the Client claim rights or make demands based on my Life Coaching.
The International Coaching Federation (ICF) describes coaching as “partnering with Clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential […]. Coaches honor the Client as the expert in his or her life and work, and believe every Client is creative, resourceful and whole.”
In other words: coaching is a profession of supporting, empowering and encouraging individuals to overcome their obstacles and help them achieve their goals.
The coaching relationship is a partnership relying on a high level of trust, and connection between Coach and Client. The Coach helps Clients clarify their own agenda, and supports them in creating and following through on a strategy to achieve their goals.
A Certified Life Coach (CLC) is a trained professional, capable of applying a wide array of powerful coaching skills to guide people in all areas of their life. The Life Purpose Institute (LPI) developed “The 7-Step Model for Change©” to help Clients navigate through changes and transitions.
As a Certified Life Coach, the coaching tools and techniques that I apply to my Clients have been successfully utilized since 1984 with over a million people worldwide.
Whereas a Consultant gives advice and suggestions to Clients on how they can improve their lifestyle or change their (bad) habits, a Coach taps into the resourcefulness of the Clients themselves to come up with their own solutions to overcome challenges. The idea behind the coaching approach is that Clients are not told what to do, but rather choose their own path through guidance by the Coach.
A Counselor delves into the past to find the source of what is troubling the Clients and what is preventing them from functioning optimally today. In contrast, a Coach helps Clients finding out where they are today, and assists them in discovering ways to reach their full potential in a realistic amount of time. Basically, a Counselor attempts to fix the ailments of the past, while a Coach navigates Clients in the right direction for a bright future.