Frequently Asked Questions

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In a nutshell, if you’re starting with a current situation and working toward your future, that’s a coaching topic!

What is coaching?

Coaching closes the gap between where you are now and where you want to be. Coach with Kathryn to clarify goals and create change. Momentum feels great and keeps you going strong. Kathryn can help you break through limiting beliefs and go big.

She’ll help you hold your focus and get traction on your priorities. Working with a good coach has been shown to increase productivity by 88 percent. Those are great odds that you’ll get a good return on your investment in coaching.

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Do I need a coach, and am I ready for one?

Everyone can benefit from life coaching. It’s an investment in your own well-being. See if one or more of the following apply to you:

  • I want to make more money or find a more satisfying job.
  • I have a difficult relationship in my life, and I’m not sure how to fix it.
  • I want my confidence back.
  • I need help clarifying my goals—and meeting them.
  • I am sick of reacting to stressful people and circumstances.
  • I need more work/life balance and more time for the people and things I love.
  • I need to address my anxiety and/or depression.
  • I need help figuring out what to do next in life.
  • I need to make some changes, but I don’t know how.
  • I need more time for the important things in life.
  • I want to find the purpose for my life and live it out.

Checking one or more items means you are a great coaching candidate and just the sort of amazing human I’d love to work with.

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Shouldn’t I be able to reach my goals with my own willpower?

Neuroscience explains that our brains become hardwired when we do or think something habitually. Our brains hold on to that habit as normal. When we try to change, “error” or “fear” impulses are emitted, making us uncomfortable and anxious to go back to normal.

An outside influence is often required to achieve the focused, sustained, solution-oriented attention required to re-wire the brain and achieve success.

As your coach, Kathryn can help in two ways that are much more difficult to do alone. First, she can help you generate better ideas about what will actually work for you, despite brain chemistry that is fighting for the status quo. Second, she can help you work through the discomfort and hold your focus long enough to make the new process a part of you. Cognitive studies show that it takes a little more than two months of consistent practice to change a habit. That’s a long time to go it alone. It’s easy to become distracted and derailed without the support of a coach.

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How long must I commit to coaching with Kathryn?

Neuroscience indicates it takes a little over two months on average to change a habit. Depending on what you want to accomplish, a good rule of thumb is it takes about three months of coaching to establish a new pattern of thinking, believing, and behaving. It simply takes time to make progress.

So it’s really up to you how long you’d like to coach. Most clients start with three sessions and go from there. You can always add more sessions when you see the progress you are making.

Your actual commitment depends on the private coaching package you purchase. There’s never pressure or obligation to continue.

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Why does Kathryn primarily coach by phone, and how effective is it?

Although video conferencing is certainly an option with Kathryn, she prefers to coach by phone for four reasons:

  1. Efficiency. By phone, you can enjoy your sessions from your own office or conference room, on your lunch break, or at home in your pajamas. This is enormously efficient in today’s culture. There’s no traffic or time wasted in a commute.
  2. Candor. You get to the heart of the matter more quickly, and cover it more thoroughly, on the phone. It’s just easier to talk openly when no one’s watching. There’s something freeing about the privacy of a phone conversation.
  3. Focus. Coaching is not a volley of ideas between you and the coach. Instead, it helps you focus inward, to think deeply and creatively. Silence and pauses are an important part of the landscape. But sitting face to face, those can be awkward. On the phone, you experience fewer distractions and learn to tune in to what’s most important: your own creative juices.
  4. Accessibility. Why limit yourself to the coaches within driving distance? What if the best coach for you lives far away (in St. Augustine, Florida, for example)? Differing time zones can be accommodated. And if at any point you want to refer friends or family members to Kathryn, geography won’t be an obstacle.

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What makes coaching different from counseling, consulting, and talking to my best friend?

Coaching is a unique discipline among the helping professions. For one thing, coaching is a peer relationship. Your coach is not the expert on your life; you are.

Counselors and therapists develop a treatment plan to work through emotional/psychological issues or traumas of the past that must be resolved for healthy living. If a client is stuck in the pain of the past, unable to move forward, he or she is NOT a coaching candidate.

Coaching clients are healthy individuals who want the support of a coach to create positive change. The focus is on the present and future.

Consultants and mentors share their knowledge and expertise in their fields to help you develop in a particular area—such as business development or financial planning. Consultants help you identify areas of improvement, propose solutions, and then often leave you to implement them on your own.

Coaches, on the other hand, walk beside you as you integrate changes and develop new skills. It’s one thing to have a plan; it’s quite another to actually implement it.

Best friends will tell you exactly what they think! That’s why we love them. But rarely are they trained to listen intuitively without sharing personal opinions.

Effective coaches ask powerful questions based on genuine curiosity, not judgment. They allow you to fully explore a situation without rushing to fix it, allowing creative solutions to emerge. Coaches offer truthful observation and escort clients through a process of discovery, enabling the client to learn, grow, and progress.

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Why does coaching with Kathryn work?

Kathryn’s coaching protocols work because:

  • Her methods are based on brain science and experience with hundreds of clients.
  • The exquisite synergy Kathryn creates with her clients creates momentum and enthusiasm.
  • Your brain fires differently, more creatively, when talking with someone who helps you think strategically.
  • Better goals mean better results, and Kathryn helps you think bigger, develop a clear vision, and set goals that motivate you and propel you forward.
  • Kathryn can teach you new self-management skills that lead to greater self-awareness and success. Just ask her clients (or see their testimonials here).
  • You’ll get more accomplished with fewer struggles, and Kathryn helps you avoid roadblocks and overcome obstacles. And she’s all about making it fun.
  • If you hit a snag, Kathryn helps you get back on track quickly. She’ll help hold your focus, despite pitfalls and distractions.
  • Coaching sessions provide gentle accountability. You have time between sessions to integrate new ways of thinking and to take action. Your next coaching call is your own, self-imposed deadline.

Working with Kathryn inspires confidence. You find yourself thinking more creatively and taking bigger steps—and it feels great!

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What topics can I work on with Kathryn?

As long as you are starting with a situation in the present and are working toward a future goal, that’s a coaching topic. Here are some things Kathryn can help you with:

  • Weight loss and sugar addiction
  • Ending emotional eating
  • Dealing with or eliminating chronic stress
  • Career and financial advancement
  • Making a key decision
  • Experiencing more joy and balance
  • Simplifying and decluttering
  • Overcoming procrastination
  • Finding more time in your schedule
  • Getting better at communicating
  • Setting boundaries at work and at home
  • Enhancing your social life
  • Adding more play, fun, and adventure to life
  • Starting or growing a business
  • Identifying core values and passions
  • Finding your life purpose and launching into it
  • Empty nest and finding purpose in the second half of life
  • Divorce recovery

More info on coaching topics can be found here. If you’re sold on the idea, take your first step forward: Contact Kathryn.

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