Frequently Asked Questions about coaching


What is the difference between counseling/therapy and coaching?

Therapy helps you understand the past; coaching helps you discover a new future.

Counseling and therapy are helpful in understanding your past, while coaching accepts you right where you are and helps you move forward.


What is the role of a professional or personal coach?

A coach is a personal advisor guiding you forward and a charismatic champion to greet you when you’ve arrived. 

The role of a coach is to provide an objective, outside point of view that helps clients get unstuck and start moving.  A good coach is a realist who helps clients uncover opportunities and address challenging areas of their life.  So, consider selecting a coach who is professionally trained in human development, interpersonal behavior and communication. The end result is a life in balance and one that continues to move forward.

What is your coaching philosophy?

My philosophy focuses on unrealized human potential. 

I leverage strengths and introduce new ways of understanding the world.  Through this process clients realize possibilities that improve self-awareness. The result is less stress, clear direction and improved effectiveness in all areas of life.

What value does having a PhD and a Professional Certification add to a coaching experience?

Having a PhD in Communication with specialities in Organizational and Interpersonal Communications helps me understand the complex nature of human behavior, specifically in the field of leadership and interpersonal interactions.

Utilizing my graduate research and study, I’m able to design detailed action plans and strategies to increase awareness and impact positive change for clients.   

An unexpected benefit of the PhD program was my own experience grappling with the weight of personal and professional uncertainty. During the course of the program, I wanted to quit, was insecure about the benefits vs the cost and couldn’t see a clear future.  Having gone through all of those feelings and the stress it created inspired me to help people manage those spaces more fluidly.  

While there are many approaches to coaching, I researched and selected an accredited coach training program that resonated with my values. As a result, I’m a graduate of the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC) and certifed with the Coaching Federation.  

By combining my academic training and coaching certification, I bring more than 1,000 hours of hands-on coaching and over a decade of consulting value.

What can you expect in a coaching engagement?

Coaching is both insightful and fun, beginning with a comfortable, confidential conversation where we explore what is or isn’t working in your life

  • About 1 hr/week
  • In-person, over the phone or through e-meetings (like Zoom)
  • A customized plan to address your unique circumstances
  • Learned sustainable strategies
  • Proven assessments to increase self-awareness


How soon will I begin to see changes?

Each client has unique circumstances and challenges.  Generally, you can expect to begin seeing different outcomes in 3-4 weeks.