The role of a coach
Our position on the role of coaches and their training, as articulated by the ICF:
“Professional coaches provide an ongoing partnership designed to help clients produce fulfilling results in their personal and professional lives. Coaches help people improve their performance and enhance the quality of their lives.”
“Coaches are trained to listen, to observe and to customize their approach to individual client needs. They seek to elicit solutions and strategies from the client; they believe the client is naturally creative and resourceful. The coach’s job is to provide support to enhance the skills, resources, and creativity that the client already has.”
Coaching vs. Therapy
Many people unwittingly confuse coaching with therapy. It is very important to understand that while coaching can be therapeutic in that it often includes non-clinical support for one’s well-being, coaching is not therapy. Our coaches are not trained to diagnose or treat mental health conditions. If you are experiencing a mental health issue (ex. depression, suicidality) that is serious enough to interfere with normal daily functioning, AND you do not currently have a therapist, you are instead encouraged to seek the assistance of a professional mental health counselor.
Each client is responsible for creating and implementing a plan to manage their own physical, mental and emotional well-being. As coaching is a creative process between Coach and Coachee, Coachees are responsible for their own decisions, choices, actions, and ultimately, their results from the coaching process.