Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is professional life coaching?
A. Life Coaching is a one-on-one relationship between the “student” (you) and the coach, focused on your need to change your life in a meaningful and healthy way through goal setting, behavior change, and a unique and individualized rapport between you and your mentor. IT IS NOT PSYCHOTHERAPY! (see why here)
Q. Aren’t you a clinical psychologist? I don’t want therapy!
A. It is true that my name, Dr.Terry Mooney, is often associated with clinical and behavioral health, especially within the Capital Region. I am co-owner and co-founder of Karner Psychological Associates, but this does not mean that I cannot provide comprehensive and supportive coaching. While there is some crossover between life coaching and psychological counseling, let me reiterate: life coaching is not psychotherapy! View why below. And you will not receive clinical therapy (I promise!).
Q. Who would benefit from a life coach?
A. Anyone who is of sound mind and motivated to change his or her life in a positive direction. You have hired me so you can do things differently than before. If you choose not to follow our strategies and keep doing what you have done , you will continue to get the same results.
Q. Is life coaching right for me?
A. If you are paralyzed with your life, career or relationship, coaching may bump you off the dime. If you have tried everything else, refocus and try this new approach. Have you had a golf coach to correct that slice? Often your golf coach will see things in your grip or swing which you were oblivious to. The same is true with life coaching. If you are just stuck and don’t know how to “fix your grip”, give me a try.
Q. What will you, as my life coach, provide for me?
A. I will provide you my experience from decades of working with thousands of individuals, couples and families. A good ear, motivation and my time is is at your disposal. No third parties or insurance companies are involved . This is solely between you and I. What goes on in coaching stays in coaching!
Q. How long does a life coach work with an individual?
A. As long as it takes to achieve your goals. Often clients book on a month to month basis.
Q. How can the success of the life coaching process be measured?
A. By the achievement of the behavioral goals you set. If success is not achieved, clients need to examine either their goals or their behaviors.
Q. What are the factors that should be considered when looking at the financial investment in life coaching?
A. What is it costing you to stay in a job, career, relationship or even in a poor state of health or disease because of failure to act.
Q. What is the life coaching process?
A. Clients may avail themselves of an initial, free 10 minute telephone consultation. Here is an opportunity to discuss goals, fees, procedures and policies. If you decide to engage with me, you will be asked to sign a contract and a disclaimer form, and complete a client data form which you may fax to me. Then we schedule three thirty-minute sessions for the next thirty days. I will ask you to complete questionnaires to focus your attention on your goals and behavior. During each sessions you will be asked what you accomplished since the last call; what were the obstacles; what are you working on and what are your next goals. Then we work from there.
Q. Do I meet with you virtually or in-person?
A. Your choice. Often clients prefer to meet me initially for the 30 minute session. Subsequent sessions are held on the phone, at Starbucks (have to love coffee!) or through Skype. Two, free 10 minute booster phone conversations may be scheduled during the course of the month. I want to hear about your successes when they occur!
Policy Info: My clients give me 24 hour notice if they have to cancel or reschedule a call or appointment. If there is a family illness or emergency, we will work around it. Our sessions are not affected by the weather, so we can meet even if the snow is on the ground.
Q. How is life coaching distinct from other service professions?
A. Professional coaching is a distinct service which focuses on an individual’s life as it relates to goal setting, outcomes and personal change. In an effort to understand what a coach is, it can be helpful to distinguish coaching from other professions that provide personal or organizational support.
Coaching can be distinguished from therapy in a number of ways. First, coaching is a profession that supports personal and professional growth and development based on individual-initiated change in pursuit of specific actionable outcomes. These outcomes are linked to personal or professional success. Coaching is forward moving and future focused. Therapy, on the other hand, deals with healing pain, dysfunction and conflict within an individual or a relationship between two or more individuals. The focus is often on resolving difficulties arising from the past which hamper an individual’s emotional functioning in the present, improving overall psychological functioning, and dealing with present life and work circumstances in more emotionally healthy ways. Therapy outcomes often include improved emotional/feeling states. While positive feelings/emotions may be a natural outcome of coaching, the primary focus is on creating actionable strategies for achieving specific goals in one’s work or personal life. The emphasis in a coaching relationship is on action, accountability and follow through.
Consultants may be retained by individuals or organizations for the purpose of accessing specialized expertise. While consulting approaches vary widely, there is often an assumption that the consultant diagnoses problems and prescribes and sometimes implements solutions. In general, the assumption with coaching is that individuals or teams are capable of generating their own solutions, with the coach supplying supportive, discovery-based approaches and frameworks.
The mentor uses his/ her relationship with the student to guide , teach and direct. It is a give and take built on understanding and respect and a desire of both the mentor and the student to succeed . In this relationship the student learns to follow success.