Personal Coaching

 

Character Strengths and Values Coaching

Build on what’s strong in you!

(By appointment)

 

What can you expect if you coach with me?

If you coach with me, we’ll spend a lot of time talking about what is “right” with you – not what is “wrong.” I do not have a one-size-fits-all approach; everything we do will be tailored to your specific needs and concerns…  and what feels right for you to try.

  • You will likely identify and clarify your character strengths and your personal values; we’ll look at ways you can engage your strengths to help you generate possibilities and make choices that are congruent with your values – how you want to “show up” in the world
  • You will gain a deeper understanding of your own thoughts and behaviors with tools related to mindfulness, meditation, positive psychology and interpersonal neurobioloby (how your brain works)
  • We’ll explore activities that have been demonstrated to improve well-being, resilience, and happiness to see what works best for you
  • We will NOT be trying to “fix what is wrong with you”- because nothing IS wrong with you!

How cool is that? And with my warped sense of humor, you’ll hopefully have some fun in the process!

Want to talk further? Email me at linda@whynotsprout.com or call me 610.222.0700 – and we’ll set up a time.

The first 30 minutes are “on me”!

We will work together to help you identify and overcome whatever it is that might be blocking your progress. I will help you think through your options and decide on a direction, and we’ll work on a road map to get you where you want to go. We’ll take a look at the resources you already have at your disposal and how you can access whatever else you might need. Through provocative questioning, we’ll explore different perspectives and ways of looking at things that you might not have thought about before. Most of the answers you seek are already inside you – part of my role is to help you uncover and nurture them! And I’ll help keep you on track and moving forward. My style is a bit of a combination of coaching and mentoring, so we’ll have some back-and-forth. And there will be homework!

Sometimes people don’t “click” – if that happens, I don’t view myself as being in competition with other coaches. I strongly believe that it would be better for you to find a good match for yourself, and I will offer you referrals if you’d like. Just don’t stop looking. As someone once told me, “every pot has a lid.”

My philosophy likens the role of a coach to that of a gardener.  I will stand by you as you turn over your inner soil and shine a light on the seeds of possibility within you.  I will help you weed out what no longer serves you and, like a trellis, support you in the direction you would like to grow until you have your roots firmly established.

My approach is interactive, focusing on the process AND possibilities AND solutions.  I draw on the tools and strategies coming out of the latest research in the fields of positive psychology, mindfulness, interpersonal neurobiology and compassionate communication to help you move forward in your life.

Meet Linda (if you haven’t already!)

What people are saying…

“I am sprouting and happy about it!  I have done the therapy route in the past …and guess what? What I really needed was coaching.  I have been working with Linda, and it has been just what I needed, and I highly recommend her!  So, if you need some awareness brought to your actions and perhaps some guidance to gain direction and perspective – if you can see your cycles and need to break them but aren’t sure how – this could be for you too!” – Sara

Is seeing a coach right for you?

If you have exhausted your usual resources (friends & family, reading, googling stuff online) and nothing has clicked for you, then collaborating with a coach might be highly beneficial. Coaches help you shift your perspective, broaden your view, identify patterns that no longer serve you well, and open doors by offering ideas and resources you might not have considered.  And through it all they stand by you, providing support, encouragement, a listening ear; they challenge you when necessary and provide an accountability structure if you want one.  They usually have many different tools at their disposal they can share with you.  And they put “you” firmly in the center of the whole process.  They do NOT tell you what to do, when to do it, how to do it – and they do not solve problems “for” you.

How is coaching from a positive psychology perspective different from other types of coaching?

While there are many similarities among the different coaching styles and schools of thought, a coach with training in positive psychology differs somewhat by their focus on strengths, values, and positive affect. Research has demonstrated the power of strengths-based and positivity interventions in facilitating successful change AND creating resilience. Negative or painful aspects of life are not ignored; rather, they are accepted, dealt with, and interwoven into the client’s life in a way that better serves them. A greater amount of time, however, will be spent on boosting your strengths and using them to your advantage.

 

How is coaching different from therapy or professional counseling?

Coaching can be seen as more of an “inter-relationship” – a give and take. When appropriate, coaches can and often do share stories from their own lives if it serves to move the client forward. There typically isn’t a deep-dive into childhood issues or past traumas during a coaching session. Sometimes those issues can arise – especially if we are working with a critical inner voice that pops up during the coaching process – but the focus always returns to “here & now” and doesn’t typically delve too deeply into the roots of those thoughts and feelings.

While some therapists can be coaches, a coach is not a therapist. We are not licensed or qualified to treat or diagnose mental illnesses, nor are we equipped to handle clinically disruptive levels of depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and other traumas, attention deficit disorder, eating disorders, alcoholism/addictions – any of the medically-based disorders that can wreak such havoc on people’s lives. Those are best served by the professionals who are trained to handle them.

A coach can work side-by-side with a clinician as part of a recovery program, under their guidance, to assist with goal setting and visioning. If, at any time during the coaching process, a coach is working with someone who they suspect might have deeper issues, we are ethically bound to suggest a referral. It is not in anyone’s best interest to continue a relationship when we cannot truly be helpful. For coaching to be effective, a person has to believe they have choices. A person suffering from the above-referenced conditions is fairly far down on the choice spectrum and may feel completely helpless; they need more help than a coach can provide.