“So what is a coach and what do exactly you DO?”
As a coach it is my honor and privilege to be a space holder, a guide and a reflection to what is happening inside of you. YOU have the answers to your own questions inside of you. My job is to ask the right questions to help you unlock those answers within. My job is to hold space (without judgement or expectation) for you to reconnect with your true self, your inner guide, and your intuitive and infinite wisdom. My job is help you step into your power by asking you the hard questions (the ones that make you dig deep) and helping you explore the limiting beliefs that are holding you back from what it is you REALLY want.
It’s as simple and complicated as that.
“Sondra, why did YOU invest in a coach?”
Well, the short of it is that I had been going to therapy off and on since I was 16 years old. Dealing with anxiety and depression and later healing from traumas (sexual assault in my early 20s, miscarriage at 32). I’m so grateful for my therapists, especially the one I was working with through my miscarriage. It was comforting to have that space to grieve and let it out without feeling like I was “dumping” on someone I love. Therapy was important and powerful work but once I got through the storms and the waters had calmed and I had deeply analyzed my past, family of origin and patterns of behavior/responses, I found myself thinking “Now what?”
I wanted to shift my focus to the future and take steps towards creating my ideal life but that’s not what therapy is. And I didn’t even really know what my ideal life was to be honest. I needed help establishing a vision and taking steps towards getting closer to making that vision my reality. And that’s when I felt curious and pulled towards working with a coach.
Working with a coach is grounded in the here and now. It a was not about processing emotions or past traumas, but rather talking through my deepest desires and dreams for myself and my life. And then exploring my limiting beliefs and how they were holding me back from living the life of my dreams. It was about letting go of those limiting beliefs and establishing new ones that support me and allow me to grow! The relationship with my coach was about looking to the future and acknowledging that I was still feeling fear AND simultaneously feeling supported as I began to put one foot in front of the other. It was about having someone to hold space for me to articulate my deepest desires and cheer me on as I harnessed the courage to begin making those dreams my reality.
I had dealt with the past. I developed healthier coping skills and I was ready to look to the future and figure out how to CREATE the life of my DREAMS.
“Sondra, how has working with a coach changed or improved your life?”
Well, I have so much more clarity in my life. I feel grounded in my values, clear on my vision and comfortable with my self check-in process.
For example, I recently had a call with my coach, Lucie, and we talked about how I struggle with certain aspects of having my own business such as marketing & self promotion. What we did was come up with a checklist that I can use to make sure that when I am doing things to grow my business that they TRULY reflect MY values of JOY, CURIOSITY, FREEDOM, and EASE. We essentially created a values based business manifesto and its helping me stay true to myself while continuing to learn and grow as a business owner.
Working with a coach makes has made me feel supported in ways that I didn’t feel before. That support has helped me build a set of new beliefs to support my own dreams. Since I started working with coaches I let go of a business that didn’t feel aligned for me, I invested in becoming a certified wellness coach, and got clear on just how much I’ve wanted to do yoga teacher training. Because I’ve gotten so much more clarity in my own life, I’ve seen that reflected in my friendships and relationships. While I’ve had to let go of certain friendships because they weren’t supportive or grounded in love, I’ve cultivated NEW friendships that are! I see a strong correlation between my own inner work and attracting the right people into my life.
So how has working with a coach changed my life? Well, in just about every possible way because that work together helped me rediscover my TRUE self and that in turn has had an extensive ripple effect in all areas of my life.
“What is your style as a coach? And what can I expect if I work with you?”
I would say my style as a coach is reflective, honest, compassionate and supportive. I am a very intuitive person and this gift serves we well as acoach when I am listening to what my clients are saying and NOT saying. I have a deep sense about what it is that my clients really want and what they really want to let go of. I use my intuition to guide my questions to best serve you and to help motivate you make the changes you are seeking.
If you choose to work with me, you can expect to feel 110% supported, seen and heard. You can expect to get greater clarity on what is you really want for yourself and what is holding you back. You can expect I will challenge you and simultaneously support you. I will call you on your BS so that you can’t keep lying to yourself or making excuses. Only YOU will choose your next steps but at least you will do so with a deeper understanding of yourself and how your actions will move you closer or further from achieving your heart’s desires.
“Sondra, what qualifies you to be a coach?”
First and foremost, I became a certified wellness coach (CWC) through the Catalyst Coaching Institute based out of Denver, CO. Organizations including the American College of Sports Medicine, the National Association of Nutritional Professionals, the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy, and the International Consortium for Health and Wellness Coaching have approved their coursework as a part of their national Continuing Education Unit requirements. Additionally, this program’s training is based on the principles of motivational interviewing. The client is the pilot, the coach is the copilot. The client leads the way and the coach uses intentional questions to evoke change talk out of the client to move them closer to their goal(s). Moreover, motivational interviewing has been heavily researched and has a plethora of evidence to show how effective it is for facilitating change.
Aside from my official coach training with CCI, I have 13 years of clinical experience as an occupational therapist where I have coached patients and clients through illness, injury, and even end of life. This rewarding holistic profession has provided me the bulk of the experience I have w/coaching. If you can work with someone with ALS and help provide them with meaningful activities as their health is rapidly deteriorating and they are nearing the end of their life, I feel this qualifies you to walk alongside anyone on their life’s journey and struggles.
In addition to my professional training, I am an empath and a highly sensitive person with a strong intuitive nature. While there were times in my life that this sensitivity felt like a burden, becoming a coach has allowed me to harness this GIFT and truly use it to serve others. When I walk into a room, I have a strong sense about someone’s energy and can easily recognize how they are feeling. This high sensitivity to others allows me to easily connect with people and dive deep with them rather quickly - a true gift for me and my clients!
So essentially, what qualifies me to be a coach is ME. It’s who I am and what I feel I was put here on this earth to do.