Frequently Asked Questions
What is Life Coaching?
The International Coach Federation (ICF) defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. The life coach/client relationship is a creative partnership which seeks to:
1. Identify, clarify and create a vision for the life the client really wants.
- We get very clear on where you are right now and what it is that you really want.
- The coach takes the client through a process designed for their individual self-discovery, to align the client's goals and actions with his or her own self-defined values and belief
2. Nurture and evoke strategies and a plan of action based on what fits best with the client’s goals, beliefs, personality and vision.
- Client and Coach co-create an actionable plan to help the client
- Foster client accountability to increase productivity
What is your coaching philosophy?
Self Mastery Life Coaching honors the Individual as a source of his or her own innate wisdom. We hold true that we are spiritual beings having a human experience. We acknowledge that life's circumstances are both a reflection of our inner state of being and of our social conditioning that, once acknowledged, can be celebrated and/or corrected. In either case, we can turn circumstance into opportunities to consciously create the future of our deepest desires, in alignment with who we really are.
Is this a spiritual or religious practice?
No. Self Mastery Life Coaching is not affiliated with any one religion, faith or spiritual practice. It does approach each individual as more than just an animated body, and we are interested in helping each person discover for themselves who they are and why they are here, and then assist them in aligning their life and their actions with that self-defined truth. Anyone can be coached with this whole-person approach without ever using spiritual language or teachings. We coach from the approach of allowing the individual to define and align with their own beliefs and desires. From there, we help them design a plan to get from where they are now, to where they want to be.
Can I really make a living as a coach? How much does a coach typically earn? What is my Return on Investment?
You can! There really is no limit to the earning potential of a life coach. According to the 2016 ICF Global Coaching Study, coaches spend an average of just 13.9 hours per week working as coach practitioners and report average annual revenues of $47,900 USD from coaching. Coaches often charge $200-$500/ month for 2-4 sessions per client, with executive coaches earning $500-$2000 or more per client per month. Additional income from speaking engagements and writing opportunities also become readily available. You will be able to begin coaching and charging money right away, from the very beginning of the program.
How long will it take to complete training?
Our 80-hour coaching program consists of Parts 1 & 2. Part 1 includes three weekend training retreats and Part 2 consists of live teleconference/ web conference classes, peer & mentor coaching experiences between sessions. Total training takes place over a period of 3 months. Part 3 is an optional add-on for specialized training with a variety of options: Meditation Coaching, Ayurveda and Wellness Coaching, Relationships Coaching, Energy Healing in conjunction with coaching practices, Law of Attraction Coaching and more. These programs vary in time and financial commitment, ranging from $800- $3000. They are available upon completion of Parts 1 & 2.
What is the cost of training?
The fee for Parts 1 & 2, 80-hours of Coach Specific Training, is $3330.00 USD. A non-refundable deposit of $555.00 is required at registration, which applies toward your tuition.
Refunds are available up until two weeks prior to the beginning of the program, less the deposit of $555.00. After that, all money paid may be applied to future training dates, within one-year of original registration date, and forfeited after that. Once the training has begun, there are no refunds and all money paid is forfeited. Have questions or special financial circumstances? Let's talk! Please contact me!
Is this an accredited program?
Soon! As a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF), this is very important to me! Once we are in operation for six months, I will be eligible to to put my program through the rigorous process of evaluation and review with International Coach Federation to seek accreditation. The entirety of the program is designed to meet their standards.
I have included Portfolio preparation as part of your training, so that you will have everything you need to seek ICF credentialing through the ACC Portfolio application path. This is an equally valid path to your credentials, and was wisely created by the ICF for students of programs just like this one, in their beginning stages of development.
Do I really need a credential to be a life coach?
The short answer is: No, you don't. You may coach without an ICF credential.
You will receive a certificate from my program as a Self Mastery Life Coach upon graduation from this program. As such, you will be well-prepared to coach anyone with whom you choose to work and be able meet their needs by applying the standards, tools and techniques provided in this program. My aim is to support you in your goals as a coach, whether or not you choose to seek ICF certification.
However, I do recommend it! Aligning yourself as a professional coach with the ICF aligns you with the "gold-standard" of the coaching industry. One of the greatest perceived threats to the coaching profession is the growing number of untrained people calling themselves coaches without understanding what coaching is, and what it is not. Due to the numbers of people calling themselves Coach, it is difficult for potential clients to know who to trust. I like what the ICF has to say: "ICF Credential-holders are part of a self-regulating group of elite coaches who provide accountability to clients and the coaching profession as a whole. They pursue and complete rigorous education and practice requirements that provide unquestioned legitimacy to their commitment to excellence in coaching." I am proud to be a part of this professional group of coaches, and I encourage you to consider becoming a part of this community.
AND- after all that encouragement-- I PLEDGE TO YOU that if you choose to continue on as a coach without seeking the ICF credentials, I support you, knowing that you have been well-trained according to the standards and code of ethics that I myself adhere to. You will receive your Self Mastery Life Coach Certification and can go about building your coaching practice with confidence that you have been well-trained and will be supported as a graduate of this program.
How do I apply?
The first step is to schedule a phone call or meeting with me! This is a person-to-person business and it's important that we meet! We can discuss the ins and outs of the program, answer questions you may have and determine whether or not this is right for you!
Next, we'll complete a written agreement outlining the details of the training and expectations for both the mentor coach/trainer (me) and the student/ coach-in-training (you), as well as the payment plan.