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What To Expect In Your First Coaching Consultation?
Your First Coaching Consultation Session: What to Expect
Deciding to reach out and take the plunge into Love, Life, Career, or Dating Coaching can be a big decision. Any type of meaningful personal growth work that leads to real and lasting change in your life is not an “event,” it’s a process that occurs over time.
Effective coaching that helps you gain self-awareness, uncover the obstacles that have been holding you back, and teaches you new skills and strategies to get better results is an investment of time and energy. It begins by establishing a relationship with an expert coach who has the skills and experience to help guide you through your growth and personal development process.
This type of effective work doesn’t happen overnight. It’s measured in at least weeks, but usually months. Because getting involved in real coaching means engaging in a long-term partnership with a coach, it is vital that you work with someone who is qualified to help you, and who you feel really good about. The strength of your relationship with your coach is one of the most important factors of successful coaching.
That is why we encourage you to schedule a free consultation session with the coach you’re interested in working with. During that first meeting you can ask them questions, make sure you feel comfortable with them, talk about your hopes and goals, and make sure that it’s a good fit (for both of you!) before moving forward.
Making that first coaching appointment can feel like an accomplishment in itself, and it is a big step. Whether you’re doing coaching in Denver or online life coaching, simply scheduling that first coaching session can feel exhilarating. You may think, “Now, finally, things will be different — because I’m doing something different, and I’m going to have support.” Many people feel great peace and hope after making the appointment for their consultation. Rightfully so!
But of course, that’s just the very first step. The next is actually meeting with your prospective life coach. Many people wonder what that first life coaching meeting will be like. Here’s what you can expect when you see a Growing Self Life Coach, Career Coach, Relationship Coach or Dating Coach for the first time:
Initial Follow Up
After you make your appointment, you’ll get an automatic appointment confirmation email that contains all the information you need to connect with your coach online, or in person for coaching in Denver, or one of our other in-person offices. Often your coach will also reach out to say hello, and confirm the first appointment.
If your first coaching session session is scheduled through online video, you’ll get a link to connect in your confirmation email. Just click that link at the time of the call and you’ll be connected with you coach face-to-face.
Because the coaches on our team are also trained as therapists, we are required to maintain all the same ethical standards as therapists. During your first consultation meeting, the very first thing we’ll do is make sure you have all of the information you need. We will go over the guidelines and you will learn about your confidentiality, the limits of confidentiality, the boundaries of our relationship, and your rights as a client. We will provide you with detailed information about our training and experience and give you the opportunity to ask questions. We will go over our scheduling and financial policies with you.
Your Hopes & Our Recommendations
When our required disclosures are complete we will open the conversation to your present concerns. The purpose of your first coaching consultation session is for you and your coach to make sure that you’re a good fit to work together. You can talk about your situation, and your hopes for coaching. We will likely ask you questions so as to ensure we have a good understanding of your situation.
By the end of your consultation meeting (about 30 minutes) we will either be able to accept you as a client and describe for you what coaching will look like for you, or we will provide you with direction about how to find a more appropriate provider.
If you decide move forward with coaching you can schedule your next meeting directly with your coach. You will most likely be meeting with your coach weekly (at first) for 45 minute sessions. Your sessions will start with a brief “check in” period, followed by a collaborative discussion about what to focus on in the day’s meeting.
It’s very helpful for you to take notes during your session so that you have a reminder of the things you talked about and what you’re working on in between sessions. Coaching is very active, and you will be receiving homework assignments to do between every session.
At the start of every session we will discuss your last homework assignment, and your progress. Then we’ll decide what we should work on that will be most helpful in furthering your growth, and we will plan your next assignment. At the end of the session we will check in with you about the most meaningful or helpful (of unhelpful) parts of that day’s conversation so that we can make sure that your sessions together are as valuable to you as possible.
How it Ends
When you find yourself talking extensively about the positive progress and successful changes that you have made in your life, your time with us will likely come to an end. Your cosh will review and celebrate your gains with you, and your regular sessions will no longer be needed. You can cut back to quarterly or semi-annual meetings to make sure that you maintain your hard-won gains for the long haul.
Have More Questions About Life Coaching?
Schedule your free consultation session, and have them answered in person. If you’re in the Denver area you can meet with us at our Denver / Cherry Creek, Broomfield, CO, Denver Tech Center, or Fort Collins office locations. If you’re elsewhere in Colorado (or the world) we can meet for coaching through secure online video.
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Creating real and lasting change in yourself, your relationship or your career is not an event. It's a growth process that happens over time when you partner with an effective coach or counselor who can help you gain self awareness, learn new skills, and take action to get better results.
The first step in this life-changing journey is to schedule a first meeting. You can meet in-person or online with the expert of your choice to discuss your hopes and goals, and make sure it's a good fit before moving forward.
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We have a small, tight-knit team ready to support you on your journey of growth. If you have questions, or need help scheduling a first appointment you can connect with Jordan, Erica, or Gwen by live chat, email or phone.
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