+Frequently Asked Questions
Information on Coaching Sessions
All coaching sessions take place as an online video call (Zoom, Skype)
IN-PERSON COACHING: NETHERLANDS
If you live in The Netherlands, we also have the possibility to meet in persion in The Hague region, for an extra fee of €25 per session.
Your coaching session can take place in either English, Dutch, or German.
All coaching sessions take 60 minutes.
Usually you will have a session every 2 weeks, unless you prefer a different rhythm.
In the time between sessions there may be assignments. It’s important to actually do the work, as this accelerates the coaching process.
PRICING & PACKAGES
The regular price for a single session is €75.
There are also different packages available, which you can find >>here.
Ideally, you book a number of coaching sessions ahead of time. This creates commitment and contributes to completion.
The length of a coaching trajectory varies as needed.
An average is 5 to7 sessions over 2 to 3 months. We can always adapt the timing according to your schedule.
During our coaching trajectory, you are always welcome to ask me any related questions via e-mail.
Which themes can you bring to your coaching session?
Basically, anything. that’s holding you back.
It’s important to formulate your topic in a precise and positive way. You’ll receive information about just that, ahead of the session. We’ll also discuss and define your theme in your first session, and regularly check back in about it.
Frequently Asked Questions
the International Coaching 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.”
A more simple description of coaching is that:
A coach brings you from where you are to where you want to be.
A Life Coach supports you in:
Reaching a clearly defined and desired goal in your life (as opposed to for instance a business coach, who would focus on the work arena). This desired goal is highly personal. It can range anywhere from overcoming overwhelm to taking steps towards your dream, moving jobs or moving countries, becoming more confident or more peaceful.
We will detail and define this goal during your life coaching trajectory and regularly check-in on your progress. We will also look at what has been holding you back so far and how to overcome those obstacles. Depending on the amount of sessions, we will usually end our trajectory with a simple, personal action plan.
Your Life Coach supports by being fully present with you, asking individual and at times intuitive questions, to support you in finding your own answers and solutions.
If you are asking yourself this question, there is a good chance that a coach can make a difference in your life.
Here below are several situations in which a Life Coach can support you:
- Feeling Lost
You may currently be feeling lost in your life. Not knowing what to do next, you may have lost your spark, your enthusiasm for life for a little while. Life Coaching can help you create clarity and get back on track.
Life Coaching can help you through the transitions in life. Whether you are facing or are in the middle of one. Transitional times can often be unsettling. You may need to find your footing, a new foundation, finding and redefining yourself, finding out what next steps to take and processing related emotions in order to emerge from this phase stronger.
- Feeling Stuck
Sometimes situations in your life aren’t moving forward as fast as you like, or they are not moving at all, or moving in a different direction than desired. You may even be unsure of your desired direction. Life Coaching can help you change your perspective and create new possibilities.
At times, we can’t see the forest for the trees. Circumstances may have left us unsure about who we are and what direction to move in. Life Coaching can help you get more clear on your priorities, values and next steps.
Do you often feel as if you are not enough? Not good/ smart/ productive/ successful/ etc. enough? Always strict with yourself? Perfectionistic? Negative thoughts? Afraid to fail? Life Coaching can assist you in looking at beliefs and behaviors that may be holding you back and update and upgrade your way of looking at yourself and your life.
You may be feeling overwhelmed, as though you are holding up just one too many plates, not sure about which one to put down or pick up first. Priorities. Time management. Values. Goals. Life Coaching can support you in creating a clear pathway out of your overwhelm and increase your sense of peace.
Do you have a goal or dream that you would like to work towards but fear is holding you back? This can show up as constant procrastination, self-doubt, anxiety, distraction, comparison or negative thoughts. Life Coaching can help you recognize the ways in which fear holds you back in your life and move towards the freedom to follow the path of your purpose.
That’s a good question! And one that is often asked. Here below is a simple definition of each.
Coaching vs. Counseling or Therapy
The most simple way to look at it is that counseling and therapy help you to move from -1 to 0. What does that mean? It means that you move away from pain, mainly looking at your past, to move towards a stronger present. For instance, if you have any mental health problem, then counseling or therapy will be of better choice than coaching. The support you receive is more specialized and you will move from temporary instability to a firm foundation.
Coaching on the other hand, helps you to move from 0 to +1. This means that coaching moves you from a strong present to a stronger future. It means that you are already functioning in life at a stable-to-good level, but you would like to improve and move from good to better, or even great.
Coaching vs. Consulting
Consulting also supports you reaching certain goals and finding solutions, but these are brought to you by experts in their particular field. Simply said, a consultant will give advice and answers your questions, whereas a coach asks questions and helps you find your own answers.
Consulting brings specific expertise, whereas a coach sees you as the expert of your own life, and supports you in finding your own solutions.
Coaching vs. Training
Training is about transmitting knowledge. Following a training is helpful if you want to learn more and grow in a particular area and need to more information to do so.
Coaching on the other hand, is highly individual. Whereas training offers information, coaching offers inspiration and insights for your particular situation.
Coaching vs. Mentoring
A mentor is someone who has walked a particular path before you and works in the same field that you work or aspire to work in. They are at least several steps ahead of you and invest time to provide you with information and inspiration to help you get ahead. They transmit knowledge based on their experience and/or expertise.
A coach may or may not have walked the same path that you would like to move forward on, but this is irrelevant for the coaching relationship. Instead of providing resources, coaching sees you as the source of information, inspiration and insights for your own success. A coach will not steer but will support you in reaching your personally defined path.
Even though each session is entirely different for each person, there are a number of elements that are the same during a coaching trajectory.
We always start out with defining and detailing your coaching topic and goal for our trajectory.
You will receive reflection assignments related to your coaching topic or session in-between sessions.
And we will create a simple personal action plan, for you to move forward even after our trajectory has ended.
This depends entirely on your personal situation. Generally, a life coaching trajectory includes about 5 coaching sessions spread out over 5 weeks to 3 months. You can personally decide your preference.
A longer trajectory, for instance with 10 sessions spread out over 10 weeks to 6 months will help you better integrate your increases the chance that improvements will better integrate and change is more likely to last.
A shorter trajectory, for instance with 3 sessions spread out over 3 weeks to 2 months, may be a better choice if you are dealing with a very specific coaching topic or simply have less time available.
It’s also always possible to start with a lower number of coaching sessions and add extra sessions as needed.
Not unless you want it to 😉 It does mean that I pray before we meet online for our coaching session, just as some coaches might meditate or draw cards. Why? Basically to be of better service to you. Praying beforehand doesn’t only increase peace, it may even improve the impact of our coaching results. Nothing wrong with that, right?
Being a Christian also means that I personally work from a Christian perspective and professionally strive to adhere to Christian values. In the end this too will only have a positive impact on the end result.
This is a good question. Because yes, I am a Life Coach and yes, I am a Christian. And even though I did not follow a Christian Life Coaching training, I do hold a general Life Coaching degree, I also operate from a Christian perspective and am continuously educating myself around Christian Coaching.
If you are a Christian and are interested in Life Coaching, I am happy to support you in the following way. Our Life Coaching trajectory will be more focused around God’s purpose and path for you. We will pray before and after your session to make sure that the Holy Spirit guides our time together and that we stay as close to scripture and to God as possible.
To summarize. We can integrate our Christian worldview as much or little as you are comfortable with.