Individual Coaching

What Can Personal Life Coaching Do for Me?

hire a personal coachAre you feeling that you should be doing better at:

  • Experiencing every day as effortless, flowing and fulfilling
  • Communicating clearly and confidently
  • Feeling incredibly well physically, emotionally, and spiritually but…
    enhancing your quality of life.
  • Improving the quality of all of your relationships.

You have heard:
You can always better your best. You don’t know what you can do unless you commit to doing it. Nothing will come of nothing.

If you don’t go out on a limb, you are never going to get the fruit. There is no failure except in not taking action.

When You Work With A Coach You Will

  • Take more, smarter and better actions because you set the vision
  • Make Clearer decisions that support your vision
  • Create a balanced life that is designed by you.
  • Make and keep more money – attaining personal financial wellness
  • Create extra in every area of your life so there is more for you to enjoy
  • Have more sustainable energy to really enjoy a fulfilling life

What You Will Focus On

  • Understanding the past
  • Restoring integrity
  • Getting all of your needs met
  • Extending your boundaries
  • Raising your personal standards
  • Eliminating what you are tolerating
  • Resolving key family relationships
  • Developing a supportive community
  • Reorienting around your true values

Contact us now to get started on improving the quality of your life!

Why Hire an ICF Coach?

Certification from the International Coach Federation (ICF) is extremely important when considering hiring a coach. Credentialing from the ICF is rigorous and stipulates that the coach:

  • Has received professional training from a program specifically designed to teach coaching skills in alignment with the ICF Competencies
  • Has demonstrated a proficient understanding and use of the coaching competencies as outlined by the ICF
  • Is accountable to the ethics and standards set forth by the ICF

The ICF is a consortium of professional coaches and organizations that have joined under it’s auspices to shape and govern the profession of coaching. Many who call themselves coaches have not been formally trained in specific coaching skills that distinguish it from other professions and are transferring non coaching skill sets from other professions into their coaching. Often this results in an inadequate or ineffective coaching experience for clients.

In addition to the ‘practice hours’, certification includes written and oral exams and the agreement to adhere to the Code of Ethics established by the ICF.

Don’t be deceived to think any coach is a competent coach because they have other professional credentials or have established high fees.

“To accomplish great things, you must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe. If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost. Put foundations under your dreams. Yes, you can believe in magic!”

What is Career and Life Coaching?

”Career and Life Coaching is a professional partnership between a qualified coach and an individual that supports the achievement of extraordinary results, based on goals set by the individual”International Coach Federation

Career and Life Coaching addresses issues including career direction, passion, talent, credibility, resume and interviewing, motivation, networking, focus, planning, leveraging your leadership potential, time management, financial concerns, dealing with difficult personalities and finding a healthy work/life balance.

Career Coaching will:

Explore your interests and values: the keys to your career success and fulfillment.

Evaluate your present set of strengths and skills, as well as potential ways to develop new strengths and skills.

Through the use of assessments, you will gain insight into your natural and adapted behavior in the workplace as well as your natural style of communication.
These insights can be used and leveraged in terms of your career choice and direction.

When you make career choices that are aligned with your values and your natural behavioral strengths, you will achieve greater career satisfaction in the long run.

Your Career Coach will guide and assist you in crafting a career plan of action. You then work with your coach to implement your plan and transition to a new job or career. Your coach helps you plan your course of action, stay on track, overcome barriers, and celebrate your success. Coaching helps smooth your transition and then maximize your effectiveness in the new work environment.

“It’s never too late to be who you might have been.” – George Eliot (1819-1880), Writer

What is so special about career coaching?
“Career Coaching accelerates the individual’s (or team’s) progress by providing greater focus and awareness of possibilities leading to more effective choices.” – from the International Coach Federation web site.

Here are examples of what people say when they are ready for career coaching. Which of these sentiments sound familiar to you?

  • “I’d really like to get out of this RUT and wake up excited for work every day .”
  • “There has got to be a better way to leverage my talent and time – if I only knew what it was and how to get in with the right people…”
  • “What do I want to be when I grow up.” … or more accurately..
  • “What do I want to do NEXT now that I AM grown up!”
  • “I need a process for making the right contacts and rebuilding (building) a professional network.”
  • “There are some redeeming qualities about my career but I’ve got to have a better plan for what’s next.”
  • “It’s time for me to earn what I am truly worth.”
  • “I really can’t retire until I have a plan to do something meaningful with my time.”

Contact us now to get started on successfully managing your career today!

Divorce Coaching

divorce coachingDivorce is a confusing, stressful and turbulent time that creates uncertainty, sometimes anger; and often, fears. Divorce Coaching is an individualized, collaborative process that focuses on managing your emotions during the break-up process. Also, your coach is a skilled professional that will assist you with creating an action plan on how to achieve redefining your life through this major life misfortune.

Do you recognize your situation in any of these scenarios?

Adversarial Divorce – an imbalance of power between spouses with attorneys negotiating the largest settlement they can for either party.  Often, both parties will state that they felt cheated and unheard from the experience.

Collaborative Divorce – each spouse retains an attorney to guide them through the legal process, often leading to high fees.  This model will have all parties sign a ‘no court’ agreement and attempts to find a sustainable way of splitting assets and parenting responsibilities.

Mediated Divorce – couples pay a flat fee to negotiate together with the guidance of an attorney-mediator, also known as a ‘Wevorce Lead Architect’.  Couples who may already be living apart can take advantage of technology and complete many of the legal processes on line.  Couples are expected to come to the virtual negotiation table with their part of the ‘homework’ finished, eliminating the time delay of awaiting court appearances.

The benefits of coaching during a divorce process:

  • Assistance for you to make informed decisions about your parenting needs, lifestyle changes, family, and social interactions.
  • Help you through your divorce paperwork and assist you to develop goals to keep you moving forward to that better day.
  • Furnishes you a safe environment to explore feelings of anger, guilt, fear, sadness and frustration, whether by phone or in person.
  • Support you to construct emotional boundaries when engaging with your ex-spouse.
  • Help you to define co-parenting plans and custody arrangements, where needed.
  • Guidance and direction to find the appropriate resources you need, financial agencies, household support services or even, other communities of interest you may desire.

Can my Divorce Coach be My Lawyer?

No. A divorce coach is not a divorce attorney. Divorce coaching is not legal advice and not therapy. Divorce coaching helps you with the mental and emotional issues that accompany divorce litigation and survive the legal procedures sanely.

If you are beginning the process of divorce or feel that you are settling for terms you will not be able to live with, contact Stephan Marais, CDC. Stephan can be reached by cell, 703-297-0170 or by email,