Valerie Answers Coaching FAQs

Q. What is coaching all about?

Coaching is a revolutionary modality which, at it's core, is about YOU achieving whatever it is that you want to get out of this thing we call life. I believe most people never give themselves the gift of discovering how great they can be. Coaching will elevate your consciousness, making you aware of who you really are today, allowing you to tap into your greatness and unleash your full potential. 

Coaching is all about ACTION. We don't dwell on the past like therapy typically does. We focus on solutions by defining what you want, why you want it, and then put a plan in place to get there. Everything you need to succeed is within you RIGHT NOW. 

Q. What is iPEC's Core Energy Coaching ™ Processs? (And Why does Valerie's Transformational Coaching use it?)

As Albert Einstein proved, energy is everything and everything is energy.  And the iPEC Core Energy Coaching ™ Process takes that simple yet powerful truth and applies it to the discipline of coaching. Discovered and developed by Dr. Bruce D. Schneider, author and founder of iPEC coaching, it is founded on more than ten thousand hours of research and application over the course of more than 30 years.  The Core Energy Coaching ™ Process is a holistic approach that addresses the thoughts, emotions and actions that are impacting personal energy and driving current results.  Most traditional coaching models only address what the client is doing-with limited and short-term results.  I chose this ICF certified coaching model because it empowers clients to consciously choose how to act most effectively in any situation.  Further, it helps clients tap into their inner purpose and passion and connect that with outer goals and tasks to bring about optimal energy and sustainable results.

Q.  Why should I work with a coach?

You know how a lot of people out there have some really great ideas, but somehow never manage to carry them out?  I work with individuals who want to turn those ideas into a reality with a productive mix of challenge, support, inspiration, accountability, resources and networking. Coaching empowers you to take action to achieve your goals, create more balance and joy in your life, and ultimately be more fulfilled.

Q. What can I expect in our first session?

Our first session is about establishing a relationship between you (the client) and me (the coach). I will get a good feel for where you are in life and where you'd like to go.  I will show you what can be achieved through my coaching practice (to determine if it is right for you). Finally, we will go through a coaching exercise that will help us zero-in on what you may be looking to accomplish, and, more importantly---why.

Q. What is your approach to coaching?

I offer a safe, 100% confidential, non-judgmental, supportive, enthusiastic atmosphere. My focus is helping you get to where you want to be in life.  My coaching is rooted in a holistic approach that integrates mind, body and spirit, while turning obstacles into opportunities-grist for transformational growth.  I promise my clients that I will commit my energy, time, wisdom and resources to help them achieve their goals and ask that they commit to a 9 point agreement that includes maintenance of an open and curious attitude, honesty and full engagement, incorporation of a healthy eating, sleeping and exercising routine as well as implementation of some form of meditation/mindfulness/gratitude practice.

Q. How long does a coaching session last?  How long does the client/coach relationship last?

I am flexible with my clients but sessions are usually weekly and last 50 minutes. My clients are typically in this for a minimum of 3 months up to a year.

Q. How is coaching done? Over the phone, in-person, etc.?

We can do our sessions over the phone or in-person if you live in my area.  Today, most of my sessions today are done over the phone.  Keep in mind that extraordinary results are possible whichever way we decide to go. 

Q. I've heard coaching can be expensive.  Is it really worth the money?

If someone were able to offer you happiness,  success, fulfillment, or joy ---what would it be worth to you? Money is just another form of energy-so the question is how much energy are you willing to invest in you to achieve the kind of energy, success and fulfillment you want and deserve? Every client is different, depending on your vision as well as your budget.  I talk fees with prospective clients when we are both clear about what you will be getting and how we will get there.