What is coaching?
Cancer Coaching is an professional, ongoing relationship that can help a person make wise decisions, learn new skills, gain insight into what lies ahead, and make behavioral changes to enhance the quality of his/her life. As your coach, I listen carefully, contribute my observations and questions, provide support and resources, and assist my clients in developing an action plan. My goal is to help you reach your goals through accountability and affirmation,
How is it done?
My 6 step cancer coaching program can be done anywhere you are, in person or over the phone. I offer several coaching packages; specifics can be found in the Coaching Services section of this website.
What would we cover in coaching?
You as the client determine what you want to focus on during each session. As a coach, I will listen to your priorities, and work with you to gain insight, set goals and determine actions to accomplish those. I will ask you to stretch the boundaries of what you thought possible because I believe you can! Typical areas of coaching for a person healing from cancer may be: determining what treatments and care givers to choose; how to handle work, family or finances while undergoing treatment; and establishing new habits that will lead to long-term wellness.
Can’t I just do this with a friend or family member?
Yes, you can. However, after a diagnosis of cancer, your loved ones will be facing their own challenges in dealing with your illness. They truly are the best ones to provide emotional and practical support and need to use their energies to support you in these ways. As a coach, I can provide you with objectivity as well as insight and honesty you probably wouldn’t hear from a friend or be willing to receive from a family member or loved one. Relying on my professional confidentiality and background as a Registered Nurse and Certified Cancer Coach will alleviate a lot of the unintended friction that comes from family and friends.
Do I have to be in the same location as my coach?
No. My 6 Step Cancer Coaching Program can done from anywhere by phone. At our scheduled appointment time, you call me at my U.S.-based phone number from wherever you are. Resources and any follow-up materials are sent via e-mail, fax or U.S. postal service.
How can I know if coaching would be helpful to me, and that we would work well together?
I offer an introductory 30-minute phone session at no charge during which you can ask me any questions you like, and get a feel for my coaching style. I believe there needs to be an intuitive “fit” between coach and client, and this session provides the chance for us to determine whether we could work well together. E-mail me at email@example.com or call 317-281-5920. You can also CLICK HERE use the Schedule a Consultation form to schedule a time.
How much do you charge?
If, after the 30-minute complimentary session, you decide to pursue coaching with me, I offer several options to meet your needs.
How long does coaching continue?
Though each individual is different, and while I encourage a three-month commitment, you are free to terminate coaching at the end of any month or paid block of time. To be most successful, many clients find they need to be coached for a minimum of three months. Some have specific concerns that can be addressed in just a few sessions while others continue for a year or more. Some may finish a stretch of coaching and return for “follow up” sessions when they are up against a new challenge. I believe you know best when you’ve met the goals you set for yourself.
Who do you work most successfully with?
My most successful clients:
• Believe they are worth their best efforts.
• Know they need a professional to help them through the health crisis.
• Want to inform themselves about a range of options for healing.
• Are ready to take big steps to heal from cancer and to stay well for the long term.
Is coaching a form of psychotherapy?
An excellent question. Coaching is different from therapy in several ways. Psychotherapy looks to the past in an attempt to explain why a person behaves the way they do. Coaching looks to the future by focusing on the gap between where you are now and where you want to be. It focuses on how to close that gap through providing insight and helping you not only set goals, but to meet those goals as well.
For a person with cancer, this means that we won’t be spending trying to figure out “why” you got cancer. Though tears may be shed, I will not commiserate with you bemoaning your misfortune. Instead, we will look at your current situation, and find ways for you to heal and stay well that are in line with your values, beliefs and priorities. Because of its focus, coaching is usually faster paced, and you should see encouraging results quickly. There is a role for both coaching and therapy, however, it’s important to be clear on the difference.
What is your approach to spirituality in coaching?
I believe the condition of a person’s spirit is important in healing from cancer, just as the physical, emotional and mental aspects are. I coach people of all faiths as well as those who describe themselves as atheist or agnostic. I’ve seen how faith can be a powerful support and motivator. Personally, I am a joyful follower of The Lord Jesus Christ and you no doubt will see my perspective popping up in my posts and writings. My faith in Christ informs my worldview, but I strive always to respect my clients’ beliefs if they are different than my own. Resources and books I recommend will not violate my own beliefs; often they present universal truths that are taught by the world’s major religions.
I don’t have cancer but I have a family member or friend who does. Will you work with him/her?
I’m happy for you to let your friend or family member know about my wellness coaching services. Often times it can take the efforts of a loved one to point or nudge someone who has cancer to a source outside of themselves for healing and inspiration. However, beyond providing information about and discussing this option, it is important that the one with cancer determine any action to take. At a time when everything seems out of control, your loved one needs support, not pressure, to make the choices that are best for him/her.
I trust that if coaching is something that will benefit your loved one, he/she will recognize this and pursue it. At that point, you can provide support through practical ways such as setting up appointments, arranging for payment, or assisting them in completing the client forms.
My loved one has cancer. Could I benefit from coaching?
With a cancer diagnosis, family members face major changes in lifestyle, work schedule, financial status, and familial roles, relationships and future plans. Coaching can provide a safe structure in which to examine these issues and make decisions relating to the many life changes without “unloading” unnecessarily on your ill loved one. A coach can assist you in determining how to take care of yourself physically, mentally and spiritually during this stressful time so that you maintain your own health and perspective.
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