Frequently Asked Questions
What is a coach anyway?
A coach is an advocate to help you successfully realize your full potential. “Success” means different things for different people. For some, it may translate into doing work that you love or simply finding more joy in your life. Whether you need help achieving a specific mission, finding a new career direction, or want to break free from self-limiting beliefs, a good coach can help you to get there.
What kind of people use coaches?
Lots of people use coaches. Athletes, actors, musicians, performers – all use coaches to help them improve their game. At various times in my own life, I have used a presentation coach, a cycling coach, a running coach and a business coach. The world of work is slowly catching up to the enormous benefits of effective coaching.
How does it work?
I work with you over the phone or in person, usually in weekly hour-long sessions. We will address the mental blocks that may be standing in your way and develop an action plan to move you forward.
What’s the difference between coaching and therapy?
While I often talk to my clients about their feelings and personal history, coaching is not therapy, or a substitute for it. Coaching is an intensely solutions- focused form of counseling. While it’s a very broad distinction, I would say that therapy is about understanding the past, while coaching deals with the future, and creating specific desired behavioral outcomes.
Does coaching actually work?
It works for a lot of people. I certainly hope it works for you. As with most things, you tend to get out of it what you are willing to put in. But I can’t do the work for you. Neither can your mother, your husband, your wife or anyone else. A good coach is someone who can help your recognize your true path, find a way onto it, and then stay on course.
Who are some of your clients?
I have been privileged to work with men and women from all walks of life. Some are CEOs of start-up businesses, some are managers looking to gain a competitive edge in the job market, while others are people seeking to re-define their careers in the second half of their lives.
What are your qualifications?
The field of coaching is still wide open. I began my training as a coach with Martha Beck PhD, one of the early pioneers in the field of coaching. Since then, I have completed accreditation with the Human Performance Institute and the International Coaching Federation. I am also a certified HBDI and Tilt 360 facilitator. I trained in the Results Coaching Model as taught by David Rock, and participate regularly in ongoing studies with NVC Communication Technique. I hold a Bachelor of Science degree from Boston College Carroll School of Management.
Do you ever work with other coaches?
Why should I choose you?
Like any relationship, the choice of coach is a very personal decision, and I always encourage people to shop around. A lot of the success of coaching will depend on finding the right “match” for you. If I don’t think we’re a good fit for each other, I’m not shy about referring people to other coaches who can better serve them.
Why did you become a coach?
I have been working with people in career transition since 1995. I initially came to coaching through counseling people in my capacity as an executive recruiter. I often found that asking the deeper questions was the most satisfying work of all. I do what I do because I love seeing clients in their element. My goal is to be present, hold you accountable, and to bear witness to your journey.
How much does it cost?
My rates vary, depending on the work involved.
How can I reach you?
To inquire about coaching, email me at annDOTmehlATgmail.com or call (917) 355-0956.