How do I know that grief coaching is right for me?
The purpose of the initial free consult is to ensure that both me as a your coach and coaching is suited to your needs.
Whats is the difference between a coach and counsellor?
Coaching is based on a partnership in which the goals are determined by you. It is always forward looking and practical guiding you to where you want to go.
Counselling focuses on emotional and behavioral issues both past and present to help you to return to equilibrium. It is assumed that the therapist has the expertise whereas a coach believes the client is the expert in his/her life. Counselling is usually fact to face.
One is not superior to the other but different in terms of focus and philosophy.
Are support groups helpful?
Support groups can be very helpful connecting you with people who share a similar loss as you do. Support groups vary widely and it is important that you find one that works for you. For example, is the group facilitated by a leader or is it run by the group? Is there a fee? Are there ground rules? What is the purpose of the group? When and where does it meet? Is it an open or closed group?
Some of the benefits of support groups include feeling less lonely and isolated, reducing distress, depression, anxiety, sharing resources, improving skills to cope with challenges, getting practical feedback, helping you to undersand what you are experiencing, being more self-accepting and compassionate, feeling hopeful and being engaged with others.
What should I expect from my first session?
The first session sets up your coaching contract for how we will work together.
You will be asked a series of questions to help me understand your situation and your goals. We will then design a personal recovery plan suited to you.
You will also have an opportunity to ask questions about me and about the coaching relationship.
Do you help treat terminal or chronic illness?
Yes, if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a serious or life threatening illness, you are already likely experiencing a grief reaction. This can include shock, worry, anxiety, denial, fear, and deep sadness.
How should I prepare for my first session?
The most important part of engaging with a therapist is to be authentic. Speak your truth about your experience and challenges. Trust the process and you will heal.
Can grief coaching be helpful in areas other than the loss of a loved one?
Yes, grief can be related to many losses and life transitions including the current Covid-19 crisis, loss of a job or promotion, loss of identity and/or focus, divorce, loss of role function, health crisis, or major life transition.