Suffice it to say most students are not familiar with the job of a professional life coach. Sure, students know the role of therapists, counselors, and psychotherapists. Many of my clients are also receiving services and therapies from a licensed and credentialed medical provider. But professional coaching is somewhat of a mystery.
Professional life coaching is a unique and dynamic field of self-development and growth. It does not involve diagnosis, treatment or any type of "fixing". It does not involve a pathology. It involves and works beautifully when coach and student form an accountability partnership.
Life coaching is a co-creative process in which the coach does not need to know more than the client. We begin work where ever the client presents on any given day. If the student is having trouble making it to class or completing assignment, we trace back a few steps. We investigate. We couple in a way that the coach guides the student to discover the most effective steps to take in order to move the client forward.
When I receive the free consult call from parents, one of my standard questions to parents is, "Is professional coaching something your student wants?" I also ask parents at this first point of contact, "Does your student know you are contacting me?" If the answer is "no", I explain the premise for professional stress coaching and that the student client should initiate some type of desire to grow, change, and overcome. If the answer to the two questions is "yes", I ask the parent to have their student "research" me to learn more about the process of coaching.
So what exactly is professional life coaching? Why do I use the terms "professional stress coaching" and "professional stress coaching" interchangeably?
Coaching for "life" encompasses every area of life that effects you on a daily basis. Since our ultimate goal in life is balance and to thrive, we should strive to nurture every area: finances, social, spiritual, physical, emotional and mental. Life coaching is a mechanism for change and growth within the area of life in which you are struggling or in which you want to enhance.
Imagine feeling "stuck", "lost", and "held back" by something. You're not able to identify what is binding you. All you know is that you feel overwhelmed, anxious, stressed to the max, and unable to sleep. You know the consequences of this "dark cloud" but you can't seem to dissipate it on your own. Each day you feel some effect from the blockage.
As a coach, I partner with you to figure this out. It's a lot like a scavenger hunt (with clues). You have the clues within you, and I guide you to each "treasure" by asking powerful and insightful questions. You reveal the answers to yourself as I help you reach the treasure.
The coaching process can be difficult because you will be faced to acknowledge things that might be painful or that scare you. Coaching can also be fun because we never assume something is "wrong" with you. We assume you have all the answers within you but that you're unsure of how to read your own clue.
A life coach can specialize in one part of life struggle. Some coaches specialize in personal development. Some are experts in health and wellness. Some are leaders in the field of ADHD or marriage.
A professional stress coach, like me, is an expert on how to manage stress. A stress coach for students knows the challenges and struggles of high school students and college students and navigates them through all kinds of barriers like academic stress, procrastination, time management, social anxiety, and a looming sense of failure.
Together, we do a lot of exploration in the scavenger hunt of self-awareness, self-esteem, core sense of self, values, strengths and weaknesses of executive functioning, attention to proper wellness practices, and whatever else your clues unveil. Our goal is to help you succeed...on every level, and to thrive again.
More than 60 percent of college students said they had experienced “overwhelming anxiety” in the past year, according to a 2018 report from the American College Health Association. Over 40 percent said they felt so depressed they had difficulty functioning. Social, financial, emotional, physical, and academic issues all cause students to feel overwhelmed.
We actively collaborate to identify goals, obstacles and problematic behaviors. We create proper steps for you overcome and achieve. Then, we design an effective stress management plan for you to feel your best. We even throw in a science lesson so that you know what your brain and body are doing as you feel scattered, unmotivated, anxious, and like you may not succeed.
Now, for how the process works.
We consult for thirty minutes for FREE.
You ask questions and talk. I listen.
YOU decide if I am a good partner for you.
Do you feel comfortable? Do you trust my guidance?
I encourage you to research me on a professional level - LinkedIn, www.studentsstressless.com, all social media.
If you decide on stress management services, you pay, sign a working contract, answer some initial session question.
We get started, remotely or local for Kansas.
We decide on Skype, Zoom, Google Chatroom, Face Time or phone.
I offer two initial sessions to make sure you are going to stay accountable in the process and your parents don't spend more money than you are personally investing yourself.
You then are highly encouraged to sign for four more sessions.
NOTE: You not find another professional coach who operates in this manner. I believe change and desired results can happen in as few as six sessions.
You decide the days and times.
We get started on discovering your HOW.
How will you move forward?
How will you achieve your goals?
How will you feel better?
How will you change your thoughts?
How will change your habits?
How will you develop more effective stress management tools?
How will you succeed in school?
How will you succeed in your personal life?
HOW WILL YOU THRIVE.
Disclaimer: I work in an ancillary fashion to medical professionals. I am not a licensed therapist. I am not a medical professional. I am not, through this article, stating one mode of client/professional work is better than the other.