Frequently Asked Questions

Have you ever wanted make changes to your life but find it difficult to move forward or get to a better place?  Do you have challenges being consistent and following through on your goals?

Professional Life Coaching is a relatively new field that helps people set and reach their goals faster, be a better leader, improve their relationships and make significant changes to their life. The coaching relationship leads to greater insights, personal awareness, changed behaviors, actions, and ultimately results that satisfy the client.

Why hire a life coach?  There are many reasons to hire a life coach! Coaching with us will provide you with:

  • encouragement, accountability and skills
  • proven techniques to help your child heal
  • hope, joy and peace with your decisions
  • adoption information from a Christian perspective
  • training so you can exhibit the fruits of the spirit in all of your relationships
  • strategies to move your family in a God honoring direction
  • improvement for your marriage and communication with your spouse or teammates
  • help during transitions

What is Life Coaching?

Coaching is working in a collaborative relationship with a trained professional to help you, your marriage, your relationships and your family reach their God given potential.  This is achieved by identifying key issues, learning, setting goals, providing support, and regularly reassessing progress.

How is coaching unique?

Coaches come alongside to offer support, accountability, vision casting, goal setting and encouragement.  Coaches are trained to empower you to make rapid changes. Meetings may take place in person, via phone or video calls.

Coaching works because it brings out your best – what God put in! Coaches believe in you to help you create the life God desires for you!

How does coaching work?

Coaching is a collaborative relationship between you and your coach where you lead, work on the items you want to work on and set your target goals.  Individual coaching typically involves a one hour conversation that takes place in person or over a video teleconference site.  To facilitate growth, the coach and coachee meet on a regular basis, usually every two weeks.

Coaching helps a person learn about them self, discover insights, set goals and take action while the coach supports them as they change and grow. For growth to occur the person being coached is actively involved in the process evaluating, reasoning, imagining, deciding, and implementing.

Specifically, this is what your coach will do during coaching conversations:

  • Listen. Your story is central. Coaches fully engage in what you are saying. They also listen to the Holy Spirit and encourage you to do the same.
  • Ask questions. Coaches use questions to stimulate your thinking and creativity. Questions are about possibilities and the future.
  • Provide tools.  New tools help you improve the way you engage with others.
  • Encourage. Everyone needs encouragements, and usually we don’t get enough. Your coach will hold up your vision, your progress, and your efforts.
  • Facilitate while letting you lead. Coaches facilitate your learning and problem solving. Yet, they are never fully leading – you are, with your agenda and your approach.
  • Teach simple tools If you are interested, your coach can provide brief training on specific topics and teach you easy to implement tools.

Who will benefit from coaching?

Coaching is most helpful for parents and individuals who are dissatisfied with their current situation and desire to learn and grow.  Coaching is not a replacement for mental health treatment.

How is coaching different from counseling, mentoring and training? 

There is some overlap between coaching and counseling, but some key differences too.  Many of the communication techniques like listening, reflecting and questioning are similar, and both offer education on issues related to adoption, attachment, trauma, parenting, communication or conflict resolution.  Counseling utilizes a licensed professional and the focus is typically on mental health issues and on bringing healing to past trauma and losses.  On the other hand, coaching is present and future oriented, focusing on practical life changes that help people apply what they are learning or get from where they are to where God wants them to be.

Mentors are experts in a particular field who seek to pass on their expertise to a person. Mentors provide knowledge, advice, guidance, correction, and encouragement to people who are newer and junior—by experience if not by position or age. They may use some coaching techniques, but mentors usually play the roles of advisor and teacher to guide and impart knowledge and wisdom.

In training, the trainer sets the agenda. Change comes from outside the participant, via the trainer. In coaching, you set the agenda. Coaches use adult learning principles of self-discovery to motivate change from within you.

What training do you have?

In addition to extensive training in attachment and neuroscience related approaches to relationships, Renee holds a professional life coaching certificate through the International Coach Federation.  To obtain her coaching certification, she has undergone rigorous education and instruction.  She continues to develop her skills and grow professionally through advanced training. For more information about the International Coach Federation please visit this website, https://coachfederation.org/

What are your fees?

Our fees are $100/hour.  We offer scholarships and discounts for missionaries and adoptive and foster families.

What are your hours? 

We offer a variety of times to schedule appointments on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  You may click here to schedule a time to meet with us.

Next Steps...

Have questions or want to learn more about our personalized coaching services? Email us at rwitkowski@empoweredcalling.com or schedule a free 15 minute consultation here.