Frequently Asked Questions

What is coaching?
Coaching is a process in which a professionally trained coach partners with you to help you achieve what you desire in your life or career. With an emphasis on action, the coach works side-by-side with you with the sole objective of enabling you to attain your goals. You decide what areas of your personal life or career you want to address, and you determine how quickly you want to accomplish the changes you desire.
How long does the coaching process/partnership last?
Coaching is typically a three to six month process. This timeframe ensures you will reach your goal and have time to cement your new skills and approach to life without introducing additional stress. During the process, we meet by phone or in person for two or three sessions each month, depending on what fits your needs and budget. Each scheduled session lasts approximately 45 minutes.
What happens during the first meeting?
An essential element of coaching is establishing a trusting partnership between the client and coach. In order for the process to succeed, we need to be a good “fit.” During our first call or meeting, we will get a feel for each other to make sure we’re a good match. If the relationship is comfortable, we’ll move forward. If, however, one or both of us feels we don’t click, I’ll refer you to someone else, wishing you well! There is absolutely no charge in this case.
What can I expect during a typical session?
You can expect a collaborative, interactive process that gets results. Once you know exactly what you’d like to accomplish, we will create a specific roadmap for achieving that goal. We will pinpoint the steps needed to get there, and we’ll identify potential obstacles and ways to overcome those hurdles. One of the most important things is to set you up to succeed. Each time we talk, you’ll learn new skills tailored specifically for you to help you reach your goal. It’s important that you practice these skills between sessions because we will discuss your progress to discover what’s working and what needs adjusting. I will both challenge and support you in order to help you stay on track to accomplish what you desire.
Is coaching effective over the phone?
Yes. Speaking by phone is not only convenient; you can also do it anywhere! It saves time, it’s cost-effective and it gets great results.
What happens in between scheduled calls/meetings?
Whether you want to call it “homework” or “practice,” the time between sessions is when you put the plans we develop into action.
Am I on my own between meetings?

No. All coaching packages include unlimited email support. If you get stuck, have a question, or simply want to share a success, you can email me anytime. In addition, unlimited short phone calls between sessions allow you to have me with you whenever needed. (One of my clients calls it the “Mary hotline.”)

Rest assured, I am always within easy reach by phone or email, and I am always ready to help—you will have your own professional coach with you every step of the way.

What are the benefits of coaching?

The benefits of having a coach are numerous and include:

  • Enabling you to achieve your goals faster, more easily, and more effectively than you can on
    your own.
  • Experiencing some results almost immediately
  • Developing skills that will have a lasting impact on your life.
  • Gaining peace of mind from knowing you are going after what you truly want.
  •  Receiving objective, experienced advice on how best to reach your goal.
  • Becoming more effective and fulfilled in other areas of your life.
  • Learning to direct your efforts toward effective ways to get ahead rather than expending energy on things that hold you back.
How is coaching different from therapy, consulting or a best friend?
Coaching is not therapy. Therapists diagnose clinical disorders and help people gain insight into their problems’ roots, so they can heal old wounds. Coaches, on the other hand, help well-functioning people move forward to achieve personal or professional goals. Coaching is action-oriented. Although coaching can be seen as a form of consulting, there is one significant difference. Coaches stay with you through the entire process of implementing new skills and making changes, ensuring you achieve what you want. Talking to a best friend is terrific, but he or she cannot offer you what a coach can. A professional coach is objective and trained to help you get the results you want for your life or business. The coach’s sole goal is your success.
How do I know if I need a coach?

If you’re ready to make a lasting positive change in your personal or professional life, you will achieve your goal faster and more effectively with a coach. In deciding whether you need a coach, ask yourself the following questions:


  • Do you want to get more out of your life, career, relationships, spirituality, or community?

  • Are you frustrated with parts of your personal life or career?

 

  • Is there a particular skill you’d like to develop?

  • Do you frequently experience anxiety in specific situations (for instance, when speaking in public, making sales calls, attending an important meeting, or during competitions)

 

  • Do you need help making a transition (e.g. career, marriage, divorce, graduation, empty-nest, retirement, promotion)?

  • Do you know what you want but don’t know how to get there?

 

  • Do you know what’s necessary to reach your goal but can’t seem to make yourself take consistent action?

  • Do you want to stop making the same old mistakes?

 

  • Do you want to live your life more passionately?

 

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions then coaching may be your solution. Call today, 802-318-1945, for more information.

How do I get started?
Phone 802-318-1945 or email mary@drmaryarnold.com today to schedule a complimentary exploratory call with Dr. Arnold.