“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.”
― Joseph Campbell
Frequently Asked Questions
Is coaching appropriate for me?
If you are ready for change, and willing to work hard, then coaching is absolutely for you!
If you are looking to focus on difficult past life events, such as trauma or abuse, or if you are experiencing severe anxiety or depression that impacts your current behaviour or state of mind, then coaching may not be for you at this time. I'd recommend that you seek counselling until you are ready to focus on where you want to go with your life and have the emotional space to create change in your life.
If you are unsure, sign up for a complimentary IGNITE session and we can discuss your readiness for coaching in more depth and, if we decide now is not the right time, then I can help you work out a plan to move towards coaching readiness.
What is the difference between coaching and other professional approaches?
Counselling & Psychology
Counselling & therapy deal primarily with dysfunction, healing emotional pain and inner and outer conflict. The therapist's focus in on creating a space for past and current pain/trauma/difficulty to be heard and acknowledged, and applying their skills & techniques in order to help the individual move through their pain, improve their emotional functioning, and cope better with day to day life. Therapists are also trained to work with serious mental health issues and complex emotional issues, such as grief. The therapist provides a non-judgemental and safe space for reflection and emotional healing.
Consultants are industry experts that are retained by executives, leaders or organisations for the purposes of improving their performance through access to specialist knowledge. Consultants tend to take an overview and diagnose problems within an organisations or individuals approach to what they do. They will then provide suggested solutions to remedy the situation. There is often a focus on improving the bottom line, the culture with a work-place, or taking leaders to the next level in their career.
Mentors guide from their own experience, either professional, personal or both. They share openly about their journey and use their experiences as teaching stories. A coach may mentor other coaches, usually as part of the coaching services they offer.
A coach supports personal or professional growth, change and development. Coaching is future-focused and in the pursuit of specific goals. Your coach will likely help you to outline a clear goal or vision, and identify the step-by-step actions needed to reach your goal. Both goals and actions come primarily from within the individual, and the coach believes that each person carries their own solutions within them, providing the focus and awareness to bring these solutions clearly to the surface. Coaching aims to quickly increase your independence from your coach, to teach you to be resourceful between sessions, so you learn the skills to be self-sufficient in maintaining your life-change. The emphasis in coaching is on accountability, action taking, mindset-change, discovery and curiosity.
What is unique about Michelle's approach to coaching?
I bring something very unique to the coaching environment, and that is a high level of awareness which has been fine-tuned over 30-years of intensive professional training and practice, as well as through my ongoing commitment to professional supervision, education, inner work and mediation.
What do you mean by awareness and why does awareness matter?
Awareness is central to the change process. Without awareness, the ability to change voluntarily is basically impossible. I use my ability to quiet my mind, clear all distractions in order to focus on you and your goals.
This capacity for high-level awareness allows me to focus intently on what you say and how you say it, as well as what is not said (including meaningful synchronicities), to completely understand the dynamics of your life circumstance, and this enables me to identify exactly what is blocking you from creating change, as well as the fastest, most effective method to bring change into your situation.
I use curiosity, radical questioning and humour, as well as deep compassion and a non-judgemental approach, in order to create a change-focused environment that will see you moving confidently and quickly towards your goals.
What are your skills and training?
I originally trained and practiced as a counsellor and psychologist, working in various organisations for 10 years, before going into private practice as a Psychologist for 12 years. During this time, I undertook intensive training as a change facilitator and coach, and I continue my training to this day. I am always learning and working to stay up to date with the most cutting-edge change techniques in order to get you there faster.
More recently, I completed an ICF (International Coaches Federation) recognised Coaching qualification, and I will soon be registered with the ICF (this requires over 100 hours of coaching). Over the past 18 months I have sought out and trained with some of the world's most skilled and respected coaches including Brendon Burchard, Jim Kwik, Lisa Nichols, Benjamin Harvey and Vishen Lakhiani. I also engage weekly in my own personal and business coaching, because if I am not moving forward, then how can I help you to move forward?
So, in summary, I bring 30-years of relevant knowledge and experience to my role as your coach. My comprehensive understanding of the change process will enable you to rapidly shift any internal obstacles, take massive action towards your goals, and make the mindset changes that will keep you in your success zone.
I am privileged to have studied with world-class trainers in psychology, facilitation and change. Throughout my career, I have worked with thousands of individuals, many small and large groups as well as leaders and organisations in Australia and around the world. I have also coached many, many therapists, health practitioners and coaches to establish successful and thriving businesses.
I am an internationally recognised coach and change facilitator.
How long will I need to work with a coach?
Of course, this varies for people and is, in the end, completely up to you!
It depends on your current situation, your goals, how intent you are on getting there, as well as how resourced you are in your life right now.
Three to six months is probably the minimum period, where there is a single focus and the individual is well-resourced prior to coaching, or able to take massive action towards their desired change.
For others, a coaching relationship can last for 12 months or more. In longer term coaching, I recommend you take a break once or twice a year for a month, to keep things fresh and focused.
To summarise, there are several factors that may influence the length of coaching required, such as the types of goals, your inner and outer resources that you bring to the coaching process, the frequency of coaching sessions, and your commitment and ability to take action between sessions.
How do I know if you are the right coach for me?
Coaching is a partnership, so it is essential we both feel we can work together effectively to move you towards your goals or vision. This is in part the purpose of the complimentary IGNITE Session. I have very clear criteria for the kind of coaching clients I will work with, and I would encourage you to get as clear as you can about the qualities you would find in your ideal coach.
Research or interview a number of coaches and take notes as this will help you to clarify who you feel is the best match for you. Ask each coach about their experience, specialities and strengths. Consider how their skills, style and approach might support you to reach your goals. Ultimately, you need to feel confident that the coach you choose can help you get where you want to go!
Once you have decided, be prepared to be involved and design your partnership with your coach. Be organised and clarify your goals for each session in advance.
A good coach will give you an initial questionnaire to help you clarify exactly what you want to focus on and get out of coaching. This will also highlight potential challenges. Fill out the questionnaire in detail and as truthfully as possible.
If concerns or issues come up in the coaching relationship, be proactive and raise your concerns with your coach.
Is it worth having a coach to mentor you through life and/or business?
You might be wondering “Is it worth having a life coach?”
This is a brilliant question because you are trying to weigh up the value that having a coach could bring to your life.
That’s exactly the right way to be thinking about it…and good on you for valuing yourself enough to contemplate getting a coach.
So back to your question…
“Is it worth it…?”
I’d like to answer by throwing a question back to you…
What would make it worth it for you?
Let’s say a coach could help you achieve anything what you wanted in your life…
What would that be?
And, what would it be worth to you to attain this goal?
The goal could be anything…say happy, enduring relationships, or a successful career that makes a difference to the world in some way, or financial freedom that allows you to pursue your passions and desires at will…
Are you clear on what you want to achieve? And more importantly, do you care enough about what you want to achieve in this lifetime? Are your goals significant enough that you want to make sure you reach them, and even exceed them.
Would it be worth it to you if you could achieve anything you want?
If yes, then coaching is right for you. You will benefit beyond your wildest dreams.
If not, coaching probably isn't for you! (Hey, it’s not for everyone.)
If you are still unsure, then a second question I would then ask is…
Do you believe you are worth it…?
People who get coaches value themselves and their dreams. They see themselves and their goals as worthwhile, and they know they need an experienced coach to help them attain the goals and lifestyle they are seeking.
They don’t leave it to chance - they back themselves 100% and go after their dreams in every area of their life.
They understand that great success requires consistent focus and effort, and that it is impossible to look objectively at one’s own life/performance and direct oneself in the most beneficial ways. We get stuck in ruts. We struggle to step out of our own minds/beliefs/limiting thought patterns.
They value the eyes of another; the clarity and objectivity, someone who can be honest with them; challenge them to go further; help them out of their habitual ways of thinking, and to create a faster, more efficient and effective path to their ideal life.
There is no direct answer to your question - because the value of coaching really depends on the value you place on yourself and on your life’s dreams…
So... are you worth having a coach to mentor you through your life, especially your career?
If you are not sure, then consider booking in for one of my complimentary 'IGNITE' sessions to explore how coaching may benefit you right now.
What can I expect from you as my coach?
- Be a partner in bringing out the best, the deepest, and the truest in you;
- Provide safety, encouragement and support; an environment in which you can relax and explore;
- Respect the confidentiality of the agreements we make;
- Expand your view of what is possible and promote discovery of new insights;
- Give you input, straight feedback and operate as a sounding board;
- Listen carefully to what you say and ask questions that increase awareness;
- Be an on-going resource for you in accomplishing your intentions.