The Desiderata Company


Common Questions

What is a Professional Life Coach?

A Professional Life Coach is a trusted mentor who can help you identify and uncover what keeps you from reaching your fullest potential. It is a one-on-one relationship that provides a supportive and non-judgmental space to help you create what you want for yourself. You can find a Life Coach to help you strategize and acquire the tools you need to achieve your goals. It consists of steps to help you identify and reframe your thoughts and attitudes. It can also help you break negative habits, acquire new methods of identification, and take action to achieve your maximum potential! Having a personal coach is just like having a personal trainer, but it's for other areas of your life.


How does coaching work logistically?

Once you've decided you're interested in the coaching process, call or fill in the consultation request form and we'll schedule a time for an initial appointment. All coaching is done by phone. You'll call in, and we'll discuss your goals, concerns, and any questions you may have. I'll either be able to quote you a price on the phone or will e-mail you a proposal, depending on your needs. If you decide that coaching is right for you, then we'll schedule your first appointments. I only want to work with clients who really want to work with me, so you'll never have to be concerned about a "hard sell" or pressure tactics.

What does Coaching cost?

I never quote my rates up front. Before you roll your eyes, I want to explain why. I don’t coach for a paycheck. I do things that I love and I’m excited about. Oftentimes, the people who think that they can afford coaching the least are the ones that need it most. I want to make sure that my services are available to people who really want to change their lives.


I love coaching! I begin a client relationship because I get really excited about someone wanting to change their life. I’ve accepted clients from Fortune 500 executives to single moms making minimum wage. My rates are reasonable and based on client needs. However, I will never coach for free. Coaching must have value in someone’s life and what most new coaches learn is that the moment they coach for free is the same moment the client stops valuing the services and stops receiving value from coaching.

So having said that, I want to coach you because I want to coach you! Not because you pay my rate. I want you to be my client because I’m the right coach for you, not because I’m the right price. 

What types of people have Life Coaches?

People from all walks of life work with professional Coaches to help attain their goals. Life Coaches work with people in all areas of their life including relationships, career, finance, health and more. Working with a personal Coach is not limited to any type of person, but is best for those who want to take initiative in their own life. People who get a Life Coach are committed to a more fulfilled life and are willing to do the work needed to get there.

How will Life Coaching help?

The results will vary depending on what brings you to a Life Coach. If you get a Life Coach to help you out professionally, life coaching can help you make your current job more gratifying, gain better focus on managing your work, and market yourself more effectively. If your reasons are personal, you can find a life coach to help you improve your relationships, resolve ongoing negative behaviors, improve your overall health, and grow spirituality.With life coaching you can live a more balanced and enhanced life, and make your dreams come true!

What happens in a Life Coaching Session?

Each session is tailored to the client and will vary based on individual needs. In the beginning, we will discuss what you are committed to accomplishing through our work together and we will begin to create a plan to achieve your goals. Periodically, I will give you assignments to help direct your progress. We will work together to acknowledge obstacles, explore alternate perspectives and celebrate successes. With the conclusion of each session, we will revisit your goals and evaluate the next steps that are needed to achieve these results.

Do I really need a personal Coach, can't I just do it by myself?

Life coaching can take you above and beyond your own personal limitations. More often than not, people try to achieve their greatest potential, but don’t even realize what stands in their way. A personal Coach can offer an unbiased and objective perspective, and can help you realize your patterns and habits. Most people experience that they are more efficient when working with a Professional Life Coach and that this provides the opportunity for them to better realize their potential. Life coaching can make your dreams attainable and will give you support and encouragement along the way.

How is Coaching different from Therapy?

While the life coaching I provide can be therapeutic, it is not therapy. Coaching is distinct from traditional therapy because it is not designed to address psychological issues. While emotional issues may arise, the primary focus of life coaching is to help you identify your goals, achieve them, and develop constructive habits and skills. There is little emphasis placed on the past with coaching, but instead the focus is on creating what you want now and in the future.

What is your cancelation policy?

I require a 24 hour notice to cancel all sessions. Please be sure to contact me if you will not be able to make your scheduled appointment in order to avoid being charged for the session.

How long do people generally work with a Life Coach?

To experience the effectiveness of a life coaching program, I suggest clients make an initial four-week commitment. At the end of the four weeks, we will evaluate progress and discuss options for continued coaching.

Is personal life coaching confidential?

What we discuss will be held in confidence and not shared with others. However, our discussions are not privileged for legal purposes. The privilege of confidentiality that exists for the clergy, therapists and attorneys is not granted to coaching professionals. That said, life coaching is a confidential process, and your personal information will always be protected.