How do I find the right coach for me? Ask the following questions:

  • Where did you get your training to become a coach?
  • What is your philosophy of coaching?
  • How long will the coaching process take?
  • In what areas do you coach people?

What’s the difference between coaching and therapy?

In simple terms, traditional therapy is focused on healing the past while coaching is focused on looking forward and building a positive future.

Coaching is a profession that supports you in your personal and professional growth and development. In coaching you pursue specific goals and produce measurable outcomes. For example, some goals might include opening your own business, writing a book, learning more about money, traveling, running a marathon, going on a spiritual retreat or learning to play the piano. These are but a few of the kinds of goals you will develop and attain when you have a personal coach as your partner. The emphasis of our coaching partnership is helping you achieve success with clarity, focus and ease.

Traditional therapy deals with healing pain, resolving past trauma, and improving relationships. The emphasis is on resolving difficulties which hamper an individual’s emotional functioning. Therapy outcomes often include improved emotional/feeling states and greater insight.

If you would like to know more about therapy, please visit my Counseling for Busy Professionals website.

What does the Coaching Process look like?

Coaching typically begins with a personal interview (either face-to-face or by teleconference) to discuss an individual’s aspirations and vision. We identify what’s important to you and what you want to accomplish. We create a contract together. You are encouraged to take specific actions that support your goals between scheduled coaching sessions. The coach will decide with you the frequency of sessions based upon your needs.



Betsey Williams, M.S.  916-548-9919
2716 X Street, Sacramento, CA 95818


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