What to Expect with Coaching

How long do most clients receive coaching?

The majority of clients find that 4-8 coaching sessions is most effective for initiating lasting change, or to reach a goal. Some clients receive coaching for 3-6 months for long-term transitions and goals, while others find just one or two sessions are helpful for short-term needs. Depending on the client’s goals, it is helpful to allow enough time for the implementation of the changes and tasks determined. Accountability and support increases the chances of completion and adherence to your desired changes and new habits. While every client’s situation is unique, Nick highly recommends and often requires a commitment from the client of at least 4 sessions, meeting weekly or every other week.

What is Nick’s training and background?

I completed my coaching training and certification in 2008 through the Life Purpose Institute, based in San Diego. This certification is recognized and accredited by the International Coaching Federation. I currently have a private coaching practice based in southern Oregon, and frequently coach clients from around the country as well by phone or Skype. My undergraduate degree from Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo, was in 1989, and my Master’s of Divinity Degree from Princeton Theological Seminar was in 1996.

Before moving to Oregon, I served for ten years as the Senior Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Gridley, California, where I worked with couples of all ages and led many engaged couples through premarital counseling. I’ve led marriage workshops and have written the workbook Happily Ever After? Why Couples Plateau After Marriage and How to Get Unstuck.

Is phone coaching or Skype common?

Coaching sessions by phone are very common, even among local clients who would prefer to save time and gas to drive to an appointment. Coaching sessions by phone have the option of being held in the early morning or evening when you are home. While face-to-face coaching provides an ideal format for communication between the coach and the client, coaching by phone is still a very effective format, and can even allow for greater focus and listening.

If you do coach by phone, it is recommended that you find a place where you will not be distracted for the entire hour (no kids, no TV, no computer on, etc.). Some clients have used Skype effectively, but many times the audio is sub-par and the video can be distracting. If you have questions about which format would be best for you, feel free to discuss this during your free consultation.

How do I get started?

Take a moment to complete our short survey which which will identify what areas of coaching you’re interested in. Once I receive it, I will be in touch by phone or email to set up your free 45-minute consultation.

After this, a formal coaching agreement can be entered. You will then be sent via email the initial intake documents, a simple questionnaire that will help us focus the first session and get you started on the path to reaching your goals.

Payments are required up front, and coaching packages of 4 or 8 sessions can be purchased for a small discount. You may be interested in signing up to receive the free monthly newsletter that will help you get more familiar with me and the coaching services I provides.

How Much Does Coaching Cost?

My initial phone consultation with you is always free. Depending on the number of sessions & types of coaching, price varies. Here’s a page that provides my rates.