No one is an island and everyone from time to time needs a companion or a guide to share the load of life. The coaching relationship is an important one, particularly for those looking for a safe, open, approachable space to connect and receive focus about important life matters.
A coach can support you as you hold onto your values while you clarify your goals and navigate important decisions. Sessions are designed to provide a clear, supportive sounding board for people going through a transition, looking for clarity, and/or wanting to carve out a new path. Whether it’s personal or professional, a short-term coaching connection might be the answer.
A coaching relationship is designed to support a person by listening closely, asking thoughtful questions, and providing an environment where insight, clarity and confidence can be found. This is different than counseling and consulting and is a powerful tool to unlock solutions where you seem to be stuck.
Christa Hesselink has been a supportive guide, mentor and coach for her entire twenty-year career as she worked in education, not-for-profit and church ministry. Christa is a certified coach, certified yoga instructor, and is training to become a spiritual director with the Haden Institute as well as the Narrative Enneagram. She holds a Master’s of Leadership and a Master’s of Theology degree, and is a well-respected speaker, workshop, facilitator, and retreat leader.
1. Coaching is not therapy, counseling, mental health care, or treatment for substance abuse. The coach is not functioning as a licensed mental health professional and coaching is not intended as a replacement for counseling, psychiatric interventions, treatment for mental illness, recovery from past abuse, professional medical advice, financial assistance, legal counsel, or other professional services.
2. Coaching is for people who are basically well adjusted, emotionally healthy, functioning effectively.
3. Coaching can be a one-time connection, occasional, or ongoing and will be determined in conversation with the coach and “coachee”. Either person can bring the relationship to an end at any time. On occasion, some, or all, of the direction might be through telephone or online contact.
4. Coaching can and may involve periods of silence, and inner listening, values clarification, identifying plans of action, accountability, examining lifestyle, and questioning currently held beliefs.
5. Coaching is most effective when both parties are honest and straight-forward in their communication.
6. Coaching is a confidential relationship and the director agrees to keep all information strictly confidential, except in those situations in which such confidentiality would violate the law or could jeopardize the safety of the client or others.
7. Each meeting will last approximately 1 hour. There will be no predetermined length of commitment. This will be determined as the relationship progresses. Each meeting will be scheduled approximately 4 weeks apart. Efforts will be made to accommodate each other’s schedules. This agreement may be extended or ended by either person at any time, and both agree to inform the other of the need to cancel an appointment. Except in unusual circumstances, this cancellation will be given no less than 24 hours prior to the scheduled appointment time.
What to expect in a typical session:
The client will be prepared to share what they want to bring to the session and what they hope to gain from the session - it may be a thought, a question, a concern, a pain, a plan, in their personal or professional life.
Christa will listen deeply, echo back, ask questions, and provide supportive thoughts, all in service to the person’s desired outcome for the session.
Christa will often provide resource(s) that can be used in between sessions.
8. The fee per session is determined in consultation with Christa and payable in advance of each session - either cash, e-transfer, or cheque.