People are built for growth. Our potential is boundless. That said, we all get stuck from time to time. We realize that we want to feel better and do better in one or more aspects of our lives.
FKC's Guiding Principles
Purpose. Every individual has the potential to grow and offer their unique capacities to the world. People know when they’re in alignment with their lives and when they aren’t. They know when they feel healthy, on course, engaged, empowered and connected, and when they don’t. We work together to hear those inner messages and follow them.
Possibility. People are not static beings; they are constantly evolving energetic processes. Possibility exists regardless of where you start, whether you're stuck or ready to go, hopeful or in the dark. We start at the beginning and work together to boldly envision what is possible for you.
Pursuit. We are all free take action in the world: to be the co-creators of our lived reality. Pursuit is about stepping out to a new edge, taking small, intentional actions, experimenting, learning, progressing and celebrating. In pursuit, we work at your growth edge to do the next right thing towards what is possible.
Every coach is different and it’s important to find the one who’s right for you.
FKC utilizes a variety of evidence-based tools and theories depending on the unique needs of the client. These include: constructive developmental theory/framework, Transtheoretical Model, Appreciative Inquiry, Motivational Interviewing, Co-Active Coaching, Values in Action Character Strengths, positive psychology, self determination theory, Mindset (Carol Dweck), Meyers-Briggs, Nonviolent Communication and research on gratitude, compassion, thriving, flow, happiness, peak experiences, grit, emotional agility, mindfulness, emotional intelligence, and change behavior.
The FKC approach also integrates experience as a nonprofit Program Director philosophically based in Humanistic psychology. This school of thought begins with a deep respect for each individual's unique and experience and autonomy. It creates supportive relationships that are accepting and non-judgmental, offering a safe place for honesty and learning (and celebrating successes, large and small).
FKC Coaching Process
Every client’s needs are different. As a result, every coaching engagement is different. All sessions are customized to the client’s current needs. That said, Firekeeper's broad coaching framework is inspired by the work of mythologist Joseph Campbell on The Hero’s Journey:
We begin by the understanding where the client is now and where he/she would like to go. Sometimes the client doesn't know where to start and we can spend time exploring options. We then "prepare for the journey" by delving into the client’s strengths, values, skills, relationships and achievements that will support the change process. We also work through barriers that might get in the way. We set our sights on a desired destination or goal, and then brainstorm small steps to get there. Each week, the client experiments with and learns from strategies for achieving his/her goal. Every stage and step takes effort, results in insight, and is worthy of celebration.
How do I know if I’m ready for coaching?
You are ready for coaching when you want to address a change in your life and you’re ready to commit some time and attention to it. (See Reasons People Hire Coaches for more.)
The practice of coaching meets you where you, for example:
- You know you need a change, but are unsure about what it is. Maybe you're tired of feeling stressed or just “stuck and yuck.”
- You’re thinking about a specific change, but don’t feel motivated or know where to start.
- You want to know and maximize your strengths, values and potential, but don't know where to dive in.
- You’re ready to take action and need support to get going and maintain it.
- You’re already taking action, but could use support in harvesting insights and progressing.
Any of these are the right place to start. And progress is usually measured by moving from one step to the next. Note, however, that progress is not only linear. It can also be measured by depth and insight without ever moving “forward.”
Sounds awesome. What’s the catch?
Not gonna lie. There are no easy answers. You have to work for it, but the process can be really fun.
How long does a coaching engagement last?
Short answer: As long as it serves you.
Longer answer: The length of the relationship depends on your goals and needs. It can be a quick dive or an extended collaboration depending on what you want and need. Research tells us that it takes three months (about 7 sessions) to make a meaningful change or instill a new habit, so that's a good starting point.
I usually suggest that we aim for three months but check in at the end of each month to see if we want to continue on. We should only continue if it’s fun and useful. My goal is empower everyone as personal change-makers and put myself out of business.
How do we meet (session logistics)?
We usually talk over the phone. It may also be possible to meet in person or online. Most clients like to talk on the phone because it's the most flexible.
How does payment work?
Easy! FKC takes credit cards and can also send an invoice.