Coaching Overview

Welcome to MountainTop Coaching.  Here is some information that I trust will help clarify the role of a coach and provide you with some insight into what a coaching session might look like.  A coaching session is meant to be all about you and your goal(s) so if you still have any questions after reading this…please give me a call or drop me an email.


The relationship between the coach (me) and the coachee (you) is strictly confidential. Nothing discussed during a coaching conversation will be repeated by me or discussed with anyone else but you can use the content of our coaching sessions as you choose.  You’re welcome to share them or not – it’s all up to you.

 Definition of Coaching:

 The International Coaches Federation defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.

What is Coaching?

  •  Deliberate process that uses focused conversations to create a safe and confidential environment for individual growth, purposeful action, and sustained improvement.
  • A one-on-one process based on a relationship between an individual and a coach. Together they formulate specific objectives and goals that are focused on developing potential, improving professional relationships, and enhancing performance.
  • Coaching breaks down barriers and helps achieve greater levels of accomplishment.
  • A process of self-leadership that enables people to gain clarity about who they are, what they are doing, and why they are doing it.

The one-on-one coaching relationship is designed to:

  • Unlock an individual’s potential and maximize individual performance;
  • Challenge and aid individuals in taking effective action; and
  • Lead individuals to an understanding of the essence of their character to achieve personal and professional satisfaction.

What is a Coach?

 A coach is often referred to as a thinking partner who creates a safe environment in which both parties can share insights and information, untangle the causes of limitations (often self-imposed) and identify new methods to practice new approaches.

What does a Coach Do?

  •  Create a safe environment, listen, ask focused questions, reflect back, challenge and acknowledge the client.
  • Encourage intentional thought, action, and behaviour changes when the person being coached is reluctant to do so.
  • Support the person being coached to take action and effect positive change.

Coaches also:

  • Identify gaps between where the person being coached is and where that person wants to be.
  • Help the person being coached develop a strong personal action plan to close those gaps and hold the individual rigorously accountable to that plan.
  • Understand and anticipate obstacles that will slow the progress of the person being coached (including personal limitations) and strategize with the person to overcome them.
  • Maintain the client’s focus and vision, to help him or her remember what has been defined as most important.

What does the Coach not do?

 Coaches do not:

  • Consult: A consultant is a person with specific expertise hired to share that expertise with individuals or organizations. Coaching in contrast is focused on drawing the experience and answers from the client.
  • Counsel: Coaching effects achievement; counselling effects healing. Coaching effects action; counselling effects understanding. Coaching promotes creativity; counselling seeks to resolve. Coaching is about the future. Counselling is about the past and how it impacts the present.

 Coaching Sessions:

  •  You’re in charge of how quickly you’d like to move toward achieving your goal(s).
  • Choices include hourly, 3 month package, 6 month package, or ongoing monthly retainer options.  All offer flexibility and so if you’re looking for something other than these choices-be sure to say so-we may be able to work something out.
  • Sessions are usually 60 minutes long but many clients prefer 30 minute sessions that occur more often.  At times, a client will even ask for a short 15 minute check in option as they move forward toward achieving their goal.