What is coaching?

Why does coaching work?


Individual Coaching

Group Coaching

Team Building

Speaking about

  • Optimism
  • Gratitude
  • Energy
  • Flow
  • Resilience
  • Job satisfaction, 
  • And more 


Coaching is a relationship that helps a client make more progress toward dreams and goals than he or she would make alone.

The client brings the agenda to each session.  The agenda can be as short-term as making an effective presentation to a particular audience or as long-term as planning life after retirement.

Coach and client collaborate to meet the client's goals.  The coach acts as a partner, not an expert consultant, an authority or a healer.

Coaching clients experience the value of sharing ideas with someone who is subjective enough to want a lot for them, yet objective enough not to share their biases or be self-serving.

Coaches listen, which can be a special gift. Often people hear their own solutions as they speak to someone who is intently listening without a private agenda. 

Coaching success is based on

  • Partnership: Client and coach become a team that focuses on the client's goals and accomplishes more than the client would alone.

  • StructureThe client takes more actions, thinks more expansively, and gets the job done, thanks to the accountability the coach provides with action requests and progress tracking.

  • ExpertiseI bring the science of positive psychology to bear on the client's issues. Positive psychology can teach us all a great deal about how to flourish.

 How does coaching work?

Coaching Ethics

I coach over the phone. That allows us to get together without either of us adding to the carbon load. I have an 800 number for long distance clients and clients on the go.

Frequency and length of coaching sessions vary. I coach some clients three times a month for 30 minutes, and others four times a month for 45 minutes.

In a typical session, we celebrate victories, review commitments from earlier sessions, explore the agenda, consider ways of reframing negative interpretations of events, brainstorm possible next steps, and form action plans.

I always start a new coaching engagement with a complementary sample session so that we can both decide if we can work well together. 

As a member of The International Coach Federation (ICF) , I adhere to its ethical guidelines and standards. Here are some highlights:

  1. I adhere to strict rules of confidentiality and will release no information unless authorized by the client or required by law. Even the names of my clients are confidential unless the client gives me permission. The client is free to share whatever he/she wishes about the coaching engagement.

  2. I hold my clients to be creative, resourceful, and whole. I refer clients in need of therapy to qualified professionals.

  3. I frequently evaluate the benefit that a client is getting from our coaching relationship. If the client would be better served by another coach or some other resource, I encourage the client to make a change.


Get in contact for a complimentary sample session to explore the value of coaching for you.



© Kathryn Britton, Theano Coaching LLC, 2008