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  • How long is a coaching session?
    50-60 minutes
  • How often should I meet with a coach?
    We recommend meeting with your coach once a week, every other week. Some clients like to meet weekly, or monthly, which is also fine. However, meeting every other week provides the client with enough time to process the work or take action between sessions.
  • Why do you charge what you charge for individual sessions?
    On average, private coaches charge somewhere between $100- $300 per session. Executive coaches working with businesses or groups may start their prices at $500-$1,000 for their services. We want our prices to reflect the value of our work, while also keeping prices affordable and as accessible as possible so we landed somewhere we thought was in the middle at $200 for individual sessions. Our pricing strategy is designed to maintain a manageable workload, which lets us allocate more time to community service. By charging slightly higher hourly rates and keeping our client base small, we can provide pro bono services to those in need and participate in volunteer opportunities and community events, contributing to the betterment of society, a value that Cottonwood Professional Coaching holds.
  • Do you offer any clients a sliding scale or discounts?
    We have a limited number of spots available for clients who can’t currently afford the $200 rate. You are welcome to ask your coach if any spots are available. We offer promotional discounts occasionally throughout the year. Keep a look out for those!
  • How long will it take before I see results?
    Every client's experience is different because every client’s goals are different. To start, we recommend committing to at least three months with your coach. Part of what makes coaching successful is the relationship that is built with your coach over time. The more time you spend working together, the better you and your coach will understand what motivates and drives you to success.
  • How long should I expect to work with a coach?
    Our clients have been in coaching everywhere from a few months to a few years. We recommend starting with a minimum of three months when starting out. At the end of the three months, your coach will check in to evaluate what is working and what is not. Your coach will use that feedback to redesign their approach to your coaching. Clients may decide to either pause or terminate the coaching at that time or continue for another three months. Though you can complete the coaching agreement at any point before the end of the three months, we find that it generally takes at least three months to develop a fruitful working relationship with your coach.
  • How does life coaching work?
    A certified professional coach is trained to partner with you to help you identify realistic goals that matter to you. They will help you define your goals more clearly, and support you as you achieve them. Coaches tend to focus on your values, beliefs, assumptions, and views of the world to help shape the desired behavior needed to take the action required to pursue your goals.
  • Am I supposed to tip my coach?
    It is not necessary to tip your coach.
  • What if I need to cancel or reschedule my coaching session?
    Canceling or rescheduling a session should be done at least 24 hours before to the scheduled session to avoid being charged a fee. Text or email your coach as soon as you know you’ll need to cancel or reschedule. Your coach will work with you to find a new time.
  • What is an Introduction Call?
    An Introduction call is a free, 30-minute consultation session. Your coach will call you at the scheduled time to discuss your interest in coaching and learn more about your situation and desired goals. It’s a great opportunity to get any questions answered, learn how coaching can support you, and see if the coach is a good fit for you. If you decide to proceed with coaching, your coach will help you with the next steps.
  • I want to leave my coach a review but I don’t want to disclose my identity. What should I do?
    We are very happy that clients want to leave us reviews after they’ve had a great experience with us. We also want you to be comfortable. If you want to leave us a review but don’t wish to use your full name, you’re welcome to leave just your initials, or first name, and last initial. Whatever you're most comfortable with.
  • How do I terminate or end my coaching relationship?
    You may decide you want to stop coaching before the three-month commitment period is over. If so, please communicate with your coach. Perhaps you’ve got all you needed out of coaching, or maybe you’re not pleased with how it’s going. If you’re not pleased with how it’s going, we encourage you to share this with your coach so they can either learn how to shift the coaching in a different direction for you or learn and grow from the experience. Either way, you can end your coaching relationship whenever you’d like.
  • Are sessions virtual or in-person?
    A limited number of in-person appointments are available for clients located in the Salt Lake City area. Ask your coach about in-person availability if you’re interested in meeting in person. Otherwise, most of our appointments are done virtually either via telephone or video conference. The introduction call is a perfect opportunity to discuss with your coach which option will work best for you.
  • How is life coaching different from therapy?
    Life coaches focus on the present and the client’s goals for the future. Life coaching assists people in making progress and achieving personal and professional goals. Life coaching is not therapy. Life coaches don’t focus on past events, addiction, or trauma. Life coaches are not trained psychotherapists or psychologists. If you have started life coaching but have not been able to move past an issue that is preventing you from moving forward, then it's possible you may be recommended to consult a therapist.
  • How is life coaching different from consulting?
    Coaching can be considered a form of consulting. However, consulting is based on expertise and includes advice and guidance. For example, you can retain the services of a consultant to help diagnose and resolve a problem your business is facing. In this case, you can expect your consultant to have specific knowledge and experience in that particular area. A life coach, however, is an expert in helping you develop all areas of your life, including your business. Your life coach helps you implement the changes you want to make, providing support and encouragement to help you stick with your goals to ensure success.
  • Can I work with a coach for one session rather than committing to multiple sessions?
    If you are a returning client and have worked with one of our coaches before, you will be permitted to work with your coach in a one-off instance without the expectation of committing to coaching for an extended period of time. Sometimes a refresher session is all you need to get back on track!
  • Can life coaching hurt someone?
    Life coaching is intended to help give clients more control over the choices in their lives. Clients are responsible for their own decisions and their own actions. Your life coach may assign homework that requires you to either shift your thinking or take action on something outside of your comfort zone. The client can decide whether to say yes or no to that request if it does not seem to align with their goals or purpose. After a coaching session, you might feel motivated, inspired, energized, uplifted, or optimistic. If you are feeling worse after a coaching session, for any reason, let your coach know. It could either be a miscommunication or it could mean the coach's style is not the right fit for you. If this happens regularly, try working with a different coach. Always make sure your life coach is accredited and professionally certified. If you’re not sure if they are, you can always ask what their credentials are. All of our coaches are professionally certified!
  • What type of person works with a life coach?
    A life coach can work with a wide variety of topics including but not limited to career advancement, intentional life design, rebuilding life after a big change, accountability with achieving goals, improving relationships, stimulating creative self-expression, or establishing a clear direction. People who hire a life coach are usually open-minded, willing to be challenged, willing to try new things, and determined to work towards their goals between coaching sessions.

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