Why do executives and professionals seek coaching and counseling?
Leaders enter into coaching and counseling for many reasons. Some are encouraged by their organizations to do so, and to utilize important benefits to which they have access as executives and professionals. In other instances, coaching and counseling may be required by the organization. Most leaders realize that, tasked with responding to unexpected changes or challenges in their professional lives, coaching provided by a credentialed professional can provide them with extraordinary insights and benefits for professional or personal growth. When coping skills are overwhelmed by doubt, fear, anxiety, guilt – or simply by curiosity – coaching and counseling can be of tremendous assistance, by providing support, problem solving skills and enhanced levels of awareness necessary to address organizational and personal challenges, issues and opportunities. Additionally, the coaching and counseling environment can be immensely helpful in addressing executive stress, image issues and blockages. Executives and professionals seeking coaching and counseling are willing to take responsibility for their actions, work towards self-change and growth, and create for themselves and their organizations significantly enhanced levels of success.
What can I expect in a coaching session?
During sessions clients talk about the primary concerns and issues in their professional and personal lives. A session is typically 50 minutes in duration, although some sessions are configured for longer periods when participants come to our offices from outside the greater Atlanta area, for example. The process is most effective when sessions are conducted weekly, either in person or by scheduled phone conference. Clients frequently complete joint accountability or related action items between sessions. We also frequently request clients to read books, articles or to view other sources that may be helpful between sessions. For executive coaching to “work,” the client must be actively engaged in the process, both in and outside of scheduled sessions.
What benefits can I expect from working with a Resolute Consulting Group Partner?
A myriad of benefits are possible through working with a Resolute Consulting Group Partner. Often, it is tremendously helpful just to know that someone who has walked in your shoes and is qualified to assess your situation is listening and understands. Executive coaching and counseling can provide fresh perspectives on problems and complex issues, or point you down pathways towards solutions. Most leaders find executive coaching and counseling to be a tremendous asset in managing professional growth, personal growth, interpersonal relationships, and a multitude of work and life related issues. Benefits obtained from executive coaching and counseling depend on how well participants utilize the process and put into action what they discover and learn. Some of the benefits available from executive coaching and counseling include:
- Attaining a better understanding of yourself, how you impact others, and your professional and personal goals and values. This enables effective, authentic leadership
- Developing skills for improving relationships with key stakeholders in your professional and personal life
- Finding resolution to issues and concerns that led you to executive coaching and counseling
- Discover meaningful, effective ways to address stress and anxiety
- Managing anger and other behavioral issues
- Improving communication skills through advanced methodologies and techniques
- Moving past situations where you feel “stuck”
- Improving self esteem, boosting self-confidence and re-branding yourself to meet demanding professional requirements
- Making difficult career or personal transitions
What if my goals for executive coaching and counseling seem unclear?
It is not uncommon for new clients to enter into the coaching and counseling process without their goals clearly defined. What is clear to them is either some things are not working out optimally in their professional or personal lives, or they are aware they want to significantly enhance their effectiveness as leaders. It may take several sessions and assessment before a direction is clarified. During the course of coaching and counseling goals may shift or change. However, establishing directions for the process early in the relationship helps clients obtain the most of the experience.
Do you accept insurance? How do you get paid?
Executive, leadership, organizational, career and life coaching and counseling are typically not covered by insurance. Significantly, most executive coaching, counseling and consulting engagements are recognized as tax-deductible professional services, and we recommend consulting a CPA or other qualified financial professional to determine eligibility.
Most client coaching and counseling engagements are configured across an initial period of 12 months. Fees vary based on scope of work, number of participants, geography and other factors. Payment plans are available based on fee configuration. Some clients work on a by-session basis. When clients work on a by-session basis, payment for each session is due in full at the beginning of each session. Resolute Consulting Group accepts checks, American Express, Master Card and Visa.
When clinical counseling is utilized as an augmentation to the executive coaching process or as a requirement to continue the coaching process in the present or in the future, insurance may cover the clinical counseling. In those instances, we recommend first checking with your insurance provider to determine if you have mental health benefits, and the scope, deductible, out-of-network specifics, co-pay and other requirements for those benefits.
Is executive coaching and counseling confidential?
In general, the law and codes of ethics under which credentialed executive coach practitioners and counselors operate protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and the practitioner. Information is not disclosed without written permission. However, there are a number of exceptions to this rule. They include:
- Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse
- If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person or persons
- If a client intends to harm himself or herself