For those new to professional coaching, you may have a few questions about the process or perhaps Dawn of Changes specifically. Please browse our frequently asked questions below and contact us if you do not find the answers you need.

What is personal coaching?

Everyone aspires to be the best version of themselves and wants to know how to accomplish that. Coaching is not about giving you set instructions. Rather, we help you make sense of your life and take charge of your path.

What is the difference between coaching vs. therapy?

There are similarities between coaching and therapy, and they also have distinct differences. Therapy is often geared towards individuals looking to treat mental illness or significant emotional or relational concerns. A professional coach helps you evaluate your current actions and how they relate to your aspirations, values, goals, and intentions.

How can professional coaching benefit me?

Professional coaching can be beneficial in a number of ways. Our clients have described their experience as “empowering,” “supportive,” and “life-changing.” We help you move forward in a positive direction, whether you’re dealing with a big life change or you simply need an accountability coach who encourages you to reach your goals.

Why has personal coaching become so popular?

A goal-oriented culture has become more and more popular over recent years, with people realizing they can work toward a better financial, emotional, physical, and spiritual life. A life coach is dedicated to seeing you succeed and can help give you the tools you need to take steps toward improving your life.

What kind of credentials do personal coaches have?

The credentials vary by coach. Our life coach at Dawn of Changes has a Master of Arts in Human Services, a Bachelor of Science in Psychology: Family Studies, and is a Professional Board-Certified Coach (BCC) through the Center for Credentialing and Education and is an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) through the International Coaching Federation.

Who should hire a personal coach?

People from all different walks of life can benefit from personal coaching. Individuals often hire a personal coach to help them enhance their lives. Businesses have also been known to hire coaches to assist managers and foster better teamwork in the workplace.

What are some areas of life that can be addressed through coaching?

A life coach can help you work through various types of transitions, including family changes, lifestyle changes, health changes, and career changes and more

How long does the personal coaching process take?

The short answer to this question is that it varies. Clients usually need multiple sessions to make substantial progress, but many factors influence how much time the coaching process might take. Some of our clients have seen significant shifts in clarity and confidence in as little as four weekly sessions. For larger goals, however, twelve to twenty-four sessions (three to six months of weekly sessions) are a good baseline.

What should I expect at my first coaching session?

During our first session, we will discuss a variety of topics, such as your goals and desires, what success means to you, and what has kept you from success thus far. After this initial discussion, we will talk about an effective life-change strategy for you as well as clarify the overall goals for the coaching partnership. If, after this exchange of information, the fit is not quite right, we will offer referrals to help you find a personal coach that will be a better match for you.

How do I know if coaching is working?

Both internal and external indicators can help you determine if personal coaching is working for you. Internally, you may notice that you are gaining insights about yourself and the situations you are in, which we often call “aha moments.” Externally, you should notice small accomplishments that add up and grow into larger achievements. Personal coaching should leave you feeling empowered to make changes and improve your life.