Frequently Asked Questions

What is holistic life coaching?

Life coaching helps people meet goals in their lives by guiding them in the right direction. Holistic life coaching works with your physical well-being, your thoughts, your emotions, your spirit, and your intuition to help you create the life you want.

People have been turning to friends and family for help and guidance for years. Life coaching is a professional extension of that help. You may have turned to a friend who you consider to be "wise" when it comes to making key decisions or overcoming problems. But friends may not always have the answers or may not be sufficiently objective about a situation to give decent advice. Life coaches are trained to help you see your life from a different perspective and give you the confidence to move forward.

The aim of life coaching is to help people break their negative belief patterns, act more decisively, and set clear goals towards achieving what they want from life. Most coaches are trained as generalists, but many also specialize in areas such as relationships, stress, personal growth, business, careers, motivation, finances, creativity, and family—among many others.

The bottom line is that by working with a coach, you can set better goals and reach them faster than if you tried to reach them on your own. Ultimately, you can really only measure the success of life coaching if you achieve the success or happiness that you’re seeking. Your success relies on your commitment to the process and acting on it.

Adapted from "What is Life Coaching and does it work?"

How does coaching work?

Braving Change coaching uses a series of individual sessions (usually 45 to 60 minutes) which which can happen face-to-face (in-person or video conferencing), by telephone, e-mail, or Facebook. 

We begin with a free Life Reset Strategy Session. I will ask you to share the challenges you are facing, where you would like to be in your life, and the obstacles that are getting in the way. I will also talk with you about what a coach does and does not do and the sort of relationship you can expect from me. If you are ready to go forward, we will set up our first coaching session. Please note that I ask my clients to commit to 3 sessions minimum when we begin our work together.

The first session is 90 minutes. We will reveiw where you are, where you would like to be, and what is standing in the way. Then together we will do an interesting assessment to explore your values and satisfaction in the main areas of your life. 

We will take the awareness you've gained into our second session, when we will begin to identify your goals and your options as you begin to move forward. The coaching process involves powerful conversation. I will ask you questions to pormt you to really think about how you see things, how you are inspired, and what issues might be blocking your progress.

You'll begin to see and think through things in a clearer and more balanced way. Powerful questioning will help you and your coach develop the right exercises and action plans to help you achieve your goals. Learn more here:








What are Gina's fees?

My first-time clients must commit to a minimum of three sessions. This includes one 90-minute introduction/assessment session and 2 coaching sessions running 45 to 60 minutes for a total of $275. This payment is due at our first session.

After that my fee is $80 per session. I accept cash, check, or payments through Paypal.

Sliding scale fees may be negotiated. 

There are no refunds for coaching services.  

What is the difference between life coaching and counseling?

The coaching process focuses on where you are and where you're going. We might talk a little about the past, but we won't stay there for long. We look at improving your quality of life by exploring your general circumstances, specific situations, transitions, personal projects, career goals, and relationships to see what is going on right now. We will discover what your obstacles or challenges might be, remove those obstacles, reframe the challenges, and choose a course of action to make your life be what you want it to be.

In general, psychotherapy and counseling focuses on where you've been to heal past hurt and trauma. I am trained to recognize when a client could benefit from counseling and will make a referral. Some clients find that they benefit from doing therapy and coaching together.


How do I know if I am ready for coaching?

If you answer "yes" to any of these questions, you are ready for coaching. 
Life coaching would help you look at your life from a different viewpoint and help you develop a plan to change what you would like to change. If you decide to work with a life coach, you will want to commit to doing whatever action is necessary to create the life you deserve and desire.

I am ready to create more balance in my life.

I am ready to improve my relationships.

I am ready to make real and positive changes in my life.

I am ready to find and live my life's purpose.

I am ready and willing to overcome self-limiting beliefs and behavior.

I am ready to create plans and take action to achieve my goals.

I am ready to achieve a sense of fulfillment at work and in my life.

I am ready for more fun and enjoyment in my life.

I can benefit from someone who will help me to stay on track.




What are some misconceptions about life coaching?

A life coach is not a counselor, mentor, friend, or teacher. 

A life coach will be friendly and may suggest resources, but will never attempt to give advice because: (1) giving advice is just a way of imposing a personal view of the world onto another person (who may or may not share the same view); (2) it is not a life coach's job to become personally involved in a client's life. Life coaching is about objectivity, structure, and empowerment, not instruction or indoctrination.

At the heart of coaching is the idea that clients must be given the power to help themselves. Offering advice, opinions, and judgments would undermine some of the basic principals behind life coaching, which include:

A) Subjectivity: we all have different perspectives of the world. No one perspective is "right" or "wrong," but some perspectives are restrictive and can stop a person becoming who they want to be.

B) Empowerment: it is within everyone's capability to adjust the limits of their own perspective. With the help of life coachinga anyone can learn to open their mind if they wish.

C) Guidance: there is a difference between an instructor and a guide. An instructor shows a person exactly what to do. A guide provides the tools and support a person needs to do something for themselves. A life coach is a guide, not an instructor.

Adapted from Life Coach Directory Copyright © 2015.