About Mitchell & Smith Coaching Associates
Mitchell & Smith Coaching Associates offers parenting support groups, parenting classes, individual coaching, and group coaching. Our 3 day parenting support groups are designed to provide peer support, education, and motivation for group members.
Our professional coaches are trained to actively listen and to ask powerful questions.
Family coaching is a practice that takes a holistic approach to improving family life. Coaches seek to rejuvenate the lives of busy professional parents by allowing them to have greater control over family, finances, work-life balance, fitness, health, and relationships.
WHAT COACHING IS
According to the International Coach Federation (www.coachfederation.org), coaching is:
“…partnering with clients in a thought provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.”
Professional coaches provide an ongoing partnership designed to help clients produce fulfilling results in their personal and professional lives. Coaches help people improve their performance and enhance the quality of their lives.
Coaches are trained to listen, to observe, and to customize their approach to the needs of each individual client. They seek to elicit solutions and strategies from the client, and they believe the client is naturally creative and resourceful. The coach’s job is to provide support to enhance the skills, resources, and creativity that the client already has.
Coaching concentrates on where the coachee is now, where he or she wants to be, and what he or she is willing to commit to and do to reach defined goals. Professional coaches recognize that the quality of results achieved is a matter of the coachee’s intentions, choices, and actions. Coaches encourage the coachee’s choices and support him or her to recognize the gaps between the desired results and the present situation.
WHAT COACHING IS NOT
Coaching is not therapy. It is not consulting. It is not the coach giving advice to the coachee, except occasionally. It is not the coach being an expert in an industry or area and offering that expertise to the coachee. It is not the coach determining the coachee’s direction or choices for the coachee. It is not a hierarchical relationship.