What is Co-Active® Coaching?
It’s a coaching method in which the client and coach are active collaborators, two equals working in alliance. It’s based on the premise that the client, who is “naturally creative, resourceful and whole,” sets the agenda and the coach “dances in the moment” around that agenda. Co-Active® coaching is not limited to one segment of a client’s life but seeks to address the client’s life as a whole. A full description is found in the book Co-Active Coaching: New Skills For Coaching People Toward Success In Work And Life by Laura Whitworth, Karen Kimsey-House, Henry Kimsey-House and Phillip Sandahl.

How is coaching different from therapy?
Although therapy may include coach-like techniques and some psychotherapists also work as coaches, therapists are trained to diagnose and help heal emotional problems, while coaches are not. Coaches may suggest that a client consider therapy and may at times work with a client who is also in therapy.

How long is a typical coaching session?

A single session is typically 45 minutes.  The initial “discovery session,” in which Pat and the client design an alliance for working together, is ordinarily two hours. The client prepares for the session by completing a “discovery questionnaire” and submitting it several days before the session.

What can I expect at a coaching session?

Typically, you’ll bring Pat up to date on what’s transpired since your last meeting, including any “homework” you’ve done, and propose a topic you’d like to be coached on that day.

Are coaching sessions in person or over the phone?

Coaching is frequently over the phone. For clients who live in Columbus, OH, and prefer in-person coaching, Pat is able to arrange it for some sessions, especially for the longer discovery session.

How long does coaching usually last?
The length of the coaching relationship varies according to the nature of the topics and the client’s needs. A minimum commitment of six months is normally recommended to achieve effective change.

Do you ever coach non-lawyers?
Yes! Lawyers sometimes refer other high-achieving professionals who are facing similar challenges with life balance or work satisfaction.