What is Coaching?

Coaching assists individuals in their personal and professional growth through the development of realistic and relevant goals.  These goals may include improving communication, clarifying career aspirations, increasing productivity, balancing work/life commitments, and changing health habits.  Working with a coach enables clients to gain insight, articulate goals, and develop measurable outcomes.  The client and coach then work to take concrete actions, supporting the client’s agenda and using the client's talents.   

Many graduate students encounter compelling challenges as they work towards their degrees.  Coaching may be appropriate for the following challenges:  

  • Establishing and completing important goals (e.g., finishing a dissertation)
  • Becoming more effective at work or study
  • Re-adapting to an academic environment after years in the "real world”
  • Recognizing the need for a change but being unable to identify exactly what that change should be
  • Needing assistance with developing and executing a specific plan
  • Learning how to effectively manage the boundaries between work and family
  • Obtaining strategies to manage competing demands
  • Increasing level of control in choosing how to interact with stressful environment
  • Assessing personal strengths/assets to overcome challenges
  • Strengthening personal and professional social network

Coaching is not a substitute for mental health services.  Coaching differs from therapy, in that the main focus does not include mental health diagnoses and/or concerns.