Coaching is a way to gain clarity and move forward in your career, hobbies, and/or relationships. I am welcoming new clients.
I benefited from coaching in 2013. This was a time in my life where I was seeking to find new ways to work and be creative, but I was feeling stuck. Through coaching I gained clarity and reconnected with a confidence I didn’t realize was missing. I learned that it was all there inside me already, it just took support from the right person to help me realize this.
Coaching helped me to start building a greater sense of awareness. Through the years I have been able to better identify what I like, what I dislike, what I value, and what I seek. I feel better able to appreciate and be “out” with the things and people I love, and better able to identify anything that takes away from this love.
Studying coaching has been a great experience and I am seeking to work with new clients, to discover these things for themselves!
What is coaching?
Coaching is a conversation-based approach to help you assess your current state and find ways to move forward. When someone might feel stuck in life and/or seeking change, coaching can be an excellent practice to help you figure this out. Through coaching you can begin to take a fresh, new look at your thinking process, with a goal to gain clarity on what you really want, identify distractions, and find ways to forward.
Perhaps you have a specific goal in mind, but are unsure how to get started? Or there is something in your life you’d like to change? Here are some common areas people often work on with coaching:
- Work/Career: you have a job and wish to feel better about it, or have ideas of what you would really like to do. You like some colleagues and not others, and would like to find solutions for handling this.
- Hobbies: you have your hobbies and wish you could invest more time on them, or spend time rediscovering what you love. Or maybe you’re stuck on moving forward with a project.
- Relationships: some are great, others are sources of frustration. And these relationships can sometimes have a connection with your work/career and hobbies.
Coaching is not therapy, counselling, or mentoring. Instead, coaching is a combination of conversation-based practices that can include some pieces from these fields, but with a specific focus: finding ways to move forward.
My approach to coaching:
Each coaching session is an opportunity to express the conversations in your head and bring them out into the space. As a coach I respond with open-ended questions to help further facilitate this. We’ll work together to help you define goals and work towards them along the way.
My training includes tools, models, and experience to support and encourage your thinking. My personal experience receiving coaching plays a big part in this too. I’m grateful for my experience and want to support others too, with a special interest in the following areas:
- Work/Personal: finding ways to take a fresh look within these big areas in life to gain clarity and movement.
- LGBTIQ: leveraging your unique life experiences as an LGBTIQ person and finding ways to empower and reconnect with yourself.
- Relationships & Sexual Health: set aside shame in these important parts in our lives. Finding ways to educate and empower yourself and take care of the needs and interests of yourself and your partners.
A coaching session can take place easily online (via voice/video), as well as in an office, at a cafe, outside, or even during a walk (moving often helps our thought process). Together we agree on what might work well, and change it if needed.
A session is 1 hour. A session often concludes with a few things to think about, and can sometimes end with an exercise to work on until the next session. Coaching is always confidential and the goals, topics and progress are owned by you.
I am seeking new clients!
Get in touch via email and let’s talk. I would love to hear what’s on your mind and where you might be seeking change. If we feel there is a good match, we can schedule a first appointment as an introduction (30 minutes) and then follow up about scheduling a set of sessions for you.
We generally start with 6 sessions, once per week. The cost is based on a block of sessions and can be adjusted to meet your financial situation.
Testimonials from clients:
“Michael was my life coach for a period during the first COVID19 lockdown in Berlin. Despite the gloomy times, we met online and were able to get to the heart of the matter which was my need for a transition in not only my life but how I viewed success. As I use alternative teaching methods in my work, he gamely explored some of these to use in our sessions – such as the Futures Walk. I loved his flexibility, insightfulness and gentle demeanor.”
— Senan, Berlin
“My coaching journey with Michael was very successful. In our sessions he created the right space for me to think out loud on several topics. In return he responded with very powerful questions which helped to begin arriving at points of clarity. After just a few sessions, I was already able to move forward on these topics and find resolutions. And by the end of our sessions I was also able to start evolving my own coaching business.”
— Paul, Hamburg
“I really appreciated Michael as a coach. His technique and approach is thoughtful, and he really kept our sessions focused and cohesive. Thanks to his guidance, I felt much more confident about our goals, my values, and that our work was leading me in the direction I needed.”
— KC, Oakland