About Narrative Coaching
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect for our first meeting?
As a Whole Person Coach, I like to start with what I call a “Discovery Meeting.” The Discovery Meeting is typically divided into two session, each for about an hour and a half. During that time, we look at your level of satisfaction in 10 different areas of your life, discover your Learning Styles, and determine the top 10 Values that guide your decision making processes in life. It is a time for us to get to know each other and uncover the areas in your life you most want to improve.
After that, most session last 50-60 minutes, but can be as short as 30 minutes. If your needs require longer sessions, we can schedule anywhere from 90 minutes to 2 hours per session.
What can I expect of Kim?
My passion is listening to people, witnessing their stories, and walking beside them in the process of self-discovery and improvement. My job is to ask questions and help you dig deep, to find the stories that are already inside of you. You can expect me to bring my whole self to the table. And you can expect me to be professional, keep your information confidential, and know that I will work hard to help you uncover the best ways to meet your goals and desires. I believe in open, honest communication and will be straightforward as I work with you. I believe that we are always learning and growing, so you can expect that I will be learning and growing right along with you.
What is expected of me/what is my role?
In coaching, YOU are the expert. You are the expert of your life and know the stories you are living in. First and foremost, you must have a desire to change. With that desire, anything is possible! As your coach, I expect you to: be open, be willing to look carefully and honestly at yourself, work hard, stay curious, and take responsibility for your own progression. It is important that you communicate your needs with me–what is working, what is not working, how to improve the effectiveness of our relationship. As a client, you need to understand that Narrative Coaching is a comprehensive process that can involve any areas of your life. You acknowledge that deciding how to handle the issues, incorporate coaching into different areas of your life, and implement your choices is exclusively your right and responsibility.
What is Kim's training/background?
I am an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) through the International Coaching Federation (ICF) (https://coachfederation.org). In addition, I am a Certified Whole Person Coach and received my training through the Coach Training World (www.coachtrainingworld.com). I have completed over 100 hours of training and over 150 hours of coaching. I am also trained as a Life Story Coach.
I have always had an interest in human nature and self-improvement and have spent countless personal hours studying those topics during my life. Personally, I have incorporated rewriting my story in many areas of my life. I started out in academia and have a PhD in ecology. I have taught classes including Botany, Biology, Climate Change, and Ecosystems Ecology at the college and university levels during the past 20 years. Learning, growing, and helping others are my passions.
Is the information I share confidential?
Absolutely! I will not share your information with anyone, except as required by law. For continued training purposes I may need to talk about our coaching in general, anonymous, terms. But I will not share personal information that can be identified specifically with you.
Is coaching a regulated business?
Currently, coaching is not regulated. Anyone can call themselves a coach. However, the International Coach Federation is leading the industry and has a set of strict standards that must be met for a coach to become ICF Certified. According to the ICF webpage (https://coachfederation.org): “ICF Credential-holders are part of a self-regulating group of elite coaches who provide accountability to clients and the coaching profession as a whole. They pursue and complete rigorous education and practice requirements that provide unquestioned legitimacy to their commitment to excellence in coaching.” If you have further questions about the ICF Certification requirements, please feel free to contact me.
What is coaching/narrative coaching?
Coaching is a partnership between the coach and client, to help the individual maximize their personal and professional potential. It is a process of being curious, asking questions, and digging deep to find the best expression of yourself. But sometimes life gets complicated. We can feel lost or trapped, not really knowing what those answers are. As a Narrative Coach, I believe that each individual has the power to rewrite their limiting stories. My role, as a coach, is to help you uncover new stories. I am here to support you, hold you accountable, and explore exciting possibilities in your life. I honor your stories, experiences and the journey you are on.
Is coaching right for me?
If you feel ready to make changes in your life and to move forward, but feel a bit “stuck,” coaching might be just what you need. As your coach I will provide a safe space to explore what limiting stories are holding you back from achieving your goals. I will help you identify your disempowering stories and work with you to create a new way of seeing your life, a new story that will empower you. Join me on a path of self-discovery and find out for yourself that when you change your story, you change your life!
What kind of issues/stories can we work on?
As your coach, I am happy to work with you in different realms of your life. Narrative coaching helps a client with all kinds of limiting stories. We will work on rewriting stories that will affect what you’ll be able to do, have, think, feel, or be. For example: starting or finishing a project, developing greater self-awareness, improve critical thinking skills, letting go of limiting beliefs that no longer serve you, feeling more peace and calm in life, finding your passion in life, improving your health, becoming a better parent/leader/partner/friend.
Some examples of what past clients have worked on include: improving self-image after leaving a career of over 20 years, approaching an employer to create a new job opportunity, developing a richer spiritual practice, and aligning values to improve time management.
How do we meet?
My clients hail from New Jersey, Minnesota, Texas, Oregon, Arizona, and as far away as Australia! We meet via a conferencing program called Zoom (it is free to use). We can have phone call sessions, if you prefer. If you live near the Tri-Cities region of WA, we can meet in person.
How often do we meet?
Rewriting your story take time and practice. Most people find that a minimum of 3 months (or 6 sessions) is needed to get the most out of coaching. I have worked with clients once a week or every two weeks, depending on the needs of the client and how deeply rooted they are in their current limiting story. I am here to help keep your new story on track. Some people find that after rewriting one story with their coach, they are interested in starting a new rewrite and they sign up for more coaching sessions, while others are ready to set out on their own. As your coach, I am here to help you in whatever time frame and capacity you need.
What is the cost?
Currently a single session costs $80.
If you would like to start with a 2-session Discovery Meeting, the cost is $150.
You can save 10% when you sign up for 6 sessions for only $430.
Or receive a 20% savings when you sign up for 12 sessions for $765.
I offer a free 30-minute consult to help you determine what will best fit your needs.
To schedule an appointment go to the Contact page on this website or visit: https://khamblinhartlifecoaching.as.me/ to find an appointment time that works best for you.
You can change your story.
Make room for YOU in your life.
"Life stories do not simply reflect personality...
They are personality."
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