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 “Discover You!” The Discovery You! 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, determine the top 10 Values that guide your decision making processes in life, and explore Archetypes. 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 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 been coaching for 3 years. 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 can I expect for our first meeting?


As a Whole Person Coach, I like to start with what I call a “Discover You!” The Discovery You! 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, determine the top 10 Values that guide your decision making processes in life, and explore Archetypes. 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 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 been coaching for 3 years. 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.





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