What is coaching?
Coaching is a profession that is very different from consulting, mentoring, advice, therapy, or counseling. During the coaching process, we will address your specific personal needs, general conditions and transitions in your personal life, relationships or profession by examining what is going on right now, to discover what your obstacles or challenges might be. From there, I help you to reflect and choose a course of action to make your life what you want it to be.
My skills as a coach are to know the right questions to ask and to have the right tools and techniques to empower you to find those answers within yourself. You are the expert of your life, who truly knows who you are and what you need. Therefore, you are the only one who can recognize what is absolutely best for you. I am simply an expert in the coaching process and there to help you discover what your own personal "best" might be.
How long does coaching take?
The duration of a coaching journey differs from person to person. I ask for a minimum time commitment of three months, with at least four sessions during this time, as it takes time to manifest change and overcome old habits. Throughout the process we will discuss your progress and once you feel like you have obtained the confidence and clarity you came for you will know when you are ready to continue on your own, knowing that you can turn to me for support in the future whenever you need it.
What is a discovery session?
The first step in your coaching journey is a 30 minute 'discovery' session free of charge. Here we will dive into what you want to achieve during your international journey and how I can help you get there. If you are calling on behalf of your child, we will discuss their needs as well as your concerns and how we can work together to make sure these are met and addressed. In addition, we will discuss what you can expect from coaching and agree on the best path going forward.
What are Third Culture Kids?
"A third culture Kid (TCK) is a person who has spent a significant part of his or her developmental years outside the parents’ culture. The TCK frequently builds relationships to all of the cultures, while not having full ownership in any. Although elements from each culture may be assimilated into the TCK’s life experience, the sense of belonging in relationship to others of similar background."
When entering adulthood, TCKs are armed with skills to handle change, adapt themselves and communicate across different cultures. However, a common challenge in the lives of TCKs is the feeling of duality - their experience of “belonging everywhere and nowhere”, being “profoundly connected and disconnected”, feeling “a part of and apart from” others at the same time. As a TCK myself, I understand what it is like to deal with these complexities, and can help your child make peace with these feelings and empower them with skills that will serve them personally and professionally in the next phases of their lives.
How can coaching help Third Culture Kids?
Coaching can help Third Culture Kid (TCK) teenagers grieve the losses derived from their relocations. What's more, it can allow them to embrace the identity challenges that surfaced during their adolescence which were amplified by the expat lifestyle, in order to enhance feelings of self confidence and self awareness. Coaching can also help young adults explore what they truly like, what they are looking for from their university experience, and make decisions about which types of schools will serve their needs.
In addition, coaching can also help Adult Third Culture Kids (ATCK) to acknowledge the behaviors and habits they developed as a result of this lifestyle that may be blocking them from feeling the strongest versions of themselves. Moreover, just as with TCK's, coaching can help ATCK's explore identity and grief issues that surface as a result of this lifestyle.
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