Is friendship coaching a real thing?
You may have noticed that you can get a coach for anything these days. While it's common to seek support for relationships with a spouse, family member, child, or employee, there's less attention around the need for support in our friendships. But research shows that our female friendships are one of the most important relationships in our lives. If this is the case, it's worth investing in these relationships with intention!
What can coaching help me with?
Friendship coaching can help you gain clarity in any of the following areas:
making friends (as an introvert/ college student/ new mother/ adult)
navigating difficult conversations with a friend
moving on from a friendship break-up
maintaining friendships when you're in different "seasons"
seeing friends differently due to new / dissimilar values
determining if it's time to leave a toxic friendship
managing cynicism surrounding befriending other women
prioritizing friendships as a businesswoman/ entrepreneur
releasing shame or guilt from hurting a friend
managing friendship after major life transitions like motherhood, marriage, or cross-country moves
Is coaching like therapy?
The simplest way to explain the difference between coaching and therapy is this: therapy helps you make connections between what happened in your past and where you are in the present ; coaching focuses on where you are now and where you'd like to be in the future. In therapy you work to resolve and make sense of the past. With coaching, the emphasis is on goal-setting, processes and action to move forward.
We have a list of trusted psychologists and therapists that we can refer you to if you determine that's the best fit for your needs.
What to Expect
This is a one-hour session designed to help you make sense of where you are now so you can begin taking real steps toward where you want to be.
So what can you expect?
We'll begin by burning sage and crying together. (Kidding.)
Each session begins with you sharing what's on your heart-- there is no formal agenda. While conversations sometimes meander in several different areas, we suggest coming prepared with one specific issue you'd like to discuss.
As a licensed educator and certified coach, Danielle is equipped to:
ask prompting questions to help you gain clarity,
lead unique exercises to give you perspective,
work with you to create tangible action steps so you can get "unstuck"
And because she loves research, she'll share a cool insight or two so that, despite your feelings of confusion, helplessness or frustration, you'll know you're not alone.
BONUS: You'll receive a complimentary copy of Danielle's book "Give it a Rest: The Case for Tough-Love Friendships" .
Note: Due to the pandemic, our coaching sessions are now virtual, which means we can take clients from anywhere in the world!