Can't see yourself doing one-on-one coaching?
Need a lower price point?
Just plain love the group process?
What is it?
For those who see themselves thriving in a group process with other ardently evolving human beings, I offer a group coaching experience in person or by teleconference for two or three (plus me). Everyone gets some direct coaching, and we use inquiry (The Work of Byron Katie) in and between sessions. At the outset, we set clear intentions* for each member of the group and track the progress and meanderings in the journey. It's strictly up to you, but you don't need to get or give less than my individual clients. You'll get homework same as anyone that you'll commit to fulfilling each week. These life- and mind-changing self-growth projects come organically out of our work during sessions. And I am equally available to group clients and include some one-on-one time with each individual as part of the package.
* These intentions may be spiritual or worldly in nature, but the spiritual ones will equally be fulfilled in obvious physical manifestations and achieving the worldly ones will involve honing in on spiritual (mental, emotional) blocks and clearing them.
How does it work?
Groups are launched once I've collected all group members and we've coordinated a workable schedule. These groups meet 3 times per month, and we contract them for 3 months to begin, then go on by 3-month increments or month to month. Once the details are mutually agreed upon, we take off!
Each group session lasts 75 minutes for 2-member groups and 90 minutes for 3-member groups. I help everyone maximize their own benefits from time focused on others. Sometimes, especially with 2-member groups, we alternate who gets the focus from one session to another, and sometimes the session time gets divvied up. Group members also connect with one another between sessions to develop and practice inquiry skills. Once the group expires, all participants will be able to facilitate themselves and one another, and they can organize themselves to keep working together if they wish. (Free facilitation!)
When I began my coaching venture, I had no idea how wonderful these groups would be, though I did suspect people would bond and hold one another in high esteem from witnessing and participating in one another's processes. I've found that the work that happens in the groups is just as effective, profound, and transformational as anything experienced by my individual clients, with the added bonus of several energies or flavors of people blending in fascinating and unexpected ways.
Note that group coaching may differ from other groups you've experienced, with each member focused on his or her own process and supporting that of the others through simple, nonjudgmental witnessing and by offering facilitation of The Work once those skills are in place. There's little advice-giving or even commenting on other people's situations or process. When people comment, it's usually to share their experiences or to tell how, in the moment, they're applying that person's work to their own lives.
What I offer to individual group participants
I'm always available for brief contacts on an ongoing basis by e-mail and phone. When someone misses a session, though we make every effort to schedule carefully so this doesn't happen, he or she is encouraged to communicate with other group members and to schedule a 20(ish)-minute makeup session with me. Finally, in each three-month period,I offer individual group members some one-on-one monthly contact--two half-hour sessions and one hour-long session. These can happen by phone or in person.
Note that after each session participants send takeaways to all present to articulate and integrate their insights and lay out any action points to take between sessions. People are always free to write anything to me individually that they don't wish to share with the group. Most such communications happen among all group members (Reply All gets lots of strokes) and sometimes create ongoing and lively dialog.