How is Coaching Different from Therapy?
Coaching focuses on the "What now?  What's next?" by starting in the present and moving forward, developing the person to engage life with new behaviors and ultimately to achieve his or her definitions of success.  In Coaching, the emphasis is on the present and future.  It is solution oriented.

Therapy focuses on the "Why? From Where?" by starting in the past to help a person heal from past issues.  Therapy focuses on accompanying feelings and emotions, patterns or behavior and any self-destructive tendencies.  In Therapy, the emphasis is on the past and present.  It is problem oriented. 

How is Recovery Coaching Different from Sponsorship?
Recovery Coaching concentrates on specified goals that relate to the client's own individual growth and personal development.  The spiritual principles and steps from the 12 step recovery program are an underlying  foundation to this type of coaching, however it is not the focus.  It is solution oriented based on what works best for the client.
Sponsorship focuses on the specified 12 steps of the recovery program.  The main purpose of the Sponsor is to guide their sponsee through the 12 steps of the recovery program.  The clients learn how to work the steps and apply them in all areas of their lives.

Ready to take the next step? Let's set up a time for an intro coaching call.  I would love to talk with you, get an understanding of what you want to achieve through coaching, give you a feel for how it works, and answer any questions you might have on our intro call. Then you can decide if there is value for you in coaching.  To arrange for an intro coaching call, please fill in the info form above.

How Coaching Works
We are all works in progress. Whether it's time for a tune-up or a major overhaul, you have found this site for a reason.   If you are reading this, you are taking action to learn more about coaching.  That in itself is a HUGE step forward!  Below is a general overview of how the coaching process works at Mixed Media Life:  

  • Start here.  Fill out the contact form and request an intro life coaching session     
  • Coaching Welcome Package (Coaching Agreement, Data Form and Questionnaire) 
  • Weekly life coaching sessions* via telephone (In-person sessions available for local clients)
  • Helpful life coaching tools (Affirmations, Assessments, Mantras are some examples)   
  • Email correspondence and brief telephone calls as needed
  • Awareness, personal discovery, growth and change

*Number of weekly coaching sessions vary depending on coaching agreement.

Life Coaching Tools
As a Life Coach, I use my life experience and coaching skills when working with a client.  I also incorporate a variety of "coaching tools" including beneficial programs, assessments and other helpful documentation that are often very enlightening to my clients.  Here are a few:

Mixed Media Art gives coaching clients a way to connect within and express it on the outside creatively.  This can be done during or in between coaching calls or if done in person, art supplies are provided to the individual or group.
The Wheel of Life Balance is one of my favorite coaching tools to use during the life coaching  journey.  This assessment measures your level of satisfaction in all areas of your life, which will give you a realistic overview to work on with your life coach.
The Clean Sweep Program is a perfect way to start on your new journey through your coaching experience.  The Clean Sweep Program is a checklist of 100 items, grouped in 4 areas of life with 25 in each group: Physical Environment, Well-being, Money and Relationships, which are the cornerstone for a strong and healthy life.  Go on and give it a try.

​What is Coaching?
According to the International Coaching Federation (ICF), coaching is defined " partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential."  ICF Coaches honor the client as the expert in his or her life and work and believe every client is creative, resourceful and whole.

"Through coaching, I empower people to take action and create positive changes one day at a time.   ​I'm a professional coach.  I believe in the power and benefits of coaching.  It is an amazing process to witness people change over the years. The answers lie within us, but some individuals find the answers faster and with greater clarity by working with a coach.  I look forward to using my experience, while working with you as your Coach and to be a part of the changes that you would like to manifest in your life."

~Jennifer McGraw, ACC

To learn more and set up an intro Coaching call, please fill out the form below:

Life Coaching