Common Questions

Common Questions:

What is a Professional Life Coach?

A Professional Life Coach is a trusted mentor who can help you identify and uncover what keeps you from reaching your fullest potential. It is a one-on-one relationship that provides a supportive and non-judgmental space to help you create what you want for yourself. You can find a Life Coach to help you strategize and acquire the tools you need to achieve your goals. It consists of steps to help you identify and reframe your thoughts and attitudes. It can also help you break negative habits, acquire new methods of identification, and take action to achieve your maximum potential!


What is the difference between Christian Life Coaching and General Life Coaching?

General Life Coaching "urges the Coaching client to seek their own desires and goals. ... what it is they truly want. Christian coaching inspires the client to seek the Lord's will and timing in their life and align their life with God's plan. Christ is promoted as the primary foundation for achieving excellence and abundance in one's life." 

What types of people have Life Coaches?

People from all walks of life work with professional Coaches to help attain their goals. Life Coaches in general work with people in all areas of their life including relationships, career, finance, health and more. Working with a personal Coach is not limited to any type of person, but is best for those who want to take initiative in their own life. People who get a Life Coach are committed to a more fulfilled life and are willing to do the work needed to get there.

How will Life Coaching help?

The results will vary depending on what brings you to a Christian Life Coach. If you get a Life Coach to help you out professionally, life coaching can help you make your current job more gratifying, gain better focus on managing your work, and market your self more effectively. If your reasons are personal, you can find a life coach to help you improve your relationships, resolve ongoing negative behaviors, improve your overall health, and grow spirituality. With life coaching you can live a more balanced and enhanced life, and help make your life-calling from the Lord come about!

What happens in a Life Coaching Session?

Each session is tailored to the client and will vary based on individual needs. In the beginning, we will discuss what you are committed to accomplishing through our work together and we will begin to create a plan to achieve your goals. Periodically, I will give you assignments to help direct your progress. We will work together to acknowledge obstacles, explore alternate perspectives and celebrate successes. With the conclusion of each session, we will revisit your goals and evaluate the next steps that are needed to achieve these results.

Do I really need a personal Coach, can't I just do it by myself?

Life coaching can take you above and beyond your own personal limitations. More often than not, people try to achieve their greatest potential, but don’t even realize what stands in their way. A personal Coach can offer an unbiased and objective perspective, and can help you realize your patterns and habits. Most people experience that they are more efficient when working with a Professional Life Coach and that this provides the opportunity for them to better realize their potential and their calling. Life coaching can help make your dreams attainable and will give you support and encouragement along the way.

How is Coaching different from Therapy?

While the life coaching I provide can be therapeutic, it is not therapy. Coaching is distinct from traditional therapy because it is not designed to address psychological issues. While emotional issues may arise, the primary focus of life coaching is to help you identify your goals, achieve them, and develop constructive habits and skills. There is little emphasis placed on the past with coaching, but instead the focus is on creating what you want now and in the future.

What is your cancellation policy?

I require a 24 hour notice to cancel all sessions. Please be sure to contact me if you will not be able to make your scheduled appointment in order to avoid being charged for the session.

How long do people generally work with a Life Coach?

To experience the effectiveness of a life coaching program, I suggest clients make an initial three-month commitment. At the end of the three months, we will evaluate progress and discuss options for continued coaching.

Is personal life coaching confidential?

What we discuss will be held in confidence and not shared with others. However, our discussions are not privileged for legal purposes. The privilege of confidentiality that exists for the clergy, therapists and attorneys is not granted to coaching professionals. That said, life coaching is a confidential process, and your personal information will always be protected. In my coaching, I will maintain strict confidentiality, except in cases where disclosure is necessary to prevent harm to persons and/or is required by law.

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What Coach Kathleen's coaching clients are saying about working with her:

"My favorite aspects of coaching with Kathleen: Having a cheerleader other than my parents has been eye-opening. Kathleen sees strengths in me that I had forgotten or didn’t realize were there.  She boosts my confidence in genuine ways; it’s not trumped up.  She can actually cite examples to back up her accolades. I have seen an improvement in my teaching evaluations as I’ve become more mindful of how I spend my time.  My health is improving because I’m taking steps to put more margin in my day—including conscious efforts to an earlier bedtime. I am less stressed out because I see that promotion is a reasonable achievement and within reach as I adhere to the steps I’m taking and grow stronger in the skills I’m building.” Anonymous Coaching client


 "If you need someone who will listen wisely and non judgmentally, validate your concerns and fears as well as guide your steps in developing a more intimate and "healthy" relationship with God, Kathleen is an amazing life coach.  She has helped me refocus my priorities in the midst of trying to juggle a household of 5 and working 2 jobs as well as provide valuable Biblical resources to refer to as I try to evolve my prior ways of thinking and doing into words, thoughts and actions that are pleasing to God and Kingdom-focused in the long run!  God bless the work she does for His glory and for us women in today's busied culture."  A.A. Coaching client


 Kathleen has a remarkable knack for listening between the lines and addressing the heart of an issue vs. addressing only the symptoms that I typically share. As a result of her gentle way of both celebrating victories -- no matter how small -- and pressing in on challenges --no matter how daunting, I am better able to appreciate the progress I'm making in several areas in my life. She is a gift from God to me! (Anonymous Coaching client)


 What Coach Kathleen's  speaking /workshop clients are saying about working with her:

One of our primary goals at Joni and Friends Family Retreat is to send the families home with new tools and resources to help them as they deal with the many life challenges they face due to disability.  This year, I think we rang the bell!  Kathleen came to the retreat and brought a Personal Retreat toolbox full of wonderful ideas.  For a couple of good hours, she taught our FR moms how to create their own little personal retreat….how to take care of themselves by drawing closer to the Lord.  What a blessing it was for me to hear the moms as they talked about how they were going to put into practice these new ideas.
Delinda Carr,  Joni & Friends Interntl. Disability Ministry - AZ. -Former Program Manager/Family Retreat Director


What Coach Kathleen's retreat clients are saying about working with her:

"Whether providing private counsel or serving as a group leader or guest speaker at a retreat, Kathleen Brooks  will gently and lovingly walk you closer to the Lord.  With her humor and her own personal stories of recovery and overcoming, you will feel and know the presence, and comfort of the Lord.   Kathleen leads one on an ever deepening and enriching love affair with the Lord.  Emily Dickenson once penned, “Truth must dazzle gradually, or every man be blind”.  Kathleen carefully and lovingly dazzles."

Nancy Conant,  women's church retreat participant Orange County,  CA.,  business owner: Conant Collaborative


I loved the BE STILL Retreat. Most importantly I learned that HAVING quiet times with God is so essential and that it can be amazingly special. I also learned about HOW to keep my quiet time with the Lord. There are so many things you can do to grow and learn, and spending that time with the Lord can make miracles happen in your life. The Be Still Retreat taught me that just always remembering to make that time, is the beginning of knowing the Lord and myself in a stronger healthier amazingly special way.   Retreat Participant:  Vicki Anderholt