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Coaching Vs other professionals - what's the difference?

One of the core competencies that I adhere to as a coach is around demonstrating ethical practice. Part of this means that I refer clients to other support professionals, as appropriate.


What does this really mean?


Well, it means that if coaching is not suitable for you and I recognise that you would be better served by another professional then I will refer you onto them.


Fertility coaching is a forward-looking process. A typical session will give you space to work with your coach as a sounding board, to provide you with coping skills and tools to navigate the emotional stress you're going through, and to work with you through your plan for parenthood.


Therapists on the other hand often focus on resolving difficulties of the past. They are trained to diagnose and treat mental health conditions and can help you process trauma.


Professional coaches focus on helping their clients manage personal change. They do not tell clients what they should or shouldn't do. Instead they provide supportive, discovery-based approaches so clients can implement their own life changes. They're not there as 'consultants' or 'mentors' - paid to give advice on the 'right' course of action.


Working with a fertility coach who knows where you're coming from and has first-hand experience of dealing with infertility and fertility treatments can be comforting. It's good to know that they know how you might feel. But, at the end of the day, your coach's experience is not your experience. Your coach shouldn't be directing your decisions. Your coach is there to support you in the decisions you make.


Ultimately, coaching offers a collaborative partnership in which you are empowered to navigate the challenges of the fertility landscape and move forward with confidence and clarity.


If you think you might like to work with me as your fertility coach then please reach out for a free 20-minute chat to see if we click.