Navigating Transition Times
What's so important about transitions? Why use a guide?
Transitions are opportunities to build or rebuild our lives along a new path, but the rate of change and its intensity can make it challenging to find perspective and create the desired outcomes.
Transition times, by definition, take us into places where the path is uncharted, the landscape feels foreign, and the consequences for our decisions have serious ramifications.
Like any wilderness, our transition times contain both valleys of struggle and vistas of new perspectives. A guide can help us navigate those times, and prioritize and strategize our way through rapidly changing terrain.
Our clients are women in various types of transition:
- Leaving a significant relationship
- Entering a new relationship with complex circumstances
- Leaving a career or seeking a new one
- Dealing with disasters in the home or in relationships
- Health crises in ourselves or our family members
Women in Transition (WIT) Coaches
A WIT Coach helps you move toward your goals strategically, with emotional support and renewed purpose when the number of decisions and the quantity of emotional strain is high.
You may want to check out a WIT Coach if:
- You've felt isolated and want to reconnect with other women and supports to rebuild your team in a new phase of your life.
- You've been overwhelmed with the quantity of decisions on your plate and long for a sounding board to help you strategize for your life.
- You want to develop a plan for the practical aspects of career and financial challenges that lie ahead, and you're not sure where to start or how to overcome obstacles to your goals.
- You feel the effects of stress on your body and soul and desire a plan of living that includes self-care and restoration of self-esteem.
What is WIT, and what will it do for me?
Coaching is a goal-oriented, intensive process that focuses on the client's agenda. A WIT Coach's goal is to help you make your way toward the goals you set with practical next steps and a compassionate witness to the process of getting there. You set the agenda, and the coach draws on her experience and training to help you get there faster, with greater clarity and a sense of your personal empowerment.
Check out our "Client Stories" page to read about real life experiences of coaching clients.
What's the difference between coaching and therapy?
If you ask 10 coaches the same question (or therapists), you'll get 10 answers, but for our purposes, here's the difference:
- Coaching is usually both goal-oriented and time-limited. While you may want to hire a coach beyond the originally-determined period of time, you will usually have an agreement regarding the goal of the relationship (e.g., getting through a particularly challenging time in your divorce proceedings, developing a plan for a new career, or prioritizing your self care) and the time (six weeks, three months, or other appropriate length of time to reach your goals).
- A WIT Coach will ask you in-depth questions to help you define the problem and the goals, and she will help you develop a plan to fulfill your goals.
- Coaching is not a substitute for crisis intervention or serious mental health concerns. While many people with crises or mental health issues can benefit from a coaching relationship and find it to be a healing experience, an ethical coach will recognize that these conditions require the expertise of a therapist, in addition to or instead of coaching.