I offer free 30-minute consultations to anyone interested in working with me. It gives me a chance to learn more about you and for you to learn more about me and how I work. It’s very important to me that it feels like a good fit for both of us. And, if I’m not the right coach or consultant for you (and I don’t claim to be right for everyone), I will happily refer you to someone that I think might be a better fit. So, let’s chat!
I am asked this question frequently and the answer to will differ depending on the coach you’re asking. Who I am as a coach is largely about my style (see above), but there are a few basic descriptions that can help…
A coach is just like an athletic coach. I am on your team. I am pushing you. I am supporting you. I am helping you to develop your strengths and unique gifts and working with you to overcome weaknesses and struggles. When you make a great play, I am proud of you and celebrate with you. When something goes awry, I’m there to help you see what’s going on, what is at the root of it, and how can we improve for the future.
Many people ask about the difference between a coach and a therapist. There are similarities and some big differences. My teacher, Dr. Martha Beck, describes a life coach as a counselor for people who don’t need therapy. She uses the following analogy: “A life coach is to therapist as a personal trainer is to a doctor. Therapists take mentally unwell people and get them healthy and coaches get mentally healthy people to very high performance.”A few other key distinctions between coaching (at least the way I coach) and therapy are:
Coaches are not experts, and I’m certainly not claiming to be one. I don’t have everything “figured out” or “mastered,” but I may be a few steps ahead of you in my own process and that’s what matters. I can relate to a lot of what you’re going through and I have both the experience and training to help you through it.
Don’t take my word for it. Here’s what clients have to say…
“Devin’s intuition is always spot-on and I really enjoyed her direct, but supportive approach. She helped me stay focused on what is actually under my control, and gave me valuable tools along the way. I can truly say that working with Devin was a life changing experience, and I have no doubt that she will positively affect the character and life of every person she works with.”
“Devin always has insightful perspective and always seems to know things that I cannot see myself. She really listens. And she provides real feedback. She is never judgmental and remains objective, allowing me and helping me to find my own answers.”
“Devin has impacted my life in ways that words cannot describe. Her coaching is practical, inventive, efficient, and effective. She is a great listener as well as a great mirror. I feel like I am talking to someone who isn't going to just tell me what I want to hear. She has given me the tools I need to look at things for what they are and not what I make them up to be. Her deeply compassionate, but practical nature makes me feel safe and heard. The biggest change I have experienced is that I have a bigger and better sense of myself and what is possible.”
“No matter the issue, Devin somehow always asks the right questions. She doesn't take anything at face value and always digs deeper, which leads to a deeper issue I didn’t even realize I was dealing with, but is the root of it all.”
“Since working with Devin, I've seen positive changes in my relationship with my partner, how I approach work, and ultimately providing myself a work/life balance that I had given up on, not to mention getting a job I believed I never would. I feel and express myself in ways that I haven't been able to do in literally years. Over a short period of time, I've made great strides and I feel like I am on solid ground.”
“Devin has always encouraged me to be more authentic and that has taught me the value in living and working as I really am, not the way others think I should be. And in the end, I have been far more successful in my career and in my personal life because I have been my real self.”
“Devin has a unique ability for personal understanding. She can relate to the challenges in your life and help navigate to positive solutions. Working with her started out as a luxury and quickly became a necessity. She helped me take control of my life and develop the confidence to make the decisions that are right for me.”
“When I think of Devin, I think of the Oasis song, ‘You're going to be the one who saves me.’ She helps me find calm in the chaos. After our sessions, I feel incredibly grounded and can make decisions with great clarity. ”
“My experience working with Devin Green was life changing. In short order, Devin was able to help me envision my ideal life and give me the courage I needed to make a change. Now I’m on the right path for me. I’m doing work that I love and I have never been happier. The questions Devin asked and the way she challenged me was truly unique. I could not believe how quickly she was able to understand me. I would recommend Devin Green to anyone who wants to create the life they always wanted.”