What is Professional Coaching?

what is professional coaching?

The International Coach Federation (ICF) defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. Coaching honors the client as the expert in his/her life and work and believes that every client is creative, resourceful, and whole.

The professional coach's responsibility is to:

  • Discover, clarify, and align with what the client wants to achieve;
  • Encourage client’s self-discovery and self-awareness;
  • Elicit client-generated solutions and strategies; and
  • Hold the client responsible and accountable, whole and unique.

As Professional Coaches, we are trained and experienced to listen, observe and customize our approach to individual client needs. We seek to elicit solutions and strategies from the client; we believe the client is naturally creative and resourceful. Our role is to provide support to enhance the skills, resources, and creativity that the client already has.

The International Coach Federation publishes a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) with additional information about professional coaching and the benefits of working with a professionally certified coach. 


Virginia Williams