My Approach

Why You're Stuck

The reason smart, hardworking, accomplished people sometimes get stuck is that they try to solve the wrong problem. I’ve had clients hire me to help them find a new job when the job is actually not the problem. The job is fine. The problem is they need to learn to LEAVE at 6:00 and have a LIFE. Once that becomes clear to both of us, they mobilize incredible resources to address the real goal: creating a life. And they’re off and running.

My Commitment to You

My first task is to be a quick study for what’s true for you, your whole picture – the pieces you’re aware of and those that you aren’t. I do this by listening to you, asking you a lot of questions, many of which you have never been asked before, offering you self-assessments if they seem appropriate, and then listening to you some more.

  • warmth and candor: while making you accountable
  • validation: this IS hard work, you’re not a loser, nor alone in this issue
  • genuine interest: in your life, in your success
  • re-framing: a fresh look at what’s going on and a reminder that you always, always have options
  • humor: stress is draining, humor lifts weight

Experience. Most of all, what I hear from clients is that through my approach, I bring wisdom and I "get it" quickly. I’ve learned and assimilated a wealth of experience from:

  • a broad array of clients since 1995 as a personal coach and career coach
  • 30-plus years as a high achieving professional in small business, corporate, and university contexts
  • my own work-life balance juggling act as a professional while balancing while being a very present parent and 30-plus years of marriage

Are You Ready to Make Changes?

Take the step in your journey by setting up an exploratory phone meeting with me. You’ll know a lot more by the end of the call. Email me with a few times you could be available, and please include your time zone. I’ll get back to you.

It's Called Transition

The bottom line is this: you’ve outgrown some aspect of your life, there’s something you need to let go of and something new you need to reach for. One of my favorite analogies for this is that life

Expressed by Danaan Perry,

Most of the time I spend my life hanging on for dear life to my trapeze-bar-of-the-moment…I have the feeling that I’m in control of my life…But once in a while…I look out ahead of me into the distance and what do I see? I see another trapeze bar swinging toward me…I know in that place in me that knows, that this "new trapeze bar" has my name on it. It is my next step, my growth, my aliveness coming to get me…I must hurtle across space before I can grab onto the new bar…it is called transition…the only place that real change occurs…"

I know this terrain, transitions. And I can help you make your transition more consciously, quickly, and more enjoyably than you would on your own.
Whether your goals pertain to career advancement or job satisfaction, work/life balance, or midlife challenges, I’ve midwifed other people through this, and can bring what I’ve learned to you in a way that fits you. Each of my clients has brought something to me. I look forward to bringing something of real value to you!

Fees and Logistics

-- Monthly fees for individuals vary depending on the length and frequency of the scheduled sessions and how much “on call” access you would like. Every person’s needs are different. During your initial consultation, we can determine what structure suits your needs best, and your monthly fee will be determined accordingly. Most coaching arrangements include unlimited email contact with me. 
-- Coaching for companies is tailored to the unique needs of your company, and pricing is determined accordingly. Some organizations use coaching as a follow-on to on-site training that I deliver, while others contract for coaching as a standalone process. Some want the individual sessions to take place by phone, and others have me come on-site for meetings. There are many other variations as well. Your company's needs determine how our work will be structured.
-- The process generally takes 3-6 months, but there’s a wide range. Some people accomplish what they want in a very few sessions, and others choose to work for longer.

-- Sessions generally take place by phone or in-person at my Boston-area office.  Corporate clients can arrange half-day or whole-day series to be held on-site. 

How Coaching is Different from Counseling or Therapy

Coaching differs from therapy in many ways. Coaching focuses on the present and where you want to go from here. Therapy focuses more on the past and how you got to here. Coaching is action-oriented, and therapy is understanding-oriented. Coaching uses a training and sports model: the client wants to learn new skills and achieve a higher level of performance. Therapy uses a medical model: the patient needs to be cured. If I see that a therapist would better serve the challenges you are experiencing, I will be candid with you about it and refer you to a therapist. Some people can work with a therapist and a coach concurrently, and others prefer to do therapy work first and coaching next.

CONTACT ME for an initial consultation at no charge.

Trapeze drawing by Cathy Bennett,

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Sharon Teitelbaum, MA, MCC - Life Coach: Career, Success and Midlife Coaching
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