What is coaching?

Coaching is a partnership between client and coach designed to unlock the client’s potential and improve their ability to fulfill on their vision.

Whereas therapy deals with healing, mentoring provides guidance and advice, and teaching aims to instill certain knowledge or skills in the student(s), coaching is a collaborative journey. Although coaching may achieve some of these same results, these results come from within the client during the journey.

On this journey, the coach has no advice or answers. The role of the coach is to increase the client’s awareness (eg. self-awareness, situational awareness, awareness of available choices) through asking questions and sharing their observations.

What will I get out of coaching?

People often come to coaching with something that they want to be different. There are many areas in which people may seek coaching. Some examples of these include:

  • Wanting more money
  • Improving self-esteem
  • Changing habits
  • Changing behaviours

By entering into a coaching relationship and inviting a coach to join you on your journey, you may gain clarity on how to achieve your goals, start to see the obstacles on the path (and explore different strategies on how to address them), and get a better understanding of who you are now and the potential you still have yet to unleash.

Who is Tyler?

I am a software developer based out of Vancouver, Canada. Although I have no formal training in coaching (coaching is not a regulated industry), coaching has long been an interest of mine. I have been exposed to coaching through my own experiences being coached, my own experiences coaching others, reading books on coaching, listening to podcasts on coaching, and taking classes in related areas.

I am currently looking to gain practice and experience in coaching.

What is Tyler’s coaching philosophy?

I find each person’s journey to be unique. Sometimes as we embark on a journey, we may explore tools or systems that may serve you. Sometimes we may dive into problems to understand why they’re problems. Sometimes I find people stuck not because of tools, systems, problems, etc–I find them stuck because of their experience (eg. thoughts, emotions).

I acknowledge these may be cliché at this point, but these quotes mean a lot to me. They also inform my personal coaching style.

It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.

Much of the work I like to do is centred around exploring new perspectives. I find that people often feel stuck in situations, and that sometimes exploring new perspectives can help them get unstuck.

The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.
–Carl Rogers

While I do a lot of work exploring new perspectives, none of that work invalidates your present perspective. I actually find it to be quite crucial in a journey to make ourselves present to your thoughts, emotions, feelings, etc. Sometimes people get stuck because they don’t think they should be having certain thoughts, emotions, etc.

Each of us is doing the very best we can at this very moment. If we knew better, if we had more understanding and awareness, then we would do it differently.
–Louise L. Hay

I think we make the best choices we can given what we know, think, and feel in the present moment. As part of the coaching journey, we can start to explore other things that can inform your choices, or even discover new choices, as we move in your desired direction.

How can I sign-up for coaching?

My rates will be lower while I’m first getting started. I will gradually raise my rates as I improve my track record of helping more clients on their journeys.

My coaching agreement can be found here. (WIP)

To sign up for a coaching slot (and see my current rates), please click here.