Private Coaching Sessions: The Process
“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.”
If you want to understand yourself, your relationships and the world around you, you may ready for private coaching (The Four Questions below will help you see if coaching is for you right now). Due to an increasingly full schedule, I am now limiting sessions to clients who are ready to fully engage in this process. We do a four session minimum which follow an Enneagram typing interview (if you don’t know your type).
In your sessions, you discover conscious and unconscious thought and behavior patterns. You gain a deeper understanding of who you are and how you behave in your personal and/or professional relationships. We use the Enneagram in order to keep your head, heart and body and behaviors aligned. For some clients, we use Myers-Briggs and the Immunity to Change process.
Love is not something we give or get; it is something that we nurture and grow, a connection that can only be cultivated between two people when it exists within each one of them – we can only love others as much as we love ourselves.
I also work with couples looking to deepen relationship by incorporating the knowledge of type into the ways they communicate, give and receive feedback and engage in conflict. You may practice conversations and Leslie highlights patterns that may be hard for you to see when you are swimming in your own personal perspective and biases. Couples have reported significant “aha’s” in our sessions.
Step 1: Am I ready for coaching? Is the timing right?
Ask yourself these four questions:
- Am I at a place in my life where I feel like certain patterns are getting in my way in my personal development/goals, my relationships and/or my work/vocation?
- Am I willing to look at patterns in myself and own my actions and responses?
- Am I willing to stay the course for four sessions? (Often, coaching brings us face to face with our Enneagram avoidances and we may find reasons to discontinue working on ourselves. So I ask you to commit to four sessions as people tend to experience significant shifts when they stay the course).
- Do I have the time and energy to reflect between sessions and do the simple practices which help shift patterns and perspective?
Step 2: Schedule
Click here to connect with Sue Jones, my administrator. She will send you our Basic Protocol and get you scheduled for your Enneagram typing interview and your four sessions.
Step 3: Enneagram Typing Interview (90-120 minutes)
AWARENESS: The Enneagram is a powerful tool for self-awareness and jump starts your journey.
In this session, you experience a 90-120 session with Leslie Hershberger, nationally recognized Enneagram teacher, facilitator and guide. Together, you will learn things about yourself that opens your eyes as we go below surface behaviors and look at inner motivations. You’ll learn all 9 types so you can reflect on your most significant relationships and how you interact within them.
*Due to time demands, Leslie no longer does “stand alone” typing interviews without the commitment to the Coaching Process. (The exception is corporate clients whose teams are working with Leslie and need to be typed).
Enneagram teachings have the potential to be the most relevant powerful self development tool that you will ever encounter the potential for increased self-awareness and transformation is incredible. You will not find a better teacher and guide them Leslie. I highly recommend working with her. Teresa Westman, Telluride, Colorado
Step 4: Engage Fully in Your Four Sessions
ACCEPTANCE AND ACTION. The transformative process of Inner Work and behavioral change begins here. You grow in acceptance and self-compassion as you learn your patterns. As you commit, you identify your core intention and you begin to take ACTION and do the practices it takes to sustain your intention.
You are unique so your process is tailor made for you. Knowing your Enneagram patterns helps immensely.
If after your 4 initial sessions, you’d like to continue to work with Leslie, you can schedule the sessions as you feel the need.
Welcome to your Inner Work.