Goal coaching is facilitated brainstorming to help clarify work or relationship blind spots with practical ways to move successfully forward. My approach is to offer facilitated focus on the issues, empathy without pity, and encouragement specifically for men.

We all get stuck and sometimes it helps to have a trusted confidant to talk things through in order to set up a plan of action. As a former professional mediator with a masters in conflict management, I will implement a negotiating and nudging style to support your moving from where you've been to where you are going.

Goal coaching is different from counseling. Coaching is a process to enable you to take action going forward and counseling is a process to help you cope with various issues from the past as well as ultimately going forward. Coaching is future oriented and counseling is often past oriented before moving forward. We certainly will talk things through about what brought you here, but we will focus more on where to go from here.GC LOGO with text for men transparent 556x229

Coaching works from the perspective of "from now on". Counseling is a therapeutic process by which you sit with a trained and certified psychologist or counselor and talk about your feelings as it relates to what is not working with yourself or your partner. The counselor will help you to deal with those feelings and work through the problems. Counseling tends to go deeper into each person to see what might be underneath the surface that is causing the problems to persist. It will often deal with your past and how it is affecting your life currently. It is a great process and very helpful if that is what you need. If you prefer counseling you can search through the listings at Psychology Today to find a counselor that is right for you: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists

If you prefer a future and action oriented process, then Goal Coaching may be right for you. We will work on strategic solutions to specific problems. It will be a focused, facilitated session geared toward coming up with here-and-now answers to ongoing friction points or blind spots. The focus is on agreed upon solutions. We will work together and come up with solutions to problems that will successfully move your life forward. Please contact me to see if Goal Coaching is right for you.






Usually just a few sessions per specified issue


Can be ongoing depending on the needs and desires of the person.


Always future oriented


May explore past as well as future


Feelings and emotions are acknowledged and not ignored, but they are not explored in depth


Feelings and emotions may be examined in depth to see what is underneath and driving current conflicts


No diagnosis of mental health conditions is done


A diagnosis is sometimes sought and given for insurance purposes and for therapeutic understanding


The practitioner is a neutral Professional Family Mediator with a background in negotiation and conflict


The practitioner is usually a Psychologist or Counselor, who may take an advisory role


The goal and outcome is a clear actionable written plan for moving forward


The outcome is a greater understanding of the person involved in order to improve relationships