Coaching

Coaching

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” –Winston Churchill

Every one of us is in the midst of a grand experiment called our lives. And much as we may resist, life offers unending, and often unsolicited, invitations to learn and change. While we can’t usually refuse the invitation altogether, we can strongly shape the WAY we respond.

No matter how smart or strong or clear or kind we are, we can usually benefit from the support and challenge of a powerful coaching relationship at key moments in our development – both professionally and personally.

As a trained Integral Coach, I am committed to helping you integrate your head, heart, body and spirit in service of your effectiveness at work and home and your happiness.

Yarrow draws from a deep well of understanding and a broad repertoire of strategies to help her clients gently move through stuck places and find a whole new realm of possibility in their lives. – Lillian Lahiri, National Board Certified Teacher

Coaching is a highly personalized process. We work together to clarify your what you want coaching to do for you – looking for common threads among several different dilemmas you may be facing.

After establishing your goals, we identify underlying patterns of thinking, speaking, and acting that are holding you back, as well as strengths or talents you can build on. We then design a plan for observation, learning, and practice that addresses immediate “problems” as well as expands your capacity to keep growing and learning in the future.

Through a series of fiercely honest yet completely supportive conversations (with related “homework”) we:

  • explore dilemmas
  • open up new awareness– expanding your perspective on yourself and your world
  • uncover habits that may be getting in your way
  • identify and build on known and hidden strengths
  • clarify interests and needs
  • develop new skills
  • learn powerful new ideas
  • design practices to sustain positive changes

 

As a certified Integral Coach, I draw from an ever-expanding variety of approaches including Polarity Management, Immunity to Change, Non-Violent Communication, Enneagram, Integral Coaching, Mindfulness Meditation, Conscious Embodiment, and more.

Yarrow’s sage advice and reflective coaching style based on inquiry have helped me develop my leadership capacity to first survive and now thrive as a first year Program Manager. – Bernardo Ruiz, Seattle Public Schools

In some ways, it’s a simple list. I ask that you bring your:

  • sincere desire to learn and grow
  • curiosity about new perspectives and willingness to keep an open mind
  • courage to be honest about what you see in yourself, others, and your environment as the process unfolds
  • commitment to follow-through between coaching sessions (actions or observations we design together)

Coaching programs vary and are custom-designed. A typical pattern is to meet 1-2 hours every 2 weeks in person, by
phone or skype. We can meet at your workplace, my office, or other convenient off-site location.

Coaching programs can be short (1-3 sessions), medium (2-6 months) or longer, depending on your goals and the time,
energy and financial resources available.

I look forward to talking in person about how the support and challenge of coaching can help you thrive in new and even
surprising ways.