What is coaching?
Coaching is a way to take stock and inventory of your life as it currently is today. It is a 'reality check' of your strengths, values, opportunities, and goals. Coaching creates an action plan from where you currently are to where you want to be. It is based on a coach's ability to be trustworthy and ask wise questions, and the client's ability to be willing to engage with the unknown.
How do I know if I need coaching?
If you need to change your oil, you go to a mechanic. If you need a physical, you go to your physician. If you need someone to help you make your vision a reality, to hold you accountable as you work to make your dreams come true, then you go to a coach!
Can you share a client success story?
I initially began coaching when a teenager asked for my help. He was struggling with various issues, including relationships with his family, academic success, and problematic behaviors. Five years later, he is completing an undergraduate degree, holds a good job, and is dating in a healthy way.
One of my first business clients wanted help achieving specific goals: a job promotion, increased salary, home, wife, and child. Two years later, he has accomplished all of the goals he came to me for.
What is the difference between therapy and coaching?
Therapy is a highly valuable resource for processing traumatic events and receiving help for mood and personality disorders. By delving into the past, a patient can understand what drives problematic thoughts, moods, and behaviors in the present.
Coaching is similar to therapy in that a trusted advisor asks powerful questions to the client. However, it is positive and strengths-based rather than diagnostic. It starts at the present, takes inventory of where you are at and where you would like to go, and helps you get there!
How do I become a client?
You can book an 'initial consult' session here. Clicking on this link will take you to a calendar with available time slots.
The first session is a 'getting to know you' meeting where we discuss your coaching goals as well as the scope of the coaching engagement.
Do you offer in person and virtual coaching?
I am available for on-site coaching in Oslo, Norway. I coach virtually with clients around the world.
Do you have a favorite inspirational quote?
My favorite quote in all of literature is by Carl Jung: "the privelege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are."
I also find great meaning in Robert Louis Stevenson's quote "don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant."
What books do you recommend?
For individual development, "The Road Less Traveled" by M. Scott Peck is a classic.
For couples, Harville Hendrix's "Getting the Love You Want" is invaluable.
Finally, for business clients, I often suggest the simple but powerful "Leadership and Self-Deception" by The Arbinger Institute.
"As Patrick’s colleague of ten years, I have had the privilege of witnessing the development of his leadership skills, his relational people skills, and his journey toward peace and purpose. Coupling a growth mindset with his very hard-working attitude, Patrick has emerged on the other side of of some profound life experiences with a wisdom and empathy that he uses to help others. "