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Individual Coaching

Make a stand for your development.

It’s time to take a bold step toward fulfilling your dreams.

  • Are you tired of knowing you’re not living up to your full potential?
  • Have you had enough of feeling like you need to grow to be all you can be, but confused about where to start?

I can help you with that.

It’s possible to achieve success, using your natural talents.

It’s possible to discover hidden strengths and develop in areas that could use some improvement.

And, it’s possible to do all of this, while experiencing a sense of fulfillment, passion, and purpose along the way.

When I moved out to Silicon Valley, I was looking to make the move into an executive position. I was somewhat stuck in middle management and sought Patricia’s guidance to help me learn and mature in my current role while repositioning myself for the next step. I appreciated Patricia’s candor and relevant ‘assignments’ in-between sessions. She helped me break out of unhelpful mental models and address needed gaps.  I have since landed a VP role in a startup and am now growing a team under me.”

Ebube Anizor

Vice President, Ditto

Do you relate to any of these?

When it comes to your life and work, you:
  • Realize you need to deal with the mental blocks that hold you back so you can reach your potential.
  • Need assistance in showcasing your talents so others can fully see and appreciate all you have to offer.
  • Know you need greater confidence and assertiveness to be all you can be.
  • Struggle with staying organized and following through on what you start.
  • Crave a sense of purpose in your work, so you can truly feel inspired by your job.
  • Aspire to be a more effective influencer who is compelling in expressing your point of view.
  • Yearn to become a better leader so you can guide your team to accomplish great things.
In order to grow, you’re:
  • Willing to put in time and effort, recognizing there’s no “magic pill” that will develop your skills overnight.
  • Open to self-examination, and maybe learning some hard truths about yourself.
  • Committed to taking ownership for your development, but need some support and expertise to help you along the way.

If this sounds like you – great! Keep reading.

“Patricia Thompson’s expertise in leadership development is unparalleled. Her deep knowledge in helping individuals and teams develop their skills, commitment and passion to deliver effective leadership have greatly benefited me and the organizations which I have served. Dr. Thompson is truly someone whom I admire and feel fortunate and honored to have learned from in my growth as a leader.” 

Allana Cummings

Chief Information Officer and Healthcare Executive

In our work together, we will develop a plan of attack specifically targeted to best meet your needs. Then, as we are partnering on your development, we will have frequent check-ins to see how you are progressing and where we need to go in our work together. Because I am a solution-focused in my approach, my goal is to get you moving forward as quickly as makes sense for you.

 Still, there is an art and science to coaching. Therefore, although you will receive plenty of tools and techniques to help you to accomplish your goals, you will also engage in plenty of self-reflection. After all, if you apply a strategy, but aren’t aligned with it emotionally, it’s going to be less effective than if you’re fully invested in what you’re doing. Our aim is not only for you to know on an intellectual level, but for you to embody the new qualities that you are developing within yourself.

Therefore, during coaching, you’ll gain deeper self-awareness, get in touch with what’s important to you, identify what’s working and not working, and challenge yourself to move outside of your comfort zone so that you can grow. We’ll also brainstorm solutions, experiment with new behaviors, assess your progress frequently, and make tweaks as needed. In other words, you’ll be moving towards your vision of who you would like to be, supported with plenty of encouragement, honest feedback, and accountability along the way.

I believe one of my key purposes in life is to help others to grow, develop, and have fulfilling personal and professional lives. So, be forewarned – I will push you. I truly enjoy helping you succeed, and as your accountability partner and coach, I will assign homework, communicate with you regularly, and do everything I can to help you to move forward.

“Early in my career and leadership journey I was lucky enough to work with Patricia. Through her brilliance as an executive coach she saw quickly (then leveraged) that which highly motivated me; a combination of pushing and pulling, highlighting strengths and deficits, sharing what others saw in me versus how I saw myself. I owe much of my successful progression as a leader to her.

Later in my career, as I lead in one of the most challenging team environments in my career, Patricia helped me, and my team, break through the dysfunction and barriers that hindered us. In retrospect, the gifts I appreciate most from Patricia are the time she saved me, and the relationships she helped me create (and sometimes save).”

Paul Noble

President, EZ Prints Holdings Inc.

COACHING OFFERINGS

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LIFE COACHING

If your goal is to make some big changes in your life, or if you’re in the midst of a transition, then life coaching is the way to go. Together, we will help you to set a path, address blocks that might be getting in the way, and make significant progress in your life. If you’re motivated to transform, this is the option to pursue. 

THE JUMP-START SESSION

 If you have a specific problem area and need some guidance along with a shot of motivation and coaching on how to create an action plan to help move you forward, my 90-minute jump start session is for you. In our time together, we will get to the crux of your issue, explore what is holding you back, and give you targeted steps to get you going on the right track. 

EXECUTIVE COACHING

Whether you want to get ahead in your career, grow as a leader, decide which career options are the best fit for you, or develop as a professional, executive coaching will help you. Given the wide range of goals we could pursue, these packages are uniquely tailored depending on your needs. Options could include personality testing, interviews with key stakeholders, development planning, and of course, coaching.

COMMON COACHING FAQs

What is your approach to coaching?
I take a holistic approach in which we really take your whole self into account.  After all, you take your whole self with you wherever you go, and so getting an in-depth sense of who you are is important for any sort of coaching that we will do together.  I have found that this is a critical piece of the puzzle, whether I am working with a client, or focused on my own self-development. As a result, we will explore your strengths, developmental opportunities, values, perspectives, drivers, and spiritual beliefs, and draw on them in our work together.

I am also solution-focused, and as a result, my goal is to get you the best results as quickly as possible.  While it can be helpful to understand your history to have a context for where you are now, my experience has shown me that the bulk of our time is best spent looking at the present as well as forward to the future you are creating, as opposed to staying stuck in the past.

I also believe in focusing on your strengths, so we can help you to showcase your unique assets to your best possible advantage. Research shows that using your strengths at work allows you to be more productive, happier, and fulfilled. We will definitely work on areas that could use some development as well. That way, we can make sure you continue to raise the bar for yourself as a whole.

You should expect assignments to do between sessions, and know that I will be available as a resource by email in between our points of contact, to make sure you have everything you need to get the best results.

What's your background?

I have a PhD in Clinical Psychology, and have provided psychotherapy to a wide range of people including college students, individuals in the community, couples, groups, and individuals with persistent and serious mental illness. For 5 years, I taught psychology courses at the university level, and designed training programs for community groups. I have also coached individuals in corporations from front-line staff to Fortune 500 CEOs by utilizing psychological assessment, executive coaching, teambuilding, training, employee engagement surveys, organizational cultural audits, due diligence for mergers and acquisitions and a whole lot of other stuff. I have assessed and coached thousands of people, and have loved every minute of it. (Okay, maybe not EVERY minute, but 99% of them). If you would like to read more about my background, click here.

Is this therapy?
No, coaching isn’t therapy. While there is definitely some overlap between coaching and therapy, coaching isn’t geared toward treating psychological problems. If I determine that you would be better suited for psychotherapy, I will let you know.  Although I am a licensed psychologist, I want to make sure you can get the level of support you need, which is someone in your area with whom you can meet regularly.  So, I will do my best to help you get connected to someone local to you, to make sure you are in the best hands for whatever issues may be facing.
Why do you do personality testing?

While I don’t use personality tests for everyone, when we decide to go that route, I have found that the data the personality instruments provide allow us to bypass some of the exploration and figuring stuff out, to get right to the heart of the matter. One of the keys to all development is self-awareness, and the personality instruments can help to accelerate that process by provide objective information about your strengths, areas for development, and even blind spots you may not know about. Also, as a licensed psychologist, I have access to a lot of measures that other non-psychologist coaches are unable to use. Remember, you don’t have to do a personality assessment (my Jump Start and a la carte sessions don’t include them), so the choice is yours.

What's it like to work with you?
Awesome, of course!  Seriously, though – clients have described me as being intelligent, insightful, non-judgmental, empathetic, funny, knowledgeable, encouraging, and honest. They describe our sessions as empowering, challenging, focused, and valuable.  I sincerely care about my clients, and want the best for them. I enjoy having deep conversations with you to help you peel back the layers to have a more well-rounded understanding of yourself, while at the same time, ensuring we focus on practical strategies to move you forward. It really is my goal to have you experience the most growth in the shortest span of time possible, while also meeting you where you are at in terms of readiness for change.
How quickly will I accomplish my goals?
Ah – the million dollar question! In reality, a lot of the results you get from coaching are dependent on you. Your presenting issue, degree of effort, and willingness to implement the strategies we talk about, are just a few of the variables at play in terms of your progress. Plus, everyone is different (which is why I customize packages to your unique needs). Some people take a little time to get comfortable and open up, while others are at ease self-disclosing. Some people are a little ambivalent about change whereas others are ready to get going as soon as possible. Regardless of where you are in terms of readiness for change, rest assured that I am on your side, and am fully committed to give you the best possible coaching, based on my many years of experience.

Whichever sort of coaching you choose, know that I will be here as your cheerleader and advisor, partnering with you to get outstanding results.

Want to see if we are a good fit to work together? Schedule a FREE 20 minute Discovery Session!