“What we do every day with the time we have will dictate the life we live…choose wisely”

1. Why would I want to work with a Coach?

Anyone who has achieved greatness in any area of their lives has been coached at one time or another. Greatness does not necessarily mean winning a gold medal or ending up in the record books. In your life greatness can simply be realizing your potential in your sport, overcoming your fear of failure, achieving a scholarship or finding your passion in life. A coach is someone who helps you move from your current state to your desired state using specialized skills and techniques. The goal of a Coach is to never tell the client what to do, but to help the client draw their own conclusions about what is best for them. Some of the roles a coach plays consist of listening at a deep level, creating awareness, goal setting, developing action plans, holding you accountable and helping you to discover your own answers. The coaching at La Verita is focused on addressing the client’s specific desired outcome in the areas of performance, development or health.  When it comes down to it the goal in any of these areas is performance and it will always be measurable in some way.  Some coaching relationships are one session while others may be a several months. It is not a one size fits all approach.

2. Why would I want to work with a Mentor?

To call someone your mentor is not something to be taken lightly as it is a very personal relationship. A mentor is someone who you should trust and respect that can help you grow as an individual.  Mentors are there to guide and share knowledge with you based on their experiences.  You can bounce ideas off of them; they will share their experiences with you, provide honest feedback, acknowledge your achievements, offer you new perspectives and even give you their advice if asked for it. It is an open relationship where you can speak your mind without fear of judgment.  A mentor is someone who is genuinely interested in their mentee and is used to expand the mentee’s insight, awareness and perspectives. Mentoring is a longer process, as it is not about addressing an immediate performance issue, but has a much more long-term focus with emphasis on development. This relationship will continue as long as the client is receiving value from it and is typically done via phone conversations, email and/or Skype.  Again, the goal is not reliance on the Mentor. The ultimate goal is focused development of the Mentee.

3. What is Hypnosis?

The American Psychological Association describes hypnosis as, “a cooperative interaction in which the participant responds to the suggestions of the hypnotist.” The key word here is cooperative. Regardless of popular misconceptions hypnosis is not magic and it cannot make you do things you don’t want to do, nor does it take away your control. Quite the contrary it allows you to have more control.  Once you enter into a trance state your imagination heightens and you become very relaxed as you gain direct access to your subconscious mind.  Your increased level of suggestibility allows the hypnotist to help you create the changes you desire.  Have you ever found yourself “daydreaming” or “drifting off” during the course of a day? Has your mind ever “wandered off” while reading a great book or driving on the highway? These are all examples of trance states. Again, hypnosis is not magic, it is simply a natural and effective way of helping people create change in their lives through the power of your subconscious mind.

4. What is the difference between Hypnosis and Meditation?

It is easy to see how these two practices can be confused as they share many similar characteristics. In its most simplistic form hypnosis is used to help individuals achieve a particular outcome, while meditation is used primarily to still your mind free from conscious thought.  One practice is certainly not better than the other. They are just used generally for different purposes. However, both practices are extremely effective and rewarding experiences. I would encourage you to try both out to see which is more useful for you, but keep in mind you can practice both!

5. What qualifies you to Coach me in regard to my health?

As a high level athlete for 15 years health has always been at the forefront of my life. I have utilized the services of many trainers, nutritionists and doctors over the years and they were helpful, but I always felt like there was more to health than just the food we eat. Like many other people I was also very confused because of the often conflicting information that I was reading in regard to nutrition. This confusion inspired me to increase my knowledge in this area, so that I could form my own opinions to figure out what was best for my body and ultimately help others to do the same.  I have successfully graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition as a Certified Health Counselor. The amount of education I have received during my time with the school has been truly remarkable. Week after week I have learned from the top nutritional experts in the world.  My goal is to use the experience I have accumulated throughout my life and combine it with the vast knowledge I have learned and continue to learn to help you take your health to a level that makes you feel great both mentally and physically as often as possible.

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