Hi, I’m Vicky Jo Varner. It’s a pleasure to have you visit me.
The method of coaching I’ve been trained in is called “co-active.” What that means is that you (the client) and I (the coach) are working together in a partnership to explore the issues you’re facing. Together, we work out what to do, and you feel empowered to act, since you were involved in the decision-making process. It’s like having your own private self-help workshop.
Some people are leery of engaging a coach since they have some private, personal issues to discuss. I operate under a strict code of ethics — everything you say to me is held in confidence. Our sessions are one-on-one, usually on the phone, so you can be in the comfort of your own environment.
Coaching is a partnership; a dialog; a form of deep, specialized conversation.
Coaching is a regulated profession, with the International Coach Federation providing ethical guidelines and levels of credentials. Just as you would seek a CPA to do your taxes, you would find an ACC, PCC, or MCC to coach your life.
Coaches ask questions — not “did you wash behind your ears?” kinds of questions, but open-ended questions like, “What do you need to be happy?” “How do you want your life to be?” “What do you have to change in order to get your life back on track?” The kinds of big questions nobody seems to ASK, because they’re too busy telling you what you should do; should want; should have; should be.
Coaches use structures to help establish your life direction — things like values tools, interactive imagination, perspectives. Coaches create accountability, so you have to answer to another person. A coach is always there with words of encouragement; always available as a sounding board.
I’ve been coaching for over 10 years, ever since I was trained by the prestigious Coaches Training Institute, gaining their “Certified Professional Co-Active Coach” credential. I have also completed CTI’s Leadership program, and completed Organization and Relationship Systems Coach training with the Center for Right Relationship. I’m a member in good standing with the International Coach Federation at the level of “Professional Certified Coach,” am a certified “Interactive Guided Imagery Professional,” an “MBTI Master Practitioner,” a licensed “SHIFT-IT” coach, and a “Vision Board Counselor.” I hold a Masters degree in Depth Psychology (with an emphasis on Jungian and Archetypal Studies), and am currently enrolled in a doctoral program.
As you can surely tell, I love this work. I would be gratified to meet and partner with you too.