Why coaching?

How Can I Benefit from Coaching?

You would have a hard time finding a professional athlete who has won a championship or a medal without a coach standing by on the sidelines. Yet, people are often hesitant to hire a coach to help guide them, encourage them, and take them to the next level in one of the most important games they’ll ever play: Life. Coaching is ideal for anyone in the midst of a life transition whether it’s in their career or relationships, or for anyone hoping to achieve new levels of confidence and success in their lives.

How Does it Work?

Coaching is an active, collaborative process designed to support people in decision-making and guide them toward desired goals. Rather than exploring weaknesses or negative past experiences, coaching focuses on your innate potential, skills, and hidden strengths. We start with the present, where you are now and the challenges you face. Then, we look to the future, what you’d like more of and how you want your life to be. As your coach, I’ll listen, ask powerful questions, and be at your side throughout the process. I’ll provide you with the tools and exercises needed to reach the life you desire.

What Can Coaching Do For Me?

When you were young, you probably dreamed about what you wanted to be when you grew up.  But as the years passed, obligations, responsibilities, and the expectations of others may have gotten in the way. Coaching can bring back those long-held dreams or develop new ones by focusing on both your personal and professional life:


  • Finding balance between work and home
  • Tapping into your hidden potential and strengths
  • Increasing creativity
  • Feeling a greater sense of empowerment
  • Gaining confidence in yourself
  • Developing rewarding and fulfilling personal relationships
  • Dealing with major life transitions (new marriage, divorce, recovery, retirement, etc.)


  • Overcoming obstacles at work
  • Advancing to higher levels in your career
  • Exploring new career paths
  • Starting your own business
  • Being confident during job interviews
  • Excelling in a new job

What are the Differences Between Coaching and Therapy?

While there are a few similarities between therapy and coaching, there are also important differences. Typically, therapy concentrates on the “whys” of the past and problems from childhood or years ago that still affect an individual.  Coaching actively focuses on the present and future. We establish personal and professional goals, explore values, optimize your potential, and create a more fulfilling and balanced life.

How Do I Choose a Coach That’s Right for Me?

Unfortunately, many people claim to be coaches who have no training whatsoever. That’s why it’s important to find a coach certified by a training program accredited by the International Coach Federation. Since coaching is a partnership, a short introductory session is recommended to determine whether you feel at ease and have a rapport. Lastly, many people find it helpful to have a coach with a therapy background so they can address any painful past issues that may arise.

What’s the next step?

Get in touch with me to set up your free introductory 30-minute session. This session will give us an opportunity to get to know one another and provide you with a better idea of how coaching works.

310.373.8408   maggi@maggischarf.com

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  • “Maggi is the real deal. She’s a very skillful emotional navigator, and has a way of zeroing in on the truth that’s grounding and refreshing.”

    Collin Brown, CPCC
    Port Townsend, Washington