Meet Lori Davis, MA, CRS
“I am a certified relationship specialist with over 28 years experience as a counselor but had no idea how to start and run my own business. I found RCI was blown away with the amount of training and knowledge they offer. This program is equally beneficial for seasoned professionals and those with no coaching experience. Not only do they teach you what you need to know to be a great coach, they also give you the tools you need to start and run your business. I learned how to create a niche, how to sell programs instead of sessions, how to market my business, and much more. They are very professional and knowledgeable. The growth you can experience with them is unlimited. This is the best investment I have made in my professional career. I am blessed to have found them and to be a part of this organization.”
Easily Expand or Transition Your Practice with your RCI Membership
As a practicing helping professional such as a therapist, coach, counselor, social worker, psychologist, etc., you have a wealth of knowledge and experience that you can easily leverage to make a huge difference in your community and with your clients by adding relationship coaching to your business.
Coaching is a fun, profitable and fulfilling counter-balance to a clinical practice, and many of our graduates from mental health professions (including our founder) eventually decided to transition 100% to relationship coaching.
And when you’re ready to retire from filling out insurance forms and commuting to an office, coaching makes a fantastic retirement profession as you can work as much or as little as you want, from anywhere in the world!
Here’s our Top Five Reasons to Consider Coaching for Practicing Helping Professionals:
- Cure or prevent burnout
Helping others is a fulfilling profession, but after awhile, most of us need a change of pace to keep us energized and motivated.
- Work with functional clients
Most helping professionals work with people experiencing serious, challenging problems. Helping functional people achieve their most important goals (instead of fixing problems) is a positive, inspiring and personally fulfilling way to make the difference you’re called to make in the world.
- Expand your helping toolbox
Many clients who seek professional help can benefit from a positive, goal-oriented coaching approach to their challenges. And, success is therapeutic!
- Build a portable practice
Most helping professionals must see their clients in an office, while you can coach your clients from anywhere!
- Transition to retirement
Most of us will need to continue working to fund our retirement years and coaching is a perfect way to work as much or as little as you wish during your retirement years.
Other reasons for helping professionals to consider coaching include decreasing your dependence upon third party reimbursement (e.g. insurance, etc.), expanding your private pay clientele, transitioning from a job to private practice, flexible hours, decreased overhead, being able to work from anywhere with clients from anywhere, and adding group services such as classes, workshops, and coaching groups.
Have we left anything out? How would becoming a coach change your business and your life?
Frequently Asked Questions
I already “coach” my therapy clients. Do I really need additional training?
Yes. Professional coaching is a distinct methodology very different from any other helping profession. While most of clinicians strongly value personal growth, most are trained to diagnose and treat mental, emotional, and psychological disorders, not help functional people. For example, coaches are trained to help their clients without giving advice or “professional opinions,” as our clients typically know what they need to do they just have tremendous challenges to doing it. Being directive and giving advice as an “expert” actually disempowers our clients when our goal is to empower them. So how do you help your clients without giving advice? That is the art and science of coaching.
How soon after I join can I start coaching my clients?
As soon as you want to! We strongly advocate a “Learning by Doing” approach to training and our self study programs make it easy to start coaching almost immediately after joining RCI. You’ll have access to our mentors and trainers even before you start live training so you get get started as soon as you wish knowing that your support system is in place. Many of our trainees prefer to complete their training before marketing their coaching services, but you can get started as soon as you wish.
Will self-study courses work for me or will I need to take live training?
Self study is not “training,” which requires mentoring and supervised practice. Knowing how to coach by reading books or viewing video programs is not the same as learning coaching skills to help real coaching clients. We strongly recommend live training, but it is up to you to decide if you can learn a whole new helping methodology via self study or not. You can always start with self study and add live training later if needed.