Mentor Coaching


There are generally two reasons people turn to a mentor coach. The first involves coaches seeking certification, a new certification, or recertification with the International Coaching Federation. Please see the paragraphs below on the ICF requirements if that’s you.

The second reason many seek out a mentor coach is to get better at something. It might be public speaking, leading through conflict, showing greater leadership presence in your workplace, etc. If you’re in the second category, let’s talk about your goals and the possibility of entering into a coaching relationship. If you’d like a free informational session, please go here.

THE INTERNATIONAL COACHING FEDERATION (“ICF”) defines Mentor Coaching as, “coaching and feedback in a collaborative, appreciative and dialogued process based on an observed or recorded coaching session to increase the coach’s capability in coaching, in alignment with the ICF Core Competencies. Mentoring provides professional assistance in achieving and demonstrating the levels of coaching competency and capability demanded by the desired credential level.  For more on ICF mentor coaching requirements, go here.

Headwaters Coaching provides individual and group mentor coaching to help you fulfil these requirements. I am an ICF Certified Mentor Coach and in my fourth year on the adjunct faculty of SeattleCoach, where mentor coaching is an integral part of training students to meet the rigorous standards of the ICF.

WHAT WILL WE DO? We’ll start by looking at your goals for mentor coaching. Together we’ll listen to your recordings, including identifying which Core Competencies you have and which need work. During these sessions, I’ll also get to know you better to ensure your authentic coaching voice isn’t lost in the process. We’ll also partner to help you get a set of recordings ready for submission to the ICF.

BACKGROUND The first thing a good mentor coach must be able to do is listen to the whole person. Toward this end, I bring a lifetime of training in listening well, whether as a young musician  listening to the interplay of various instruments and voices, or, as a pastor for over thirty years listening to the hopes and dreams, heartaches, and longings of others. Along the way, I took (and continue to take) classes and studied such divergent issues as conflict mediation, polarity management, life transitions, adult development, and, yes, the Core Competencies of the International Coaching Federation.

TO FURTHER ENHANCE our mentor coach relationship, I’ll be using a new online resource in our coaching sessions. With your permission, we’ll be using this resource to:

*Track your questions, including how and when you use them,

*Delineate how often you use open and closed questions,

*Show how much of a session involves the coach talking vs. the client.

All of this is brought to the work of mentor coaching as we partner in listening to recordings of you coaching your real clients. As we work together, you will further develop your authentic coaching presence and voice. When you’re ready to explore what we might do together in a mentor coaching relationship, please sign up for a free informational session here.

Here’s to your coaching journey!