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What is “coaching”?

“Coaching” is training or development in which a “coach” supports an individual in achieving a specific personal or professional goal. The person sets the goals, and the coach guides the person.

Is coaching right for me?

Ideal coaching clients are generally well-functioning individuals who are desirous of pursuing a process of self-discovery that leads to strategies for further development and growth.

What can I expect from coaching?

Your coach will help you develop an agenda, identify your values, identify your strengths, and help you articulate your current life and/or career purpose. Your coach will support your efforts to engage in life-long learning, navigate obstacles, manage energy-draining circumstances, honor challenges, and celebrate successes. The coach’s main goal is to help you develop strategies to maximize your desired outcomes.

What’s the difference between mental health counseling and coaching?

In mental health counseling, the person has a mental health condition or past trauma and the therapist helps bring the individual to normal functioning and healing.  In coaching, the person is functioning at normal or above normal rates and the coach provides guidance for further development or improvement. The coach doesn’t necessarily have all the answers, but is skilled in bringing out the best in people.

How do I choose a coach?

Coaching has become popular in recent years. Many coaches are now choosing to specialize in areas such as professional coaching, health, and spirituality. Begin by using the links below to meet our coaches and find the one that is right for you!

What type of coaching is available at The Antioch Group?

The Antioch Group currently offers Health Coaching and Personal and Professional Coaching.

Health Coaching

Is Health Coaching right for me?

You will explore concerns specific to you and your body and discover tools you need for a lifetime of balance. Making gradual, lifelong changes enables you to reach your current and future health goals. Health Coaching may be right for you if you have been wanting to:

What can I expect from Health Coaching?

Your Health Coach is your personal advocate for living an energized and passionate life. Your coach is motivating, supportive, action-oriented and an ongoing ally to you. You and your coach will work together to discover the food and lifestyle choices that best support you. Health Coaching will help you:

Personal and Professional Coaching

Is Personal and Professional Coaching right for me?

Personal and Professional Coaching may be right for you if you are wanting to:

What can I expect from Personal and Professional Coaching?

Your coach will partner with you in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires you to maximize your personal and professional potential. You will be honored by your coach as the expert in your life and work. The coach's responsibility is to:

This process will help you dramatically improve your outlook on work and life, while improving your life skills and unlocking your potential.

Meet our Coach

Pat Poertner, LCPC, BCC, DBTC is a Board Certified Coach, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, and a National Certified Counselor. Additionally, she is a Certified Leadership Feedback Specialist for the Executive Development Center at Bradley University. Pat enjoys working with individual clients and groups, and has a heart for helping people get where they want to go personally and professionally.


“Pat has been an incredible resource and coach. She is detailed, organized, and straight to the point. I would recommend her to everyone. And, I appreciate the difference coaching with her has made in my life.”

“Pat has been a perfect match for me both on a professional and personal level. I am challenged, held accountable, and most of all have seen hope that things can be different and better.”