Executive and Life Coaching

  • Virtue Medicine Coaching, flexibly inclusive of both life-coaching and professional-coaching, is an optimistic, positive self-discovery process that explores each individual’s unique forms of creativity and flourishing, with insight-building questions and tools that identify strengths, discern core commitments, build deep awareness, and result in strategic, meaning-centered change.

    While the relatively-new field of coaching does not require graduate education, Dr. Tansey and Dr. Cartaya bring doctoral-level and interdisciplinary post-graduate training, expertise, and credentialing to meet, on an extraordinary level, the International Coaching Federation (ICF) Core Competencies and Ethical Standards.

    What is the difference between psychotherapy and coaching?  Glad you asked!  This is a really common question.

    • Coaching is not a diagnosis-oriented medical process, although it is client-focused with the shared fundamentals of building trust, active listening, collaborative decision-making, and facilitating awareness.  
    • Coaching is future-oriented towards taking action, while psychotherapy often spends much more time exploring the past to integrate its wisdom into the present.
    • Coaching focuses its efforts on the clients’ identified goals with accountability for plans and growth towards measurable results; psychotherapy invites a deeper understanding of motivations and patterns in one’s life-story, emphasizing insight that supports healing and wholeness.
    • Coaching encourages clients to identify their own solutions to their challenges through the coach’s direct communication and discerning questions, while psychotherapy accommodates longer stretches of exploring suffering, self-knowing, and wondering as normative aspects of life’s healing journey.
    • Coaching is still early in the process of professionalization, with nascent certification and training options, while becoming a licensed psychotherapist is standardized with a historicity of the social contract and peer oversight.  This is why it is so important that our coaches are trained in both coaching and psychotherapy standards, as we can confidently maintain the highest integrity of both fields’ strengths and distinctiveness.

    Whether coaching or psychotherapy, our doctors always bring their fundamental commitments to humanistic, confidential, person-centered care. Clients who are unsure if they wish to engage in coaching work or psychotherapy are invited to call and speak confidentially with our executive assistants about these options.  At times, clients will have an initial evaluation with either Dr. Tansey or Dr. Cartaya, and make the decision with the doctors’ help as to whether psychotherapy or coaching is more appropriate.  Call us at 319.338.5190.

  • Virtue Medicine Iowa City Services Executive and Life CoachingAs a team, we have decades of collective experience working with executives, leaders, and organizational groups. 

    Our corporate contracts have included Individual-Executive Coaching and Group Coaching, Aptitude and Strengths Assessments, Leadership and Team Skills-Building, Emotional Intelligence Training, Job Shadowing for Optimizing Performance, Retreat Facilitation, Leadership Conflict Mediation, and Professional-At-Risk Evaluations and Remediation.

    Leadership, performance and a stronger expression of the professional mission are built through insight into motivations and strengths, with corresponding action plans for optimizing skills and accountability to the highest professional standards. Please see our Professionalism Programs for the many services we provide to organizations’ leadership and teams through coaching and continuing education.  

    We offer an initial consultation package of $495 for organizations, which includes up to 2 hours of work with one of our coaches to explore our service offerings and the goodness-of-fit with your organization’s needs.  We also offer yearly contracts with organizations for ongoing availability of our highly-specialized consultations and coaching work.

    For questions about our organizational coaching services, please contact our Professionalism Programs Administrator, or call us at 319.338.5190