Dr. Villarreal’s Coaching Practice

As an executive coach I support learning in:

  • Leadership Development
  • Emotional Intelligence (EQ)
  • Decision-Making & Problem Solving
  • Communication Skill Enhancement
  • Peak Performance in Management
  • Change Facilitation
  • Confidence for Early Executive Advancement
  • Career/Life Transitions

I help organizations enhance:

  • Company Culture/Values
  • Creative Team Strategies
  • Inter-Team Trust Building
  • Conflict Resolution in the Workplace
  • Diversity/Inclusion Awareness and Integration
  • Retrospectives for Insightful Learning

People and organizations who optimally gain from coaching are highly motivated, functional and ready to achieve identified goals.  I provide support and education to executives (managers in tech, entrepreneurs, and other leaders in Silicon Valley) improve work/life balance, gain organizational advancement, achieve peak performance and leadership growth, plan career transitions, cultivate social network growth, and skillfully engage in modern dating in the Bay Area.  I use a problem-solving approach for coaching that is positive, strength-based, and strategic informed by cognitive neuroscience and behavioral design techniques.

“Engaging in executive coaching is an opportunity to uncover new dimensions of problem solving,  discover potential for success, cultivate new skills, examine barriers and enlist strategic resources as part of a tailored plan of action towards a person’s professional growth.  Ineffective patterns are identified and reframed in a way which allows for new, positive developments in a person’s performance.  Coaching can also help identify and build solutions when someone is ‘stuck’ in a gridlock, or at a crossroads in their development.  Coaching sessions are an active place to develop strategic goals, and work towards them with steady, measurable progress.  In partnership we will celebrate accomplishments, examine the pitfalls that are a natural part of growth, and reinforce a support system to help maintain positive change.  It’s an exciting journey that I enjoy taking with people, every step of the way.”  Dr. Christina Villarreal


How is participating in coaching different than participating in psychotherapy?
Coaching provides a distinct service that helps individuals and companies reach their goals for enhanced performance and productivity.  Companies that have used professional coaching have seen a median return on their investment of 7 times their initial investment, according to a study commissioned by ICF, and conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers and Association Resource Centre Inc. (ICF Global Coaching Client Study, 2009).
Coaching focuses on supporting growth and improvement in the present and the future:
  • Coaching is appropriate for people ready to take on new challenges through behavioral change
  • Coaches support specific goals and action plans developed in partnership with the client
  • Coaching capitalizes upon a person’s skill sets and strengths to achieve improved outcomes
  • Measures progress with ongoing evidence-based assessment tools; process is results driven
  • Provides tailored structure, positive encouragement, support, and feedback
Psychotherapy focuses on treating mental health problems by examining the past, providing clinical care to help people manage emotional dysfunction, and may include a clinical diagnosis according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).  Like coaching, psychotherapy may also include concrete treatment goals, and provides supportive professional care.  However:
  • Psychotherapy is appropriate when a mental health problem/disability arises, and warrants clinical attention and psychological intervention
  • Psychotherapy focuses on moving people from a state of dysfunction to one of being functional; it was developed out of the need to treat human pathology
  • Psychotherapy is appropriate for helping people cope with, and learn to manage the debilitating symptoms of ongoing mental illness
  • Psychotherapists are trained to take a neutral, objective stance towards their patients and provide empathic listening and emotional support.  Coaches work in partnership with their clients and advocate for positive behavioral change and measurable growth.
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Please note, once you have begun working with Dr. Villarreal, if you have scheduled and confirmed an appointment, you have a 24 hour grace period with which to cancel or reschedule that appointment.  You may cancel or reschedule directly with Dr. Villarreal by email, phone message or text.  Without adequate cancellation time, you will be responsible for the cost of the missed appointment in full.

Payment for services rendered are due at the time of the scheduled appointment.  


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