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International Coaching Federation

Mentor Coaching

Raising Your Skills & Deepening Your Awareness, While Working for ICF Credentialing

One-on-One Mentor Coaching

is for:

All coaches who want to achieve  International Coaching Federation ACC & PCC credentialing


ICF-certified coaches who want to polish their skills and add somatic tools to their coaching practice.

Our goal is for you to embody ICF competencies, rather than simply using them as a coaching technique. Your clients will notice the difference!

Do you have the determination to succeed?

Are you motivated to make a difference in your life and in your clients’ lives?

While this may be a rigorous process at times, with patience, YOU WILL BE the kind of coach you want to become!

Certified Mentor Coach

Mentor Coaching Services include everything needed to satisfy ICF requirements, so you can apply for your ACC or PCC with confidence.

What you’ll get with my Mentor Coaching:

  • Ten sessions of Mentor Coaching, 
  • Insightful written and oral reviews of recordings (audio or videotape) of your coaching sessions (with your client’s permission of course),
  • Specific feedback and actionable suggestions to help you match and skillfully embody all ICF competencies,
  • Tailored-to-you guidance and support to deepen your skills while honoring your unique style,
  • Blind spots and hidden strengths revealed,
  • Standards and structure for your coaching elevated,
  • Coaching approach and techniques optimized,
  • Confidence from thorough preparation for ICF ACC or PCC credentialing, and
  • The best recordings selected for you to submit to ICF for credentialing.

“If we’re growing, we’re always going to be out of our comfort zone.”

– John Maxwell

What you can expect from Mentor Coaching

I know you’re excited to get started on the next stage of your coaching career, and it may be that you’re a little uncertain and intimidated by the process… so let’s answer a few questions for you…

We’ll begin with a 20–30-minute zoom consultation to see if we are a good fit. At this time, please ask questions about my experience, philosophy, and structure of our work together. When we agree to work together you’ll receive a contract where I describe each party’s responsibilities. 

While the standards are the same, this Mentor Coaching service is not a one-size-fits-all approach. It is tailored to your needs, as you strive for ICF competencies.

Of the hundreds of ICF Mentor Coaches available, why choose to work with Maria Connolly?

Knowing how to choose a Mentor Coach isn’t primarily based on if you like your coach, although that’s ideal. What’s important is to choose a coach who daily uses the skills you want to learn. The best coach will challenge you and help you grow.

Some of the things that make my ICF Mentor Coaching unique:

  • I have freshly completed the Mentor Coaching service as the mentee! That means I have the latest/newest insights that relate to today’s challenges. For example, the ICF Competencies were changed in 2022. 
  • Also, I’m the VP of Education for ICF Oregon and the Director of Credentialing Resources for the chapter
  • To stay sharp, I’m pursuing additional training so that I remain immersed in ICF.
Certified Mentor Coach - invite change

I encourage you to interview more than one mentor coach candidate in order to find the best match for you. When you have your consultation, you’re interviewing her and she’s interviewing you to see if you’re a good fit for each other.  

Rather than asking, “Will I be comfortable with this person?” ask, “Will this person push me, challenge me in a kind, respectful and firm way?”

“Every great move forward in your life begins with a leap of faith, a step into the unknown”

– Brian Tracy

Please come to this partnership with a beginner’s mind, a growth mindset, and openness to feedback.

I applaud the coach you are and the work you’ve put into getting where you are. However, your previous training may have developed within you an unconscious competence. (I know this personally! I came from a NLP background and had to unlearn so much to make room for ICF Competencies.)

The process can be challenging, and at times, discouraging and very frustrating. Because I’ve walked in your shoes, I promise to support you through this process with kindness and humor. I look forward to guiding you each step of the way.

Are you ready to book your initial, 30-minute consultation?

I invite you to learn more about me and my Mentor Coaching services. Please contact me to schedule your 30-minute complimentary consultation, by phone or via video consultation, so we can explore our partnership.


“Coming together is a beginning: keeping together is progress; working together is success.”
– Edward Everett Hale
Do you still have some questions?


If I want to be a life coach, but I’m not interested in ICF, can this program help me? This is not a program but a service for ICF coaches who are working toward their ACC or PCC credentialing. It sounds like my Stepping Forward Program or Somatic Coaching is a better fit for you. Feel free to contact me about working together.

Does the 30-minute ICF Mentor Coach Consultation count toward the required 10 hours of coaching? No, it’s a way to establish our work together and set up the structure for the recordings.

How long does ICF Mentor Coaching take from start to finish? It’s a total of 10 sessions, so, together, we will decide on the pace YOU can handle. 

Does working with an ICF Mentor Coach guarantee that I will obtain my credentialing? No. Mentor coaching thoroughly prepares you for it, but it’s up to you to meet ICF requirements.

What are my options if this coaching relationship doesn’t work out? Like any other coaching relationship, we’ll do our best to make sure we’re a good fit. If challenges arise, we’ll try to resolve them together. In case of irreconcilable differences, we’ll stop, and the hours spent together will still count toward credentialing.

Do you offer Group Coaching? No, I only provide individual coaching, as this is more personalized and effective.

Do you offer in-person coaching?  I love the flexibilty and savings of time and money that video conferencing gives us. So even if you live in Ashland, Oregon, please connect with me from the comfort of your own space.

Do you have further questions? Write them down and we can discuss them during your initial consultation. Are you ready to take the leap?

Schedule your free 30-minute consultation today!