DIY Coaching: A New Flexible Coaching Option

Support for busy people

Some phases of life we may not have the time or the bandwidth to do a lot of deep inquiry, but we can identify a current challenge or stressor and line up some support for ourselves. This helps us feel better faster and creates space for fresh choices.

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How it works…

You Schedule Your Own Session + Follow-up 

Ah the delight of the online calendar. Go to my autoscheduler via the schedule now button below, find your time (day + evening options available), book it and voila! I will call you at our scheduled time on the number you provide.

(Did you know I do most of my coaching over the phone? This works strangely well. You get to be in your own cozy space, let your hair down, and share what’s real for you. I get to listen deeply. Together we focus in on what is most needing attention in your life and start there.)

DIY Sessions are available in 60 minute, 30 minute, and 15 minute options. You might for example want to start with a 60 or 90 minute session and then schedule two half hour sessions next week or a fifteen minute checkin. Then a break and to schedule another session or two down the road. You design the support you need.

Laser in on a Current Concern or Growing Edge

Life is usually pretty good about dishing up these. For example, maybe you would like to communicate optimally in your relationship with a partner or child (the enneagram is ahmazing for this!)

Or maybe you are struggling with a challenge with your work or in a leadership role. Or would like a booster on some coaching we have done together previously.

My recommendation would be to start with the area of your life which is least satisfying currently – that thing that you can’t shake or that is really bugging you.

DIY Coaching is also a good option if you could use support breaking down a big project (like launching your blog or starting a meditation practice) to create some turtle steps.

It turns out that slow + steady is a powerful way to make progress.

Or maybe your challenge is more subtle. Perhaps you are simply tired of not feeling good or aligned in life and are not quite sure why. That is a good place to start too.

Acquire Some Fresh Tools Which Help You Gain Perspective

Something I have been holding close to my chest is that I have recently completed a magical (magical I tell you!) coach training program with Martha Beck.

Who in addition to being a Harvard-trained sociologist just happens to be Oprah’s resident life coach. And a beautiful, truthful author. So anyway, I’ve been busy the past year learning new mind/body tools related to calibrating your body compass, using dream interpretation, metaphor + visualization as well as how to dissolve recurrent + disturbing thoughts. These are very fun! And all for you in the toolbox. (In addition to my main squeezes of the enneagram + meditation.)

Find Relief + Create Space for New and More Optimal Choices to Emerge

This is the whole point! It feels so good to identify and integrate whatever lesson is buried in the challenge you are encountering. We redeem the hard stuff by learning from it. And this process also opens up new space for you to reconnect to your agency in the situation + for fresh options to emerge. Habitually (especially when feeling trapped) we see things in black + white. Often there is a third way.

Move at Your Own Pace

You know best what you need. DIY Coaching is a highly flexible option which lets you take the lead and reach out as needed for up to three 60 minute sessions. After that if you would like more coaching we will transition to either my 6 or 10 session Transformational Coaching Packages for more guided + holistic support.

Here is a what some people have said about Bird in Hand Coaching:


I have known Courtney for several years and recently reached out to her for guidance in helping me hear my inner voice and removing the clutter of noises that were making it hard to listen. Courtney walked me through a meditation to identify where the tough questions were sitting in my body. After the session I could clearly hear my voice and where it was coming from. I was able to confidently move forward and take a huge leap in my life! She also followed up with some incredibly helpful resources. Courtney truly cares for others and this is evident in the tone of her voice, her silences while listening, and her practical guidance.

Kristin, Global Volunteer for Women’s Empowerment, Nepal (+Brooklyn)


I recently reached out to Courtney to help me make an important decision.  She gently walked me through a process that created freedom and space around the question and brought out a need for more rest and meditation rather than an immediate need to change my life. After our session I felt more open and less stressed about my decision and was able to envision multiple solutions to the problem.

Jessica, Architect, Dallas, TX

You can read what other clients are saying about Courtney here…

What do you say? Let’s do this! Click on the button below to choose your first session.

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But Wait… How Much Does it Cost?

I offer DIY Coaching at a significant discount from my regular coaching rates. DIY sessions are $92/hour, $46/30 min session, and $23/15 minute session. Since you are “doing a lot yourself” in terms of scheduling, followup, and even leading us in the direction of the hot topics in your life, this is a pared-down coaching option when compared to my ten session transformational coaching program  which has helped dozens of clients find lasting clarity + joy.

And What Are My Payment Options?

You pay via PayPal directly when you book your spot. (You can also pay via credit or debit cards if you prefer.)

So… What Do You Say?

  • Would a lower cost, drop-in coaching option feel like a better fit for this season of your life + finances?
  • Would you enjoy new tools or recommended practices to help you reconnect to your own capacities?
  • Would you like to walk away from our session not just with the regular voices in your head but with some new space + relief? Click on the button below + grab your spot today! xo Courtney

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Courtney Pinkerton, M.Div & M.PP, is a holistic life and leadership coach and the founder of Bird in Hand Coaching. She holds dual masters degrees from Harvard Divinity School and Harvard Kennedy School, is the host of the Summer of Meditation Challenge and publishes a weekly e-newsletter on real-world mindfulness practices. Courtney teaches regularly on the Enneagram, meditation, and conscious approaches to leadership and parenting. She lives in Oak Cliff, Texas with her husband Richard Amory where they try to keep up with their three young children and remember to water their garden boxes. Courtney can be reached at or you can schedule a complementary conversation to talk more.