What is coaching?
Anthony Grant, a leading coaching psychologist said it better than me:
“A collaborative, solution focused, result-orientated and systematic process in which the coach facilitates the enhancement of work performance, life experience, self-directed learning and personal growth of the coachee.”
What's coaching really all about?
People decide to hire a coach for different reasons: personal development, business development, career growth, leadership and communication skills etc.
What these reasons have in common is that coaching is a way to bridge the gap between where you currently are and where you want to be. It’s about the coaching assisting you on your journey by enabling you to set goals and priorities, keep you focused and help you figure out how to be your future self.
Is it like counselling?
No. Life and personal coaches are not qualified to diagnose or treat any health-related problems, although if the situation arises they may suggest you see a GP. Whereas counsellors and therapists may focus on your history and how you got to where you are now, coaching concentrates on where you are now and focuses on looking to where you want to be in the future.
Coaching isn't for everyone
If you want to focus specifically on any mental health issues, a life and personal coach won’t be qualified to help you. There is now so much help available for any mental health issues, including the fabulous Blurt Foundation, Time to Change and just talking to your GP or Doctor.
If you’re in crisis, speak to your GP or Doctor, call the Samaritans – they are there to talk 24/7, or just speak to someone.
If you just want advice or answers given to you – coaches aren’t your teachers or your mum. Coaching is about facilitating the answers from within you through powerful coaching conversations. A good coach will challenge you but will not tell you what to do.
If you’re not ready to make any changes to your life. That’s okay, change is really scary and this might not be the time for you to make any changes.
If it’s not counselling, how’s it different from talking to a friend?
Coaching is not about telling you all the answers or just agreeing with you. See coaching more as a conversation that invites you to explore your goals for yourself. A coach is non-judgemental, does not offer unsolicited advice and uses open-ended questions to enable you, the coachee, to set the agenda and determine your goals and priorities.
What are some of the benefits to coaching?
You may gain several benefits from coaching, varying from having a specific time and confidential space for reflection, helping you clarify your goals, raise self-awareness and help you set direction. Read about some of the benefits and outcomes from my clients here.
What do I have to do?
Above all, be motivated to engage in coaching and be willing to embrace change. The gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future may be very small or may be quite large – it’s the coach’s responsibility to support you but you will be setting the agenda and determining your goals.
How long does coaching last for? Is it something I need to do forever?
You don’t have to be coached forever!
Coaching is most effective when it’s time limited.
I offer different programme commitments:
- If you want to work through where you are right now, what’s stopped you from changing in the past, deep diving into your values, strengths and vision, as well as action planning, then 3 months of full hourly sessions every two weeks is right for you.
- If you really need to invest in yourself and you’re at the “oh sh*t, what the hell am I doing with my life/business/career stage, then six months of full hourly sessions every two weeks is right for you.
- Corporates can engage me to work with up to 15 of their female staff from six to 18 months.
The first session is 90 minutes long so that we can really get into talking about what you’ve got going on and what you want to change. The rest of the sessions are 60 minutes long. The responsibility of keeping to time is mine, not yours so you can sit back and deeply engage with the coaching conversations.
Corporate engagements involve all 90 minute long sessions.
Where can I be coached?
COVID-19 UPDATE: During these strange times, I’m working with clients online via Zoom.
“Oh dear lord, not another Zoom call!” I hear you cry!
Don’t worry. This is not yet another meeting. This is time for You and, as a coach, I endeavour to make sure our time online together feels natural, supported and confidential.
Life happens. If we need to pause at any point for wifi issues, life issues, pee breaks, that’s all fine! All I ask is that you do your best to bring as much of yourself to our sessions as possible.
Online sessions: Once we’ve agreed to work together, we’ll arrange a first online session and I’ll send you a Zoom video invite. You can be coached on the web-based Zoom, no need to download any additional programs.
What will happen in a coaching session?
What we will focus on in each session is entirely led by you.
Typically, a session includes where you’re at in that moment, what you want to focus on in the session and we will then look at that focus point in detail (through a series of “powerful questions” to you).
You won’t feel rushed to find a solution by the end of each session (or even by the end of the group of sessions) but you will hopefully feel enabled to move forward with your goals.
Clients often talk about a ‘lightbulb moment’ when they realise through coaching exactly what they need to do to achieve their goals but this isn’t an expectation of every session!
Coaching is led by the client so I offer creative and practical coaching tools as well as us talking.
What's your guarantee?
There are no guarantees with coaching as the answers come from you.
I can confirm I’m an EMCC Accredited Team Coach at Foundation Level and a qualified Personal and Life Coach through the Leeds Centre for Psychological Development. These qualifications total nearly 3 years of training and learning with peers, both in-person and online.
I’m a Full Member of the Association for Coaching and I work within the Global Code of Ethics as signed by the AC and the EMCC.
When you sign up to coaching with me (excluding corporate engagements), you only pay a first amount before your first coaching session. That way, only once you’re happy to continue coaching with me, after that first session is when I require the remainder of the payment.
Ready for change?
Pick a day and time that’s convenient for you from my schedule for your free coaching consult call.
In your free call, we can talk about:
= changes you want to make in your life
= how to make time for yourself
= what you hope to achieve from working with me
= the practicalities of coaching: when, how and how much 🙂