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What is coaching?
Coaching is a conversation between two equals that helps the coachee to develop clarity, insights, increased self-awareness, ideas, goals and actions, which will lead to changes that they wish to make. These changes usually relate to behaviours that can sometimes stem from limiting beliefs or ‘crooked thinking’ and that have become behavioural habits.
In the coaching relationship the coach helps the coachee to find solutions to the issues the coachee brings to the coaching sessions. The coach does not give advice because the coach believes that the coachee already has the solutions that are right for them – it is just a case of unlocking them. The coach uses a range of tools and techniques, including open, challenging questioning, to enable the coachee to find their way through their coaching journey and does this in a supportive, positive manner. Any tools and techniques used will be discussed with the coachee before they are applied. Coaching is non-judgemental and the coach is free to set the agenda for each session, guided by the coach.
What is wellbeing coaching?
Click here to see a full description of wellbeing coaching on the home page.
How frequently will coaching sessions occur?
This depends on the focus of your sessions and we will discuss this at the end of each session. Your sessions could be weekly, fortnightly or monthly but rest assured that they will align with your specific needs and what is going to be beneficial for you.
What's the difference between coaching, counselling and therapy?
Counselling is usually concerned with resolving a particular problem. Whilst coaching may focus on problems or issues within sessions, it is more a process of continual development. Counselling looks for causes behind the problem whereas coaching emphasises strengths, goals, actions and achievements. Therapists tend to focus on the resolution of old or past pains and issues, whereas coaches acknowledge the history of the client and their issues but do not explore these in depth. Coaches are more concerned with the here and now, the future and pro-active behaviours which move the client forward, out of their feelings and into action. Therapy tends to deal with dysfunction, either vague or specific. Coaching moves a functional person to greater success and improvement. The coach refers clients on if any clinical issues arise.
What can I expect from my coach?
Be punctual, open minded, non-judgemental, empathic, focused, supportive, constructively challenging; listen actively at all times and ask high quality questions.
Keep to time for each coaching session, review during and at the end of sessions in relation to what is working well and what could be even better, seeking feedback when appropriate.
Maintaining confidentiality — nothing that is shared within our coaching sessions will be shared by me without your permission. Confidentiality is discussed and explained fully at the beginning of every coaching relationship.
Maintain professional standards and maintain my own continuing professional development, which includes attending supervision sessions. Note that I hold professional indemnity insurance.
What happens if I need to cancel a session?
If you need to cancel a session because of illness or other unforeseen circumstances, it will be possible to reschedule. However, I ask that you give 48 hours notice if you wish to cancel for any other reason, otherwise you may be charged for the session. If you are late for a session you may not receive the full length of the session.
How much will it cost?
Please see my plans and pricing page here for details of costs. When thinking about costs, remember how much it costs you to have a beauty treatment, go out for a meal, seek the advice of a solicitor and so on. You are paying for my skills, experience and expertise; the qualifications that I have worked hard to achieve over many years and my continuing professional development — just the same as any other professional expert. You are spending this money to invest in yourself and make changes so that your health and wellbeing will improve - you're definitely worth it! Have a look here at how wellbeing coaching has helped some of my previous clients.
What do I need to do to get the most out of my sessions?
Be motivated, committed to and engaged in the coaching process by preparing for each session with an idea of your agenda/objectives for the session and a review of your completed tasks and action plans when relevant (or the barriers to their achievement if not completed).
Take responsibility for yourself and the actions you undertake as a result of the coaching.
Attend your sessions on time so that you get the maximum benefit from the time you have with your coach