What is coaching?

ICF (The International Coaching Federation), the leading global organization, defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. It is also a process in which your personal growth and goals are the primary objectives. My role as a coach is to ask powerful questions to allow you to explore and understand your challenges and ultimately overcome them.

What is the difference between coaching and counselling or mentoring?

The main difference between counselling and coaching is that counselling focuses on making sense of your past and how it affects your present, while coaching is predominantly future-focused. This does not mean that coaching never explores the past, but your past is relevant only for the light it can shed on how you think today and how your past experiences might have defined your present and act as an obstacle to your progress. While a mentor gives advice, a coach refrains from it, as he/she trusts that you have the answers within yourself, and a coach would act more as a sounding board rather than a guide.

How do we decide if we want to work together?

I offer a free 30-minute consultation call which is our opportunity to get to know each other a bit better, to talk about your challenges and how I can help you. It is also your opportunity to ask me any questions about myself or the coaching process. You will also get a feel of what it will be like to work with me and at the end of the call, we’ll decide if we are a good fit to work together.

How long is the coaching process?

From my experience which also reflects the norm in the coaching world, most people need between six and twelve sessions to see results. Following that, some people choose to continue with coaching long term, while others dip in and out as and when they feel the need. It is entirely your decision.

Is coaching confidential?

Absolutely! I hold our conversations fully confidential and your personal details and information will not be shared with anyone without your written consent. I also don’t hold any digital notes on our conversation. The only exception to this is legal obligation: Disclosure of information that pertains to a crime, obligates me to report it to the official authorities.

Will I have to prepare in advance of the session or do any work in between sessions?

This depends entirely on you. If we are setting goals as part of our sessions, we’ll likely agree on action points for you to implement in between sessions, Equally, there might be some occasions for you to actively observe your behaviours and make notes, so we can analyse them together in the following session. Again, this is something that we will decide on together if we feel appropriate and beneficial.

I’m interested. What are the next steps?

The first step is to book a free 30-minute consultation call to discuss coaching further. If we decide to work together you will be sent a coaching agreement to sign, along with the payment method. Once the agreement is completed and payment received, we will schedule our first session. During our first session, we’ll define the outcomes for our time together. The subsequent sessions take place at 2-week intervals, but different arrangements can be made.

So don’t put it off, book your consultation call now. I look forward to speaking to you.