What is Coaching

What is Coaching?

Coaching is a goal-specific, personally tailored approach to career, business and personal development. It is about positive change and the coaching process enables you to evaluate where you are right now, and gain clarity about what you would like to achieve in the future. The coaching relationship is entirely focused on you and your Coach will remain non-judgemental, with no agenda other than to facilitate the change you have identified. There are many types of Coaching, and I specialise in Career Coaching and Business Coaching however often these morph into Life Coaching – I am fully trained Life Coach too.

How is Coaching different from Counselling or Psychotherapy?

The fundamental difference between Counselling or Psychotherapy and Coaching is that Counselling and Psychotherapy usually look backwards to investigate the roots and causes of specific psychological problems and dysfunctions. Coaching is different, in that it supports personal and professional growth, focusing on the present and the future, to encourage self-improvement while working from a basis of solid psychological functioning. While positive feelings or emotions may be a natural outcome of coaching, the primary focus is on creating strategies for achieving specific goals in your work or personal life. The emphasis in a coaching relationship is action, accountability, and follow-through. Like a Counsellor or Psychotherapist, a Coach will listen intently, reflect on what you have said, not judge you and treat everything discussed confidentially.

How do I find out more about the Coach/Coaching?

Prior to your first coaching session, we will have a free confidential chat usually over Skype or the phone, to find out if the topic you would like to cover is suitable for Coaching, and if the chemistry feels right. If it does not, suggestions of other coaches can be made. More information about coaching can be found on the International Coach Federation (ICF) website: http://www.coachfederation.org/

What will the first Coaching session be like?

The first session is longer and more structured than a usual coaching session, and is an opportunity for us to find out about you, your career and life, and set goals for the Coaching. After that, you bring a topic/goal to each session and work together to identify what you want to happen and drive change.

How long does a Coaching partnership last?

The length of a coaching partnership varies depending on your needs and preferences. You may want to prepare for an interview, which will take one or two sessions, or you may want to focus on a particular life or behavioural change, for which two to four months of meeting weekly is usual.

What will I, as your Coach, do?
  • Listen closely, to fully understand you
  • Provide objective observations that will increase your self-awareness
  • Act as a sounding board in exploring possibilities and helping to implement change
  • Champion your opportunities and potential and encourage you out of your comfort zone
  • Identify and encourage change in line with your personal strengths and aspirations
  • Encourage shifts in thinking that reveal new perspectives,
  • Highlight blind spots and support the creation of alternative scenarios
  • Maintain professional boundaries in the coaching relationship, including confidentiality
  • Adhere to the International Coach Federation code of ethics.