FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Below you'll find answers to some of the common questions I get asked. Read on to learn more. If you feel like you didn't find the answer you were looking for, feel free to contact me for more information. I'm always happy to hear from people who are interested in coaching.
WHAT IS COACHING?
Coaching is a profession that's profoundly different from counselling, therapy, mentoring, or consulting. The personal coaching process aims to help and guide individuals to make, meet and exceed personal and professional goals. Coaching supports individuals on a journey to rediscover their own strengths and abilities; and this can be geared towards excelling in the workplace, becoming happy and fulfilled at home, exploring your potential, managing health conditions and achieving life ambitions.
By harnessing techniques based on core psychological principles and intuition, the coaching process aims to empower individuals and provide a toolkit of teachings to confidently face challenges and overcome barriers. A coach will not tell you what to do; instead, they'll use questioning techniques to help or guide you to uncover the answers yourself. They'll also provide an objective and empowering environment for you to explore any challenges that you're facing. At the heart of it all lays the idea that clients must be given the power to help themselves. Offering advice, opinions and judgements would undermine some of the basic principles behind coaching.
Coaching will help you make sense of yourself, navigate a complex world of choices, reflect on - and deal with life's challenges, and face your truth with courage. It will empower you as an individual to find your own way.
HOW DOES COACHING DIFFER FROM COUNSELLING?
Coaching focuses more on the client in the here and now and conducts sessions with the future as the central point to encourage personal development and self-improvement. Counselling is a form of talking therapy associated with assessing the individual in the here and now, but working to determine past events that have contributed to the client’s current struggles. A counsellor will help clients develop coping mechanisms and strategies to move forward with their life.
The main difference between counselling and coaching is that counselling can investigate the underlying causes of mental health problems. Coaches are not (unless specified) qualified to diagnose or treat any health-related problems, although if the situation arises they may suggest you see a GP, therapist, or counsellor, and possibly provide coaching to help you find the right one for you.
CAN I TRY IT OUT FIRST TO HELP ME BETTER UNDERSTAND?
Absolutely! Our progressive collaboration will begin with a complimentary Coaching Consultation (Intake Session) to explore your reality as well as see if I am the right coach for you, see if we're a perfect fit in every way. It'll help you better understand coaching and my approach, as well as help us explore our collaborative chemistry. We may then go on to have a 'Design the Collaborative' first session before we contract. After contracting, you can then have weekly 90 minute coaching sessions tailored to your needs, programme and our contracting agreement. You may also get some follow up calls and unlimited e-mail support.
DO I REALLY NEED COACHING?
Everyone needs coaching at some stage, in one form or another. If professional athletes have sports coaches to help them improve and maintain peak performance, and if business executives have executive coaches for the same reason, then I feel everyone should have a coach, or get some coaching to help them win in the game of life. I have a brilliant coach of my own to help me with improving and maintaining peak performance, as well as winning in the game of life.
HOW MANY COACHING SESSIONS WILL I NEED?
You can have as many or as few coaching sessions as you like. Because I can also operate over the phone or via the Internet, the sessions can easily fit around your schedule. Some people hire a coach once every few months, and some have weekly or fortnightly sessions for six to twelve months. Very few coaches offer single consultations, as most coaches focus on programmes and long-term engagements; but I offer both. It's entirely up to you to decide.
WHAT ARE YOUR FEES?
Please visit the Book Online and Plans pages for a breakdown of fees and options. Or simply send me an e-mail enquiry to schedule an Intake Session - in which I'll be more than happy to answer this and any further questions you may have.
Coaching can be considered a form of consulting. However, consulting is often information and expertise based. For example, you might hire a consultant to help your business with a specific problem. In which case, you would expect your consultant to have knowledge and experience in that particular area. Some aspects of my coaching approach require me to take on the role of a consultant subject-matter expert.
As your coach I am a life specialist, an expert on helping you develop all areas of your personal and professional life. As a consultant - in line with my coaching approach - I may propose solutions to very specific problems, but you won't be left to implement the solutions on your own, because your coach stays with you to help you integrate the changes, new skills and goals, to make sure they really happen. This is one of the many reasons why coaching is so effective, it's one thing to have the information and quite another to actually make the change.
If your questions haven't been answered, contact me directly.