“NO! That’s not for you! Somehow you’ll escape all that waiting and staying
You’ll find the bright places where Boom Bands are playing.”
Dr Seuss, Oh the Places You’ll Go
What is coaching?
Coaching is the process of working with individuals to help them move forward, to achieve goals and sustain positive outcomes in their lives and careers. Personal coaching addresses the whole person with an emphasis on stimulating and producing action that can lead to desired outcomes, positive life changes, fulfilment and a more effective ‘way of being’.
Why have a coach?
People come to coaching for many reasons with the most common motive being a desire to change. People often turn to coaching when they find they have become ‘stuck’. Stuck in a way of living that is no longer making them happy, stuck in moving forward at work, stuck with relationships or an undesirable state of health for example. Coaching alone will not solve your problems for you, but rather help you turn problems into manageable challenges and draw upon unknown internal resources to overcome them.
Unlike counselling or therapy, coaching takes a pragmatic approach, focusing on what you want. Coaching creates a context where you are able to work effectively on the most important issues in your life. It is a powerful relationship for people making significant changes in their lives as it is facilitative, supportive, and where necessary directive whilst remaining unbiased. Coaching will help you become more effective, more resourceful, productive and satisfied.
How does coaching work?
Initially we would meet for an introduction and a general chat to learn more about each other, the service and what I can offer. If you like what you hear and find we get along I will carry out a thorough assessment of your needs, identifying your barriers to success and where you consider yourself to be ‘stuck’. Unlike many life coaches I will not be asking you to ‘believe’, ‘quit your job’ or talk in commercial motivation quotes. Rather, I will select an approved person centred assessment tool to assist with the process and help formulate an individual action plan. Working one on one with you I will be asking compelling questions to gain a clear understanding of your ideal life and what that would look like. The assessment tool will also help measure ‘distance travelled’, allowing you to recognise and acknowledge the positive changes you will make , encouraging you along in your journey.
Ideally our meetings will be in person but can be carried out via Facetime, Skype or over the telephone. One of the unique aspects about coaching is the ability to conduct sessions on the phone to save time and provide continuous accessible support. Sessions may be conversational or, when appropriate, I may suggest an experiential exercise. Each week I will encourage you to take action and test out new and creative ways of approaching life’s challenges. Coaching understands that each person has his or her own path and as such each coaching relationship is designed with and for that individual.
The length of a coaching relationship varies from client to client. Generally, a client will commit to a three-month initial session. From there, clients may continue at the same rate, change the frequency of calls or terminate the relationship, however the average overall timescale is generally around six months. It is not uncommon to have a coaching relationship that stretches over a one to two-year period. As the process is person centred and needs led the timescale and action plan is as individual as the person concerned. I am not in the habit of leaving people ‘stuck’, however, I am also mindful of creating a dependency and will encourage you to ‘fly solo’ as soon as you are able – coaching is about moving you forward.
How much does coaching cost?
The key question, right?
I appreciate that for most, where money is no obstacle, a life coach is probably not required. However, it is also widely believed that money can’t buy you happiness and I would strongly agree. As such my fees make life coaching accessible. Costing no more than a good hair cut or a gym membership but with greater experiences and outcomes than simply improving your already good looks!
- The consultation is free.
- Assessment session (1-2 hrs) £100 – (Teen Coaching – £40)
- Coaching sessions thereafter are £50 per hour/session. (Teen Coaching – £25)