Coaching is ultimately about supporting you to make changes in order to achieve something you want in your work or personal life. A coach aims to help you clarify your goals and explore what’s happening for you today that is impacting your success. They will then help you to identify the options you have and what it will take to move forward and make change. Importantly, a coach is not there to tell you what to do or give specific advice.
“We all have our best guides within us, if only we would listen” (Mansfield Park, 1814)
How does it work?
The 1-to-1 coaching sessions are either face to face* or online. As your coach, I will ask questions that help you to explore your thoughts, feelings, actions and options more deeply. I may also make observations and challenge you, to help you see things from a different perspective. There could be exercises to help you identify your values or make decisions. Coaching should ultimately be about taking action, not just talking about it (!), so I will encourage you to commit to the actions you have identified and help you to reflect on their success.
What can I expect?
For the 1-to-1 coaching, I will typically work with you for 6 sessions, every 3-4 weeks, and will send you summary notes from each session. I also offer a one-off coaching session. (See my coaching packages). Ultimately, the person who will make the changes will be you, so you need to be committed and ready to take positive action. I am there to guide you, but will not tell you what to do! You will probably feel out of your comfort zone in some sessions – this is normal and is a sign that you are thinking things through differently, a key step to making change.
Is it different to counselling?
Yes! Counselling mainly focuses on helping you to deal with a problem that is affecting your ability to function well in your day to day life. Without resolving this problem, it might be difficult to move forward and make bigger changes in your life. Coaching is about helping you to achieve the goals you have and is therefore more future-focused and action-oriented. Coaching can often include some exploration of the past, but this will always relate back to the achievement of your goals.
Do you offer coaching in groups?
Yes, please see the Group Coaching page for more information. This can be a more affordable way to access coaching and try it out. Obviously there is less individual focus from me, the coach, but group sessions can be quite fun and energising. I will be asking questions and/or setting exercises for the whole group, giving time for individual reflection work and encouraging discussion in pairs.
Find out more during a no obligation 30-minute chat.
*Prices quoted here cover face-to-face coaching in Wokingham/Reading area, or virtual coaching. Face-to-face coaching further afield is also available with reasonable additional travel costs.