You may be wondering what exactly is involved in coaching, how it is different to other forms of support and whether it would be useful for you or someone you know. Hopefully the information below will help to answer your questions.
Questions About Coaching
A Life Coach is a trained professional who aims to support and guide individuals to make and meet their personal goals and be the best possible version of themselves. They support clients on a journey to rediscover their strength and potential.
By drawing upon techniques based on core psychological principles and intuition, life coaches empower clients to confidently face difficult challenges and overcome personal and emotional barriers.
A Life Coach won’t tell you what to do (you probably already know the answers!) but they will provide an open, reflective and empowering environment.
At the heart of Life Coaching lies the philosophy that clients must be given the power to help themselves. Offering advice, opinions and judgements would undermine the basic principles behind life coaching.
Life coaching focuses on the client in the here and now, with the future as the central point to encourage personal development and growth. Counselling is a form of talking therapy associated with working to determine past events that have contributed to the client’s current struggles.
Life coaches are not (unless specified) qualified to diagnose or treat any health-related problems and they are not mental health professionals or therapists. If appropriate your coach may suggest you see a GP or other professional for an alternative type of support.
If you are unsure about whether coaching is the right support for you or someone you know, please get in touch to discuss.
During your initial appointment, you will discuss with your coach how many sessions you may need and how regularly to ensure that the sessions can easily fit around your schedule. You can have as many or as few life coaching sessions as you like. Some people hire a life coach once every few months, some people have a session once a week. Some people have 6-8 sessions, with a specific goal and focus in mind. Other clients have on going support and continue to have sessions regularly to provide a safe, open and reflective space for them to use however they need to.
Sessions can be weekly, fortnightly or monthly. A typical session runs between 45 minutes to an hour and ends with a specific simple, action or focus to accomplish in the week that follows. Each coaching session is tailored to the specific needs of the client.
During the session, your life coach will ask you a number of questions, such as what you want to achieve in life, what areas you’re unhappy with and where you’d like to see yourself in the future. The role of a life coach is to facilitate thought and reflection within you, rather than giving you all the answers or solutions. You will never be forced to make any decisions you don’t feel comfortable with and all sessions will be confidential (as per confidentiality agreement), allowing you to explore your thoughts and feelings privately in a safe space.
Life coaching is about you and your coach working together. Your coach will gently encourage you to explore how to make positive changes in your life based on values, priorities, strengths and challenges. Your coach will be kind, compassionate and caring to ensure that you feel inspired, motivated and not criticised.
- Improved health and wellbeing.
- A clearer sense of purpose and direction.
- An understanding of your core motivations and values.
- Able to manage stress more effectively.
- Increased confidence and self-esteem.
- Improved relationships.
- Breaking through barriers and achieving your full potential.
- Recognising and managing self-limiting beliefs.
- Improved life balance.
- Increased happiness and satisfaction.
- Reaching and exceeding goals.
- Overcoming fears.
- Time to prioritise yourself.
Unfortunately Life Coaches aren’t magicians! It is not ideal to have one single coaching session, and it’s unlikely that you experience the desired impact after one sessions. However, it is often helpful to have a session to decide if it is right for you and whether it’s something you want to do at this time so please sign up to a free 30 minute telephone appointment. Remember, whilst a single coaching session may provide an important breakthrough, the ongoing support is what provides lasting change.
Do you feel that you are not currently reaching your full potential?
Is there a gap between where you are now and where you want to be?
Do you sometimes feel that you don’ t have the necessary skills, resources or confidence to achieve your goals?
Are you open to different ways of working, fresh ideas and new perspectives in life?
Do you wonder how you can be happier?
Do you wish you were more confident?
Are you unsure about where you are going with your life?
Are you feeling overwhelmed?
If you are answering yes to any of these questions, then coaching could be the perfect solution for you.
Speaking with a stranger is not always the easiest thing to do. Whatever helps to make you feel more relaxed and comfortable, your coach will aim to do. Some people prefer meeting in a coffee shop or café, others prefer a private space or 1-2-1 room. It’s up to you and what works best for you!
It is completely down to the individual and their needs. The average amount of sessions is approximately 8. Some people may have 1 or 2 and then decide they’re not ready to continue to coaching process. Alternatively, some people may have 8 sessions and find that they need further support. We will continue to review your progress each session, so that you aren’t having any more sessions than you need and also to ensure that you are receiving all the support that you deserve. Some people may return for further support after several months/years and this is ok too.
Questions For Teens
Part of the work we do will give you specific tools in order to approach challenging classwork and the college application process with less stress and more confidence. As a result, you will feel empowered and clear about the steps that need to be taken in order to tackle intimidating or challenging projects.
It is a requirement that your parent signs a contract prior to the coaching sessions beginning. It would be useful if your mum/dad were aware of the support you were receiving so that they could support you in between sessions. However, ultimately it would be up to you about how much information is shared with your parents and we can discuss this together in our first session.
Questions For Parents
My teen has a lot on their plate right now with school and college applications. How much extra work will coaching take?
While your teen will most certainly be learning new concepts, they will not have to read more text or write more papers. The real work of the coaching is approaching the work, responsibilities and challenges that they currently have in a different way. The coaching sessions are spread out to give the teen time to think about the different things we discuss and to try out the different tools we talk about in different areas of their life.
My teen thinks that if they sees a Life Coach that means something is wrong with them. How would you explain that that is not the case?
I would start off by telling him/her that the top performers from professional athletes to business executives all work with coaches. Coaching is not counselling and it is not mental health support. Coaching is meant, quite simply, to help people get to where they want to go. By working with a coach, your son/daughter will get to learn new ways of thinking and new tools that will most definitely have a positive impact on his/her life.
It depends on the individual. Each session is tailored to the client and his or her specific needs. Some of the areas we touch on are thinking styles, mind-set, patterns of thinking, communication skills, recognising limiting beliefs, changing bad habits, identifying strengths, identifying future goals, understanding your own belief system and clarity around what’s next.
It is a requirement that parents sign a contract prior to the coaching sessions commencing on behalf of their son/daughter. Where possible, we encourage young people to involve parents in their coaching sessions however ultimately, this would be up to them and it would be agreed how much information can be shared in the initial appointment. It is important that young peoples wishes are respected where possible to ensure that their coaching space feels safe and empowering for them.
It is important that the young person is motivated and invested to engage in the support, otherwise it will not be effective. If your son/daughter is feeling overwhelmed, lost, stressed or facing a number of internal or external challenges then coaching would be very beneficial. If you want to talk this through, please contact us to let us know your thoughts and we can agree a way forward.
Teen Life Coaching
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Adult Life Coaching
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