What can I expect from a coaching session?
Through the use of powerful and effective questioning along with coaching ‘tools’ it will be possible to identify what is currently working well in your life, what is not working so well, what you want in your life and how to go about getting those things.
During a typical session, either over the telephone or during a one to one meeting:
What is expected of me as coaching client?
Before you begin coaching, you will be asked to fill in some paperwork – taking the time to complete your client questionnaire will get you thinking in the right way for coaching, and it shows your commitment to the process. The terms & conditions form clarifies our agreement regarding confidentiality and the ethical requirements of coaching, and coaching cannot commence until this has been signed. If assistance is required for completing these forms, do not hesitate to contact me.
What to bring – you will need to bring your planner/diary/calendar (whatever time or appointment management system you use) to every session as we will be scheduling in your action steps for the weeks ahead. You will also need to bring a notebook (A4 or A5 size is best) – you may do a fair bit of writing in the session and between sessions and this is a way of maintaining consistency, easing review and is also a great record of the progress and changes you are making.
Come prepared – it is best to be thinking about the topic you will bring to your next session, get in the right mindset. – I can help you change your state, but come willing to focus, to put distractions aside for your session time and make the most of the experience.
Be gentle and honest with yourself - by undertaking coaching, you are showing your commitment to making a positive change in your life. Understand that this is a gradual process and there will be ups and downs along the journey. At times the process may be challenging. If at any stage you feel the conversation becomes too challenging, I encourage you to communicate that. For the coaching relationship to be most effective, a client must be honest with the coach, and with themselves.
Is Coaching like Therapy? Will you solve my problems?
As your coach, I won’t tell you what you should do, nor will I give you advice. Instead together we will help you to identify and develop your strengths and recognise and challenge your fears.
Coaches know you have all the answers locked away within you, and that you are the expert in your life. Your coach is the key to unlocking the answers to your confidence, problems and challenges. They can help you unlock doors in your mind you didn’t know were closed.
Coaching is NOT counseling, psychotherapy, mentoring or teaching. I do not make psychological assessment or diagnosis and it is unethical for me to work with clients suffering from unmanaged psychological disorders.
if you have further questions about coaching, its benefits and if coaching is right for you, please contact me for information or arrange free half hour consultation today.