What is a Life Coach?
A life coach is someone who is qualified to encourage, support, challenge and motivate you to achieve your goals. Through various forms of training, coaches are equipped with a ‘toolbox’ of skills to be able to interpret your thoughts and help you process these, finding clarity. By discovering your strengths and weaknesses, and working with you to craft an actionable plan, you can be confident that you will move forward at a far greater pace than you could achieve on your own.
What is the benefit of life coaching over other forms of coaching (career, relationship)?
With all forms of coaching, a coach will help you get from where you currently are, to where you want to be using their toolbox of skills. A specialist career coach will typically just focus on your career goals, whereas a life coach tends to take a more holistic view of your life and all the factors within in.
What sorts of people have a Life Coach?
Coaching clients come from all walks of life. The unifying trait these individuals have in common is the desire to change part of their life so they are happier, and the realisation that they will stay focussed and get there quicker with the support of a coach.
What happens during a coaching session?
Each session begins with a ‘session goal’. This helps us clearly define what you’d like to get out of our time together. Typically coaching sessions are focused on your primary goal, and we explore your current progress against this. We use our time to explore all possible options in achieving that goal, and I use my coaching techniques to help extract ideas or possibilities that may not have been explored before. Each session ends with an evaluation of your current action plan so that you can be accountable to yourself and you can feel confident in being fearlessly motivated.
How long are the coaching sessions and how many will I need?
Each session is typically 50 minutes long. However, following your free consultation, I provide an outline of how I think we can use our time together and what support I can offer you in respect to your overall goals. It’s not one size fits all and off the shelf packages here, even the Five Point Plan has elements which change depending on the goals of the attendees.
Where does the coaching take place?
Typically (and in the wake of the Covid pandemic) most sessions are currently taking place either over the phone or video call. I can facilitate face to face sessions if you wish and we can discuss this in your initial call. Virtual coaching sessions have proven to be the most convenient way for individuals to fit coaching into their busy lives. The aim is for the coaching sessions to feel relaxed but focused.
How much does it cost?
Coaching costs are similar to that of seeing any health professional. Sessions start as low as £65 for 50 minutes. Visit my coaching sessions and prices page to find out more about how we can work together.
What will I have to do?
The best recipe for success is when clients are able to bring honesty, enthusiasm, time and commitment. If you’re able to commit to the work we do together, then you will move towards your overall goal. In return, I will provide boundless support and encouragement and a confidential, non-judgemental environment to do this in.
Put simply, the sessions typically take the form of a conversation. However, following these, depending on your goal, you may set yourself regular commitments that you want to achieve to get to you overall goal.
How is Personal Life Coaching different from counselling/therapy?
Both coaching and counselling/therapy focus on asking questions, sometimes requiring emotional investment. Neither will give advice but will listen intently to what you say and guide you through a conversation that helps you discover your own conclusions. The primary difference between the two is that a typical counselling session will focus on the emotions and issues in the past affecting the present. Coaching instead is focused on the future and deals with helping you see and understand the opportunities in your life for you to ultimately achieve your goals.