What is coaching?
Coaching is a collaborative and client led process. As a coach, I’m here to help you get clear on your goals and help you work towards them. Unlike talk therapy, coaching primarily focuses on what’s happening in the present and how that can be positively adjusted to affect the future rather than delving into past issues.
What happens during a coaching session?
The agenda for each coaching session is set by you, the client. I’ll open our session by asking what you’d like to work on and we’ll continue from there. This might be a continuation of a topic from a previous session or something entirely new. I’ll also ask you to clarify what you’d like to get out of your coaching time so we have an outcome to work towards.
How long will I need to work with you?
To get the best out of being coached, I recommend working with me for at least 12 sessions. Some clients work with me on a longer term basis, depending on individual goals and desired outcomes. This is something we can discuss in an exploratory call.
What’s the difference between coaching and therapy?
Therapy generally involves talking about past issues and is rarely solution focused, unlike coaching which is driven by what’s happening in the present and how you’d like to change that so your future unfolds differently. Therapy looks at what’s happened to you. Coaching looks at what you’re going to do with what’s happened.
Will a coach tell me what to do?
You are the expert on your life so I am definitely not going to tell you what you should and shouldn’t be doing. I will, however, share insights I might have that could help you look at situations differently and if you set specific goals, I will hold you accountable to taking the action to make them a reality.
Will I have homework from each session?
Depending on what we’re working on, I might suggest adding some practices into your daily routine. For example, if I’m coaching a client on nervous system regulation, I’ll share practical tools that will help build resilience if they’re built into each day. It’s up to the client to choose to do them.
What qualifies you to coach me?
I’m a certified HeartMath coach and I’m currently working towards a Martha Beck Wayfinder Life Coaching qualification. This has involved over 75 hours of client coaching, 120 hours of training as well as observed coaching and Master Coach feedback. I am also working towards my ICF ACC accreditation. As part of my own ongoing professional development, I am coached weekly.
What if coaching doesn’t work for me?
Like most things in life, you’ll get out what you put in. Coaching will work for you if you invest the time to work with a coach regularly and you take action in between sessions that moves you towards your goals.
Can you guarantee that I’ll see results from coaching?
Ultimately, the results you see from coaching are up to you as the client, you are the only person who can make changes in your own life. As a coach I’m here to guide you and help you stay on track. If you put in the time and effort whilst working with me, you’ll see results.
How do you offer coaching sessions?
I work online via Zoom as well as offering a limited number of in-person VIP sessions both in South Africa and the UK. Please contact me for more info on VIP sessions here.