Frequently asked questions
What is life coaching and what can I expect?
Life coaching is a dynamic and effective way to address many of the challenges life and work can throw at us, and to stay connected to our personal values and best intentions. Coaching will give you a safe and confidential space in which to support your own mental health, to confront challenges and doubt, to improve self-care, and to sustain a sense of wellbeing, whilst also helping to clarify your purpose and sense of direction.
Coaching has been proven to help develop new positive neural networks, helping you to respond more calmly to stress, to make clear choices more confidently, and to access much more of your creative potential. Your coach will not seek to give you advice or to ‘solve’ your problems but will hold a safe and welcoming space, and ask powerful questions which will help you to think, to feel and to see things more clearly for yourself.
What is the difference between coaching, therapy and mentoring?
Coaching isn’t right for everyone and it’s important to get the right type of support. Whilst coaching, therapy, and mentoring have some similarities, there are some important differences.
Coaching tends to focus on where you are now, what's next for you and how you want to evolve so that you can fulfill your potential. A coach will work with you to improve performance, wellbeing, or a specific area of your life by exploring values and beliefs and then supporting you to create a plan of action so that you can move forward. Unlike a mentor, a coach does not advise or tell you what to do but uses a variety of tools including powerful questioning to bring about greater awareness and understanding.
Whilst both coaching and therapy work with emotions and feelings, coaching is not therapy. Coaching supports you to build a future, whereas therapy is typically retrospective and diagnostic with an emphasis on healing and understanding. Therapy can be particularly helpful at supporting recovery from past traumas or relieving psychological suffering. Another key difference is that a therapy practitioner is generally seen as an authority, whereas the coach and client are treated as equal and co-create together.
Like coaching, mentoring is also focused on supporting you to build a future, however a mentor tends to be an expert in their chosen field and advises or guides the client based on the mentor’s own experiences. A coach may not have any knowledge, skills or experience of the client's field of work. In fact, ignorance can often be an advantage, and may encourage the coach to ask more neutral and less leading questions.
Sounds great , How can i learn more?
A great way to start is to book a complimentary strategy session This session is typically held over telephone / Skype or Zoom. In this session, were going to get clear on three things.
The first is greater clarity on some of the changes that you’d like to see in your life right now; some of the longing and discontent.
The second is really creating a crystal-clear, three-dimensional vision for where it is that you’d love to go. What’s the destination?
The third thing is some action steps, a blueprint for how to help you get from where you are to really where you’d love to be.
Ultimately you’re going to walk away from this conversation feeling inspired, feeling motivated, feeling energized, having more confidence, having more clarity, to be able to move in the direction that you really want to move in your life one way or the other.
To book a session you can check the coaching schedule page for available slots and if there is none currently available then let me know some dates and times where you would have 45-60 minutes available. Email me to enquire