Personal Coaching – FAQ
How is coaching different to other therapies?
People often ask how coaching varies, or compares, to other therapies? To us, coaching is about assessing where you are at the moment, getting clear about where you want to go and then filling the gap, as quickly and simply as possible. We don’t believe in putting you through the upset and turmoil of reliving past pain and upset. Our experience and the feedback from happy clients has proved to us that there is no need, or benefit in this approach.
Amazingly 95% of ‘What we know about the internal workings of the human mind researchers have learnt in the last decade’ and 80% of what we believed to be true before that, has been proved to be inaccurate. (Tony Buzan – The Ultimate Book of Mind Maps) So, how is this relevant to you, or coaching I hear you ask?
Since qualifying I have heard Coaching, NLP, Time line Therapy and other more recent therapies sometimes described as ‘lightweight’ or ‘ineffective’. Surely as a species that’s designed to learn, grow and evolve, it stands to reason that we would evolve in all areas and not just the ones where we can physically see the results for ourselves, such as in technology. By virtue, if 95% of what we now know about the workings of the human mind has taken place in the last decade, surely it makes sense to expect and accept that progress will also be made in the field of effective therapies? Therapies that are designed specifically to help people move through mental and emotional challenges more easily and effectively than ever before?
How long will it take?
This is a difficult question to be precise about. On average, once we’ve identified the area we need to work in, we ask you to allow about six weeks, working two hours a week. We prefer to work quickly and regularly to keep both the momentum and your motivation at it’s highest, which we know leads to the quickest results.
If you’re wanting to work on something very specific, like how to deal with an up and coming presentation that you’re very anxious about, or a job interview these can be dealt with in as little as 30 – 60 minutes.
I don’t know which coach to choose can you help?
Often the best way to decide which coach is the right one for you is to make contact and arrange an initial phone call. That way you get to talk to them and explain what it is you want to get from your coaching. This is so important. Too often people choose a coach by price, or simply by location. A good coach can help you just as well over the phone.
As for price, ask yourself how much it’s worth to you, to have absolute belief and confidence in your coach to get you the result(s) you want? Going for the cheaper option can end up costing you so much more in the long run. Short list a few and then contact them by email, or phone and get to know them and how they operate. Forget about the money and you will make the right decision.
What difference will it really make to me?
This is one of those questions where I wish I could jump out the page and let you see and feel all my enthusiasm and belief in our approach to coaching. I have seen it change so many peoples lives, as well as my own. The real answer to this question is what difference do you want it to make? As long as you want it and are prepared to commit your time, effort and money the sky’s the limit!
What is coaching?
Personal coaching involves working one on one with your coach, in order to reach your end goal. Coaching can be given†over the phone, or face to face…the choice is yours. Working one to one will get you the results you want very quickly. Coaching allows you to identify what the problem is,understand how it’s developed and then using a number of different tools we remove it, reframe it, or change it.
Sound simple enough? Well, it is. As long as you have the commitment to wanting to change, the rest is easy. Your coach will guide you to find your own, simple solutions, that work for you. We don’t tell you what your problem is, or how to fix it, we allow you to do that. This guarantees lasting change and your success.
How does it work?
Logistically you either agree to meet face to face, or over the phone at a specified time. Depending on the issue you’re wanting to look at you’ll arrange to book one or several sessions in quick succession.
From a more detailed perspective our coaching works by changing behavioural patterns. We know from research that our brains form neural pathways of repeated behavior. Let me give you a simple scenario. How often are you sat in the passenger seat of the car with your partner or friend driving? You’re going on a journey that you’re very familiar with, as in you repeat that same journey, more or less every day? You get to a junction, or turning and the driver goes a different route tot he one you’d normally take. How quickly do you want to point out they’ve gone wrong, or at least question where they’re going or have to say something like, ‘Did you mean to go that way? or ‘ You’re meant to go left there’. We are without doubt creatures of habit and these habits, good and bad form from avery early age. If you find yourself repeating a behavior that you’d ratehr be rid of, coaching is a great tool to help you do just that.