What is Coaching?
Coaching is an interactive process where the Coach guides and facilitates the client’s progress towards a goal, which has been defined by the client. This process supports the client to find their own solutions to achieving their goal. It may address specific personal matters, or education or general conditions in the client’s life. Coaching also tackles clarifying values and beliefs, brainstorming, identifying plans of action, asking powerful questions, and making empowering requests.
Coaching is not
- Giving advice
- Mentoring (advice is given to help someone with their direction in life)
- Therapy (support for someone who is finding it difficult to live their life due to a previous trauma or experience), or
- Counselling (for someone who is experiencing significant levels of distress).
What can I be coached about?
You can be coached on almost anything. Coaching can help whatever goal you have in mind – from increasing confidence to motivation or from reaching your ideal weight to making a career change or finding a new job. Even if you want a goal but are not yet sure what that goal will be, coaching can help you identify your goals!
All that is required of you is to be willing to act to achieve your goal.
Will parent(s) be coached with their child?
This will be agreed on a case by case basis. However, coaching will generally work best with the child on their own. However, the initial (Intake) session will include some time spent with just the parent(s), then some time with the parent(s) and child and then just the child.
Parental coaching is also available.
How will coaching benefit my child?
Coaching is a unique process which encourages the young person to identify their own goal(s) and barriers to achievement and supports them to identify solutions in order to realise their goal(s). A Coach recognises the young person as the expert in his or her life and believes that everyone is creative, resourceful and whole. The Coach will support the young person to bring these resources to the fore.
The International Coaching Federation has undertaken extensive research on the benefits of coaching and found that:
- 70% of coaching clients benefited from improved performance
- 80% benefited from improved self-confidence
- 73% improved relationships
- 72% improved communication skills
- 67% higher level of self-awareness|
How long will each coaching session last?
Each session will last around 30-50 minutes and can take place either face-to-face, or via Skype/FaceTime, as per the client’s preference.
Where will coaching take place?
Coaching usually happens in a public space such as a café. This ensures the safety of both your child and the coach. At the coach’s discretion, coaching may take place in other venues, depending on suitability.
How frequently will I be coached?
Young people will generally be coached once a week.
The frequency of coaching sessions will be agreed, between the parents, the young person and the Coach, at the start of the coaching agreement. Sessions would not normally be more than three weeks apart.
What happens if I’m late, miss a session or have to cancel because of unforeseen circumstances?
Timings of sessions are strict in order to maintain appointment times for all clients. If you are late to a session you will miss part of that session. Payment for a full session will still be required.
A minimum of 24 hours notice is required to amend or cancel an appointment. A missed session without advance notice, will be charged.
Cancelling due to unforeseen circumstances will be negotiated at the Coach’s discretion, on a case by case basis.