Frequently Asked Questions

How does life coaching work?

Life coaching works through a series of one to one sessions which enable you to find your own answers to what you want to change. It helps you to see new perspectives on issues, and to take actions that will change your life for the better. I work in partnership with you, helping to keep you focused and giving you support. In turn, you invest time and energy into getting what you want.

What happens when you hire a coach?

You begin to take yourself more seriously and gain forward momentum in your activities.
You take more effective and focused actions.
You identify and reduce drains on your energy which will help you get results with less effort.
You set goals that are truly impacting on where you most want to grow.

Who has life coaching?

A huge range of people from all walks of life. The common thread is that someone wants change, is willing to see new perspectives and is ready to take action to have the life they want. Some specific situations which can prompt people to hire a coach include:

• Feeling tired, irritable or not their usual self and wanting to get the balance back between work and home life.
• Wanting to improve the quality of personal relationships
• Having a specific goal to be reached as quickly as possible
• Wanting to regain confidence following a relationship break down

Can I hire a coach just for a short-term, special project?

Absolutely. Some clients hire a coach to help them accomplish specific goals or projects. Continuing to work with a coach is not unusual for these clients because new goals and projects come up because of their successes.

Does the coach work on personal goals or business/professional goals?

Coaches believe that personal and business matters definitely influence each other. Hence, coaches are trained to work professionally with all client aspects.

How much life coaching will I need?

This depends on what you want the coaching relationship to help you achieve. Introducing changes in your life – from letting go of outdated beliefs to big actions, such as changing your career – take time. A three to six month period is a usual commitment to request from new clients. After which we then review what’s been achieved and decide on whether or not it will be beneficial to continue, and if so, how frequently we should speak.

Where might the coach focus with client without any specific issues?

Coaches focus on supporting the client in getting maximum effectiveness. Clients really enjoy and truly appreciate coaches focusing in on what’s going to make them their most successful and fulfilled.

Why does coaching work so well for the client?

Your coach focuses on your whole person. They challenge you & take the time to find out what winning in life means to you. Your coach is your personal partner in living the life you want, personally & professionally. He or she is someone you place your trust in to help you hold yourself accountable for your life and to make sure you really do live up to your full potential.

Why is coaching becoming more popular?

Because clients want to be fulfilled in their life, they have ambitions, they want success – whatever that may look like to them – and trained coaches have tools and techniques to help clients manifest their goals.

How many areas of my life can I focus on?

The answer really is as many as you like. The agenda for the coaching is always set by the client. In the initial discovery sessions clients and I gain a deeper understanding of themselves and we define what they want to get from their life coaching. We then decide on what the initial focal areas will be. Clients often find that by beginning somewhere, they see changes in other areas of their lives which they may not even have begun to work on.

How is coaching different from therapy or talking to a friend?

It’s different to therapy because coaches don’t deal in-depth with the past or seek to analyse someone’s behaviour or its causes. We do dip into the past but primarily coaching focuses on the present and the future and what can be done to change situations. Although you understand more about yourself as a result of life coaching, analysis is not the focus. 

Friends generally avoid saying things which might compromise your relationship and may offer advice which although well-intentioned, isn’t necessarily right for you. A life coach, however, is completely objective, will help you to uncover answers that suit you and won’t be afraid to challenge you if they feel you’re making excuses.

What are the benefits of Life Coaching?

• Gaining clarity about what you want from life and a clear action plan for change
• Improving relationships with partners, family, friends and work colleagues
• Knowing your real worth at work and securing a pay rise that reflected it
• Re-gaining confidence after a relationship break up
• Taking on a promotion and quickly being effective in their new role
• Increased confidence and the ability to deal with their nagging “inner critic”
• Enjoying leisure time doing activities they love, without feeling guilty
• Finding harmony in work

How do I get started?

If you know it’s time for change in your life contact me for a no-obligation free consultation to see if life coaching or coaching is suitable for you.