What exactly is coaching, and how is it different from counselling?
Well coaching is all about helping you get to where you want to be in life. It's about setting and achieving goals, navigating life changes and learning how to thrive not just survive.
A coach is in a unique position, because unlike friends and family, they have no agenda. They can offer completely un-judgemental support of any action steps you may decide to make, as well as give the occasional reality check as needed along the way! Coaching sessions are dedicated time for you, to explore your thoughts, dreams, challenges and goals, and are a wonderful investment in yourself and your future.
Counselling is an incredibly helpful process if you are experiencing mental heath issues and struggling day to day. It's really important that you reach out to your GP or a qualified counsellor if you are feeling overwhelmed, and in fact counselling and coaching can work very effectively side by side.
Who is career coaching for?
I have worked with all kinds of people from all sorts of professional backgrounds, including Event Organisers, University Academics, Project Managers, HR Executives, Marketing Managers, Strategists, Designers and Yoga Teachers.
Some are still in full time employment, some are taking a career break and some are freelance, but what they all want is to discover their calling in life, do something they truly love and create more balance in their lives. Read here about some of my previous clients and their inspiring career transformation stories.
Will it work?
I know from working with previous clients how powerful coaching sessions are, and I'm here to support you every step of the way. But, and this is key, I can't do the work for you. If you feel strongly that now is the time to make some changes and finally go after your dream life and career, then that motivation will carry you past any fears and excuses, and you will do the work that's needed to make it happen and see the results you want.
What if I don’t know exactly what I want to do yet?
That's totally fine. Lots of my clients don't yet know exactly what their next steps will be. What they do know is:
- They want to make a positive change in their lives
- They want to to do something they love
- They are ready to take action and invest in themselves
During our coaching sessions, we can work together to discover what your unique values, strengths and sense of purpose are, address the fears which might have been holding you back, then move on to design your life and career goals around that and create a personalised action plan. I can also share my top confidence building tips so that you can move forward feeling strong and authentic.
What's your approach?
I take a very holistic approach and look at you as a whole person and how your dream career fits in with the lifestyle you want to lead. We can work together to help you identify a fulfilling new career path that plays to your strengths, fits with your values, covers your income requirements and allows you a better work/life balance.
What if I don’t have the money right now?
That is a completely understandable concern, and one to think about carefully. Investing in yourself and your future can be scary. What I would say is, think about what your life will look like in 6 months if you don't invest in yourself now. Or in a year. Or in 5 years. Will anything have changed? Or will you be stuck in the same rut? The value of coaching doesn't just last for the duration of the sessions; you'll experience the benefits for months and years to come. But making a life or career change does require guts and resourcefulness. If you're just not ready to take the leap right now, then that's totally ok.
How much support do I get?
We'll get together on a Skype session or on the phone for our weekly or fortnightly sessions, and you'll be able to email me for extra support in between.
How much time will the programme take?
Our calls are 45 minutes long, and I would suggest setting aside an hour or two a week to go through your workbook, for example at the weekend. Don't worry if things get busy and you can't complete the workbook, we can go at your own pace and set you up with time management tools and structures to avoid overwhelm.
How do I pay?
I invoice for sessions in advance and use Paypal which makes online payments quick and easy.
What if I can’t make one of our scheduled sessions?
When we first get started, we'll agree a mutually convenient time slot for our regular sessions. However, if something comes up and you can't make it, just give me 24 hrs notice and we can always move the session. Do consider scheduling our regular sessions into your diary and prioritising them, just like you would for a gym session or an evening class. You deserve to finally put YOU and YOUR dreams first.