What is coaching?
Coaching can mean different things to different people.
The ICF (International Coaches Federation) defines it as: “Coaching is partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.”
iPEC (Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching) says: “The Core Energy Coaching process helps people tap into their inner purpose and passion and connect that with outer goals and tasks to bring about extraordinary and sustainable results.”
Thomas Leonard defines it as: “Helping people set better goals and then reach those goals. Asking clients to do more than they would have done on their own. Helping clients to focus better so as to produce results more quickly. Providing clients with the tools, support, and structure to accomplish more.”
As your coach,
You are the expert on your own journey and you do have all the answers. My job is to partner with you on that journey, helping and supporting you, holding you accountable, and celebrating your victories with you.
How is it different to therapy?
While the two may seem very similar, and both can be very beneficial, there are some distinct differences between therapy and coaching. On occasion, therapists and coaches can work synergistically.
Therapy often deals with dysfunction and/or diagnosing pathology in a person, while coaches work with a healthy client who desires a better situation and wants support in getting there.
Therapy often aims to “fix” the past and spends a lot of time discussing this, while coaching aims to create a better future using the past as one of many tools. Often a therapist has the answers, while a coach partners their client in discovering their own answers. A coach knows that the only expert in a client’s life is the client.
How long will it take to see real changes?
Many clients can feel a positive shift in their life after a single coaching session. However, to achieve real, sustainable change, a longer period of coaching is often needed (8-12 sessions). Every client is an individual, and as such their coaching journey will also be unique. We can work together to determine your ideal path to success. My goal is to be such a good coach that you no longer require me. You will have the tools to move forward confidently on your own when you are ready to do so.
How will we have our sessions?
I can see clients in my office in Sydney, Australia, or more commonly we can have our coaching sessions on the telephone, or via Skype.
What about confidentiality?
As an ICF accredited coach, I am bound by their code of ethics. Everything that occurs in a coaching session is totally confidential.
Who uses a coach?
The short answer would probably be “who doesn’t use a coach?”
People use coaches for almost all parts of their lives – personal development; professional development; family and parenting assistance; to increase fun and enjoyment in their lives; to achieve health and wellness; to improve their intimate and social relationships; to balance their finances; to raise their level of spirituality.
Even Oprah has a coach!