Frequently Asked Questions
What is coaching?
The International Coach Federation defines coaching as ‘partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximise their personal and professional potential’ (ICF, 2012).
Coaching aims to help you achieve clarity and confidence to work through any issues that are holding you back from living the life you want to live. The goal of coaching is to empower you will the tools and skills to confidently deal with the challenges you face either in your professional or personal life. It is not about someone telling you what to do and how you ought to live your life, your coach is there to facilitate your journey and to help you define and achieve what you set out to. The person-centred approach I use in coaching means that I firmly believe that every individual has the skills and the knowledge to overcome their barriers and that the coach is there to uncover these solutions and help the individual bring them to fruition.
There are many approaches to coaching. The models and techniques I use are from Cognitive Behavioural Coaching and Acceptance and Commitment Coaching. Unlike many other coaches I have a background in academic research so ensure that all the tools and techniques I use are grounded in theory and have a sufficient evidence to support their effectiveness and value. For more information on these approaches please see the relevant blog posts.
How can I book a session?
To find out more or request a FREE initial consultation please head to the contact page and fill in the form. I will get back to you as soon as possible and we can further discuss your needs.
What are your fees?
The initial 30 minute telephone consultation is FREE.
Performance coaching session is £60 per hour.
Health and Well-being coaching session is £55 per hour.
Please get in touch for prices regarding consultancy services.
What can I expect at the first session?
Before we have the first session you will need to have the 30 minute FREE telephone consultation. In the consultation we will discuss what you would like to get from coaching. I will also explain a bit more about myself and my approach to coaching and we can decide whether we would like to work together.
If you would like to proceed with coaching we will arrange the first session. This can be face to face in a mutually agreed location, usually an office space or meeting room, or online via Skype.
At the beginning of the first session we will discuss in more depth what you would like to get from coaching and what you hope to achieve from the process. You can expect to be listened to empathically and with care. I ensure that the coaching process is a non-judgemental and safe space for you to explore any challenges you may be facing and to find solutions and action points that can be put in place to achieve your goals. I will also guide you through any tools and techniques that I think will be beneficial and useful for you. At the end of the session we will summarise all the points we have covered and can discuss whether you would like to continue the coaching and book any further sessions. If you decide to book more sessions I may give you some tools and techniques to take home to practice before the following session.
How many sessions of coaching will I need?
Coaching is a very personal process and the number of sessions will vary depending on the individual and their level of need. Individuals typically receive between 4-6 sessions of coaching over a 3 month period although this structure is flexible and we can discuss what will work best for you.
Where will the coaching session be located?
I am based in Eastbourne in East Sussex and can travel to Kent, West Sussex and London to meet for a session. Alternatively, I also offer Skype sessions if that works better for you. Skype works particularly well if you are stuck for time or located in a region outside of the areas I cover.
Will my details be passed on to anyone else?
No, the coaching relationship is completely confidential.
What if I book a session but then cannot attend?
I have a 24 hour cancellation policy – if you cancel less than 24 hours in advance of your session I will be unable to offer you a refund.
However, if you let me know more in advance that you are unable to make your session we can re-schedule free of charge or I can offer you a 50% refund.