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So what is coaching, anyway?

And other frequently asked questions

 

What is coaching?

Coaching is a conversational-based approach that enables someone to get from where they are, to where they want to be. Progress might include reaching a goal, solving a problem, managing a difficult situation or environment, improving performance or creating learning and change.

What's 'Transformative' about it?

Transformative Coaching (the kind of coaching that I am trained in), digs beneath the surface of a challenge in search of its cause; exploring a client’s inner world of beliefs, assumptions, values and expectations, and considering alternative ways of living and thinking in order to access greater possibilities. The shifts that can happen in transformational coaching can be deep-rooted and long-lasting.

What ISN'T it?

It is NOT advisory (like mentoring) and it is NOT focused on the processing of past trauma (like therapy), although some blurring of these boundaries can occur.
Coaching assumes that an individual is creative and whole (ie doesn’t need ‘fixing’), and has the answers within them. The coach’s job is to help them to access and apply them through greater self-awareness, empowerment and accountability.

And that works...how?

This approach leads the coachee to feel a sense of responsibility and personal influence over their life, which is far more effective in achieving results than if the coach were to tell them what to do. Investment in the coaching relationship by the coachee is ultimately a commitment to change and a commitment to the results that they are creating.

How can I be sure that coaching is right for me?

If you feel like you've gone as far as you can by yourself, but that you're still not where you need to be, it's time to hire a coach.  

As human beings, we are susceptible to self-sabotage whenever we consider taking bold, brave steps. Fear will conjure up excuses and deflections as a way of protecting us. A coach can see through these ruses and help you to break through what's standing in your way.  

How do I know you're the right coach for me?

Choosing a coach is both highly personal and subjective.  If you like what you have read here, but still have some questions, why not get in touch?  I offer an entirely complimentary discovery call as part of my service.

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“I immediately felt comfortable talking to Helen and trusted her.  The process allowed me to explore some deep routed mindsets, which I feel often hold me back in life.  Helen’s approach encouraged me to challenge these thoughts and see them in a new light.  This revelation has enabled me to try and be kinder to myself by talking to myself in a more positive way. I have left the process feeling more positive and have already begun making changes in my life.”

Gabby, London