What is life coaching?
Essentially it asks; “How are you doing what you are doing and is it working?” It is a chance to discover what you do well and how that may be useful to you in other areas of your life. It also allows you to examine in depth and with guidance, some of the useful (and maybe not so useful) strategies you might be using in your everyday life.
Is it a bit like counselling?
No, not really. Counselling - broadly speaking - looks at events and situations in your past and how these may have shaped you. Life coaching looks at where you want to be and how to get there. It is a very forward thinking way of working. It will refer back to all your successes to help get you on the way.
Why don’t you just tell me what to do?
Because anyone can do that and let’s be honest haven’t loads of people already told you what you should be doing? Did you listen and take their advice? It is far better to make your own decisions and take ownership of them.
How many sessions will I need?
That depends on what you are trying to achieve. You need to be prepared to commit time to the process. A 2 to 3 month commitment involving 4 - 6 sessions should have you well on the way to making those all important changes. You can also take time to review between sessions. However, if you have an important decision to make next week, a one off, slightly longer hour and half session, can be all you need.
Will it work?
Yes of course – if you want it to! It also helps when you follow your own action plan you agreed in the meeting. I don’t give advice because the only person who really knows how to make the change is you. You have all the skills you need to achieve whatever you want. So now let’s get on and do it!
I only want to have one session to see if it works - why don't you do this?
Actually that is not a very good way to gain benefits in coaching. If you have taken a while to get to your present state of thinking then it is unlikely that an hour session will cure all. The consultation is the place to decide if it's for you or not and whether you would like to work with me. If you are ready to commit - you will!
What are your qualifications?
I am an NLP Master Practitioner. This means I use the skills, techniques of NLP to realise your goals. I am also a teacher with over 26 years of experience teaching both in England and overseas (South East Asia). During this time I have also worked in a counselling role both in school and for a national charity. I'm an excellent listener too- although I don't possess a special certificate with that written on it. A client once said: 'It's like I've come in here and thrown all my ideas and thoughts all over the floor. You've helped me to organise them so I can find clarity.'
Ok… next question- what is NLP?
NLP= Neuro Linguistic Programming. A name devised in a hurry by Bandler and Grinder when they were researching successful counselling practices in California in the 70’s. For me it is a way of moving away from negative self talk ; “I could never do that.” to “ I am going to learn how to do something new.” It works. It’s brilliant.
It seems a bit expensive
Whilst it may seem expensive, consider where else what else you spend your money on. A night out? Haircut or beauty treatment? Buying lunch and coffee out every day for a couple of weeks? The benefits of life coaching can be life changing and will be long lasting. It will depend on how much you think you deserve this chance to make a change and start living your life as you want to.