What is Coaching?
Coaching and mentoring can offer a different approach to counselling for clients who may be looking for more specific guidance, advice and direction. Coaching provides an invaluable space for personal development. Just like going to the gym can help you to get physically stronger, coaching can help you to get stronger both mentally and emotionally.
Counselling is sometimes characterised as being more focused on the past, our feelings and what has led us to where we are now. Coaching is often associated with where we are now and what we want to achieve in the future. Coaching can be particularly useful when feeling stuck. It provides helpful structure and accountability for setting and achieving life and career goals.
Our experience from training and working with counselling and coaching is that both approaches have their place and can be beneficial at different times and in different contexts.
The coaching we offer is based on a comprehensive programme of training from Cambridge University and is therefore to a high academic standard. We have thousands of hours of experience in different coaching methods which are applicable to professional and other contexts.
What are the benefits of coaching?
Research from the Institute of Coaching has identified that coaching has positively impacted the lives of clients by helping them to:
Establish and take action towards achieving goals
Become more self-reliant
Gain more job and life satisfaction
Improve efficiency and overcome procrastination
Take greater responsibility and accountability for actions and commitments
Work more easily and productively with others (partner, family, friends, boss)
Communicate more effectively
(source: Ken Blanchard Companies)
In summary, the benefits of coaching are many; 80% of people who receive coaching report increased self-confidence, and over 70% benefit from improved work performance, relationships and more effective communication skills. 86% report that they recouped their investment on coaching.
(Source: International Coaching Federation)
I offer coaching sessions via phone and video from my base in Solihull B91.