Are there different types of coaching?
Yes. There are lots of different styles and approaches in coaching. The coach will have a favoured style(s) or approach(es). Check what they do before you book with them.
To find out more about Coaching Styles click HERE
To find out more about Coaching Approaches click HERE
Are life coaching and counselling different?
Yes. However; they both have their roots in psychological approaches, but are different as life coaching tends to focus on the “here and now” and how to move towards the future. Counselling is more about investigating the past to find the root causes of psychological problems.
Very few coaches are trained to diagnose or work on health-related problems, counsellors generally are.
What can a coach help me with?
Life coaches are usually able to help you with anything you are having a problem with. This can be in personal or business life, difficult relationships, decision-making, self-confidence, worries, performance, etc.
Some are specialists so if you have relationship issues you would see a Relationship Coach; if you are looking for a promotion at work you could see a Performance Coach, etc.
How much is Life Coaching?
The cost of a coaching session will depend on quite a few things:
- the type of coaching you require ( specialist coaching is more expensive, e.g. business)
- the length of the session; some sessions may be just 30 minutes others may be well over an hour
- location (London and other city fees are usually higher than other areas)
- experience of the coach (new coaches usually charge less than experienced ones)
Coaches can charge any fee they feel is right for what they do. £40 to £100 per session is quite normal.
Some coaches offer a free initial consultation, usually 20-30 minutes in length.
How many sessions will I need?
This question is almost impossible to answer. In theory you will have as many as you need. To begin with, you will probably have one session a week. This may change as time goes by and greater improvements are made.
Some coaches book you in for a minimum number of sessions – around five, as this is reckoned to be the minimum amount of sessions needed to deal with a problem.
Some people visit a life coach once every few weeks to “keep on top of things”.
How can I tell if the life coach I want to see is good or not?
At present life coaching is unregulated in the UK. So, anyone can call them self a life coach with no training what so ever.
Life coaches on the ACCPH directory are qualified members and have provided us copies of relevant qualifications and current insurance details. All of our life coaches will have an Ofqual equivalent Level 3 or greater diploma.
However; being qualified is one thing but being good with people is different. We cannot be held responsible for their general demeanour. ACCPH suggests that you speak to the coach and if possible have a free chat with them before booking.
Can I have coaching on Skype or by telephone?
This depends on the coach you choose. Details will be on their profile of the services they offer.
Is coaching like mentoring or training?
No. Training tells people what to do in certain circumstances. Mentoring offers guidance based on experience.
However; some authoritarian coaching styles are more like mentoring than coaching so you could be coached by being “told” what to do.
What happens during a coaching session?
Typically the first session is usually a fact-finding and goal-setting experience. You will explore where you are at the moment. Look at what you have tried and what has not worked; obstacles you have found along the way, etc. You will be encouraged to find all the possible options in achieving your first goal.
Subsequent sessions are usually a recap on the actions set and how well they have been achieved. A goal will be clearly set out in each session where it is possible.
Where does the coaching take place?
You will be told this by your coach when you book. They rent an office or work from home. Some will come to your place of work or home. In some cases the coaching will take place over the phone or Skype, with the client phoning the coach.
What will I have to do to get the best from life coaching?
To get the best from any form of coaching you:
- need to have a determined and positive attitude towards achieving of your goals.
- need to be absolutely open, trusting and honest with the coach.
- must have the time and commitment to complete the actions needed to be successful.
A high level of commitment will increase the speed at which your goals are realised.
What sorts of people have a Life Coach?
Just about any individual will use a life coach. They have a common desire to change their life and be happier, more successful, confident, etc.
How can the success of the coaching be measured?
There are two ways:
- External indicators – getting on better with people, working better, less stress, earning more money, etc.
- Internal indicators – self-scoring or self-validating assessments that can be done throughout the coaching process. These could be changes in self-awareness, shifts in thinking that change behaviour positively, and an increase in positive emotional states that inspire confidence.
Ideally, both are incorporated.