As a coach, I help people to get clear on what they would really like to change or achieve in their life, create a map of what this will involve, and then start taking the practical steps that will move them forward.
It’s hard to tell you what a ‘typical’ coaching engagement is like. Everyone is different, so I don’t have a fixed approach that I use with every client. I tend to work with people over a period of three to six months (meeting up every three-four weeks during that time), but I also offer single intensive sessions as well as longer-term engagements when that is more appropriate.
However long we spend working together, these are the commitments that will always be present in my work as a coach:
« You will be in a safe space » The most important role I have as a coach is to create a relationship with my clients built on confidentiality and trust. It is a privilege to work with people on the issues that matter most to them, and I honour that by making sure that my clients feel comfortable sharing their hopes and their vulnerabilities with me. I will challenge you or encourage you to step out of your comfort zone at times, but always in a respectful and supportive way.
Alex holds a comforting, safe, space that enables me to be completely honest and, when appropriate, emotionally vulnerable. Our recent conversations have addressed some limiting beliefs I have held for a long time that have impacted many areas of my life. I am only able to discuss these because of the trust I have in Alex’s approach and her respect for confidentiality. I am confident that with her support I will be able to make progress on changing these to help me lead a more fulfilling life.
Jo W., United Kingdom
« You will drive the agenda » My coaching starts from the position that you are the best judge of what you need to work on, and what solutions will work for you. As a coach, I won’t tell you what to do or try and lead the way. Instead, I will help you create awareness by asking great questions, listening carefully to what you say, and then supporting you to define the goals and actions that will make the biggest positive difference to your life right now.
I was not expecting to be the leader of my own session (setting the agenda, reflecting on the things I needed to do next to achieve my goals…) but actually this was super useful. I liked it when I was talking about situations in general and you stopped me to ask me questions, or make certain affirmations that helped me a lot to reflect on my beliefs, fears and views. They helped me know myself better and realise a lot of things.
Simona B., Italy
« I will provide the structure » Once you gain clarity about what you would love to achieve over the course of the coaching engagement and beyond, each session will involve a mix of questions, discussions, feedback and assignments designed to help you find your compass and create the results that you want. I focus on finding the approach that works best for you, which could be anything from helping brainstorm ideas, giving you exercises to work on in between sessions, or providing a space for you to reflect on a topic that is important.
I took up coaching with Alex because I was overwhelmed by what I felt were competing priorities and demands in my personal and professional life. The sessions with Alex helped me to break these different components down in order to understand what the challenges were, and ways in which I could proactively make positive changes to address them. Alex’s manner and style is completely non-judgmental and made me feel at ease in talking about some things that I hadn’t shared with anyone. I would highly recommend Alex as a coach and mentor.
Rebecca H., United Kingdom
« We will focus on the future » While coaching conversations will often touch on issues or experiences that a client has had in the past, coaching is different from counselling or therapy. It is primarily focused on developing a vision of what the future could look like, finding actions that will inspire and motivate you, and then supporting you to overcome anything that might prevent you from taking these steps.
Coaching with Alex always leaves me feeling empowered and full of possibility about what I can achieve. She is highly empathetic and able to get to the heart of the issue quickly – challenging me at the right times and in the right way to help me overcome the unhelpful beliefs that may be blocking my progress. I always leave sessions with a number of actions and an enthusiasm to get going with them straight away, which is a brilliant way to leave a session.
Nehal D., New Zealand
The best way to understand what coaching is like is to experience it, which is why I always start by meeting with potential clients for a free consultation session. This gives me a chance to explain in more detail how I work with people, and to find out what you are motivated to work on. It also gives us both the opportunity to see whether the relationship is a good fit, as this is fundamental to the success of the coaching engagement.
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