These are some of the common questions I get asked about coaching by clients. Please take a read to help you decide if coaching is right for you, right now…
What kind of coaching do you do?
I work predominantly with artists and professional creatives to help them move towards a desired outcome. Coaching is solution-focused, rooted in future thinking and self directed learning. I firmly believe that the best resource a person has is themselves, and after experiencing coaching you will have strengthened your problem-solving muscle.
Where did you train?
I trained with Relational Dynamics 1st, who teach coaching and leadership courses, mostly with the creative, cultural and non-profit sectors in the UK and with NGO’s internationally. My accreditation is through Culture at Work Ltd. I am also a member of Association of Coaching and regularly take on continual professional development and training.
What I loved most about training with RD1st is the integration of different coaching styles and practices, which means I may use slightly different exercises or techniques depending on the challenges being faced by the client.
Will you give me advice or mentorship?
Coaching is different to mentoring or consultancy. As a coach, I have been trained in good questioning techniques and empowering the coachee to reflect, be challenged and develop their own thinking. This can be incredibly powerful for personal and professional development; through coaching you can build your own self-awareness and make exciting changes for yourself (far better than me telling you what to do!)
What kind of problems can I bring to a coaching session?
Nothing is off the table. Coaching may involve a lot of emotional problem solving, or very little. You may want to bring work problems or perhaps it’s looking at many aspects of your life. Each session is entirely confidential and no problem is too big or too small to coach.
It is important to ensure that you are safe in the coaching space, if an issue or situation arises that may be better suited to another professional, such as a counsellor, I may suggest a referral but this will always be your decision.
How is coaching different to counselling?
Coaching is ultimately future focused, and making an actionable plan to move forward. It is particularly helpful when you feel stuck, overwhelmed or in need of clarity. Counselling can be used for all of these things too, but is less rooted in creating outcomes and achieving goals. In coaching, we may spend some time in the past and understand the root of our concerns, but we will always return to looking forward.
How many sessions do you recommend I book?
You can get a lot out of a one-off coaching session if you have a clear and concise goal to work on. However, I tend to work with clients over a ‘coaching series’, between 3 and 6 sessions. Some also like to have ongoing coaching throughout a period of their life, for example throughout PHD study or parental leave.
Where do coaching sessions take place?
Coaching sessions are usually conducted online (using Zoom) or over the phone (with or without video). If you would prefer in person, I can offer face to face or a ‘coaching walk’, and we can discuss a mutually convenient location to conduct our session (I am currently based in Nottingham).
I can also offer email and text coaching, which is a slightly different agreement. If you are interested in this we can discuss in depth during our Intake Session.
What difference could it make in my life?
Coaching is self-directed. Overall, the coachee is responsible for their own progress. My role as coach is to hold the process and ask the right questions and reflect back, so that you can deepen your thinking. Coaching can be genuinely life-changing, if you are ready and want to change your life.
What is an Intake Session?
This is our first session together and will last around 30 minutes. It is an opportunity to meet me, and for me to meet you. Finding the right coach and understanding if coaching is the right thing for you is a personal process – there is no obligation to book sessions after having your Intake. I always offer a ‘think about it’ period before the first session is booked.
During the Intake Session I will go through the agreement we would have together (timing, number of sessions, cost etc) and you can ask me any questions. The session is free of charge.
Why do you offer a sliding payment scale?
I want to make coaching financially accessible to as many people as possible – hopefully this sliding scale helps to achieve that. When we book our sessions you just pop in the amount you would like to pay, no questions asked. If the lower end of the scale is out of reach, please get in touch and I would be happy to discuss further.
I do have space for up to 3 ‘pro-bono’ coachees for a total of 6 sessions each every year. These are currently allocated to artists or creatives who identify as a woman/non-binary and have migratory heritage and/or experience of seeking asylum. Please get in touch and I will let you know about current availability.