Frequently Asked Questions
  • What is coaching?
  • How is coaching different from mentoring or counselling?
  • How many sessions will I need?
  • How often should I have a coaching session?
  • How are the sessions conducted?
  • How much will it cost?

What is coaching?

Coaching, with a professional coach, is the practice of supporting an individual through the process of achieving a specific personal or professional result. It is about helping the client to learn, not about teaching them.
Working one to one, with a coach, enables the individual to focus on a goal they want to achieve and identify the actions they will take to be successful. These could vary from a desire to meet a personal objective (e.g. lifestyle change); to changing a significant work related aspect of their lives (e.g. achieving promotion or changing career path).
The structures, models and methodologies of coaching are numerous but are predominantly facilitating in style; that is, the coach mainly asks questions and challenges the coachee to find answers from within himself/herself based on their values, preferences and unique perspective.

How is coaching different from mentoring or counselling?
Mentoring is a supportive form of employee training. It usually takes place outside the conventional top-down employee-manager relationship. The mentee sets the agenda based on their own development needs, with the mentor providing guidance to help the mentee achieve their goals. It will usually involve the mentor giving advice or sharing their experience on self or career development with the mentee.
Counselling is usually used to help a person to move on from issues in their past life. The skills, training and qualifications are different from coaching qualifications and if a coach feels that counselling is more appropriate than coaching at that time, then they should advise the coachee to seek counselling. This will enable the coachee to address any historical issues, that may be preventing them moving forwards, before they undertake coaching sessions to help them achieve their goals.

How many sessions will I need?
Kate offers all prospective clients a free induction session, enabling her and the client to get to know each other, establish the areas appropriate for coaching and also gain an understanding of the likely number of sessions required.
Kate finds six coaching sessions is often an appropriate number for clients new to coaching, but this can be extended as required, attracting the discount applied to greater numbers of sessions.

How often should I have a coaching session?
Usually clients like to work towards their goal with a session every 2 - 4 weeks. Kate recognises how difficult it can be to keep to a regular session time and will always try to arrange sessions to fit with your busy life. This includes evening and weekend availability. The next session can be arranged during the session before or pre-booked at the start of the package.

How are the sessions conducted?
Usually clients find that telephone coaching sessions are most flexible for them. This enables them to find a quiet location and undertake the session somewhere where they will not be disturbed. Skype sessions are also easy to arrange (with or without video link). Kate is willing to conduct face to face coaching, but this will incur an additional charge to cover travelling time and costs.

How much will it cost?
Sessions will normally last for one to one and a half hours and vary from a one-off session to a series of sessions. There is a discount for booking a package of six or more sessions. Email support is available throughout the package.

Introductory/Induction Session: Free
Single Coaching Session: £150.00 (Discount available for telephone sessions)

Special prices are available for returning clients and those contacting Kate on personal recommendation from a previous client.

Please email or phone to book a no obligation free telephone consultation to explore how coaching could work for you.