Some of the most common coaching questions answered
What is coaching?
Coaching is a series of meaningful conversations that can facilitate learning and change.
There are many approaches to coaching, and my personal preference is a gestalt-based approach which is focused on raising self-awareness, understanding our context and the relationships within that context, as well as taking more personal responsibility for our choices and development. During coaching the coach and the client work together to define desired outcomes, identify obstacles, and develop a concrete action plan for achieving set-up goals.
Who is coaching for?
Coaching is designed for individuals who are ready to take control and ownership of their own actions.
My personal choice is to work only with individuals ages 18 and up. It is important to note that although there may be some similarities, coaching is not substitution for therapy, counseling, or mentoring.
What topics can you talk about in coaching?
Coaching is a process that can be applied to any topic you want and believe is important to work on. However, that doesn't mean that all coaches will be a good match for all topics. I work mostly with clients on topics of professional development and the places where work and life overlap. That is my choice based on my professional background, interests, and personal experience.
Coaching is a process, and that also means that your topic can change during that process. And that is completely normal. It is a
responsibility of a coach to make sure you are still moving in the desired direction, and to check with you regularly if are you satisfied with the direction you are taking.
When can you expect to see results?
Some changes can be seen after only one session. They are not going to be drastic but can be a change in perspective, a new idea to try out, more clarity or focus, or simply increased motivation. To see some more "concrete" change, it usually takes a minimum of 2 months of continuous work.
How long should you be seeing a coach?
This is also something that depends on the client and the topic because no two situations are the same. For sustainable results, especially when we are working on deep-set beliefs, new habits, or big life changes, the process can last from a couple of months to a couple of years. It is highly individualized, and not everyone will have the same needs and resources, to begin with, or the same level of change they want to achieve. That is why in my approach I regularly check with my clients where they are in the process and discuss further direction.
The great thing about coaching is that you can take breaks, and revisit your coach after 2, 4, 6 months, or even years if you feel the need again.
Can I have a guarantee of results?
The simplest answer is - no. While coaching can be transformative, the only person responsible for the results is the client. No one can do the work for you. That is why the results are highly individual and depend on your commitment and openness to change. I cannot guarantee specific outcomes, but I am dedicated to providing support, guidance, and tools to help you uncover insights and achieve your goals. The value of coaching lies in the transformative process itself, empowering you to make positive changes and the relationship you will have with your coach.
What is the difference between coaching and therapy?
On the Home page it says that I use lessons from both coaching and therapy practice - what does that mean?
As one of my teachers would say - therapy is facilitated healing, and coaching is facilitated learning.
Although I may use some concepts, tools, and philosophy that can be used in therapy, when working with clients and problems in the professional context, my only approach is a coaching approach. That means that in coaching we are future-, and action-oriented; working on a specific situation or problem; working usually within a predefined period, and focusing on the workplace context.