coaching vs counselling

How does Coaching work?

Generally there is an initial phone call between the client and coach to establish exactly what the client wants to work on. The agenda is always set by the client. It’s important to have this initial conversation so that the client understands what coaching is and how or if it can help with their particular issue. It must be noted that coaching is not counselling or consultancy so if these are services the client requires the coach will refer them to an appropriate provider.

Usually sessions are either face to face in the coach’s office or via Skype. Sessions usually last about an hour to an hour and a half. The sessions usually come to a natural close as appropriate. It generally takes four to six sessions for a client to achieve (or get on the road to achieving) their goal(s). However, if a client only wants one session to talk about one specific area in their life, that can be arranged too.

Sessions consist of discussion of the areas of concern between the coach and client, powerful questions, decision making and useful exercises, possibly including NLP and Tapping. Sessions are good humoured with the client’s best interests always a priority. Oh and everything discussed is 100% confidential!

For more details on the Coaching Process itself please see the ‘Coaching’ tab on the Home Page.

How much does it cost?

Charge is per session and each session costs € 80. Sessions tend to take between 1 to 1.5 hours.

What is the difference between coaching and counselling or consultancy?

Coaching tends to deal with the present, where the client currently is and where the client wants to go in the future, in terms of their goals. Counselling tends to deal with what happened in a client’s past and how they can cope with it. Consultancy tends to specialise in a particular area of expertise and the consultant passes on their expertise to the client. Once that expertise has been passed on the relationship ends.

In coaching we recognise that the client is ‘the world’s greatest expert’ on themselves and their own lives. The coach helps the client to tease out their goals, dreams and desires and helps them figure out the best way for them to achieve these in their own particular circumstances. There is no ‘one size fits all.’ The coach will continue to support the client in achieving their goals as long as the client requires assistance.