What is Coaching?

Coaching helps to explore the motivation, needs and thought processes of a client to facilitate lasting change through visioning, goal setting and accountability. It’s a partnership between coach and client where the coach recognizes the client as the expert in his or her life and puts the client in the driver’s seat. It’s helping the client learn rather than teaching them.

What’s the difference between Health and Wellness Coaching and other forms of Coaching?

While all coaches seem to have a similar approach when it comes to recognising the client as the expert in their life, Health and Wellness coaching in particular focuses on behavioural change. The focus is to create optimal mental and physical (as well as emotional and spiritual) wellbeing of the client. Other forms of coaching may focus more on unachieved goals across all areas of life (relationships, careers, finances etc.) and usually don’t use the principles of behaviour change in their work.

What do you mean by behavioural goals?

Outcome goals are often outside your control, and can depend on many variables. Behavioural goals are solely focused on what’s within your control and what you will be doing. By using SMART behavioural goals, you can, together with your coach, define a clear action plan going forward. Using behavioural goals,you are in the driver seat of your own change, and can modify these to make them challenging, yet achievable, and over time build new habits.

How is Coaching different from Counselling?

As a coach, I will assist you to create a vision of where you want to be in the future and help you to set and achieve goals. A counsellor is there to help you cope with past issues in your life, and to support you to be at peace with them. As a coach, I will focus on where you are at now and how to move forward in a partnership with you in a thought provoking process to maximize your potential. If there are past issues you would like to deal with as well as future goals you want to achieve, a counsellor and I can work together with you to cover these respective areas

What is the difference between Coaching and Therapy?

A simple way to distinguish coaching from therapy is that coaching focuses on building a better future for clients with no serious mental distress, whereas therapists work with clients to help them heal and overcome traumas, mental health conditions and dysfunctional mental patterns, often solving difficulties arising from their past. Coaching focuses on actionable strategies for achieving specific goals and is very future focused and linked to personal and professional growth. Coaches unlike therapists are not clinical diagnosticians, and don’t focus on patients with a clinically diagnosed condition – if noticing such conditions in their client, an ethical coach will refer them on to a mental health provider