Face-to-face coaching can take place in a semi-public space such as a discrete area of a café. If you prefer to use Skype, I will ordinarily be in my home office and you would find a quiet and private place with either a PC/laptop or smartphone or tablet. Face-to-face allows for a greater degree of everyday interaction, whereas an advantage of Skype meetings is that geographical location is unimportant. For more information about Skype sessions please see my FAQs page (coming soon).
My approach is based on the assumption that we all potentially have the capacity to solve our own problems, to achieve our goals and to make improvements to our lives. Consequently, I won't offer advice, opinions or solutions concerning your course of action. The power of non-directive coaching lies in the skill of the coach in assisting people to gain insight and to make connections. In doing so I will help you to acquire a sense of ownership and agency. My role is to facilitate positive change, as opposed to offering ready-made solutions.
Typically, in a non-directive coaching session, I'll help you to think through your issues objectively and to express your thoughts. Consequently, you'll probably be speaking and reflecting for a significant proportion of the time; while I'll be asking key reflective questions intended to promote insight.
Whilst my practice is primarily non-directive I will, as appropriate, input my own subject knowledge and expertise as an information resource within the coaching process. Very occasionally, and as appropriate to the particular circumstances, I may offer limited degree of mentoring (for instance in helping a client to acquire job application skills). In these instances I will clearly differentiate mentoring (here, tutorial support) from the coaching activity.
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