Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between coaching and counselling or mentoring?

Coaching is one of a variety of forms of support or therapy available nowadays and each one used in the appropriate circumstance and the “right” time can be very effective.  Coaching differs from counselling as it is very future focussed and does not address any issues from a person’s past or any form of trauma.

Mentoring is more advice based and a mentor may offer their opinion or suggest ways forward.  Coachingis firmly rooted in the premise that the client already has the personal skills and resources that they need to make changes or achieve their goals in the area they have come for coaching.

So if I have all the tools and resources already what is the point of a coach?

The role of a coach is to use a variety of tools and skills including listening, questioning, challenging, supporting to enable you to work out exactly what you do want, any obstacles that have prevented you from already getting there and how you can achieve what you want, then supporting you as appropriate through that process

The focus of coaching is a providing people with the space, challenge and the support to clarify goals, consider how and when they can do take action and to work on realistic steps.  This coupled with the accountability often enables people to achieve things that they have previously tried, but been unable to do.

What are the benefits?

Coaching can be a transformative process. In exploring and reflecting with a coach the client can often see situations, options and ways forward where previously they have been stuck.

Taking the time to clarify what you really want, identifying how to get there and having the support to overcome obstacles can mean fresh confidence, ideas and ways to access what you want much more effectively


What will you make me do in a 1:1 session?

A coaching relationship is very much a partnership.  Whilst the client should feel in safe hands with a coach they can trust to take them through the process, the client is always in control of the focus and content of the conversation.

A coach NEVER make a client do anything they are unhappy with.  The process should be challenging, but at all times the client is very much in charge of how things go

Is it confidential?

Anything you share is treated as confidential (as far as I am permitted by law) and I operate according to a strict code of ethics:  https://optimum-coaching.co.uk/faq/code-of-ethics  I also have a policy regarding any safeguarding issues which may arise:  https://optimum-coaching.co.uk/faq/safeguarding/

How long is a 1:1 session?

45-55 minutes

Do you offer coaching for couples?

I do.  For couple coaching this tends to be face to face.  I allow up to 1.5 hours for these sessions.

I am interested in this. If I want to go ahead what would happen?

After you first contact me I will send you some information.  I then offer a free introductory session which would give you the opportunity to acertain whether coaching is for you and if I may be a suitable coach for you.

From there if you wanted to go ahead we would arrange to start coaching. Sessions are usually conducted via Skype or telephone.

How many sessions will it be?

As with every aspect of coaching this is up to the client. In order for the process to have the most effect ideally it would be a number of sessions depending upon the issues you wish to discuss.  Whilst sessions can be booked and paid for on a pay as you go basis, the best value for money is to purchase a group of 4 or 6 to be booked at a time and interval suitable to the client.