Worklife Coaching FAQs
Answers to regularly asked questions
Most people I know have either never heard of coaching or are unfamiliar with what they might gain from being coached.
I have put a list of FAQs together to help you understand the basics of coaching and how it can help.
What is coaching?
Coaches help people achieve something. For example, a sports coach helps an athlete realise their personal best dreams.
Coaches specialise in different areas. A stress management coach is a trained professional who specialises in helping you identify ways you can manage stressors and reduce their impact on your health and wellbeing.
This might be accomplished through a series of 1-on-1 or group sessions designed to support you in creating the change you want to achieve.
I am a stress management coach, with a particular interest in reducing work-related stress and burnout. I also coach people on workplace wellbeing and reducing stress caused by personal issues.
What happens in a coaching session?
Coaching creates change, some may even say it is transformative.
With that in mind, at the beginning of each session we’ll start with a snapshot of your current situation, existing issues and what you want to work on or get from the session. This helps us focus our conversation.
So that we make best use of our time together, I will encourage you to be specific so expect to spend time on getting really clear on where we are heading in the session.
Our conversation will then explore what actions could move you forwards. I will ask you lots of questions to help you see things from all angles and develop insight into how you think and feel about each option.
We will also look at barriers and where you might get stuck.
Towards the end we will talk through what you intend to do and when. This will include identifying any additional support you might need and where you might find it.
At the end, we will check we have achieved our session aim, discuss how the session went and agree when the next one will be.
How many sessions will I need?
That’s hard to say without us talking. That’s not being evasive, everyone who comes to coaching has different aspirations and needs.
Sometimes one session will get you moving forward. Other times it might need a few. It all depends on what you are looking to achieve and how you wish to proceed.
When we have our Discovery call, I will learn what's going on for you and what you are looking to get from coaching.
I can then share with you how we might program our sessions to help you realise your goal(s).
The best way to find out how many sessions you will need is to start with a single session.
Why do we need a Discovery call?
Before committing ourselves to working together, we both need to know we can work together to get you where you want to be.
You need to feel comfortable enough in my presence to share your thoughts and I need to confirm that I can assist you.
This fee-free call takes 20-30 minutes. You can outline what is going on for you, what you are looking to get from coaching and ask me questions. I will share how I could help you make the change you are looking to make.
Is it time something changed?
If you are ready to start affecting change, I can help you take back control, manage the load and mastere your worklife.
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How often we will meet?
Coaching isn’t therapy so there is no need to meet every week, unless you want to.
The early sessions could be spaced two to three weeks apart to give you time to start taking action and making change occur. Later we may stretch the time between sessions.
You could book a block of sessions every fortnight or just one and see how you go. It's your call but I would recommend some consistency - day of week, time etc.
Between sessions, you can reach me using email or WhatsApp messaging.
Are the coaching sessions virtual?
Yes, usually I coach on Zoom/MS Teams but we can do it by phone or WhatsApp video, if you'd prefer.
If you're in the Bournemouth or Southampton area, we may be able to meet.
If we agree to meet face to face, we’ll use public meeting spaces. This might be quiet coffee shops, hotel lounges, parks or on the beach.
How long is a session?
Each session is 60 minutes. The first one may run longer to cover off any outstanding administration.
To help you make the most of our time together, if you have booked more than one session, I may ask you to send me a short update the day before our next session.
If you think you need longer sessions we can discuss how that might be achieved.
When will we meet?
Any time that’s mutually convenient!
I can coach you in the morning, over lunch, afternoon or evening, including Saturdays.
How do you coach?
This depends on you. At the beginning of each session, we will discuss what you are looking to take from our time together.
Sometimes you may want someone to reflect back what you are saying so that you can think out loud, other times you may be wanting to make a decision so want me to ask questions to help you consider options.
Either way, you should expect to feel somewhat challenged or stretched in your thinking because that's where the insights occur that make change happen.
When we have our Discovery call, you will find out if you like my style of conversation.
How will I know if coaching is working?
At the end of a session, I will encourage you to ask yourself if you have gained clarity on your situation or learned something new about yourself.
Regardless who you work with, I would expect you to feel like you have gained some clarity by the end of a session. You should also feel like you are increasing in self-awareness that will enable you to take action towards your goal.
What does coaching cost?
Coaching is an enabler, a catalyst for change. In other words it's an investment in transformation.
Of course there’s my fee but there’s also your commitment to taking action outside of the sessions. Nothing changes if nothing changes.
I offer private client packages of 3 (£185), 5 (£325), 10 (£640) sessions. Package sessions expire 6 months from start, unless otherwise agreed.
Single sessions are available for those who are unsure of their commitment to coaching and for those whose contract has ended but wish to review something. My single session rate is £70.
When a client is committed to the process, I have found most issues are sufficiently reduced or resolved after 3 sessions.
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What clients say
I was struggling to cope with various situations and finding it difficult to effectively deal with my emotions.
Tracey helped me develop approaches that work for me.
I now have a good set of tools and techniques I can draw on to support me. I have experienced very good results with them.
Tracey holds a very natural, honest, non-judgemental space that allows you to express yourself and speak openly whilst feeling safe and heard
Tracey has the ability to ask you the right question or point you in the direction that leads you to the right answer which already lies within ‘you’,