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How does your coaching work?
Coaching is an interactive experience that allows you to discover yourself better. We dive into growth areas and together, we look how we can progress it. Examples constructs can be goals, blockers, mindsets, emotions, coherence, and relationships. Our relationship is essentially a discovery of yourself. We run experiments to test different modes of support and find the grooves of progress. This means trying different approaches, troubleshoot anything that seems off. Some strategies won't resonate with you and that's very normal and encouraged to allow us to engage in quick and regular feedback loops to discuss what's working, what's not, and hone in on the grooves that work best for you. Even when things do click, it can be challenging to implement them outside of coaching sessions. A coach is fully dedicated to understanding your needs and helping you achieve the life you desire by listening attentively and offering tailored guidance that works best for you. Together, we will embark on a path towards your goals, and as your coach I strive to support you at every step.
Is it confidential?
100% confidential. What happens and is said in our sessions stays in our sessions, with the usual exceptions of safeguarding and such, just like seeing a therapist or other health professional.
How much does your coaching cost?
My current indicative rate ranges between £90 - £120/hr.
I maintain a sliding scale and special rates to account for my coachees' personal and financial circumstances, especially those working in scalable social good in the world, such as in or adjacent to Effective Altruism/rationality communities, and similar social enterprise projects. Please feel free to get in touch with me regardless! I really want to support those doing good in the world, and I try to be flexible with payment if the relationship seems worthwhile!
Is coaching worth it?
Absoultely, if you find a coach that suits you. While seeking self-help or advice from a wise friend is often a great first step, it can be difficult when getting out of a rut, overwhelming or challenging for a number of reasons, such as finding help that really resonates with your context, or how it cashes out to action in real life. It can also be hard to identify your blindspots such as subconscious narratives and diffucult emotions alone. The right coach for you can help in many directions, such as offering insightful questions, new perspectives, mindsets, frameworks and tools. By exploring challenging problem areas that may feel knotty or unclear with the support of a professional coach it can bring greatly rewarding markers of 'levelling up' such as clarity, peace, progress or greater joy and depth. Think of coaching as a journey through uncharted territory with a skilled navigator by your side. Your coach has the expertise and tools to guide you, helping you to identify where you are, uncover any blockers, and create a roadmap to reach your desired destinations, without it getting overwhelming or impractical. With a coach's guidance, you can overcome the barriers, and take steps that actually help, and start to manifest the things that really matter to you.
How long does it take to see results?
In short, it varies because: 1. everyone is different, with different contexts, perceptions and orientations 2. the crux of the domain for help can have different developmental arcs that can take different shapes for progress. A more detailed answer: Some 'low hanging fruits' can be seen in the first session, whereas knotty emotional or subconscious narratives take much longer as they need the right environment and headspace. Based on observation, it varies due to many dependent factors e.g.: - The nature of the topic area subject matter e.g. size and complexity (objective) - The mindset you have on the topic area e.g. your narrative / perspective / relationship to the topic area (subjective) - Your goals and your current starting position e.g. the clarity you have on the topic (subjective) As a hypothetical example, for the same person, it's unrealistic to expect the same rate of progress between: a) Heavier work: E.g. trying unfamiliar approaches (like introspection) or uncovering / processing difficult emotions b) Lighter work: E.g. more tangible or surface level content like exploring virtuous habits and structuring a productive daily routine. Finally, progress depends on how clients frame / show up to coaching sessions: their energy and mindsets, their level of commitment and buy-in, their preconceptions of coaching all play a factor. Some coachees are very eager in some areas but afraid in others where more cruxy but rewarding challenges may lie. Equally, some coachees want to define a slower pace and digest small, first steps to get back on top of things. Also, to help achieve results, regularity of coaching sessions really helps to feel progress (usually fortnightly or weekly). It provides continuity that helps the chances to build a coaching dynamic that works over time.
What is the format of a coaching session?
Coachees have varying preferences when it comes to this: Some prefer a more structured approach with an agenda, topics, notes, and homework, while others prefer a more open format. During the introduction call, we discuss these preferences and the reasons why coachees are seeking help. However, these preferences may become clearer as we progress through the coaching process. To ensure adequate time for context gathering and in-depth discovery, coaching sessions usually start with a 90-minute session. To promote consistency and progress, we usually meet every fortnight or at least monthly. As we progress, session length and frequency can be adapted to cater to the coachee's evolving needs.