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Frequently Asked Questions


What is coaching?

A coach is a catalyst for change. Coaching is founded on a collaborative partnership. The coach does not tell you how to change but encourages, challenges and offers ideas to you to facilitate growth so you can meet the agreed goals. Together we will devise an action plan and you will be asked to work on aspects of it between sessions. Coaching is focused on present issues and solutions for the future. The aim is that by the end of our time working together you will learn how to become your own life coach. Review and evaluation is an important part of the process.


How many Coaching sessions will I need?

Each client is different, so the coach will arrange for an initial consultation (which counts as the first session). During this session the Coach will gather information and negotiate with you an approximate number of sessions you might need. In following sessions the Coach will use various practical tools and shape the sessions to address your individual needs. Coaching sessions can be scheduled weekly, monthly for one to three hours or can be one-two day long intensive. Coaching can either be done face to face, via e-mail or by telephone. Coaching tends to be short term and when the programme is finished can be followed up by sessions, possibly at 3-month intervals, to review, assess and evaluate your change and re-encourage if necessary.


What types of Coaching are there?

There are basically two main types of Coaching:

  1. Business/executive coaching
    This type of coaching focuses on performance at work. You can be helped to manage your own working life relationships with employeesand  relationships with line managers in a more effective manner.
  2. Life coaching.
    This type of coaching can focus on any aspect of a persons life. For example issues regarding relationships, money, career change, feeling unfulfilled, health etc. A life coach will enable you to look at the goal you want to reach regarding your life, explore restricting thoughts, beliefs and behaviours and work out an action plan so you can use more of your potential.

These two types of coaching are seen to be different and yet there may well be areas of overlap. Mindful solutions provides both types of Coaching under the umbrella of Professional Coaching.


What is the difference between Coaching and Counselling?

The differences between coaching and counselling are as follows:


Coaching Counselling
Present and future focused Present, Future and past focused
Distress will be acknowledged but not focused on Distress and Psychological disturbance will be addressed
Mainly Proactive Reactive
Action orientation Passive orientation (listening, reflective some tools used)
Faster movement in sessions Slow movement in sessions. Faster in short term counselling
Fosters self reliance Reliance on counsellor is expected
Directive Non-Directive
Although rapport is important action is the vehicle for change The relationship and action is the vehicle for change
Data from key others as well as client  Data from client only or referral source
Problem is found in person-environment mix Problem is dealt with intrapsychically*
Information sometimes shared with others  Information rarely shared with others
Client may be individual and organisation Client is person working with unless EAP

(Taken from Bruce Peltiers book The Psychology of Executive Coaching Taylor & Francis 2001 and adapted).

* intrapsychically internal psychological world e.g. beliefs, values, feels, wounding.


How can Counselling help?

Some things we all more or less want in life: the ability to have meaningful relationships with others; to enjoy good health; to make free, aware decisions; to use our mind to its maximum potential, to be competent in our work; to be loved and to love; to cope in moments of crisis and be open to joy and happiness. Ambitious? Maybe but step-by-step Counselling can help you find more fulfilment in life.

What does Counselling involve?

The Counsellor provides you with the opportunity to talk through feelings and thoughts with a sensitive and responsive listener.  You will be able to work through the difficulties, discover new resources and gradually gain the confidence to be more of who you really are.

How many Counselling sessions will I need?

Appointments are usually weekly and last for an hour. The first meeting enables you to talk about what is concerning you, to ask questions, to get an impression of the Counsellor and what Counselling is like. The Counsellor will ask you a number of questions to get a sense of where you have been in life and then if you both feel able to work together the Counsellor will ask that you contract to work with them for 6 sessions. During the sixth session you will review the work you have done and make a decision as to if it would be of benefit for you to continue Counselling, and if not, what will support you in the future to continue to integrate the change.


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