Here are some Frequently Asked Questions from parents who want to know more about coaching.
1. Can you coach children?
Yes, it’s easier to coach children because they are more open to learning new ways of being, doing and seeing without all the limiting beliefs that perhaps some adults have. Having to unlearn the beliefs and ways of doing things that no longer serve us when we are adults can be a lot harder.
2. How does coaching work?
I make coaching for children seem like they are just enjoying some ‘me’ time talking about them they usually think it’s a lot of fun as well being a safe place to share their stuff. The first coaching session is about getting to know each other and discovering where coaching is required. I usually discuss this with the parent beforehand, however I work from the child’s perspective. This helps set goals and work towards them. Children learn best when they play, so coaching can be drawing, activity sheets, games, props or simply plain old fashioned talking. Anything that helps a child come up with their own solutions or ways of overcoming their troubles.
I coach children from age 7 upwards from my clinics which are based in Walton and Weybridge They are open after school in the weekdays and also on a Saturday.
3. How do I know if coaching is for my child?
I believe coaching is for everybody. Although, if I’m 100% sure the child does not want coaching or it isn’t right for them, I will say so. See the point on Refunds included in my Terms of Service
4. How many sessions will my child need and how often will they need them?
Most clients opt to have weekly sessions. Each session is for 50 minutes. The average client usually stays with me for 6 – 8 sessions. The minimum number of sessions is 4 and is bought as a package initially. The reason for this being that coaching is a process and in isolation one or two sessions is ineffective. The client can then chose to continue with follow up sessions.
All clients are encouraged to call or email me between sessions if something important and timely comes up. These brief “check-ins” are free. If you feel satisfied with the changes you have made, you might prefer to forego weekly sessions and schedule a single session only. I can then serve as an extra set of eyes and ears to offer you a fresh perspective and help you think outside the box.
5. What if coaching doesn’t work for us?
I’m confident that coaching will have a positive impact on your child and subsequently, the rest of the family. For this reason, I offer a 100% guarantee and a refund for any unused sessions will be give to any dissatisfied customers. Few clients continue for six months or more, because they enjoy the weekly boost learning more about themselves. I love it when clients are able to see results sooner than expected and prefer to give people tools they can use to keep moving forward after they have finished working with me.
6. Will I be privy to what is discussed?
What is discussed in the coaching sessions is between myself and the child unless the child is breaking the law or in danger. I do encourage all children to share with their parents what they are working on during coaching sessions (with a 90% success rate) as their parents can then support them outside of the coaching session. Some parents (especially those with young children) like to join in a coaching session at the end so they are involved in the process.
7. What can I expect from coaching?
Coaching is a way of identifying what is not working now and how a plan can be put in place and practical steps taken to get to where the child needs to be. Children are very resourceful in a safe and positive environment and can work through their own challenges. This is done at the child’s pace and will depend very much on the child as to how long they stay in coaching for. However it’s worth noting, that coaching is a process and not a magic wand. It requires commitment, open honest communication and effort from all parties (coach, coachee and parent).
There are a few ways you can work with me. Click on the pictures below to find out what you are looking for. I specialise in working with children, however I have successfully coached adults too.