Coaching Q&A

There are loads of different coaches out there, what kind are you?

I’m a Cognitive Behaviour Coach.

What’s a Cognitive Behaviour Coach?

It means I use cognitive behaviour approaches to help people create the changes they want to make.

What are cognitive behaviour approaches?

They’re techniques that will help you find and overcome obstacles that stop you (again and again) from making the changes to your life you want to make.

Why would I need them?

They’ll help you learn new thinking skills and behaviour skills that will change your life!

Think of something that you have repeatedly tried to change over the years, but never quite managed.

You keep trying, so why doesn’t it change?

Well it’s likely that your thoughts and beliefs are pulling you back to the “old ways”.

So no matter how hard you try to do it differently, it ends up the same.

But if you look at these thoughts and beliefs, and adapt them into something more helpful, they will stop getting in your way. In fact, they’ll help you.

So by adapting your thoughts and beliefs as well as changing your day to day behaviours, you create long lasting change.

Does it work?

But you you don’t have to take my word for it.
These are not my “made up” strategies – they’re based on academic research and practice.

And as one Deputy Head put it:

I was surprised that the issues we discussed had a solution – I’d thought the way I was feeling about certain things was just how it was & how I was and I didn’t think they could change.

What kind of thing do people talk about in coaching?

Examples of common topics include:

  • Reducing and managing stress
  • Managing workload
  • Being more assertive
  • Having difficult conversations
  • Saying no
  • Prioritising
  • Delegating
  • Procrastination
  • Perfectionism
  • Self confidence
  • Getting a work life balance that works
  • How to work less and play more

This list is by no means exhaustive.
If there is something you would like to work on, but you’re not sure if coaching is the right tool, just ask.

How and when?

We have an initial conversation to discuss what you want and how we could work together.

We agree the number of sessions you might want and arrange them to suit your requirements. Each coaching session usually lasts one hour and can be in person, via Skype or by telephone.

Sessions are available during the day or on an evening.

Each coaching session usually lasts one hour and can be in person, via Skype or by telephone.
Telephone? Yes! It sounds weird but after a session, it’s not, honestly.

Is this therapy?

No it isn’t.

It’s based on the principles, theory and practice of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).

This theory emphasises that how we react to events is largely determined by our views of them.

Through examining and re-evaluating some of our less helpful views we can develop and try out alternative view points and behaviours that may be more effective (Neenan & Palmer, 2001).

Get in touch

If you’re unsure about any of this, have other questions or simply want to find out more before you take the plunge then contact me.