In coaching, one size most definitely does not fit all! Although there are some common elements to how sessions run, how many of them people have and how frequently, nothing is set in stone. If you are very clear on your goal and direction, I may be there as a sounding board to check in with each week to say you’ve taken that step and identify a new one – then a session may be half an hour. But if you are unclear about your goal, or need to unpick some beliefs that are holding you back or just want more time for you to reflect, then sessions may take an hour.
Because we are all human and life is very busy, coaching is usually more effective if sessions are held reasonably close together – weekly or fortnightly – which gives you the opportunity to set small, focussed goals and achieve them quickly. This builds momentum, and improves confidence and motivation. Although I recommend a block of six sessions to begin with, because change takes time, you can choose the pace and book more or fewer sessions. It’s entirely your call.
At the very start of our coaching relationship, I will find out from you how much you want me to challenge you, through questioning, in order to move you forward, whether you like, loathe or need silences and pauses and whether there are any areas of your life you do not want to discuss. You are absolutely in control and I will follow your lead and seek your permission whenever necessary. This is your time, you’re in charge.