If you're looking to create meaningful change in your life then coaching could be for you. Coaching is a solution-focused, collaborative process that can help give you clarity and a deeper understanding of your strengths, motivations and values. Coaching uses a wide range of communication skills to help you shift your perspective and move from where you are now towards where you want to be.
Is there something you have talked about doing for years, but for some reason you don't seem to be any closer to achieving it? Coaching can help to uncover any unconscious 'blockers' that might be stopping you from reaching your goals.
Unlike Counselling (which tends to focus on the past), the focus of a coaching session is on the present moment and the collaborative application of practical solutions to help you visualise and identify your goals for the future. Coaching provides a safe, non-judgemental and confidential space for you to explore your thoughts and feelings, and facilitates a process that will allow you to come up with your own solutions. Through a combination of deep listening and powerful questioning, coaching can empower you to uncover your own answers to the questions you have.
Coaching has grown considerably as an industry over the last decade and is predicted to continue on this trajectory in the coming years, as individuals seek more practical and solution focussed approaches to resolving their issues. However, the industry is not yet regulated - so, when choosing a coach to work with, it's important to do your research and ensure you find someone who has undertaken training which has been accredited by one the main coaching credentialing bodies. If you want to be assured of the highest standards, look for evidence of accreditation from the International Coaching Federation (ICF), the Association for Coaching (AC), the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) or the British Psychological Society (BPS).