Coaching - Core Characteristics:

  • Confidential, structured one-on-one developmental discussions.

  • Purposeful or focussed dialogue, i.e. aimed at specific issues/areas.

  • Provides clients with a powerful sounding board for their thoughts and ideas.

  • Provides clients with a personal creative and innovative ‘thinking/brainstorming partner’.

  • Clarifies a client’s values, interests, beliefs and purpose.

  • Provides feedback on strengths and weaknesses.

  • Enhances self-awareness - really ‘Know Thyself’.

  • Helps answer questions such as; “Who/where am I? Where do I want to go? What are my options?”

  • Future-oriented.

  • A relatively short-term form of intervention

  • A facilitative rather than directive form of development

  • Challenges incongruent and unrealistic thoughts/behaviour

  • Assumes that clients are motivated to do the developmental work required

  • Action orientated, i.e. aimed at changing behaviour rather than just talking about it

  • Takes a holistic and systemic view

Please note: Coaching is not a substitute for professional counselling, psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, mental health care or substance abuse treatment.