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  • Isn't coaching the same as counselling?
    There are some similarities between coaching and counselling, they are not the same. Counselling aims to help you to understand and process past experiences and how they impact present experiences, or to address a mental health problem, whereas coaching will help you to plan and enact practical change. Follow this link for a more detailed explanation. And here you will find many more coaching questions answered.
  • Isn't face to face coaching better than online coaching?
    All Trevnee coaching takes place online*. There is no difference in efficacy between online and face to face. Much of what goes on in a coaching session is what happens internally for you, the coachee, so as long as you are not distracted and can give the session your full attention the benefits are the same. Both online and voice note coaching also offer a lot of flexibility.
  • How quickly can I see results with coaching?
    This is a “depends” kind of a question. You will see immediate results (after one session) in terms of understanding how to achieve your goal and what might be getting in your way. You will often feel very enthused and motivated. But the overall result depends on a number of things. First it depends on you and the work that you can put in. Second it depends on the scope of the goal you have set. And finally, there is the stark reality that as with any learning or thinking process, change isn’t linear. Human brains are not neat machines. So some things will happen quickly and some things will take time. Procedural change is fairly easily achieved, but making it stick, ensuring that it is aligned to what you want, integrating that change into your life, getting your nearest and dearest on board, will be different for each individual. If you put the work in results will happen. But you don’t always get to choose exactly when.
  • Is coaching worth the expense?
    In short, yes, coaching is worth the expense. (If you can afford it, and if you have the time to dedicate to the process). Coaching can make a profound difference to how you live your life. It can help you to become more satisfied and happier. It can deliver practical results like getting you into a career that you love or helping you through a difficult life change. Business coaching has been shown in several studies to improve goal attainment and deeper, longer lasting learning. The question is whether the cost of this kind of change is something that you think is worth investing for you and the point you are at in your life. If it helps, you may want to think about it this way: many people spend many years chasing dreams that they don't make reality. They then soothe the frustration of not getting the life they want or need with things like holidays, material goods, and food and drink. But none of these things get them closer to their dream. Coaching can make a life-changing difference. It's a definite investement in you. But it is also relatively expensive, so whether it is worth the expense depends on what you want and whether you can afford to pay for it.
  • Are you prepared to be open and vulnerable?
    You don't have to share everything with your coach. But you will be called upon to think deeply about your motivations and your wants. This is not always comfortable. Initially change can be exhausting and challenging – intellectually, physically and emotionally, so it is important that you are prepared to embrace discomfort knowing that it is part of the process making the changes you want. I always advocate leaving a little time after a coaching session to do something nice for yourself, even if it’s just to sit with a cup of tea for a while. It gets easier as you get deeper into the process, and the rewards are totally worth it.
  • Are you prepared to be challenged and to be exposed to new perspectives?
    Coaching is often about looking at familiar problems from unfamiliar perspectives. Henry Ford was pretty on the money when he said “If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got”. I’m not much of a one for homilies, but if something isn't working, you need to try something different. A change of perspective requires openness, curiosity, and not a not inconsiderable amount of courage.
  • Do you have the energy and commitment to make change happen?
    Change doesn’t have to happen all at once, and it doesn’t have to happen quickly. But it does require time and effort. You'll be the one taking action. It’s important to be realistic about how much focus and energy you can commit outside of coaching sessions for thinking and doing.
  • What attracts you to coaching (as opposed to mentoring, self-help, or therapy)?"
    This question is really asking whether you know what coaching offers as distinct from mentoring, self-help or therapy, and whether this is what you need. If you are not sure, I’m happy to discuss that with you. The Trevnee website is also an excellent and comprehensive resource for learning more about what coaching can do for you. Start with this blog post. The thing that one to one coaching does over and above self-guided coaching is that it will help you recognise and challenge patterns, support you with taking courageous action, and provide a deeper level of self-understanding. But I have tonnes of free resources available or you to get a flavour of what coaching involves. You can join the Remindful newsletter and get a free Kick Start Coaching course here.
  • Am I a qualified coach?
    I am an accredited coach. My training was with Relational Dynamics 1st in 2008 accredited through Performance Coach Training (now Culture at Work) to the equivalent of ILM Level 7. I have undertaken several subsequent refreshers as well as specific training with Angela Dunbar in the Clean Coaching methodology. I also have a Bachelors (Drama) and Masters (Ethics and Political Philosophy) degree from the University of Manchester. And I undertook 3 years of PhD study also at Manchester in Political Theory (Justice and Responsibility). While training and credentials are important for learning the tools and ethics of coaching, it is also important to note that the personal style and values of a coach are what makes them a good coach. I bring a great deal of empathy, excellent listening skills, and a lot of relevant life experience to my coaching.
  • How much does Trevnee coaching cost?
    You can find all the pricing information on the individual package pages in the coaching section of the website. I am keen to make my coaching affordable to everyone, so if you are not yet in a position to pay for a full coaching package, please take advantage of the free and lower price resources available. A great place to start is with this Kickstart Coaching course which you can access by signing up to my weekly(ish) newsletter. I offer payment plans so that you can spread the cost of your coaching if you want to, or you can pay in full when you book.
  • How to book a coaching package?
    You can express your interest in coaching packages by e-mailing or by filling in the form on the coaching page/ in the footer of the website. Once you have contacted me, I'll ask you to complete a questionnaire about what brings you to coaching, and we can either book a chemistry call or proceed with the booking process from there. There will sometimes be a waiting list, but I will make sure that you have access to resources while you are waiting. All packages can be paid in full or via a payment plan (typically these are monthly instalments).
  • How I define success as a coach?
    What I hope for my coachees is that the work they do in coaching gives them the spaciousness, and purpose they deserve in their work, so that they can do more of the things they value and enjoy in all areas of their lives. Coaching success for me is being fully present to create space for you to explore and experiment with making the changes you want. It is providing the right amount of challenge, support and encouragement. It is listening deeply so that you have felt fully understood.
  • My issue is X, do you have experience of this?"
    I coach individuals in life change and transition, careers and work. I have significant experience in these areas, which is why I have chosen them as the focus of my coaching practice. I don't coach outside of my sphere of knowledge and experience. You can read my about page to find out more. Or ask me via e-mail if you can’t find what you are looking for. I'd love to hear from you.
  • What area or issue do you most frequently coach on?
    I have coached on many different things because coaching lends itself well to many areas of life. But the majority of my coaching has been around change, work perfomance and career transition. The focus of Trevnee Coaching is change, transition and work: I help people to choose and make changes in their lives, I support clients through transitions like new careers, and I enable them to appraise and keep changes on track.
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