What is Coaching? FAQ

What coaching really is – and what it isn’t

Coaching can revolve around professional or personal matters. It’s a process during which I support individuals as they first assess their own current situation and later move on to examine their values, goals and strategies. I help my clients identify what their next steps should be, acquire new skills and develop new strategies for the respective issue they’re working on.

Coaching is neither therapy nor counseling, nor can it replace either of the two. Especially when working with clients who are experiencing health issues or personal crises, the coach must discern just where the limits of the „coachable“ aspects of the situation are, and advise the client to get a more specific diagnostic or treatment whenever the situation calls for it. A coach needs solid clinical psychological knowledge to assess these situations correctly.
Read the InternationalCoach Federation (ICF)’s definition of coaching here.

Is coaching always the right method?

One of the basic parameters for any successful coaching is that the client must have a certain level of physical and psychological resilience to go through with it.
Additionally, there’s a number of qualities that can impact whether a coaching will be successful or not – i.e. the client’s willingness and ability to self-reflect, as well as to question their thought and behavioral patterns. Keeping an open mind regarding the process is equally important, as is being curious to learn more about oneself, and having the courage to commit to the process.
Ultimately, a client will profit the most from the coaching process when they manage to actually incorporate the impulses and tasks learned during the sessions in their daily lives – in a responsible and consistent way. Only then will they truly experience changes for the better.

Is coaching the right approach for me?

Many coaching processes begin with this question, especially when clients struggle with stress, burnout and other health issues. Also in connection with career changes or leadership issues, some clients are looking for professional advice and counseling rather than coaching.
It is important for both coach and coachee to carefully assess the situation, conditions and expectations. These components are vital for successfully determining the right course of action in the respective situation.
This is why I start every coaching process with an extensive and detailed preliminary consultation. Only afterwards will we decide whether you would profit from our collaboration.

What does a coaching process involve?

Every collaboration with me as a coach will begin with a preliminary consultation.
This first consultation is free of charge, if we decide not to work together. If we start the coaching process together, the 
preliminary consultation (45 min) will be charged with the usual coaching rate.
This meeting is about getting to know each other, and about giving you a chance to form an impression of myself and my methods. We will discuss what you would like to focus on, what your specific goals are and how much time you are willing to invest.
Based on the results of the preliminary consultation, I’ll provide you with a quote to summarize the coaching’s content and framework. If you decide to do coaching, we can usually schedule the first session within 10 days.
We will discuss methodology and tools,
making sure they are in accordance with the context we’ll be working on. It is my personal credo that transparence and collaboration at eye-level are crucial parts of coaching.
I will document in detail and share with you all coaching results
, in order to make incorporating these findings into your everyday life easier. Usually I wrap up longer coaching processes with a final session I call „Integration session“.
In this session, we will evaluate the results and the changes you already implemented in your daily life. We will also develop strategies that will enable you to maintain them long-term.

How much time and financial resources will I need?

Coaching is a highly individualized format. It is always tailored precisely to the coachees and their particular requirements.
Some issues may be resolved in 1 or 2 sessions, others may require a more thorough approach with up to 10 sessions. As a rule, the sessions will be 1,5 to 2 hours long. They will take place in regular intervals of 2–4 weeks. I also provide half-day or 1-day intensive coaching, as well as coaching via Skype or phone for clients all over Germany.

Ultimately, the number and duration of your coaching sessions are dependent on the issue at hand, the progress we make and your individual needs.
I'm able to give you a more accurate assessment on the amount of coaching sessions needed on the basis of our
preliminary consultation.
The same is true for the financial side. I will gladly give you an individual quote. Coaching for your professional situation may be tax-deductible – please check with your tax advisor.

Why is self-management beneficial?

Over the years, self-management has gained more and more importance as a core competence for any working individual, regardless of their industry, profession or working environment. Self-management impacts the way we handle external and internal influences, and the way we shape our professional and personal development.

Self-management is an important basis for staying healthy and productive, for successfully coping with stress and crises, and for finding fulfillment in life.

Self-management skills can be:

  • Being aware and observant of one’s own thoughts, emotions and motives;
  • Questioning one’s own assumptions and conclusions and considering different points of view
  • Being able to experience and accept negative emotions (anger, rage, disappointment, shame…) without letting them steer one’s actions
  • Being realistic about one’s assessment of one’s own options, setting goals accordingly and pursuing them in a consistent way.

Many people find these things particularly difficult in times of change or crisis. With professional help, it’s possible to find a way to be in control again, and to actively work with the situation.

Self-management for organizations?

Healthy, motivated  and mentally as well as emotionally  balanced staff are an important factor in any enterprise’s success. It is how employees make more effective decisions, act more responsibly and work at their full capacity.
Especially employees or executives who are meeting new challenges, experiencing personal or professional crises or health issues (stress-related symptoms, the first signs of burnout, chronic illnesses) often require a bit of “help to help themselves”. Any organization can profit greatly from supporting these employees with individual coaching. Tailor-made training, seminars or group coaching can help implement self-management skills within the organization on a broad basis, which is conversely an efficient way of practicing preventive health management.

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