Frequently Asked Questions
What is Professional and Career Coaching?
Because I have extensive business and commercial experience, plus trained as a life coach and have attained a Diploma in Psychology & Counselling – I take a holistic approach to your professional development. Together we will explore your career goals and aspirations; as well as your goals and aspirations for your private life. Together we will develop a plan that recognises and includes lifestyle balance to set you on the path to achieving your professional and career goals.
Professional and Career Coaching is also an option for business owners or managers who want to support their staff to manage any workplace stress or conflict, regardless of whether it’s brought about by the work environment or a personal issue. If an employee is not performing well it can affect the performance and productivity of the whole team.
How can I trust you will give me good advice about my business, are you a trained accountant?
No, I am not a trained accountant. If you are an established business or just starting out, you will probably already have access to an accountant – my services are not intended to take the place of your accountant. I have managed multi-million dollar budgets and projects; I know my way around a balance sheet, cashflow statement and typical financial reporting documents. I have over 30 years’ experience in the corporate arena, which has included a wide variety of industries and managerial roles; plus since 2011 in the not-for-profit sector. I have managed and mentored staff, work colleagues, business owners and their management teams. I have travelled widely for business and spent some time working overseas, both in the private sector and while with a New Zealand state owned enterprise. My range of skills and experience enables me to take a strategic approach to reviewing all your business activities using proven methods of analysis. If I don’t think I can add value to your business I will let you know promptly and make an appropriate referral. I encourage you to make use of the free explore coaching session so we can both use this time to determine if I can add value.
What’s the difference between a counsellor and a life coach?
The short answer is the length of training; then the degree, diploma or certification process. In order of descending study requirements the usual order is: psychiatrist, psychologist, psychotherapist, counsellor/social worker, life coach. With periods of studying and clinical supervision requiring six years or more (for a PhD), down to ‘X’ number of weeks for some certificates. All have specific levels of training, supervision and clinical hours required to maintain accreditation. A life coach will usually be accredited and have levels of required training, supervision and clinical hours to support their accreditation.
How much does coaching cost?
Fees depend on the type of coaching support you require and on your particular situation. I offer individual sessions so you have complete flexibility on timing and investment; or you can take advantage of a pre-paid Session Package of three or more sessions which provides a discount on each session price. Once you have bought a package thereafter individual sessions remain at the same discounted price. For more information go to Fees and Prices.