Welcome, and thank you for your interest in our coaching support. There is a wealth of information available for you to get comfortable and familiar with the topic. But before you read on further, please consider this:
Congratulations, you already made the third step.
What? Aren't I supposed to make one step after another? Yes, of course, but in fact you already have taken the first two, almost subconsciously: You are aware of your situation, aware of something you feel is not quite right. Something is odd, but you can't quite resolve what exactly. Subsequently, you begun thinking about it, your mind kept returning in ever increasing frequency and intensity to trying and resolving this nagging feeling, and then you realise: You need help. So, and this is in fact your third step, you start searching for who might be able to help you, and how. This is the point where you landed on our website, in search of information and support. See, you are already working towards getting help! Welcome, and be our guest.
Realising, and even more so admitting, that one needs help is not easy. That is one of the biggest hurdles, and you already mastered it! Our congratulations on already achieving this!
Coaching is ... building trust and a close relationship. And conversations, mostly.
We here at Connecting Life follow a strict ethos and policy regarding how we engage with our clients, and the way we coach you through certain situations in your life.
It is really important that you and your coach are compatible with each other, because this basic chemistry is paramount to engage in an open and honest manner in your coaching sessions. If things go well, we will start building a close and trusting relationship, which then will over time bear the fruits of your and your coaches work. It is important to reiterate that whilst being close, you and your coach's relationship will never become personal.
So... we talk? Is that it?
Yes and no. It's a bit more complicated than that. It all really boils down to two questions:
- How do coaching sessions work, and
- On what issues and topics do you offer coaching?
Introduction and subsequent coaching sessions.
If we haven't worked together before, or not for a long time, we schedule an introductory session. This session will be dedicated to getting to know each other a bit, to see whether the chemistry between you and your coach works out.
During this session we will talk about your concerns and the goals you want to achieve.
If you two go along well - and that is a mutual decision - we will continue with regular coaching sessions. These sessions are, based on your need an other circumstances once or at times twice per month; only in exceptional circumstances do we agree to weekly sessions. Each coaching session will last about 45 minutes, with a grace period of 15 minutes. All coaching sessions will be conducted via video chat or by telephone.
For pricing, please refer to our booking page.
Face-to-face coaching sessions
Depending on the topic or your geographical location, you may also have face-to-face coaching sessions. Examples include weekly shopping, cooking, breastfeeding and other hands-on topics and techniques that are best done together rather over the phone or Skype. Or you simply prefer face-to-face sessions, that is fine as well, but at the discretion of your coach. In any case, face-to-face sessions incur an additional fee of £0.45 per driven mile.
"Homework" and off-session contact
This is where it gets a bit more complicated. :-) With every session, your coach will share with you further information to deepen the topic you just discussed. Sent by E-Mail, it will frequently comprise further reading, links, and other material that will keep you busy until your next appointment. Particularly, when worksheets are included; these and your progress with them are frequently discussed in the subsequent coaching session(s).
Between sessions you have email access to me as well. This way you can contact me about issues you may have. This is limited to 2 responses per week, unless your coaching plan says otherwise.
As a service to the community there are also limited possibilities for low income people.
In the column to the right, you will have already seen some links to further information about each coaching programme we offer, and each topic you may talk about with your coach.
We differentiate between coaching topics and coaching programmes; mainly as a matter of scope: Both, programmes and topics, are set up to achieve a defined goal (more on these in the respective descriptions). However, whereas coaching topics are concerned with one specific subject matter (e.g. gut health, or breastfeeding), achieving the goal of a coaching programme requires looking at it from different angles, by discussing several complementary subject matters: coaching topics.
The following matrix provides an overview of which coaching topics fit best in which programmes. However, the choice is up to you, always: Talk to your coach if you would like to change contents or order of topics.
|Coaching modules||Personal health||Babies!||Baby care||Parenting & family|
|Personal health||Babies!||Baby care||Parenting & family|
|Giving birth (a doula service)|
|Stillbirth (a doula service)|
|Solids for toddlers|
|Parenting babies & toddlers|
|Parenting your child|