Frequently asked questions
What is coaching?
Coaching is working with a qualified coach on a one to one basis to help you to take control and achieve your goals. It is safe, confidential and completely focused on you, the individual, and what you want to achieve.
You’ll typically come to the coaching process with an overall goal or set of objectives and I’ll work with you through a number of coaching sessions to support you to achieve this.
As a professional coach, I use various skills, techniques and powerful questioning to help my coachees gain insight and clarity to move forward. At the end of each session, I’ll invite you to commit to key actions to take before our next meeting. I’ll hold you to account and check in with you to see how you’re getting on.
I do not give advice or tell you what to do. It’s a guided process, I’ll challenge your thinking, help you to see things from different angles, and bring new perspectives to the issue. I’ll help you to gain clarity and find the answers within yourself to move forward.
The starting point is you having some idea of why you are seeking coaching and what you want to get from it.
Some people come to me with a very clear goal, for example: “I want to get promoted at work”. Others may be more vague, perhaps knowing that they want to cope better or that they want to feel less stressed at work.
As long as we have a general starting point, we can work together to further define your coaching objectives and help you to achieve them.
What kinds of things can coaching help with?
Most coaching clients will be facing personal or professional challenges, wanting to improve their performance, manage a change, or be wanting to make a change in their lives. The coaching process will help you to take control and move forward.
Below are examples of some of the challenges and issues that I have supported people with through coaching:
take control of your life and your career
help to manage stress or conflict
build your confidence and resilience
managing and implementing change
get the balance back in your life
find yourself again after a life transition
health and well-being
career planning and interview support
manage your manager to get the most from your work
How does it work?
The first stage is to make contact with me, via the website, phone, email or messenger.
We can then arrange a free, no obligation, conversation about what you want, whether coaching is right for you and whether I’m the right coach for you.
If we agree to go ahead, we book the coaching session(s) for a mutually convenient time.
How much does it cost?
Coaching fees will vary depending on your needs and I'll confirm the costs after our initial, no obligation, meeting. l offer a package or individual session price, taking into account preparation time and any travel costs.
Guide costs are from £50 per hour
Executive coaching packages vary depending on the individual and organisational needs.
Where will it take place?
I work across the UK and meet many of my clients over the phone or via Skype. Or, if you’re local, you can come to me in Oswestry where I have a work space for coaching at home. You may prefer to meet in a quiet coffee shop or at your workplace. I’m flexible about this, the important thing is that it works for you.
How long will the coaching last?
A coaching assignment can be a one-off session, if for example you have a very specific objective, perhaps you are preparing for a job interview and need support to work through your approach at the interview. A one off session would typically last up to 1½ to 2 hours.
For longer term objectives, a coaching assignment would typically cover 6-8 sessions (each session would last up to 90 minutes) and we would usually meet monthly. This gives you time to take actions and test ideas between meetings, we then check in on a regular basis to see how you are getting on.
What do others say?
Here are some testimonials from some of my previous coaching clients:
"I have known Gayle since 2012 when she trained and qualified as part of the internal coaching network with the Open University. Over the following years, she has regularly coached managers in various roles across the university. She has played an active role in the coaching network, attending regular supervision and on-going training. I have consistently received excellent feedback from her ‘coachees’ and their line managers on the impact of her coaching. Gayle has been one of our high performing coaches. She is very adaptable and depending on the needs of the ‘coachees’, has worked with clients via face to face, Skype and telephone sessions. She has also worked successfully offering intensive one off sessions as well as under taking longer term contracts with clients. I have no hesitation in recommending Gayle as a coach." Julie Stock, Coaching Programme Manager Open University
“Over a period of around 6-8 months, Gayle worked with me to help identify barriers in my thinking and provided some useful tools to help boost my confidence and performance in the workplace. Gayle listened, challenged some of my assumptions and gently encouraged me to grow and push myself. As a direct result of her input and support I progressed to a senior manager role and I would thoroughly recommend her as an excellent coach.”
“I thought it was great to be in an open an honest environment where you can explore your experiences, test ideas, and just take some time out to look at yourself and decide on where you want to develop personally. I plan to look into further coaching sessions as I find the method of learning from others really suits my personality style.”
“I feel that real change has occurred for me (due to the coaching) I have come out of my shell again. I feel much more confident in communicating, and feel like a productive part of the team. I plan to continue with my self-awareness and reflection on my progress both within the office and out. I still write down my positives for each day.”
“It brought to attention my ability to resolve situations and be proactive, seeing the positives more and challenging my own assumptions, gaining more confidence in my abilities again”