What is coaching all about?

Coaching is a way of ‘walking and working with you’ at this time in your life, when you wish to discover, follow, determine, develop or resolve issues concerned with your life of service and work. This is done over a series of meetings, rather than a one-off consultancy.

 Coaching, in  this context, is not telling you what you should do, or what the coach thinks you should do. It is spending time with you, helping you reflect on your agenda and a way forward into God-honouring and God-given paths with your gifts and life.

It is not counselling, mentoring, teaching or supervising. It focuses on your agenda, with the help of God’s Spirit, to move further forward into God’s plans.


Who are the Options Coaches?

All the coaches in the Options Coaching network are Christians who are appropriately trained and qualified. Each individual has been screened and is committed to the goals, practice and Christian ethos of Options Coaching.  Their desire is to serve you and help you  reach the goals you have at this time, as you move forward in the areas of your Christian life and discipleship.

This dedicated group of practitioners align themselves the Evangelical Alliance Statement of Faith in belief, and with the ICF (International Coaching Federation) code of practice in service.


They are geographically spread in the UK, in our desire that this service is available to any Christian who would benefit from such help.

For each coach, working with Options Coaching is just one element of their work and service. Find out more about them here.


What's the difference between a coach and a mentor?

The difference is often more clearly seen in the focus, the level of interaction and the time frame involved.

  • A mentor is usually someone who has ‘been there, done that, and got the T shirt’ in the particular sphere of work or life similar to the person they are mentoring. From their experience and ‘maturity’ the mentor seeks to guide and encourage the individual. A coach does not need to have had similar experience or awareness of the individual’s circumstances.

  • A mentor may well suggest or advise the person they are mentoring on what they might see as best for them to do or act upon. A coach generally doesn’t do this, but helps the individual reflect, discover and decide on actions and outcomes for themselves.

  • A mentoring relationship might last for a longer or more indefinite period of time, perhaps meeting infrequently. A coach will meet the person they are coaching for a shorter period of time - generally agreed at the outset - to achieve specific goals or objectives. After a specific objective has been reached, then the relationship will usually cease, or at least pause.


What's the difference between a coach and a counsellor?

Generally, a counsellor is there to help individuals resolve problems or issues in their lives, and by definition will refer ‘backwards’ to what has happened in order to help the individual resolve the issues or struggles they identify – even if the individual doesn’t see them at the outset. The coach is always trying to help the individual to look forwards to achieve the objectives they have themselves set.


How long is each session with the coach, and how many  sessions are involved?

Each session is usually up to 1 hour - although the initial session may take a little longer.

The number of sessions involved would typically be between 3 and 6, but the actual number will be determined and agreed by the individual and coach together, depending on the objectives and time it takes to reach those goals.

Where are these sessions held?

If the sessions are to take place in person, then you would travel to meet the coach at an agreed location, normally where they are based.

These days, with the excellence of IT facilities, 'virtual meetings' can take place using such tools as offered by Skype or Facetime, which is often more convenient for both parties. But this will be mutual agreed between the coach and the client / coachee.


How much does it cost?

The initial meeting - an introduction to the coach and establishing the objectives for coaching - will cost £45.


Subsequent sessions will be charged at a level in the range of between £30 and £60 per session, as agreed with the coach. 

Session fees would be payable to the coach on or before each session.

If there is a concern regarding the ability to cover costs, please discuss this with the coordinator before the introductory session.