Coaching for Complementary Health practitioners
Achieve personal and professional success through coaching
Partner with us to make positive changes to your practice
Coaching – the partnership between a coach and client – is proven to be the most effective way of improving performance and fast tracking results.
Coaching is not just about setting and achieving goals; it’s a process of introspective learning and development. It will encourage you to develop new behaviours that may be used to achieve success in both your personal and professional lives.
Let us answer some commonly asked questions about coaching and its effectiveness:
What’s my commitment?
What can I expect from Painless Practice?
Does coaching hurt?
Is coaching fun?
Will it be worth my money?
Is telephone coaching effective?
How does telephone coaching work?
Can we combine face-to-face sessions with telephone coaching?
How does coaching differ from therapy, mentoring and consulting?
Do you offer therapy, mentoring and consulting?
Still not sure coaching’s right for you? Don’t forget Painless Practice offers a free half-hour consultation so you can sample the process and get a better idea of how coaching could work for you. Just call 01491 659073 to book.
First, you must want to have a successful and painless practice and to be responsible for your results.
You must embrace the coaching process and initiate and take the agreed actions each week. You should always be prepared to give your best and to be honest with yourself and your coach, even if doing so feels uncomfortable. Recognise, too, that many of the answers, actions and results must come from you – you have asked Painless Practice to help you find them – so use your coach as a resource, a fellow traveller on your journey, and as a sounding board.
We will support you in achieving your vision and goals. To do that we will ask a lot of you but never more than we think you can handle at any one time (although that’s likely to be more than you would ask of yourself).
We will commit to being an open listener; use us to sound out any ideas, personal or professional and be assured of an objective response. We’ll also contribute any ideas, tips, techniques, exercises or recommended reading we think will be useful.
Of course everything we discuss remains confidential, be they personal issues, professional ideas or business plans. Your associates and clients will become aware of our coaching from the changes you demonstrate in your life, not from our gossiping.
We’ll also tell you the truth as we see it. That is sometimes hard for both of us, but we’ll work hard to ensure our honesty is not confrontational. After all, there’s no value to you in our becoming a ‘yes-man’.
It doesn’t have to, but you have chosen this relationship because you want to change something (coaches don’t work on maintaining the status quo).
Change means making things different, and we will work to ensure this is an overwhelmingly positive experience although you may experience a little turbulence along the way. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t start; it means we should anticipate that it will happen, and recognise it when it does.
Well, we do this for a living so it had better be. We have serious work to do and frivolity may limit our effectiveness, but we are going nowhere if neither of us is happy to be there. So we will enjoy it, and approach (and hopefully end) each call with a smile on our faces.
We are committed to supporting you in discovering and implementing the changes required for you to achieve your desired success. The level of work you put into taking action from our discussions will determine the value you gain. Very often we work with clients who want to increase patient numbers and it is our goal to support them in doing that and thereby have the cost of the coaching sessions at least covered by the increased number of treatments. Depending on your treatment fee, a 30 -45 minute telephone coaching session from us will typically equate to a couple of additional treatments by you. We’ll ensure that you receive support, structure, focus, acknowledgement and warmth, but you’ll be the one to ensure you achieve the results.
Coaching by telephone allows you the flexibility of being coached wherever you are and at a time convenient to you. It also saves you or your coach valuable travelling time and, yes, coaching by telephone has proved to be very effective and is an extremely popular method of coaching.
We will share regular calls (usually two a month), booked at the start of each month and each lasting up to 45 minutes. What we discuss is down to you – but do come to the call prepared, focused and with some idea of what you would like to talk about so as to make the most of the time available.
We’ll listen and respond to what you want to discuss. We may digress. It’s a fact of coaching that sometimes we will stray from your agenda, but this can be productive and is more likely to reflect your true values and needs. We can both benefit from allowing this to happen but if you feel we strayed too far, just say.
Some clients prefer to have at least the first session face-to-face and most of the other sessions by telephone. The structure is entirely up to you. Any travel expenses incurred by the coach in attending face-to-face sessions are re-chargeable at cost.
Coaching v. therapy:
Coaching is forward-looking and future-focused and supports personal and professional growth and success. A therapist heals emotions suffered from traumas and resolves difficulties and conflicts encountered in the past.
Therapy results in an improved emotional state and, while coaching may also achieve this, the emphasis is on achieving goals through actions, being kept accountable and following through to achieve a specific goal.
Coaching v. mentoring:
A mentor guides clients using their own specific business experience or career history. A coach does not need to be from the same business background, or to have held the same position.
Coaching v. consulting:
Coaching is based on the client being able to generate their own solutions and provides a supportive, discovery-based platform and approach. Consultants are generally specialised experts offering diagnosis, solutions and implementation.
Our primary focus is coaching delivered through one-to-one sessions and workshops. We do however offer mentoring and consulting on request.
We do not offer therapy but we are able to refer you to trusted therapists should the need arise.