There are no hard and fast rules as to the length of coaching. Most coaches will offer single coaching sessions which can be just as effective for some people as a schedule of coaching. However, it is more common to book a minimum coaching schedule and add more, or indeed take less as necessary.
Coaching sessions are usually between 60 and 90 minutes in length and take place once a week. Studies have shown that it takes 21 days to form a habit, or a new way of being. With this in mind, and in my experience, a coaching schedule of six, one hour, weekly sessions is enough to make a significant change to set you on the path towards achieving a new way of being.
Remember, it has probably taken you many years to reach the point you are at now and so to make changes that will last, it is going to take time too. This is not to say that you should view it as difficult or impossible. Anything you put your mind to can be achieved.
How much does coaching cost?
The cost of a coaching session or schedule of coaching sessions will depend on the coach you choose. An average cost for a single coaching session is in the region of £50-£80, but some coaches charge up to and in excess of £100.
Coaches who specialise in professional/executive and business coaching may, and often do, charge much more. Of course money is an important factor when choosing a coach but try to make your choice based on your ‘gut feeling’ and which coach you feel most comfortable in talking to.
Where does coaching take place?
This will depend on your location. Most coaches offer face to face and telephone coaching with additional telephone and email support included. You can discuss what is best for you during the initial consultation. Some coaches charge different rates for face to face and telephone coaching so it’s advisable to confirm this with them.