What coaching is?
Coaching is a method that helps you to tap into your inner resources, for you to better understand your current situation and your options moving forward. ICF (International Coaching Federation) defines coaching as "partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential". Coaching is an empowering experience, which promotes self-awareness and positive change to build resilience and create a fulfilling life.
Coaching is not an advisory service and your coach will not tell you what you should do. A coach will ask you open questions in a completely confidential setting and give you the tools to identify your options and make your own decisions.
Coaching focuses on bringing your awareness to the individual you are in the present and what you would like your future to look like, so it is different from therapeutic services such as Counselling, which often look at the past with a view to better understanding the here and now.
How does coaching work?
Coaching sessions are delivered in a confidential space on a one-to-one basis. During your session your coach will make use of open questions to help you to gain clarity and to set achievable goals in a supportive and non-judgmental setting.
You are strongly encouraged to bring a topic to your coaching sessions, something that you would like to explore with an open mind and the motivation to make positive changes. Your coach will take it from there.
How many sessions can I book?
Your first session will be an initial consultation, where you can explore what brings you to coaching and where you would like it to take you. You then have access to 6 sessions per academic year, the sessions are between 30-60 minutes.
How do I book an appointment?
Fill in our self-referral form and your campus coach will be in touch with you to book your first session from then onwards you can book directly with your coach.
What will coaching help me with?
You can come to our coaches with anything that you feel is impacting upon your wellbeing or interfering with you achieving your full potential at university. You don’t always need to come to coaching with a problem as such. You might just feel that where something in your life is going ok it could be going much better.
Where coaching is not the most suitable option your Wellbeing Coach can signpost you to other areas of Student Services, such as Counselling, Disability Advice, Kings Sport, Student Advice and the Chaplaincy.
What’s the difference between wellbeing life coaching and counselling?
In general, counselling offers a deeper level of emotional support. The checklist below gives some guidance to help student decide which service best meets their needs.
Wellbeing life coaching may be suitable if:
- You are generally feeling well in terms of your emotional and mental wellbeing
- You already have a sense of what you would like to change practically in your life – for example, you have a goal to live more healthily or reduce your procrastination when it comes to your academic work, or
- You like the idea of setting some practical targets and action planning, with the support of a coach, to make the changes that you want to make
We recommend you register for counselling and mental health support, using our online form, if:
- You are struggling with sadness, low mood or feel anxious depressed, or perhaps finding it difficult to manage your emotions
- You feel as though you are in a predicament which you cannot seem to find a way out of, or have some unresolved difficulties which you need to talk through, or
- You are having difficulties knowing what you might need to change to feel better
Is coaching free?
Absolutely totally free and dedicated to all King's students! Take advantage of it now and thrive together with King's Wellbeing.