FAQs

Coaching with Sheehan Coaching is a process that helps you create and adapt to change so you can achieve your desired outcome. The coaching process creates a personal or professional positive change or helps you through a change that’s already underway in your life. All coaching is based on the assumption that you already have the necessary inner resources to make the changes you are striving towards. By working together with me you will be able to more clearly identify those resources and put them into action so you may achieve your desired outcome.
While at times as we’re discussing your life goals it may feel like therapy, therapy is more focused on the past and uncovering why that may be impacting your life today – the root of the issue. Coaching focuses on today, what you want in your future and how you will achieve that. While we may discuss habits and patterns that are part of your past, we won’t stay there focusing on the “why” but instead determine “what” and “how” you can change today to be more in line with the future you desire.

One difference between counselling and coaching is that counselling can investigate the underlying causes of mental health problems. Life coaching focuses more so on the future to encourage personal-development and self-improvement. I am not qualified to diagnose or treat any mental health-related problems, and if there is any indication of any psychological vulnerability I may suggest you see a GP or refer you to a recommended Counsellor or Psychotherapist. In this case I will cancel our sessions until they have been addressed by an appropriate professional and a full refund will be arranged.

After you pay and then book your session, then you have three (3) options to meet with me –
· In person
· By Phone
· By Skype
The choice is all yours, and you can just let me know which way you prefer to have your personal coaching session with me!
You won’t need to do anything to prepare for your 1st coaching session. But after that, be prepared to have a few homework assignments
Transition coaches utilise techniques to help their clients deal with the challenges of life’s transitions. At Sheehan Coaching I will approach things pragmatically. Through questions and exercises, we will have a good idea of how you look at the world. From this I will be able to identify the most effective route to your goal. However you approach life, I will be able to tailor your sessions to fit.
Coaching is currently an unregulated profession, meaning anyone can essentially call themselves a coach. I am a certified Life Coach with New Insights Life Coaching Institute and a qualified NLP Practitioner with the NLP Institute of Ireland

Still, qualifications and memberships mean little if you don’t get on with your life coach. Rapport is one of the most important parts of life coaching. If you feel uncomfortable with your coach, you are unlikely to gain much from the session. It is therefore advisable to get in contact before you book a session. Never feel obliged to continue if you don’t want to – you should never feel like you are listening to a sales pitch.

We will discuss upfront how often you’d like to meet and for how long. Typically I see clients weekly or bi-weekly for either 60 or 75minute sessions. If you’re in Dublin or Amsterdam, we can meet in person or otherwise, coaching works perfectly via Skype or phone.

Early on in the session we’ll establish what you’d like to work on and if you’re not sure, we’ll discuss what seems most relevant and important to you at that time. We will talk through it and look for opportunities to set some goals or action steps to help you achieve some “small wins” toward your overall goal, and before we conclude we will discuss how the session worked for you. Coaching is designed around measurable outcomes, so throughout the process we will talk about what’s working and what’s not to ensure a positive experience.

In keeping with the thought that coaching is designed around your agenda, the coaching term can vary for each client and their goals. I develop bespoke packages with you based your individual requirements. Small coaching starter packages start with as little as 3 sessions up to 12 sessions for a large package. However, when trying to work through a significant change, it doesn’t happen overnight. So I ask that you come willing to commit to the process for 3-6 months. If you feel satisfied sooner than that, that’s no problem either.
YES! Everything we discuss will be held in client/coach confidentiality.
Yes, you may. Change doesn’t happen overnight and it doesn’t stick if we only work at it one hour a week. So in between sessions you may be asked to do some “homework” all for the benefit of helping you reach your goal. This could include reading, developing ideas, keeping track of something, practicing an aspect of your plan – it’s all specific to what’s best for you to get your desired outcome.