Coaching, Mentoring & Supervision for Coaches
Master Practitioner Coach/Mentor and Registered Career Development Professional
A seasoned coach with over 20 years of experience, I offer coaching, coach mentoring and coach supervision to coaches who wish to further develop their coaching skills and practice.
An accredited Master Practitioner Coach/Mentor, I lead the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) UK’s Career Coaching & Mentoring special interest group. I am an elected representative for private practice on the Career Development Institute’s Professional Standards Committee.
It is important to be clear on the kind of support you need as there are differences between coaching, mentoring and supervision. While there are some overlaps between these, there are differentiating features of each.
What is Coaching?
In defining coaching, it can be helpful to look to the professional coaching bodies for definitions:
For me, coaching is about partnering with a coachee to support them in their personal and professional development. I do this through powerful and effective questioning to facilitate self-understanding, helping my clients overcome challenges, identify opportunities for growth and ultimately, thrive.
While there are countless coaches in the market, not all of them are trained or accredited by professional associations. Working with a suitably trained and accredited coach is vital and it can be helpful to understand the competencies of a professional coach.
As an EMCC accredited Master Practitioner Coach/Mentor I have been through a rigorous accreditation process to assess my knowledge, skills, and experience. The EMCC has developed a comprehensive guide to coaching competencies which you can view on their website.
What is Mentoring?
Mentoring can be especially useful for new coaches who benefit from conversations, guidance, and support from a more experienced coach. It can be daunting starting out as a coach, especially if you are also launching your own coaching practice. With almost 20 years of experience as a coach in private practice, I’ve encountered and overcome many of the same challenges and obstacles you face. As your mentor, we can zero in on whatever challenge or opportunity you face at any given time to support your personal and professional success.
Experienced coaches can also benefit from mentoring as the mentoring relationship is a shared one characterised by a dynamic exchange of professional experience. Mentoring has been shown to boost confidence, performance and lead to improved well-being.
What is Supervision?
It is important to understand that the word supervision has a different meaning in the context of coaching supervision. Supervision in coaching is not supervising or managing someone’s coaching, rather, it’s a supportive relationship aimed at fostering the professional development of a supervisee.
Reflection and reflective practice are key components of effective supervision. The Association for Coaching has developed an excellent resource What is Coaching Supervision? guide to help you understand more about what coaching supervision is and how it can benefit you and your coaching practice.
The supervision relationship facilitates the development of coaches, provides support and promotes professional standards in coaching practice. You can learn more about coaching supervisor competencies at the EMCC website.
How often should I have supervision? You can have supervision as often as you like (or need). As an accredited coach with any of the main coaching bodies, there will be recommended amounts of coaching supervision you must have each year. For example, as an EMCC Master Practitioner Coach/Mentor, I am required to have one hour of coaching supervision per 35 hours of coaching. Check with your accrediting body for their requirements.
I offer a sliding scale for coaching, mentoring and supervision of coaches. This is to ensure that I am able to support a wide range of coaches and that those on lower incomes are not disadvantaged. Please get in touch to enquire about pricing and to request a free discovery call. This will allow us to discuss which of the above services is right for you and see if I'm the right coach, mentor or supervisor for you.Contact