How many sessions will I need?
The length and number of sessions we have depends on what your need for coaching attention is.
For some needs, a single session might be enough to help you find the insight or ideas you have been looking for.
For other needs, a discrete series of sessions, 3 or 4, spaced by a week or more, might fit better.
Other needs might be more complex and the pathway ahead would need more time to figure out, if there is a lot more details to consider, or a lot more changes (inside yourself or in your environment) to make, more sessions may be appropriate.
One of the objectives in coaching is to help you get to where you want to be – and that might be taken care of in one or a series of sessions. You get what you sought with the assistance of your coach and your need is at an end.
Another objective in coaching is to be available to provide ongoing support as you face challenges that come up as a regular part of your life. Consider how nearly all professional and elite athletes and many top executives – people at the top of their field or game – all still work with a personal coach.
After a series of sessions, once you and your coach have established a good relationship and your coach knows your needs and topics, a periodic checkup with your coach might be helpful, or keep your coach ‘on-call’ so that you can access him when a need arises. Another advantage of having a coach who knows you well is that you may be able to get what you need out of a session a lot more efficiently.
While I intend to help you meet your need as efficiently as possible, I also recognize that having a safe space for opening up and thinking through things with a skilled, trusted coach can be something you may regularly appreciate. We may form a temporary or a long-term relationship, as you like.