What is coaching

What is Coaching – Neuro Directions

Coaching and mentoring are terms used interchangeably to describe personal development support. They both require skilful questioning, drawing on different tools, techniques, and approaches to help people navigate their personal, educational, or professional lives. It’s a process that can support people to gain additional clarity and perspectives that can help them overcome any difficulties they may be experiencing. Coaching and mentoring services can be for individuals, groups, or organisations. Both coaching and mentoring are a partnership between the coach and coachee. Although widely used together, coaching and mentoring are distinct practices that work in complementary but different ways to achieve the positive transformations described below.

What is Coaching?

Coaching unlocks a person’s potential and improves overall well-being and life satisfaction. Combined with a non-biased and non-judgmental approach, a coach will use their skills to support you in gaining more self-awareness and help you understand certain behaviours or thought patterns that may need to change to achieve the desired results. The coachee will make the changes required, supported by the coach through regular sessions, gentle accountability, and guidance. With its focus on forward progression, unlocking potential, and achieving goals, it’s no surprise that many people call coaching life-changing. A coach will use a combination of techniques, including skilful questioning, active listening, observation, and reflecting; this ensures you are supported in unlocking barriers and making the desired progress in any area of your life.

What is Mentoring?

Like coaching, mentoring is about helping people to improve their well-being and life satisfaction. Indeed, mentors draw on many of the same skills, techniques, and approaches used in coaching. The mentor understands the known obstacles neurodivergent individuals commonly face; therefore, they can offer informed, confidential, and objective advice based on their expert knowledge of what works. Mentoring can be more instructive than coaching because you will be taught new skills to achieve your goals.

How it works

You will need to book a 30-minute free discovery session with a coach via the bookings page. During the discovery call, you will get to know the coach and find out if their approach is right for you. Additionally, you and the coach will agree on the frequency and time of the coaching sessions.

What you can expect

At Neuro Directions, we use a blend of coaching and mentoring to support our clients. We come from different backgrounds, and each has a unique set of skills and experiences which inform practice. As a team, we are passionate about being the best we can be for the people we support. We participate in continuing professional development and supervision to keep our skills and knowledge current.

  • Initial sessions involve getting to know one another and establishing your priorities, goals, and objectives.
  • Coaching that is tailored to your specific needs.
  • Optional weekly, fortnightly, or monthly sessions.
  • Optional 60 to 120-minute sessions.
  • Option of face-to-face sessions, walk-and-talk coaching, or sessions online via Zoom (you can request another video call option).
  • Regular progress reviews and reformulation sessions.
  • Tools and exercises to aid positive mental health, your progress, and improvement.
  • Text check-ins in between sessions as required.
The coaches and mentors

Autism and ADHD coaches require specific skills and experience. All our coaches and mentors are highly skilled and come from a wide range of professional backgrounds which is great because, as a collective, we share ideas which also means that you can find the right coach for you.  Some of our coaches and mentors are neurodivergent themselves, and some are neurotypical. At Neuro Directions, we feel it is essential that all our coaches and mentors have personal or extensive professional experience with neurodiversity and its associated challenges and opportunities. They all receive regular supervision and training and have the expertise and knowledge to adapt coaching models and techniques to suit your needs. We love supporting people of all genders and neurodivergent types working to realise their passions and achieve their short and long-term goals.

How much does it cost?

Each coach’s rates will vary, but typically individual coaching sessions range between £120 and £240 per 60 minutes. Some coaches and mentors offer slots at a reduced cost for those on a low income so please don’t be put off if you can’t afford the above rates. Book a discovery call and we can discuss your options.

You may be entitled to apply for a grant that can either pay for the coaching in full or contribute towards the costs via the UK government access to work scheme.

Our Partners

We specialise in coaching, mentoring, training, and consultancy. However, we recognise that neurodivergent people might need support from other services too. To this end, we work in close partnership with several organisations that offer assessment, medication, therapy, and counselling, as well as practical and targeted support for executive functioning.