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Coaching Supervision FAQ


What kind of topics can I explore in coaching supervision?


Any challenges or questions related to your coaching work with clients. It can be a specific client, topic, situation or dynamic that you want to explore and navigate better with your clients.


How often do you recommend to have supervision?


Some coaching bodies recommend a minimum of 1 supervision session per 15 coaching sessions. However, the frequency might depend on: complexity of the cases you work with, your level of experience and familiarity with the topics and systems you’re working within or how deeply you work with your clients.


How can supervision help me?


Coaching supervision supports your development as a coach by helping you answer questions, resolve challenges and identify your blind spots. The ultimate goal of supervision is to help you become much more effective in your work, increase your confidence and create more powerful results with your clients.


Is group supervision better than individual supervision?


The two formats support in different ways. In group supervision there is shared learning and multiple perspectives which you wouldn’t get in a 1:1 format. However, being part of a group means you’ll have less time to explore your questions and you might not go to the same level of depth. Group supervision can be helpful to coaches with less client work who want to continue developing.


Individual coaching supervision is more beneficial if you are working with several clients and want to explore cases in more depth. It enables you to start identifying blind spots and patterns, and to work at a deeper level with yourself as a practitioner.


What should I look for in a supervisor?


Trust and confidentiality are essential. Do you resonate with the supervisor’s message? Do they seem to be someone who can hold a safe space for you to explore potentially difficult or vulnerable topics?


Look for a supervisor who is experienced and has experienced a variety of cases, ideally in the niche or area you are working in. Check that they are a qualified supervisor and that they adhere to a code of ethics that you feel aligned to.


How is coaching supervision different to coaching?


Coaching supervision is a more collegial approach where the supervisor and the coach work together to explore and figure out the way forward. You might seek an experienced supervisor who will be able to share their own ideas and wisdom rather than just ask you coaching questions. A qualified supervisor will have tools to help you explore a challenge from various perspectives that are different to coaching.


Conclusion:


Coaching supervision is an investment in your professional development and a demonstration of your commitment to being the best coach you can be. It helps you to build credibility, to become more effective and grow in confidence as a coach.


As a qualified coaching supervisor, I have over 500 hours of supervision and have supported hundreds of coaches to work through challenges, grow in confidence and develop as practitioners. If you’re interested to learn more about how I can support you, learn more or get in touch.

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