Since attending the RD1st coaching training course this summer – funded by and with a bursary from a-n – I have been developing my coaching practice. I completed my first 25 hours of coaching, working with a mixture of people including students and artists, which felt like a small milestone along the way to becoming a more fully fledged coach – once I have completed 100 hours. This seemed like a distant target, but yesterday I had my first coaching supervision session with three other participants from the course, supervised by Emma Haughton, one of our course tutors. The session enabled me to reflect, share, listen and learn from my own and others experiences which brought my coaching practice into clearer focus.

We spoke together using Skype and surprisingly after the initial oddness of a 4 way conversation, our shared listening and focussed attention made it possible to communicate freely. It was a joy to speak about things that had been challenging, to have that acknowledged, discuss ways forward and to find that others had similar concerns. Topics included the importance of boundaries, how to set up coaching with people so that they understand what to expect and what the responsibilities are of both coach and coachee.

Working in isolation can be a lonely process, through sharing this supervision I was supported and encouraged – emboldened even – by the power of the group and by the coaching process itself which was at the heart of the session. I am so grateful to the other group members and our supervisor Emma. So here’s to my own leap forwards in my coaching practice – that distant target seems a little closer now.

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