Supervision for New Coaches

The new coach’s development, emerging coaching style and confidence in their practice are greatly enhanced through investing in supervision of their professional practice. Supervision also evidences for clients, a commitment to professionalism in a growing and competitive field. I understand the specific learning challenges and needs of emerging coaches; from initial practise to practice development and my approach is based on my insights from supervising many new coaches and my own experience of what worked for me in the supervision I had myself when I was a new coach. Three key areas which I believe has the greatest impact on the learning and development of the new coach:

  • Knowing Self – increasing self-awareness provides a check for new coaches to avoid projecting their own thoughts, opinions and limiting beliefs on their client and identifying where these, self-talk and emotional triggers may be holding them back;
  • Exploring Self – supporting new coaches from early on in their career to work through their own reflections creates greater resolution and learning and builds early confidence in their own judgement and insight;
  • Being Self – encouraging new coaches to be congruent in their own coaching approach and style creates coaching presence and authenticity.

Supervision For Student Coaches: your learning and personal development

Supporting the personal developmental of the coach whilst supporting the learning development of the student coach.

For those with little coaching experience with low-fee/unpaid practice clients where you are learning to develop your coaching skills in action and implementing your training whilst studying on any coaching related course

  • My nurturing supervision approach to working with student coaches is focused on the balance of catalytic and challenging prompts to learning, as well as reassurance and guidance;
  • My approach is collaborative and explorative of experiential and reflective learning in order to develop your individual practice away from a course lens and learning context;
  • I offer independent, confidential person-centred safe space where you can be truly honest and open in a way you can’t be within the formal learning environment; providing a sounding board for you to discuss your overall development as a coach and explore specific challenges. This has a high impact on learning;
  • I support you in finding a balance between practicing coaching approaches to meet a course’s requirements and what’s in best service of each client.

The course teaches how you practice and pitfalls to avoid when it comes to using particular techniques – external supervision gives you a chance to really identify what is going on for you, and what you are taking in to sessions.” MSc Applied Positive Psychology & Coaching Psychology Student

Supervision For Emerging Practitioners: your personal and professional development

A bridge for the practicing coach to the professional coach.

For those who have completed their practice hours and are moving into developing their own practice after coaching qualification. 

Supporting your professional and personal development and challenges as your practice grows. Encouraging you to develop clarity about your contribution to the coaching field and client experience.

  • Deepening your reflective and experiential learning in order for you to establish greater insight, self-awareness and professional mastery as a coach;
  • Ensuring the competency, quality and ethical management of individual client cases in service of you, your clients and the systems in which you operate;
  • A space to explore your growing integration of different approaches, models and theories alongside
  • Supporting you to developing your insight, boundaries and presence when working with clients;
  • A keen focus on the contracting process around client agreements and within individual sessions;
  • Maintaining the link between your own practice and the ethical and professional standards of the field.

Common Issues for New Coaches:

Supervision focusses on three very important elements: support for the coach, the coach’s learning and growth, and the development of the coach’s professional practice. Below we summarise common issues for new coaches:


  • Seeking reassurance you are “doing it right” or “being the best coach you can be”;
  • A high degree of self-criticism/talk and pressure as you work towards your idea of how you think you “should be doing it”.

Personal & Professional Development

  • How to form your own identity and approach as a coach based on your individual strength, traits and personal offering; to show up as your own self in sessions, rather than hold onto ideas of being a ‘professional coach’ or using specific approaches;
  • To work through and identify your own triggers and emotions and how to manage these responses (the development of self awareness, boundaries and of parallel process.

Management & Quality

  • A need to discuss challenges in relationships with clients, and how to manage/address these directly in session;
  • A need to explore the boundary between what to bring in of yourself and what to bracket in service of the client and own emotional safeguarding;
  • A need to build confidence in sharing your own insights, observations and sense in session as a means to collaborate with clients;
  • A high concern with the balance between held space and directive energy;
  • Contracting for goal versus exploration coaching styles;
  • Confusion around boundary/modes/hats eg. coaching and counselling/mentoring modalities and bringing in your own expertise;
  • How to select approaches/models and avenues appropriately within coaching sessions;
  • Ethical concerns arising from individual scenarios.
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