Coaching and Counselling in Centurion and Pretoria East
Depending on the scope of involvement services can be offered throughout South Africa or face to face online or via email. More about online services here. Certain technological requirements may need to be in place for online counselling. Please inquire. For regular practice work I am situated for coaching and counselling in broader Centurion and Pretoria East.
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Below you will find short remarks on the various ways in which I interact with you personally or your organisation (executive, teams, leaders and more). Collaboration falls into a number of categories coaching, personal or corporate counselling, facilitation or general consulting around a number of topics (strategy, change, teams, and organisational culture). Particularly for organisational work I prefer to work under the brand of my company consultancy Telling Outcomes but exceptions can be made.
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The page you are on serves as a general overview page cursorily listed below. However click on the following links for more detailed information regarding each of the ways of helping people and organisations.
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Any one of the following:
- Call me up on 082 410 7645 (South Africa)
- For general inquiries: Email me via the ‘contact us’ tab to the left.
- Schedule request made directly to my diary (go here). Pick a date and time and I will confirm availability.
- Contact form: See the bottom of the page.
- Emailing back this hard copy collaboration request form: information and a collaboration intake
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While facilitation and consulting work is conducted on-site at organisations, I see individuals, couples and families for coaching and counseling in Centurion and Pretoria East at the following venues.
Coaching and counselling in Waterkloof Glen, Pretoria (Venue 1)
Coaching and counselling in Pierre van Ryneveld, Centurion, Pretoria (Venue 2)[tabs]
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Coaching and counselling in Waterkloof Glen, Pretoria
C/o Lea and Hugo Road (a bit down Lea Road at the Coram Deo Pastoral Centre)
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Coaching and counselling in Pierre van Ryneveld, Centurion, Pretoria
C/o Jim Verster Avenue and Martin Road (Visible from main road Van Ryneveld Avenue)
Overview of services
What is coaching about? Some follow a distinction between coaching and therapy. They say that coaching is about looking forward and therapy about looking backward. This is not entirely correct. In my view coaching is about your potential and therapy, not always, but often about problems. They often go together as individuals, families, organisations experience problems that keep them from reaching their full potential. If what nudged them to seek out a professional person is about reaching potential (although there are problems) then it relates firstly to coaching. If what nudged them is the desire to ‘sort things out’ then the first imperative is counseling or therapy.
Simply put coaching is about unlocking what gets you or your organisation stuck; those things that inhibit needed change, meaning and achieving your goals. It could involve counseling, but that is not the goal. Coaching has many faces, to name but a few: life coaching, business coaching, corporate coaching, skills coaching, and team coaching.
Consulting is about more involved processes and involves focused and rigorous inquiry. Often consulting serves as a route into pivotal facilitation events or it results from these events. It could involve things such as cultural analysis, strategy and change implementation. In the way we do consulting often facilitation, coaching, focus groups and so are part of the process.
I often refer to the kind of consulting I prefer to do as facilitative-consulting. It binds the attitude and values of what facilitation is about to larger processes that organisation undertake. The emphasis here is on creating ownership.
Outside of the specific idea of facilitative-consulting (as I am developing it in my research) consulting is a general way of saying we need someone or a team to help us with something specific. Consultants are generally asked to attend to a wide variety of things:
- Does your strategic plan give you the competitive edge?
- A strategic plan that flows from strategic vision.
- Striking a balance between change and stability.
- Dealing with management resistance.
- What makes teams effective?
- Probing team issues before they become problems?
- Enhancing team dialogue.
- How motivating is your organisation?
What is counseling about? Some follow a distinction between coaching and therapy (counseling). They say that coaching is about looking forward and therapy about looking backward. This is not entirely correct. In my view coaching is about your potential and therapy, not always, but often about problems. They often go together as individuals, families, organisations experience problems that keep them from reaching their full potential.
If what nudged them to seek out a professional person is about reaching potential (in the face of problems) then it relates firstly to coaching. If what nudged them is the desire to ‘sort things out’ (and they believe that this will naturally lead to them reaching their potential) then the first imperative is counseling or therapy.
What is facilitation about? Facilitation represents a decision-making style that has become imperative to modern business and society; to the extent that arguably any kind of change process will fail in the absence of this particular way of being together and going forward.
Professional facilitators are those people who specialise in creating the kind of spaces in which either critical or significant conversations can take place. These spaces can be focused around any topic, such as, strategy, teamwork, culture and more. While the need could exist to an only once off facilitation it is often a good idea to involve the facilitator in further processes as the person is intricately part of the either the beginning or early stages of projects and processes.
Doing our contracting right is absolutely crucial and so I would like to invite you to rather set up a meeting with me to discuss the in’s and out’s of professional facilitation. Note that facilitator’s can be, but are not necessarily group or team coaches.
For those who already know a great deal about proper research the easiest is just to come out with it. My research approach is based on a narrative, social constructionist, and postfoundational perspective. More generally understandable, although not spot on, would be to convey that I am a qualitative researcher.
Qualitative research would often involve the quest to understand something in more depth. You would definitely want to consider using a researcher if what you need to go on is more than just a hunch of your consultant or facilitator that ran a couple of focus groups.