At a glance
- Mostly, life coaching sessions are 35-45 minutes long, but the optimum length of a life coaching session is circumstantial.
- The factors that need to be considered to determine the duration and frequency of a life coaching session are – availability, the issues at hand, cost efficacy, and your own proactiveness in implementing the session takeaways.
Many people, including life coaches, believe that more is better when it comes to how many sessions are too many sessions. At Quality Mind, we have a somewhat different take on the subject matter. Life Coaching, although a powerful tool for personal development, is not the final and all-inclusive antidote to problems. The success of a coaching program is dependent on what is taken from it and what is applied by the client in real-life scenarios.
The optimum frequency and length of coaching sessions are dependent on a plethora of factors. These include program type, client, and bespoke requirements. In this blog post, let’s discuss the standard frequency and length of life coaching sessions, the importance of customisation, and the benefits of banked time.
How often can you schedule?
When it comes to the standard frequency and length of life coaching sessions, a popular option is to hold 45-minute sessions once a week, which allows for regular check-ins and progress tracking while also giving you time to implement the insights and action steps discussed during the session.
For example, at Quality Mind, we typically hold 45-60 minute sessions once a week, but we also offer daily access to our Quality Mind app. This app encompasses daily prompts, meditations, as well as other resources to support the client’s personal and professional growth between sessions.
But if you cannot schedule weekly sessions, then it makes sense for your life coach to offer longer duration sessions (60-90 minutes) that can be scheduled fortnightly.
What do you need coaching for?
While a standard frequency and length can be a good starting point, it’s essential to remember that every person is different. You have your own unique needs, goals, and circumstances, and your life coach should be flexible in adjusting the program to best accommodate those needs.
If you need support through a tough time, then frequent and longer coaching sessions may be what you need. You may also need regular check-ins if there’s an imminent tragedy that has thrown you off balance. To determine how often you want to have a session, you should be able to have honest communication with your life coach in Australia.
Another point to note is that if there are behavioural issues that need to be addressed, then you might need longer sessions and more intensive work with your online life coach.
The Concept Of Banked Time
While budget constraints can prevent many of us from opting for regular and longer coaching sessions, as a coach, you need to understand that life coaching is not a chore, and you must have flexibility.
Most life coaches in Australia work on a retainer basis, but they also have an hourly rate. So while an online life coach may recommend you 12 sessions for your issue, you may be able to work through the problem in, say, 10 sessions. In these scenarios, you can ask your life coach to bank your time. This bankrolled time can then be used in a later session. This can be beneficial if you have scheduling conflicts or prefer to have longer breaks between sessions. In addition, it enables the coach to have flexibility in adjusting the program to best suit your needs.
In conclusion, the optimum frequency and length of life coaching programs are circumstantial and should be tailored to individual needs and goals. At Quality Mind, we understand the importance of customisation and provide personalised coaching experiences to all our clients. You are more than welcome to take advantage of our free discovery session to determine if it is right for you. During this session, we will discuss your goals and aspirations and how we can support you in achieving them. Don’t hesitate; take the first step towards your personal and professional growth today. Book a free session!