Frequently Asked Questions about Coaching

What is coaching?

Coaching is a cooperation over several months between a client and a coach to achieve a previously agreed goal. The goal comes from the client and will be clarified and sharpened at the beginning of the cooperation. 

As a coach I do not tell a client what to do or how to act. I rather open a space to see an issue from different perspectives to allow the client to find her/his own way forward. This involves asking a lot of questions.

What is a Coffee Session?

Some call it a chemistry session. I call it a coffee session. And yes, we have tea as well, if you prefer. 

Coffee Sessions give a potential client and myself the opportunity to get to know each other. The purpose of the sessions is to establish if we both would enjoy working with each other. 

The sessions are completely free and without any obligation. 

How long does a typical coaching process take?

As a rule of thumb, I normally work in batches of six sessions over three to six months. This requires a clearly defined goal which is achievable in the time set as well as a continuous work on it.

For some clients, a regular reflection every two months is helpful. It allows them to share their experiences, revisit decisions, and reflect on what happened.

How long does each session take?

A good session takes about 90 minutes. I make sure not to schedule too many appointments in my day, to have a certain flexibility for each session.

Where do sessions take place?

We can either meet in person in my office in central Vienna, Austria, or online via Zoom. 

How about confidentiality?

Every coach accredited with the International Coaching Federation (ICF) has to follow their Code of Ethics. Among other things, the Code of Ethics requires a coach to ensure the strictest confidentiality. 

What kind of certifications do you have?

I am an Professional Certified Coach (PCC) of the International Coaching Federation (ICF). I am also a Member of the International Council of Psychotherapists. Both memberships require me to do continuous professional development as well as having supervision.

Where do most of your clients come from?

My clients come from all over the world. They are often:

  • senior and executive managers in innovative companies, tech firms, and professional service firms,
  • leading scientists with an interest in leadership and/or entrepreneurship,
  • entrepreneurs in various stages of their own company,
  • musicians with a solo, chamber music, and/or orchestra career.

Interested in working with Bernhard? Book your free coffee session now!