One-to-one coaching vs group coaching
Updated: Sep 29, 2021
Are you looking for someone who can help you understand and work with your neurodivergency? Perhaps you are overwhelmed by all the options out there. How do you know which coach or program is for you? In this post, I will explain the differences between one-to-one or individual coaching and group coaching. In my last post, I explained what ADHD coaching is.
One to one coaching
One-to-one coaching is private, so it is ideal if you are not comfortable sharing your ADHD, autism, dyslexia, etc with a group. It is easier to open up and discuss difficult topics around your changing identity and fears with one person than with a group. As a coach, I'm skilled at building trusting and supportive relationships with my clients, something which happens more quickly one-to-one than in a group.
Individual coaching allows the flexibility to tailor a program to your specific needs. I offer a few dozen different topics to my individual clients and with my guidance, you pick the 10-12 which are most relevant for you. I'm also able to develop resources on new topics if there is something important to you that I don't already have covered. We focus on only the topics which matter to you, and we can take them in an order that makes the most sense for you by tackling your biggest challenges first or issues that you are currently facing.
When you choose one-to-one coaching, the full session is focused on you. This means that there is time to talk about what is happening in your life as well as covering the learning. We can talk through situations that you want an outside perspective on and we have time to follow any digressions that come up. They often lead to important insights. When I give you strategies we will discuss how and when you can apply them to your life.
For people with ASD or ADHD, communicating in a group can be challenging. As a facilitator, I ensure that everyone gets a turn to speak. I'm explicit about when it's time to speak and when it's time to listen. Despite this, it can still be more difficult to follow a conversation in a group and some people will prefer not to have to worry about the group setting. In this case, one-to-one coaching may be preferable.
The biggest strength of group coaching is that you get to hear and learn from others experiences of neurodiversity. It can be really encouraging to hear from others who face similar challenges to you. Often, living with a neurocondition is a lonely experience, joining a supportive community of people who 'get you' is empowering. You can sign up for my next group program here: https://www.grantacoaching.com/events-1/neurodivergent-guide-to-success-7-30-pm-thursday-evenings
For some people, the cost of group coaching is prohibative. Group coaching is cheaper and so it's accesible to more people. For those who cannot access group coaching, I offer a course of prerecorded video lectures and workbooks. This training rather than coaching since there are no live calls. However this is significantly cheaper than group coaching and the 9 module program costs less than a single session of one-to-one coaching. You can find out more about this option here: https://grantacoaching.vipmembervault.com/products/courses/view/1064239
There is a shortage of good ADHD coaches in the UK and at times I have a waiting list for new clients*. Group coaching allows more people to benefit from coaching, if you are unable to find a suitable coach with spaces then a group program is one way to get help. It's also possible to have a mixture of group and one-to-one coaching, for example, joining a group program, getting to know the coach and then having a smaller number of one-to-one sessions on topics which were not covered by the group program.
There are advantages to both group coaching and individual coaching. The 'best' option depends on you and your individual situation. Think about what you most want to get from coaching, is it personalised support? a place you can share your experiences with others? training?
*Currently (April 2nd 2021) I do have space for new clients, as I recently increased my work hours.