What is coaching?

Coaching is unlocking a person’s potential to maximise their own performance. It is helping them to learn, rather than teaching them. Fundamentally, the coachee is most important, and the coach believes that the individual always has the answer to their own problems, but understands that they may need help in finding the answer. The coach helps the coachee to achieve their personal best, and to produce the results they want in their personal and professional lives. Coaching ensures the client can give their best, and learn and develop in the way they wish.


The coach need not be an expert in their clients’ field of work. Of course, the coach should be certified and have the appropriate competencies. The key skill of coaching is asking the right questions to help the individual work through their own issues. The coach is an expert of asking open, inspiring and probing questions. All the answers are in the coachee. The conversation, and speaking out loud, allows you to elicit the answers from yourself.


Coaching is a partnership between coach and coachee. The client decides and chooses the coach. The coach’s role is to assist the coachee on their journey, and to help and watch over their safety.



Choose coaching if:

You need to think over and/or understand a problem, topic, or dilemma. In other words, find out what you really want. Or if you want to visualize an ideal condition. Or if you want to create a list of ideas for getting there. Or if you want to choose specific activities and implement them. If you just want to achieve your goals.


If you are looking for a good coach, fluent in both Polish and English,  then you are looking in the right place! 🙂

What is coaching NOT?

It is not psychotherapy

Psychotherapy is a method of healing performed by a qualified psychologist. Therapy is working with the client who seeks relief from psychological or physical symptoms. The client wants emotional healing and relief from mental pain. Therapy deals with the client’s mental health. Coaching deals with the client’s mental growth. The client’s motive for entering therapy or counseling is usually to get away from pain or discomfort, rather than moving towards desired goals. Coaching is not remedial, but rather generative. Both therapy and counseling are more likely to involve understanding and working with past experiences than coaching.


We will not deal with your past. We will not deal with your memories, because coaching focuses on the “here and now”, and a potential changed future.

It is not consultancy

Consultancy is not a form of self-development, but may be a very useful way of solving problems. A consultant provides expertise and solves business problems, or develops a business as a whole. A consultant deals with the overall organization or specific parts of it, and not individuals within it. Consultants only indirectly affect individuals, and they use their expert knowledge for a specific situation/case, but not for a specific person.
A consultant will give you alternatives to solving problems, whereas I will neither tell you what to do nor will I opine what in my opinion is the best course of action. You are the expert of your life, not me.

It is not mentoring

A Mentor is an expert who shares his/her experience and knowledge. There is general agreement that a mentor is a guide who helps someone to learn or develop faster than they might do alone. A mentoring relationship usually focuses on the future, career development, and broadening an individual’s horizons.I do not have the same experiences as you. I have different experiences, and I do not share them with you during coaching sessions.
Choose mentoring if:
You want someone more experienced to listen to you. If you need specific advice. If you want someone to tell you how he/she sees your problem, and how they would solve it. If you want someone, whom you can trust, to share with you his/her experiences and open your eyes. You want to hear what he/she thinks about your problem solving ideas.

It is not training

Training is the process of getting knowledge skills or abilities by study, experience or teaching. The trainer by definition is the expert, and the training course is likely to be targeted on specific skills for immediate results. Training is also likely to be to a group, rather than on a one to one basis. 

During coaching sessions I am neither a trainer nor am I a teacher, so I will not give you the right answers, or recipes for success, or teach you any new skills, although  I can recommend a book, movie or a lecture.

Choose a training/workshop if:

You know what to do, but you lack the knowledge and skills how to do it, or how to behave in a specific manner, or if you need recipes for success, or if you want to practice new ways of presenting.

What can I do for you as your coach?

You are the expert of your life!

My role is to help you see it.


It is not always going to be nice and pretty. Sometimes the real change starts when it is uncomfortable. And we are definitely working on your goals. It means that we are not healing your mother, husband, partner, child, boss, neighbor, etc.


Professional ethics are very important to me, and as a result I adhere to a strict confidentiality requirement, which means that everything you tell me stays solely between the two of us.


You are responsible for your life and for the results of your coaching.

I am here for you

I invite you to a first COMPLIMENTARY meeting.
I treat everyone as an individual, because the first meeting is very important in choosing the best method of cooperation.

The coaching session lasts up to 1.5 hours
The investment is: PLN 375 (excl. VAT)

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