·FAQs·

Are you considering performance coaching but still not sure if it’s right for you? Check out these

Frequently Asked Questions to help answer any questions you may have.

What does the performance coaching process actually involve?

We first clarify what you would like to achieve from the coaching and set effective goals. Then, using a series of structured exercises, we figure out exactly where you are now in relation to your goal and what needs to change to help you achieve it. We then develop a practical action plan based on performance psychology techniques and principles to help you move from where you are now to where you want to be.

How much time do I need to invest in the coaching to get the results I want?

The more time you invest, the better your results will be. The coaching process involves a combination of online one-to-one coaching sessions and time spent between sessions actually implementing practical strategies.

The online sessions develop self-awareness and the practical techniques help you to change your mindset and behaviours. Both aspects of the coaching process are equally important. Think of it like going to the gym. If you get a personal program to improve your fitness but you never actually do a workout, you won’t see results. It’s the same with performance coaching. The more effort you invest and the more diligently you practise the techniques between sessions, the greater the results.

Is performance coaching similar to counselling or therapy?

Both coaching and counselling/ therapy involve developing self-awareness and changing thoughts, beliefs and behaviours through discussion and practical exercises. The main difference between performance coaching and counselling/ therapy is the reason that someone seeks the service.

Performance coaching is about enhancing performance. It is an action-oriented process to move someone from a neutral position to improved performance and achieving goals. Counselling or therapy is focused on helping people heal from significant trauma such as painful feelings, stressful life events and relationships or self-destructive behaviour.

While I am a Chartered High Performance Psychologist, I am not trained to diagnose or address clinical mental health issues. Should it become apparent during the coaching that a client may be experiencing clinical mental health challenges, I will refer the client to the appropriate mental health professional or service.

Why can’t I just do one coaching session? Why do I need to sign up to a program?

Coaching is a process, not a quick fix. It takes time to achieve measurable results. As a general rule, after about three sessions you can expect to see observable differences in aspects of your performance but this depends on the client. I offer programs rather than session-by-session bookings because I want every client to achieve maximum results. And because I want to work with people who are willing to do the work. Programs allow for more in-depth coaching and support. After 11 years of working one-to-one with individuals I have found that this is the model that achieves the best results for clients.

How do I know if you are the right coach for me?

Different coaches have different philosophies and styles of coaching. It’s really important to find a coach whose approach resonates with you and who you feel you can develop a rapport with.

My personal approach to coaching is quite in-depth and intensive. I take time at the start of the process to thoroughly understand your challenges from your own perspective and to get to the very core of what is going on for you. By taking this approach it allows us to be very sure that when we implement strategies they will deliver maximum impact. This is my preferred way of coaching and, I believe, it delivers deeper and more sustainable impact. I offer a complimentary consultation to all clients at the outset to give you the opportunity to assess if my approach will resonate with you.

How will I be able to tell if the coaching made a difference?

I am in the business of performance. So it’s only right that you should be able to objectively measure the impact of my coaching. In the very first session we will agree objective and measurable metrics, relevant to your goals, to assess the impact of the coaching.

We will continuously monitor and evaluate these metrics throughout the course of the coaching so we will be able to quickly see if things are not progressing as anticipated. As coaching is a collaboration, it’s really important that you flag with me if you feel any aspect of the coaching is not working for you. We can then work together to find a solution straight away. All coaching concludes with an evaluation where we assess how well your goals have been met (or surpassed!) and the magnitude of the impact the performance coaching has made. You will also have the chance to offer feedback on the coaching process itself.

I still have questions, what should I do?

Book a complimentary consultation with me where we can talk through your goals, questions and address any concerns you may have. I look forward to chatting with you!

"I felt that all the work that Créde did helped us in a massive way to obtain our goal and finally win the Championship for the first time in thirty years. Also during the same season we won the league for the first time in the sixty year history of St Kevin's Gaelic Football Club.​ I firmly believe it is no coincidence that the year Créde worked with the Senior Team, was also the most successful year in our history"​

DAVID MURPHY
Manager, St Kevins Gaelic Football Club, Kildare

Créde was instrumental in creating and delivering our one million euro Tackle Your Feelings mental wellbeing campaign in association with Zurich Insurance Ireland. Créde’s performance psychology expertise and program management skills were invaluable to the campaign’s success. She was pivotal in securing a further finance package of 3 million euros to continue developing the program over the next four years. I would absolutely recommend working with Créde on any projects focusing on mental conditioning.” 

MARK HEASMAN
Senior Program Manager, Z Zurich Foundation
"Créde possesses a gift unique to any other performance psychologist I have dealt with. Her depth of perception and understanding sets her apart. She knows what’s going on in your head even though you can’t put it into words. When life off the field is proving to be a challenge, her grasp of every situation allows her to get you focused for big games. For me that plays a massive role in how I perform on the day.”    
JACK GUINEY
Wexford Hurler