We coaches also need to take care of ourselves

Coach Supervision is a support system that respects both the professionalism and humanity of the coach, and builds on both aspects to create a space for empowerment, self-discovery and development.

Despite working with people every day, the coach's professional life can sometimes be a bit lonely. The responsibility of accompanying the coachee in the process of change and sustaining the emotional process involved requires a significant amount of self-management. In addition, the need to maintain a high degree of client satisfaction can be an additional burden.

As the "beings of encounter" that we are, people need others in order to grow. The same coaching relationship we build with the client is an example of this. Coaches also need an accompaniment, a moment of encounter with another, in order to continue our own growth process.


Taking care of yourself to grow

Sound familiar?

  • With some clients I am very well attuned, while with others I find it difficult to connect.

  • I complete some processes with a sense of great satisfaction, and in others I feel that they did not have the impact I would have liked.

  • I have a very complex case that is influenced by multiple factors, such as organizational factors.

  • I am living in a situation that raises ethical questions for me.

  • I feel many differences in the energy level after sessions with clients.

  • I feel a lot of pressure to successfully complete a process, for example when it is the entry point for an important new contract.

  • I would like to be able to get a fresh view on what is happening with a particular customer.

Coach Supervision helps you to:

  • Understand what is happening to you and become more aware of yourself as a coach.

  • Enjoying your work more

  • Process the emotional charge that sometimes comes with our work and process what you have absorbed from the client and their systems.

  • Gain an expanded view of the dynamics of the coaching relationship.

  • Discover new ways to be more effective and design new ideas and action plans to implement in your sessions.

  • Developing your internal supervisor and the good habit of self-reflection

  • To have a confidential space to verbalize your doubts and insecurities.

  • Realize that learning with others normalizes challenges and enriches the feedback process.

  • Generate a relationship of continuous and fruitful support.



Supervision hours count as credits toward renewal of ICF and EMCC certifications.

A supervision process does not question the competence of the coach. We assume that as a professional coach you are competent in your work and that your clients make progress toward the goals they set for themselves by working with you. But this does not mean that we don't get stuck from time to time.


Mentoring focuses on giving feedback on the coach's skills, based on the observation of actual sessions, in order to improve his or her technical competence. Supervision works with the process or dynamic that exists between the supervised coach, his client and other elements that influence their relationship.


Although looking at the coach is a fundamental part of the supervision work, it is not the only perspective that is explored, and when it is, it is always within the framework of a coaching process that the supervised coach wishes to explore, for the benefit of his or her client.


Confidentiality is one of the pillars of the work of the coach and also of the supervisor. The supervisory setting is the only one where the coach can speak openly about specific instances of his or her professional practice. It is therefore good practice for a coach to inform all clients that he/she is doing professional development work with a supervisor, which will help him/her to be more effective. This demonstrates a responsible attitude and continuous improvement in their profession, and builds trust. At the same time, it is your obligation to protect the confidentiality of your clients, also in supervision. The way to do this is that the supervisor, or the other participants in the case of group supervision, should not know your client. The supervisor in turn must respect the principle of confidentiality of what arises during supervision sessions.


More and more companies are requiring their external coaches to have supervision, and coach certification bodies are also recognizing and promoting this as a source of continuous development.

Coach supervision is an extended relationship, with periodic individual or group sessions that allow the coach to bring in cases that have arisen during the month, explore them to grow in awareness and take away new ideas to enhance their intervention. A good working frequency is one hour of supervision for every 15 hours of coaching.

Are you a professional coach and want to improve your skills? Nadia is an excellent travel companion if you do individual executive coaching and want to take your processes to the next level. I am an ICF member and my experience with Nadia in 2021 was excellent. Her mentoring and supervision sessions boosted my professional development as an executive coach. I highly recommend Nadia for her quality as a facilitator, mentor and supervisor. If you respect professional coaching as a discipline, with Nadia you will be amazed again and you will definitely grow.
Álvaro Pérez Meliá
ICF ACC Executive Coach
Nadia is a reliable professional with a great experience that supports her and that she demonstrates in the recommendations she makes. Nadia has been my mentor and supervisor, providing great solutions and changes in the performance of my activity as a Coach. In addition, she has also provided valuable ideas to promote my activity within Coaching. I am sure I will continue to count on her invaluable help. Thank you, Nadia
Ander Gutiérrez Robledo
Supervisor at Management Solutions
The supervisions with Nadia have helped me a lot to become aware of my patterns and to face the doubts I had regarding my coaching processes, which I could not discuss with anyone. I would go to Nadia again for her wisdom, her experience and her wonderful professionalism.
M. Sharaf Eldin, PCC
Behavioral Assessment and Development Coach and Consultant
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