Choosing a Personal Coach
Like any coaching relationship, personal coaching is based on trust; so choosing the right person to coach you is a decision to make carefully.
Many traditional dating agencies offer personal coaching as a service - something you can check on the ABIA website. These will often be a good choice, because they are used to working with single people on their relationships past and present. Some personal coaches concentrate on corporate work and will be more accustomed to working on the development needs and desires - a slightly different situation from dating.
By way of example, dating agency RSVP employ a well-known personal coach to be their retained personal coach and she works with members one-to-one. It helps when personal coaches know the work that dating agencies do - and how it feels to be in the situation many of their clients find themselves in.
There are also a number of personal coaches who work entirely in the field of dating and style themselves as dating coaches.
How to choose the right personal coach for you
The relationship between you and your coach is the most important element in your decision-making.
Be sure to talk - or preferably meet - with potential providers and establish whether good rapport can be built. This is one decision you can't make solely looking at a computer screen.
Also look for some form of accreditation, so you know your coach has benefited from relevant training and is a member of a reputable professional body.
Beware packaged or off-the-shelf solutions: how will your coach know what you need until you have met/talked in depth for the first time?