BIG JOURNEYS BEGIN
WITH SMALL STEPS
Why decide on coaching?
Have you come to a point in your life where you feel you want or need to make some changes?
Are you stressed but can’t see how to change it?
Are you constantly juggling work, home and relationships?
Do you feel you are struggling to keep your head above water?
Has your confidence taken a knock?
Do you no longer really know what you want, you just know you aren’t happy?
I work with women and men who have had change forced upon them, either because of stress, illness, redundancy, or family problems, and people whose lives have altered over time to a place they are unhappy with, but can’t see a way out of.
They may no longer know what it is they want and often feel stuck, unable to make any changes, and that life is simply controlling them.
How coaching could help you?
Coaching is a place where you can say everything in confidence and explore possibilities.
There are no right or wrong. I won’t judge you, give you advice or mentor you.
I will support you, encourage you and help you to get underneath and explore what you really want and what might be holding you back.
I will help you to look at the rules, excuses and assumptions, ideas and thoughts that might be stopping you from being who you really want to be.
What is coaching like?
At each session we discuss, in confidence, what you want to talk about and what you want to achieve. This might be a big change you wish to make that we break up into smaller steps.
We may talk about your current situation to help you think about it logically and with clarity. We discuss why and how you would like it to change and then explore ways to make this happen, what might stop you making changes and how to get around them.
Coaching is future-focused. All the ideas come from you. I help you to find them and encourage you to act on them.
Coaching is not a step-by-step process with a tidy goal at the end; life is rarely that straightforward. The process can meander through reflection and challenges. But the result can be more lasting – a clearer sense of who you are and what you want to achieve, a growing sense of empowerment to make your own choices.
Not all problems are solved, but we explore ways to improve a situation and overcome difficulties. Coaching helps you change how you think so that you find the positives in all situations, recognise negative thoughts and behaviours, and work to change them.
Am I the coach for you?
Coaching is a working relationship. It’s important that you feel comfortable working with me and that I feel I am the best person to work with you. To help us decide, I offer a free one-hour compatibility session, in which we can explore if we are right to work together.
A typical session lasts an hour. Sometimes the session naturally draws to a close just under an hour.
I have a quiet, private consulting room with comfortable chairs. This is in Fleet, Hampshire. I also meet clients over Skype – this is especially helpful to people who live too far away to come in person, or people who have time commitments, are poorly or have mobility problems.
Yes, these are to remind me of your progress only and are kept locked away. I am covered by the Data Protection Act 1998.
This will depend on what is needed. Some clients have very specific goals in mind that they want to work on. Others wish to work in a more explorative way so they often choose to work with me over a longer period of time.
I can help with problems at work that involve your confidence or self-esteem, or your relationships at work.
I help people in all kinds of situations; I can help you find practical solutions and gain confidence to make changes. Lots of my clients have had change forced upon them or are at a crossroad. People may be having trouble with:
- Work/life balance.
- Being stuck in a job that is no longer rewarding.
- Changes in family life like children leaving home or retirement.
- Dealing with their own illness or that of a loved-one.
- Dealing with financial problems or debt.
- Unhealthy relationships.
I have a certificate in Wellbeing Coaching (accredited by the Institute of Learning and Management) and a Diploma in Transformational Coaching (accredited by the International Coaching Federation).
I have experience of working in health and wellbeing, both as an Occupational Therapist working in the NHS and in Social Services, and, as a holistic therapist in private practise since 2007.
I have worked with clients coping with a range of physical and psychological illnesses and disabilities and stresses related to these problems.
Counselling helps you to understand and overcome problems that are causing you emotional pain. Counsellors offer a safe space to talk about difficult and painful feelings.
Coaching has a different focus; it looks to the future. Generally speaking, a person chooses to have coaching when they are in a good place, but wants some help creating change in their life.
Coaching is about the changes you want to make. It helps you to uncover your potential by helping you to overcome your own stumbling blocks which stop you from taking action and moving forward.
In a nutshell, coaching helps you to get from where you are now to where you want to be.