Life Coaching

I provide 1 hour 1:1 face to face, telephone or internet sessions.

As your coach I would want to create a space for you to explore and examine where you are now and give you the opportunity to energise and refocus, to move on to your future with clarity and purpose. Coaching is very much about the things that are important to you here and now, today. As your coach I will use my insights and intuition to honour you.

The agenda is driven and owned by you, the client, through a series of conversations that allow you to explore your issues in a safe and non-judgemental manner. I use a combination of observation, questioning, listening and feedback that enable you to focus your attention and derive greater understanding of your particular circumstances. Through this process you will be able to create new ways to produce better results, including planning and achieving your goals.

Coaching gives you the opportunity to learn new ways of thinking and approaching situations that lead to you achieving balance and success. Coaching reflects “a change in consciousness; consciousness of choice and a clearer commitment to choosing based on values and integrity.” The process is completely focused on you, your core values, beliefs, expectations and visions. Coaching is flexible; both client and coach influence the direction and content of the sessions, the responsibility for learning and action outside of the sessions rests firmly with you, the client. Coaching is not a therapeutic or medical intervention – you are seen as someone who is whole – you do not need mending or fixing!

A coaching conversation has certain beliefs built into it: that every situation has possibilities and that people really do have the power of choice in their lives.” Coaching acknowledges that individuals are ultimately responsible for their lives and the results they are getting. When someone can acknowledge their responsibility for something, they can have power over it and then decide the direction they want it to go. By enabling you to accept this power and responsibility you allow shifts and change occur. The coaching relationship is one of listening, reflection and supportive challenge through conversation. The relationship is based on trust, respect and openness and the content is confidential.

Throughout the sessions we will focus on values, setting goals, life balance and self-management. You need to be open to your own potential and the potential that coaching has to bring about this change for you. To do this you will need to contribute to conversations with honesty and openness. You need to voice any concerns or problems as and when they may arise. The strength and power of the work we do together is based on the levels of trust that exist between us. There will be occasions when as your coach I expect you to work outside your comfort zone and this is where the quality of our relationship will be essential to allow the process to develop.

A coaching contract that outlines the boundaries of our time together is an essential aspect of the work we do. We will agree the anticipated number of sessions at the outset and the content of the sessions will be negotiated in advance. This will be reviewed and adapted as necessary. There will be occasions throughout our time together where you have tasks to complete between sessions. The responsibility for this rests entirely with you. At the end of our time together you will have a ‘tool kit’ or ‘repertoire’ of strategies that you will be able to carry with you for the rest of your life, providing support that you can dip in and out of as and when you choose. An integral aspect of our coaching is a follow-up session usually 12 weeks after your last session. This allows you to celebrate and share your progress.

Essential aspect of coaching:

  • Contract
  • Wheel of Life
  • Core values
  • Limiting beliefs
  • Reframing
  • The power of thought – an introduction to the Law of Attraction
  • Visualisations
  • Goal setting

Quotes taken from Co-Active Coaching, 2nd edition, Laura Whitworth, Karen Kimsey-House, Henry Kimsey House, Phillip Sandal, Davies Black Publishing, 2007