1. What is coaching about?
Coaching is a unique and empowering experience, allowing you to navigate your thought patterns to negotiate the complexities of your life and achieve what you really want in life. Our new Covid-19 environment has left many facing change that needs careful consideration and a professional approach. Coaching works with anyone who wants to focus on any area of their life, and spans life coaching, mentoring, career coaching and personal development coaching:
Work issues and challenges
New study or education
Low mood or self-esteem
Children or partner leaving home
Identity and self-image
Inability to move on past a relationship
Rekindle a zest for life
Mid-life need for change
Overwhelmed or anxious
2. Is it a science or an art?
Coaching is a blend of science and art. I work holistically using positive psychology, neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). These pull together theories from a multitude of disciplines such as linguistics, mathematics and gestalt theory. It touches on many techniques found in sociology, behavioural psychology and therapeutic counselling such as constructivism, cybernetics, and human communication. Naom Chomsky’s meta models, Pavlov’s conditioned reflexes and eye patterns research from Stanford University continue to play a part, along with classic questioning techniques.
As a licensed career coach, I have a structured framework for aligning your skills and values, to bring your passions and creativity to a business or career that really works for you. A career and personal development coach like myself with a broad life experience will also bring rapport and empathy to your consultations. The key thing is that it's looking forward, to your future.
3. Who goes to a coach?
The singer Goldie, Oprah Winfrey, Leonardo DiCaprio, Serena Williams, Hugh Jackman are all fans of coaching, specifically life coaching. But ultimately coaching is for anyone who wants to approach their life with a more ‘outcome focused’ approach. You may be mid-career, starting out, or reassessing how much time you want to spend working, and how much living. You may have specific areas that you want to look at - children leaving home, a new path in your life to explore, a new relationship. Or maybe you’ve reached a peak or plateau and not sure of the next step. If you are going round in circles, or feeling stuck, coaching is for you. Your life really can be amazing, but it does need a good plan, and that more than just sleeping on it or writing out your option. A professional exploration will help you understand why you are procrastinating or unable to focus, or if you have a behavioural pattern that needs to change.
4. How does it work?
Coaching is a professional process that can bring about a transformation in an area of your life, ultimately impacting on your whole life. Coaches draw upon the power of tried and tested techniques and 5-step TGROW process to:
Explore the issue and associated thoughts
Assess where you are and where you want to go
Identify resources available and needed
Create options and a way forward
Motivate you and keep you focused on your plans
5. Why go to a coach?
This could be more happiness, increased self-confidence, or addressing a specific challenge that is replaying in your mind or behaviour, keeping you stuck - or taking up too much energy, time and effort. It’s the feeling that something is not quite right, a cognitive dissonance that might be felt, rather than logically explained. Sometimes it’s simply wanted a better understanding of what you actually want out of life and how to achieve it. The key is that you are going round in circles, unable to move forward or just stuck in a life that you know could be better. And yes, you do deserve the best life possible, and yes, it really is out there.
6. Can I use coaching for work or career challenges?
Absolutely. If you are feeling in a routine, stressed or experiencing difficulties at work, coaching can give you insight into how to turn this around. The people and interpersonal relationships at work are fundamental, and dedicating time to review all aspects of your work, whether paid, voluntary or fledgling ideas can hugely improve your performance and confidence. Coaching can give you tools and options to get through it. 1 in 6 workers will experience depression, anxiety or problems relating to stress at any one time (MHFA England), so you are not alone. There are often more options than you realise. Combining your passion with your career is absolutely possible - but it takes a bit of work. I will help you create a framework to get there.
7. Why do I need a free initial discovery call?
It’s really important that you feel comfortable with life coaching and to with me. So that's why I ask you to book a free discovery call for which will give you time to see if you think we'll be a good fit.