Coaching to support personal development.
People come to coaching often at a point of transition in their lives when they become aware that they are not doing the things that are really important to them, are not being the person they want to be or are feeling stuck in relation to a change they want to make in their personal or work life. The focus of my coaching is therefore on creating a safe, non-judgemental space to support you through a process of courageous exploration to move forward.
Core to my training as an occupational therapist is a focus on the inter-connectedness between what we do, how we behave and who we become and it is this holistic perspective which I bring to my coaching. As a coach I will use a range of tools to support your process of exploration but fundamental to the relationship we will develop is the belief that you have within you all of the resources you need to create your own solutions.
Having worked clinically in the statutory and voluntary sectors as an occupational therapist and in academia as a senior lecturer and researcher with experience of supervising doctoral and post-doctoral researchers I bring this specific expertise to coaching people from the health and research communities.
Taking the first step.
Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tip toe if you must be take a step.
Making a commitment to change is a courageous step as is contacting a potential coach for the first time. So here is some information about what you can expect when you contact me.
After your initial contact we will arrange a time for a phone call to explore together what has brought you to making contact, if coaching is the right approach to support you in making the changes you are seeking, what a series of coaching sessions would involve and if I am the right coach to work with you. The call is free of charge and will provide you with the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about coaching or about me and to decide if you wish to go ahead.
If, after the call, you contact me to say you wish to progress we will then arrange the first coaching session. The initial ‘discovery session’ is usually around an hour and a half and is followed by a series of sessions, (about an hour long) at approximately fortnightly intervals. The number of sessions is something we will discuss but you will be asked to commit initially to 5 sessions. The initial session is longer because the focus will be on supporting you in exploring what is important to you, what you want to achieve through coaching and how we will work together as part of developing a successful coaching relationship is identifying the approach and techniques that you find most beneficial in supporting you. During a session we may sit and talk, we may move around, we may do something more creative.
Fundamental to coaching is an emphasis on moving forward and therefore all sessions will end with an agreed action informed by what we have explored in the session. Each session will begin by exploring your learning since the previous session.
I am happy to coach you face to face, via Skype or over the phone and we can discuss this in our initial phone call.
I am a member of the International Coaching Federation and follow their code of ethics. I have professional liability insurance.
If you would like to take the first step then please contact me:
Call 07734 022151