Why should you choose me as your coach?
As yet coaching is not a registered, standardised profession such as nursing , so you need to take care when choosing someone to be your coach. It has to be someone you can place your trust in and who makes you feel comfortable enough to be very honest with and who has been trained to a high standard.
I have been trained through an accredited course provider, by a qualified psychologist and a psychotherapist and I am a member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) and adhere to its ethical code. I have been coached myself through transformational life changes, I have worked as a registered nurse for over 24 years and I am a healthy sceptic - I only use tools and techniques that have been proven to work well.
How do I know it will be beneficial to me?
You won’t know until you experience a session for yourself, but I can guarantee that you will be coached to the highest standard and in accordance with the EMCC ethical code. Having been coached myself I know how powerful this process is and how it can literally transform lives through the use of the various psychological techniques I have studied and used.
My confidence, experience and belief in the coaching process is such that if you are not satisfied with any session I will give you a full refund. I want to coach you because it is personally and professionally rewarding to see you develop and grow and start to lead the life you want to live.
How many sessions will I need?
The initial free session is usually over the phone and takes about 45-60 minutes. After this, a further 5-7 sessions course is usually required. However a flexible approach can be taken to this and it can be tailored to your needs. You will meet with/talk to me every one to two weeks initially and then you may wish to spread these sessions to every two to three weeks.
The coaching process follows a definite plan with a beginning, a middle and an end so that you won’t feel as if you are being coached with no real end in sight; that is why we will set goals in order for you to see real achievements from the work we do together.
I am committed to giving you the tools and insights to enable you to realise your future goals and I am keen not to create a co-dependency which then drifts on into endless sessions with your life coach.
After a course is complete you may want to come back for further sessions at a later date as your life takes inevitable twists and turns along its journey.
Why are goals so important?
Having realistic goals can prompt actions to be taken and this is also a way of seeing real and measurable progress as aspects of your life or career change and develop. Dreams stay in the clouds with your hopes, but actions can make your goals a reality. It will be my job to help you set goals which are important to you and encourage, support and sometimes challenge you to achieve them.
Who has life coaching?
A huge range of people from all walks of life, a common thread is a need for change in some area of their lives, a feeling of dissatisfaction or a need to establish a healthy balance especially with regards to work and life.
People often seek coaching to help with the following:
- Feeling stressed, tired, irritable or not their usual self and wanting to get the balance back between work and home life.
- Wanting to improve the quality of personal relationships
- Having a specific goal to be reached as quickly as possible
- Wanting to regain confidence following a relationship break down
- Facing redundancy, retirement or a need for a career change.
- Losing sight of what life is all about
So far I have coached a wide variety of people including: Royal Air Force, Army and Royal Marine officers, NHS managers, midwives, artists, web-designers, nurses, medics, clinic patients (whilst working as a practice nurse), doctors, construction workers, retired nurses, secretaries, office managers, actors, musicians, fellow coaches.
How is life coaching different to counselling or talking to a friend?
Unlike counsellors life coaches don't deal in-depth with the past or seek to analyse someone’s behaviour or its causes. They focus instead on the present and the future and what can be done to change situations. Although you understand more about yourself as a result of life coaching, analysis is not the focus.
Friends generally avoid saying things which might compromise your relationship and may offer advice which although well-intentioned, isn’t necessarily right for you. A life coach, however, is completely objective, will help you to uncover answers that suit you and won’t be afraid to challenge you if they feel you’re making excuses.
How many areas of my life can I focus on?
The answer really is as many as you like, and the agenda for the coaching is always set by you. It is a totally collaborative process and in the initial session I work with you on defining what you want to achieve from your life coaching sessions and between us we can then decide on what the initial focal areas will be.
Clients often find that by beginning in one place, they then see changes in other areas of their lives which they may not even have begun to work on and this can then lead on to other areas to work on in future sessions.