What is Coaching?
Coaching helps people move from where they are now to where they want to be. A coach helps you navigate the obstacles and opportunities that might be in the way. There are lots of different types of coaches and different approaches to the coaching process, but put simply: coaching helps you get unstuck, making life easier and more enjoyable.
What happens in a coaching session?
A coach will take a curious and non-judgemental approach, asking you questions to help you move forward and take action in an efficient and sustainable way. You will of course get to a solution on your own eventually, but a coach can help you explore your vision and get there quicker and with less wasted time and resources.
Coaching sessions are one to one and can take place online. The length of a session and the number of sessions is personalised to you depending on your situation.
When is coaching useful?
People often come across coaching at a time where they feel stuck in one or more areas of their lives and at points of transition. This can occur in any area of our lives but may be more likely to occur as our family’s circumstances and needs change and our personal development is put on the back burner. Parents of school age children, for example, experience constant demands that create changes that require readjustment. Life as a parent is full of joy, but it is also full of challenges that can feel like blocks as we try to successfully navigate our own and our children’s lives simultaneously. Life events that require readjustment, obstructions that stand in our way and competing demands on our time are major sources of stress. Stress can make us reactive, and we may find that our decisions come from a place of getting by and surviving rather than growing and thriving. Coaching has the power to help you move forward without the negative impact of these stressors, closing the gap between where you are now and where you want to be.
A Personal Journey
Coaching helped me to move forward in all aspects of my life and continues to give me the tools I need to stay focused on my growth, the growth of my family and the impact I have in the wider world. I am not exaggerating when I say that the experience of being coached, and coaching others has been transformational.
Does it work?
Yes. Coaching Psychology is based on evidence-based theory in the field of Psychology. I frequently draw on Positive Psychology - an area of Psychology which assumes that humans can achieve optimal functioning - to inform my approach to coaching. As well as drawing on research, Coaching Psychologists carry out research which is published in peer reviewed journals and used to inform the development of coaching programs. It is important to remember that coaching is a collaborative process, commitment and investment in the process is needed for it to help you meet your goals.
Choosing a Coach
When you take that first step and decide to have coaching you are choosing to invest in yourself, so it is really important that you choose a coach who you feel comfortable with. What makes a good coach for one person might not suit another. I have been having coaching conversations for 20 years in education, parent support groups and private settings. I am attachment-aware and trauma-informed and I am excited to be working towards becoming a member of the Division of Coaching Psychologists as an existing member of the British Psychological Society.
If you think I could be the coach for you then find out more about me in the About section of my website and contact me to talk about how coaching might work for you.