How do I know coaching will work?
Coaching brings the creativity and resourcefulness of two people together, and this alliance facilitates in the revealing of curiosity, strengths, values, talents and also blockages that may have otherwise remained hidden. For coaching to work for you, you will need to be prepared to show up physically and mentally, be honest with yourself and your coach, and be committed to putting your plans into action.
Coaching may not be for everyone, and there are a multitude of coaches and programmes out there. It is important that you find the right avenue for you and work with a person you resonate with. You can see a little more about me and how I work on this YouTube video. If you have any questions or concerns, please do get in touch.
Coaching seems like a big investment...how can I justify it?
Think about it this way: how much money are you willing to spend on a mobile phone, a holiday or a car? Possibly a fair amount, and those big nights out certainly add up over time…
We’re human, we all like things. But like anything material, it has a shelf-life and it’s only worth something to you until something better comes along. Or it breaks. Why do we buy a lot of these ‘things’ anyway? To feel happy. So, my question to you is, what is long-term happiness and well-being worth to you? How could your life change for years to come, if you were to invest in yourself now?
The investment means you have to be brave, committed and take the direction of your life into your own hands. How empowering is that?!
Can I switch programmes?
Sometimes a client comes to me presenting a certain problem but as we dig in new issues begin to emerge.
I like to work as fluidly as possible and keep your needs at the forefront of my mind. This means, if we agree that the most beneficial thing to do is change the approach to how we are working, then we can discuss this and make the necessary adjustments. Whatever that looks like for you – whether it’s changing the programme you have signed up for, or taking a pause to dig further into a pressing issue – we will address this together and form a new strategy to keep you moving forward.
Do you offer payments plans?
For the Career Transition Programme, you can pay in 3 monthly installments of £275. This will be a total of £825 instead of £820 if paying in full.
Generally, payments are set up with a payment plan in mind. All other programmes can be paid for in blocks of 3 sessions if this works best for you. You can find out more information on each coaching page under the Services section.
Please note, I do not accept single session payments on coaching packages. I do offer Bespoke Coaching through which one-off sessions can be agreed upon. Please see the Bespoke Coaching page for more details.
I’m feeling anxious/fearful/stressed. How can you help me manage this?
Anxiety, fear and stress are part of the natural spectrum of emotions. To claim to ‘knock fear on the head’ or ‘get over your fear’ would be misleading and inaccurate. Like every emotion, it has its place and provides information. Throughout our work together, you will learn how to work with these emotions, give them space, acknowledgment and then room to flow through so you can turn your attention to more interesting things! I use a variety of exercises and techniques which are integrated throughout, as and when appropriate.
I'm not feeling particularly anxious, I'm just feeling a bit stuck/unclear. Will the Firework™ programme be relevant for me?
Perhaps you are in a position right now where you have the time and freedom to simply explore and reflect, in which case this programme is ideal for you too. It provides space for you to find clarity, work through any uncertainties and take steps towards your new-found goals.
The Firework™ programme itself doesn’t specifically focus on anxiety, though it will help you with any personal blocks that may arise throughout our time together, which is almost inevitable.
If you are experiencing anxiety, I bring in an extra element to help you (see previous question).
Do I need to do 'homework'?
Depending on which programme you chose, there will be work to do between sessions. Like with anything, what you put in, is what you get out.
Since you are taking the decision to invest in your future, I would encourage you to carve out
Tasks set which are outside the Firework™ programme will be agreed upon in order to help you move forward, challenge yourself and ultimately create change. As your coach, I am here to hold you accountable and help keep you moving towards your goals. I’m not here to slap your wrists. You will never be asked to do something you don’t want to do, and ultimately you are the one that makes the decisions.
Where are you based?
I am currently based in Stratford-upon-Avon, UK. As most of my coaching is done by Skype I work with clients nationwide and internationally. However, if you are local to Stratford-upon-Avon and the surrounding area and you would prefer in-person appointments held at Lifeways Therapy Centre, please contact me to discuss.
Can I have coaching with you if I don't live near you?
Absolutely! In fact, generally my coaching is done by Skype. This means that I coach people internationally as well those in the same town as me who find it difficult to get out to an appointment. However, if you are local to Stratford-upon-Avon and the surrounding area and you would prefer in-person appointments held at Lifeways Therapy Centre, please contact me to discuss.
How can coaching work by Skype?
Having been a client of a number of coaches myself, I have always been on the receiving end of coaching via phone or Skype, so I can vouch for how effective it is. Clients tend to prefer this method once they have tried it as it’s time efficient, you can talk from the comfort of your own home and it provides flexibility if you need to travel throughout the week.
What is the difference between coaching and counselling?
In a nutshell, counselling deals with processing the past in order to live more peacefully in the present, whilst coaching focuses on the future, making changes in the present in order to move forward with confidence.
Throughout the coaching process, blocks, patterns of self-sabotage and ‘limiting beliefs’ may be revealed and identified. In these cases, exercises can be implemented to understand and work through them, and new ways of being or actions can be tried out. However, if there is an issue that needs more in-depth attention, people may need to work with a counsellor before resuming coaching.
As a coach, I cannot diagnose or work on mental health issues such as depression, mood disorders, addictions, ADHD or trauma. If this is the case, it is strongly advised that you seek help from your local GP and/or a licensed counsellor/therapist before moving forward with coaching. Until these problems are resolved or managed effectively, it may be difficult for a person to make significant and lasting changes in their life.
What are your qualifications?
I originally gained my coaching credentials as a certified Health Coach at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN) in 2015. I gained my license as a Firework™ Career Coach in 2018. In addition, I have completed a certificate in CV Writing and Interview Skills.
I am currently working towards a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and also a Certificate in Children’s Counselling and will gain these qualifications in 2020.
Above all, I have worked through my own significant career change (involving relocation and a return to studying). I’ve been where you are now and I’ve worked with a Career Coach and used the Firework™ programme myself. My journey has probably been my biggest challenge and opportunity to grow, and continues to be so. If you’d like to know more, you can visit My Career Transition page.