What is a session with you like?
I am a friendly and open person who values people’s innate differences and talents. I usually have a useful perspective, and can help you to challenge inner obstacles and harness your own strengths in order to move forward.
We will establish a goal for the whole course of 6 sessions, which will give us an idea of what you are working towards. This can change, but it is great to have a direction in mind! Within that, we can work on what you bring to the session on the day – we do not have to rigidly stick to specific goals and outcomes. In fact there is a tendency for other things that come up to be relevant to your overall goal.
What kind of people do you work with?
I have a wide range of clients from CEOs to dancers, writers, scientists – the sky is the limit in terms of profession. However, my clients do tend to be aspirational people who are working towards something and are looking for meaning and fulfilment. For example, I have supported people in making more money or achieving a promotion, in finishing creative projects, setting up companies or working on personal development, but whatever the goal, it is always in the context of what is right for them deep down.
Are there instances when coaching is not right for me?
There are times when we need to heal wounds from our past in order to move forwards, in which case it is more beneficial to see a counsellor. On the Coaching page I spoke a little about the difference between counselling and coaching, but this can be quite nuanced. Emotion is welcome at a coaching session, even emotion about the past – as long as we are mainly looking forward. However, there are some issues that will prevent us from moving forwards until we have fully witnessed them and this is not a coaching area. Please do not feel offended if it is ever recommended that you have counselling – it does not mean that there is anything wrong with you, just that you are a person.
Also, coaching at depth is better when you have a little extra bandwidth for thinking deeply about your situation and emotions. It does not have to take over your life, but if you are in the middle of a work emergency and need clear, actionable steps immediately without any reference to anything deeper than the surface, you should find a coach that works that way instead. Just to be clear, I am a very practical person with common sense, who loves taking action – but I support people in making progress that is meaningful in some way rather than just reactive.
How does the coaching work?
I offer one-to-one coaching sessions over zoom. We will have a video chat free of charge beforehand, to make sure that we are the right fit with no obligation on either side. If we both agree that coaching together would work then you would sign up for a course of 6 x 50 minute sessions. Each session is charged at £90 and they can be weekly, fortnightly or even monthly. I do not recommend spreading them out longer than that or the work loses momentum.
There is a 24-hour cancellation fee, so if you do have to cancel within 24 hours you must pay your usual session fee. Although I will always try to fit you into a different slot if possible, I cannot guarantee this will be an option.
When your course of 6 sessions has come to an end we can discuss whether you would like to start another course of 6 sessions, or have individual sessions as and when you need them.
What can I expect from you?
The coaching relationship is built on trust and this includes complete confidentiality. I will not discuss what you disclose to me in your sessions or let people know you are having coaching with me without your permission. However, I may bring aspects of the general themes that arise in your sessions, to my own coaching supervision. This is a standard practice for coaches and your identity would never be disclosed. I will keep your notes secure and if a period of 7 years elapses since your last session I will destroy them safely.
I will endeavour to make you feel welcome regardless of your background, gender or other factors and to support you as best I can. Fundamentally, coaching should be collaborative, professional and respectful. This is a unique kind of relationship, which may even last for years, but whether of a fixed or long duration the goal is for you to feel seen, supported and satisfied that you have made progress. I love working with my clients, seeing them grow and progress over time and make the world a little better in their own unique way.
If you would like to take the next step and book an introductory chat via zoom please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and include details of your general availability.