The term 'coaching' itself comes from the Anglo-Saxon word for 'carriage', which is a means of transporting something from one place to another.
A coach guides you from where you are in life, to where you want to be in life and is someone who aims to help and empower you to make, meet and exceed personal and professional goals - including excelling in the workplace, becoming happy and fulfilled in the home, exploring the self and the world, and achieving ambitions.
A coach provides clients with the tools to confidently face difficult situations, push past emotional barriers and eventually view life with fresh, hopeful and enlightened eyes.
The fundamental difference between counselling and life coaching is that counselling usually investigates the roots and causes of problems, whereas coaching focuses mainly on the future to encourage personal-development and self-improvement.
I utilise effective techniques to help my clients in all aspects of life. If you've ever struggled with anything - whether it be sticking to a diet, learning a language, moving out of your comfort zone, standing up for yourself at work, keeping a stable love life, or achieving those things you always wanted to do (see a whale, go to Asia, climb a mountain and other so called 'bucket-list' activities), then consulting a coach could help you.
I will approach things pragmatically. Through questions and exercises, I will try to get a good idea of how you look at the world. From this I will be able to identify the most effective route to your goal/goals.
Some people may feel intimidated by the idea of change and so need to take things very slowly to fulfill their goals. However you approach life, I will be able to tailor your sessions to fit.
It's funny that when we first meet our partner and fall in love, we just don't see our partner's flaws or them ours.....we see each other as perfect! We expect our commitment to each other or marriage to be the end of our search for love but it is the beginning of a different kind of searching.
Every relationship is a journey - we start off in love and everything feels good and hopeful and then something changes, our relationship is faced with challenges and difficulties and things begin to look bleak and we end up feeling hurt or angry or both.
I provide counselling and coaching to couples and individuals experiencing difficulties in their relationships. There could be a breakdown in communication, an affair, financial worries, loss of trust or just a relationship MOT needed.
If you feel that you have lost the relationship that you once had and long to get it back, relationship counselling can help you and your partner to find your way back and help you to re-connect to those old feelings again.
I use a number of therapies for working with relationships including 'Imago Relationship Therapy' as developed by Harville Hendrix and Dr Sue Johnson’s “Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love”
These therapies offer powerful and effective ways for people in relationships to access the core reasons for the problems they experience and offers them 'tools' to work towards healing.
The space between two people is called the 'relational space' and how we treat this space is the focus or our work together. This allows you to explore who you are and how in your pain, you might pollute the space and cause pain. This is the common story of relationships - it happens to everyone to some extent.
This way of working with couples moves away from the blaming, shaming and criticising therapy. It assumes that we each bring our hurt, hopes and dreams into the relationship and by learning more effective communication skills, we can understand and create empathy for ourself and our partner and reconnect at a deeper level.
Love life - do you ever wonder why the opposite sex never seems to be interested in you? Do you wish you had the confidence to approach someone you have your eye on? Do you have commitment problems? Are you struggling to deal with a divorce? Whatever the problem, I can help you to understand your love-life problems and then work towards rectifying them.
Business life - starting and running a business is tough work. Sometimes we get so absorbed in hard work we neglect ourselves. Coaching can help with confidence, leadership, decision-making and work/life balance.
Personal life - perhaps you feel like you're not making the most of life. There's so much to see, do and learn in this world, but often a lack of confidence, time and will-power can cause us to stay inside not doing anything. Coaching can motivate you to do the things you want to do, so you can finally fight the urge to procrastinate.
Performance - improvement is at the heart of life coaching. Whatever your skill, coaching could help improve it. Whether you're an athlete, an artist, a writer, a performer, or a musician - adopting specialist techniques will help you to push your limitations and exceed expectations.