What is coaching?
Coaching is a personal and professional learning and development process.
It provides a safe, supportive and empowering space for the "coachee" to think, explore and reflect. It's a partnership between the coach and coachee, and together we find the best way to work together to help you move forward in the way you want to.
This short video gives a simple overview.
Working with Gayle has been life changing. In a few hours we worked through patterns of thought and behaviour that I have struggled with for decades. We made realistic, manageable plans together that felt completely unique and tailored to my circumstances. I'm already seeing benefits to my career and mental wellbeing. Working with Gayle has been like opening a window and letting fresh air into my mind and my life. She was calm, compassionate and has a great sense of humour. I can't recommend working with her highly enough.
As a professional accredited coach, I’ll provide a confidential, safe and trusted space for your learning and reflection. I’ll act as your thinking partner and support you through each coaching session as you move forward towards your goals.
When you really listen to another person from their point of view, and reflect back to them that understanding, it's like giving them emotional oxygen.
Coaching can be truly transformative and impact on unhelpful entrenched ways of thinking and behaving. I’m interested in working with you to explore under the surface, identifying unhelpful patterns of thinking and behaviours, unlocking new possibilities and starting to ‘build the muscle’ that will lead to positive and lasting change.
My coaching style is warm, open and creative which (hopefully!) allows my clients the space and time to think, reflect and develop.
I draw on a broad range of techniques and tools including positive psychology, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and cognitive behavioural coaching. I’m not prescriptive however, and always start with you, the client, between us we’ll find the right approach that works for you.
Come to me if …..
You genuinely want to make change.
You are open to new ideas and thinking.
You are ready to take action!
It all starts with a conversation
Whether you’re an organisation looking to commission coaching for your teams, or you’re an individual wanting some private coaching, it all starts with a conversation to find out what you’re looking for and whether we’re the right fit. I work with a network of other coaches and am always happy to signpost to other colleagues if needed.
For organisations – I offer group coaching and team coaching, action learning set facilitation and workshops. I am also often commissioned for 1-2-1 coaching supporting aspiring leaders, those moving to new leadership roles or in other work transitions.
For individuals – Some clients come to me directly, not wanting to involve their workplace. This is absolutely fine, we’ll develop a package of coaching that works for you.
Coaching to renew and refresh
Some of my clients come to me because they feel ‘stuck’ and want to review and reflect on their choices and options going forward. Coaching can help us to reconnect with our individual values and purpose especially at various transition points in our lives. Examples include, mid-life, redundancy, returning to work after parental leave, retirement and empty nest.
Coaching can help you...
Shift perspectives and ways of thinking to make deep and lasting personal change.
Take control and be pro-active in your life and career.
Find yourself again after a life transition.
Find your motivation and drive.
Coaching to consolidate and build confidence
I have also worked with many people who are getting to grips with a new job or are at the early stages of their career. Here coaching can help you to build your strengths and confidence and find your voice, it could help you...
Become more confident and competent within a new job role.
Challenge limiting beliefs that may be holding you back.
Manage your manager to get the most from your work.
Improve your performance and impact.
Be motivated and proactive.
Executive and Leadership coaching
Drawing on my own senior management experience, I frequently work with senior managers and leaders. Senior leadership can be a lonely and isolating space. I provide the safe, confidential and reflective space for you to talk through current challenges and problems, work through options and gain real insight. Let me help you to ...
Recognise the barriers that are holding you back as a leader.
Acknowledge your fear and vulnerabilities.
Manage and implement change.
Explore who you are as a leader and be your authentic self.
Let go of who you think you're supposed to be and embrace who you are.
I work locally in Shropshire and across the UK, coaching virtually or face to face.
I'm an professional, qualified coach, with over 900 coaching hours. Accredited at Senior Practitioner level with the European Mentoring Coaching Council (EMCC), I work to the Global Code of Ethics for coaches, mentors and supervisors.