What is coaching?
Coaching is a personal and professional learning and development process. It encourages and empowers you to take responsibility, be proactive, be reflective and develop the skills that increase your personal, interpersonal and professional effectiveness. The information below relates to individual coaching. I also offer team and group coaching.
This short video gives a simple overview.
As a professional coach, I’ll provide a confidential, safe and trusted space for your learning and reflection. By using a combination of listening, observation, questioning, challenge and feedback, I’ll help you increase your insight and self-awareness. I’ll introduce models and tools that will offer you new perspectives. You’ll have my undivided attention. 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.” Stephen Covey
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.
Coaching is not counselling or therapy, it is proactive and action orientated whilst allowing space to think, reflect and learn. We note past events and experiences, reflect on them in order to gain insights to move forward rather than linger in the past.
Over the last 10 years I have developed my own creative and experiential coaching style. I draw on a broad range of techniques and tools including positive psychology, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and cognitive behavioural coaching. This is all underpinned with deep listening and astute questions to help you think deeper and gain more insight. You can view my coaching profile here
Ultimately you are responsible for your actions and learning. The more you put into the process, the more you will get out of it.
Come to me if …..
You genuinely want to make change.
You are ready to be open and honest about your situation and perspective.
You are open to trying new ways of learning, new ideas and thinking.
You are ready to take action!
What can coaching help with?
Here are some of the areas that coaching can help with...
Coaching to tackle a current challenge or problem
Many clients come to me with a very specific challenge or problem. Examples include...
Help to manage stress, and build resilience.
Achieving a work/life balance.
Improve health and well-being.
Career planning and interview support.
Managing conflict and interpersonal relationships at work.
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...
Recognise the barriers that are holding you back as a leader.
Acknowledge 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.” Brené Brown
I work locally in Shropshire, Wales and throughout the UK, via Zoom, Skype, telephone or in person.
I'm a professional, qualified coach, 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.
Get in touch for a free, no obligation discussion to see if coaching is right for you.
Over a period of around 6-8 months, Gayle worked with me to help identify barriers in my thinking and provided some useful tools to help boost my confidence and performance in the workplace. Gayle listened, challenged some of my assumptions and gently encouraged me to grow and push myself. As a direct result of her input and support I progressed to a senior manager role and I would thoroughly recommend her as an excellent coach.