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What is Coaching?

Coaching in the words of author Martin Seligman, can take you from “languishing to flourishing.” Getting clarity about who you are, what you want and where you are going.

It is a conversation with purpose.

It challenges you to give yourself permission to believe in what you really want and become the best you can be.

When those negative voices show up, as you expand your comfort zone, coaching helps you become curious about those fears.

To realise your dreams takes consistent action. Your coach holds an unshakable belief in you, champions you and holds you accountable.

Is Coaching like Counselling or Psychotherapy?

Coaching focuses where you are now and what you would like in the future. It encourages personal development. Coaches are not qualified to diagnose mental health problems, but are trained to recognise when a client may need the help of a mental health professional and guide them to get help.

Counselling/ psychotherapy determines past events that have contributed to current issues for the client, investigating underlying causes of mental health problems.

How does Coaching work?

Coaching is a partnership between Client and Coach to assist the Client in moving forward in an area of their life. The Coach honours that you are the expert in your own life. You will not be given advice or told what to do.

You will be supported in exploring thoughts and feelings in a confidential, safe space. You will never be forced to make a decision. The job of the Coach is to listen, ask questions to create new awareness and bring your attention to things you may not have noticed. The Coach supports you in setting actions and goals and will participate in holding you accountable for taking the steps you have chosen to take. Action is what will lead you to achieving what you want in life.

How do I find out more?

I offer a 30 minute Connection Call with anyone interested in coaching. This allows me to explain more about what coaching is and allows you to ask questions. It’s very important that there is good rapport between Client and Coach.

What happens in a coaching session?

A session lasts approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. We begin by you deciding what would be most helpful for you to explore in the session, and what you would like to achieve by the end of our conversation. I will listen, ask questions, reflect on what you have said and support you in choosing what to do with the information you have discovered.

Image making, art and journalling are used to support your process of discovery. They help you tap into your creative nature and come up with ideas you may not have previously considered. Don't worry if you don't feel like an artist - some paper and coloured pens or pencils work just fine. Any marks you make assist in exploring your world more creatively.

What is the difference between Coaching and Mentoring?

With Coaching you are the expert in your life. The Coach doesn’t need expertise in the area you are seeking coaching for.

A Mentor has expertise in a specific area and is able to give the client advice and guide the client. The Mentor will have more experience and understanding of the subject than the client.

What about Qualifications?

It’s a good idea to ask your Coach about their qualifications as there is currently no minimum requirement. Consulting a Coach who has undergone a thorough training and holds membership with a professional body is recommended.

The International Coach Federation (ICF), European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) and Association for Coaching (AC) are the three leading associations in the UK.

International Coaching Federation Diploma and ACC credential accredited by ICF and am a member of ICF and the Association for Coaching.

ICF UK Trauma Informed Practice

Level 6 Diploma in Equine Facilitated Psychotraumatology with IFEEL Method

ADHD specific coach training through ADDCA.

Art in Coaching trained, using image making to access deeper understanding of ourselves and what motivates us.

Intelligent Horsemanship Foundation course in Relational Horsemanship