Frequently asked questions

What is coaching?


Coaching is facilitating someone to become a better version of themselves through personal and professional development. According to Whitmore, 1992, based on Gallwey - a tennis expert 'Coaching is unlocking a person's potential to maximise their own performance. It is helping them to learn rather than teaching them - facilitation approach'.




What is Cognitive Behavioural Coaching?


Cognitive Behavioural Coaching (CBC) is based on Cognitive Behaivoural Therapy (CBT) which challenges your belief system in order to overcome barriers to your professional and personal development. Tasks are agreed between you and I to complete in order for you to overcome these barriers. The difference between coaching and therapy is that I (for your own well being) have clients that have mild to moderate symptoms of stress, anxiety, depression or have no symptoms at all and are seeking clarification in achieving their goals. If you are feeling upset all the time, major mood disturbances, suicidal thoughts, please see your GP, local A & E or my signpost page for where you can go for help. Also, therapy can be for a long period, perhaps for years. On the other hand, coaching is approximately 6 sessions, although there is flexibility in this number.




How can I benefit from coaching?


Coaching is about empowering someone and becoming your own internal coach. If you are finding it difficult to have your voice heard either in your personal or professional life, no matter where you are in your life, you will benefit from coaching. We will work together to unravel your thoughts and beliefs and access the resources and support you have around you, empowering you to having your voice heard again.




Can I afford it?


The questions I want to ask you, can you afford not to come? Is stress affecting your life so much that it is affecting your relationships with family, friends or colleagues? What do you do to avoid facing these stressors? Do you:

  • excessively shop
  • execssively exercise or no exercise
  • comfort eat
  • avoid family and friends
  • avoid socialising
  • react negatively to criticism
  • get angry and frustrated quickly with your loved ones or colleagues
  • struggling to have your voice heard
  • losing your identity and sense of belonging
  • avoid difficult situations
  • struggling with work/life balance
The list could be endless but it is how you are dealing with these stressors that are making you experience negative emotions and behaviours. If you answered yes to any of these questions, then investing in coaching could be the best thing you have done. The goal of coaching is for you to internalise the coaching tools so you become your own coach. For developmental purposes you may want to dip in and out in the future but that is up to you. Prices are varied and start approximately from £80.00 per 1 hour session and there are package deals available for six sessions or more.




Where do we meet?


We can meet where you feel comfortable, that can be in my consultation room or a coffee shop. I also hold sessions through Telephone, SKYPE and ZOOM.




Are you qualified?


As a member of the Association for Coaching, I have over 8 years of coaching experience. I was a middle leader in the Education Sector, teacher of A-Level Psychology and Relationship and Sex Education Co-ordinator. I worked with a local mental health charity, on their coaching program, to faciliatate Service Users to identify and achieve their goals and consequently, reduced the amount of readmissions into hospital. Some of my clients include:

  • individuals looking for promotion to leadership roles
  • looking for support in leadership roles
  • students achieving their grades to gain their University choice
  • mums returning to work
  • people worried about work / life balance
I am mum to two boys and a dog! Qualifications:
  • Psychology BSc (Hons) 2:1 (Open University)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) (UCL Institute for Education)
  • Certificate in Coaching (Centre for Coaching; Accredited by BPS & AC)
  • Certificate in Stress and Performance Management (Centre for Coaching; Accredited by BPS & AC). Including:
    • Primary Certificate in Stress Management Coaching (Centre for Coaching; Accredited by BPS and AC)
    • Primary Certificate in Performance Management Coaching (Centre for Coaching; Accredited by BPS and AC)
    • Primary Certificate in Problem Focused Counselling, Coaching and Training (Centre for Coaching; Accredited by BPS and AC)
Currently Undertaking
  • The Accredited Diploma in Coaching Programme (Centre for Coaching accredited by the BPS and AC).
Continual Professional Development (CPD) includes:
  • Leading a Coaching School for Senior Leaders
  • Parenting Coaching
  • Systemic Coaching
  • Taking Coaching Conversations Outdoors
  • Nature as a dynamic co-partner
  • Co-coaching Forums
  • Ongoing Supervision
This will be updated regularly.




Are you regulated?


Coaching and Counselling is not regulated to date. However, belonging to a professional body means that I adhere to certain ethical guidelines and any courses I do are accredited by these bodies. The professional bodies I belong to are Association for Coaching and British Psychological Society. Part of being a member of the Association for Coaching requires me to have an ongoing supervisor. This is important because it means that I am accountable and responsible not only to you but to the Association for Coaching.




I am worried about taking the next step, what should I do?


You can either telephone, email or contact me through the website and we can have a free informal chat and identify what your expectations are from coaching with me and go through the contract. This is a no obligation session. If you want to proceed with another session, which is also free, this is where we identify your goals and develop an action plan, you can do as few or as many sessions as you would like. I would ask if you decide to do a program that you don't leave more than 4 weeks apart from each session. This is important for you to be able to stay on your journey. The reason the first sessions are free is because I recognise that change can be difficult to transition to. There is a commitment to coaching because change is not easy and I will show you how transformational your life can be, so you can make the right decision for you.




Is coaching for me?


In a word, Yes. However, maybe not yet! Coaching is successful when someone is ready to commit their time and complete the tasks they set themselves within a certain time frame. Depending on your goals, it may involve you putting yourself in uncomfortable situations, for example, saying no to people! Coaching is about your journey and not about changing other people's behaviour or thoughts.