What is coaching?

“Coaching is unlocking a person’s potential to maximise their own performance… helping them to learn rather than teaching them.” – Sir John Whitmore (Coaching for Performance, 3rd ed., 2002)

Coaching is a powerful way to resolve issues, clarify what you want, and get past feeling stuck, and is especially suited to times when you’re navigating change.

In a series of purposeful, forward-looking conversations, we’ll get clear on what you want to achieve and set objectives for our work so you can get to where you want to be.

You’ll find you will develop a greater awareness of your situation, and uncover new ways to resolve issues that might have felt ‘stuck’ for some time. You’ll leave each session with actions to take to move you towards your goals.

What is health and wellness coaching?

The only difference between ‘coaching’ and ‘health and wellness coaching’  is the starting point. In health and wellness coaching, the start point is your health and wellness. So you may wish to make changes to your physical health, mental health, social health, job health or some other aspect of your life. Otherwise, the process is the same as described above.

Health and wellness coaching does not involve medical or nutritional advice. If you need that kind of support, please speak to a suitably qualified professional.

My role as coach

Coaching assumes that you can find the solutions to your questions and issues yourself. As your coach, I facilitate that process rather than telling you what you should or shouldn’t do. That’s what makes coaching different from therapy, mentoring, consulting or advising. It’s uniquely placed to empower you to be the expert on your life thereby supporting you to take back control after an injury or diagnosis – and ultimately, to restore your own sense of wellness and wellbeing.

I’ll partner with you to help you find answers by:

  • Listening attentively and non-judgmentally
  • Reflecting back to you what you say and do… and what you don’t
  • Asking thought-provoking questions and gently challenging your assumptions, beliefs and current ways of doing things
  • Reminding you of your strengths and abilities
  • Being your sounding board
  • Supporting and encouraging you
  • Helping you keep yourself on track for what you want to achieve.

I also take responsibility for keeping us focused on your agenda throughout, and undertake to keep the details of our conversations completely confidential.

Who is coaching for?

You will get the most out of coaching if you:

  • Feel you’re ready to make a change in your life, with the right support. It doesn’t matter how large or small that change may feel like.
  • Are prepared to talk about yourself and contribute to conversations openly and honestly
  • Know what you want to achieve from our work together,or are willing to explore that with my support
  • Collaborate in seeking the answers and solutions, and identifying the actions you can implement in between our conversations to move yourself forward
  • Implement those actions

Ultimately, you take full responsibility for the choices and decisions you make. It is this recognition and exercising of your personal power which makes coaching so effective.

Who is coaching not for?

Coaching does not assume that you are ‘broken’; I am not here to ‘fix’ you. It does not involve the diagnosis or treatment of mental disorders, nor is it a substitute for counselling, psychotherapy, mental health care or substance abuse treatment.

So, you might not be ready for coaching if you:

  • Don’t feel ready to talk about yourself or to make changes in your life. If that’s you right now, I’d suggest you sign up to my blog so you can get to know me and read my free advice, and then get in touch when you do feel ready to make a shift.
  • Are looking for a space to complain about what other people do or don’t do. Of course, we all need to ‘vent’ from time to time, but our focus will be on what you learn from what’s going on and will do differently going forwards.
  • Want someone to give you the answers and tell you what to do.
  • Are looking for specific advice on a matter possibly from a different profession. Coaching is not a substitute for input from legal, medical, financial, business, spiritual or other qualified professionals. If at any time I feel your needs would be better met by any of these professionals, I will let you know. Any decisions and actions you take as a result of working with other professionals are your sole responsibility.
  • Don’t want to take action in between sessions.
  • Have a tendency to ‘disappear’ and not be in communication. Part of your commitment to coaching is remaining in communication if you can’t make a session, something about our work isn’t working for you, you wish to end working together early, want to change our focus, or you just want to take a break.

My coaching style

Clients tell me they feel heard, and that means they’re able to open up and explore different solutions. The observations I make and questions I ask create awareness that changes how they think and feel. I’ve been described as the ‘supportive challenger’ – my input might cause you to stop and think, but is always delivered in a gentle and understanding manner. Many clients find what they learn about themselves very empowering.

Outcomes from work with previous clients has included better management of stress, better management of symptoms, reduced symptoms, reduction in pain medication, feeling calm and in control of life again, feeling less stressed at work, and better family relationships.

You can see my coaching and other qualifications here.

If you would like to learn more about how we can work together, check out the services I offer to find one that suits you. And get in touch for a free no obligation consultation by completing the contact form below.

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