Start your Return to Wellness® journey to help you in living well with pain and illness or injury

Coaching helped me to separate the feelings of panic from the uncomfortable and scary feelings associated with my dizziness symptoms and be more proactive in managing them. I realised that I’m more adaptable than I previously thought!

Lilly from London, UK

We did an online session on a very powerful and emotional dream I had. Barbara got straight to the point and directly addressed the issue. This helped me grasp and illuminate the meaning of the dream. I felt very supported and amazed by her clarity and confidence.

Josefina from London, UK

1-1 support to help you 

Navigate the many changes

Restore your sense of control, an emotional balance and confidence

Manage your symptoms effectively

Learn to live with the uncertainty of fluctuating symptoms and/or relapse

Return to work

Help people close to you understand the impact on you and how they can help

Restore communication and connection in your family

Get the most from your medical team

Design how you want your life to be and implement a plan to achieve that

 

You’ll work with someone who knows what it’s like

Having had an unexpected serious neurological illness and been in the caring role for my partner, I’ve experienced the life-changing impact a challenging health issue can have and move to place where living well with pain and illness (or injury) is possible.

In addition to working with people like you through my coaching practice, I’ve also supported many people with rare medical conditions through a charity I once led and conducted research in this area for a masters in coaching psychology.

 

You’re here because you want to move forward

 

In a series of purposeful conversations, we’ll work collaboratively on the area(s) of your life where you want to make a change. You’ll:

Reclaim the essence of who you are and recognise how you’ve changed.

Re-learn your strengths and capabilities and identify what is important to you.

Let go ways of being in the world which no longer serve you and develop new approaches.

Leave behind the emotional struggle and take back control.

Create choices for yourself and develop a plan, moving yourself forward into action.

So you return to that sense of wellness you’ve been seeking. 

Get started in 3 steps

Step 1 – Figure out what you want to change

Common issues clients have typically fall into one of these categories. Click on each to learn more. If you feel your issue isn’t listed here, mention it in the contact form in step 2.

Reclaim You & Your Health

  • Make sense of what happened and coming to terms with it
  • Move beyond feelings of anger, loss and fear
  • Feel balanced emotionally
  • Take back control
  • Regaining your independence
  • Minimise and manage stress in your life
  • Regain your confidence
  • Develop a positive self-image
  • Learn to live with the uncertainty that comes with many serious illnesses and chronic conditions
  • Decipher what your day and night dreams are telling you
  • Figure out how to live in a changed body
  • Design a holistic recovery/rehabilitation plan for the non-medical side of things
  • Develop non-medical approaches to managing your symptoms (pain, fatigue, etc.)
  • Develop collaborative partnerships with your healthcare team to get your needs met

Reclaim Your Relationships

  • Make sense of and manage change in your relationships with family, friends and/or work colleagues
  • Stay socially active
  • Balance the roles of spouse/partner and carer
  • Redefining your relationships with your children, siblings, and/or parents
  • Restore communication and connection in your family
  • Get out of unhealthy relationships
  • Get into healthy relationships
  • Respond to people’s reactions to your or your loved one’s health issue

Click here to learn about an innovative approach called Family Constellations which I often use to help you in dealing with family and health issues.

I offer Family Constellations on a 1-1 basis which you can read about below in step 3, and also as a group workshop which you can read about here.

Return To Work & Your Life

    • Return to work, volunteering, and/or education. Work doesn’t have to be a typical 9-5 job. We work to your definition of ‘work’.
    • Develop strategies for a successful transition back into work
    • Manage relationships with colleagues, your line manager and HR
    • Discover ways to use your skills, strengths and interests at work
    • Find alternative employment
    • Develop a new career which takes into account the impact of your health issue or caring responsibilities
    • Do an inventory of your skills, strengths and passions as part of developing a new career for yourself 
    • Explore how you want to live your life going forwards
    • Understand what is really important to you, so any future decisions you make are aligned with that
    • Find ways to contribute, be useful and productive
    • Get back to your interests and hobbies
    • Find new interests and hobbies

    Step 2 – Select your health and wellness coaching package

    I offer two coaching packages and one-off systemic family constellation sessions. If you would like something that you don’t see here, get in touch by completing the client application form for your Wellness Discovery call in step 3 and we can discuss the possibilities.

      Step 3 – Get in touch for a free Wellness Discovery call 

      Click on the button to complete the client application form. When I get your application, I’ll be in touch to schedule the call. We’ll talk for approx 30 minutes regarding what you want for yourself, what’s getting in the way of that, how I can help, and I can answer any questions you have.  

      Frequently Asked Questions

      How long is each session?

      A Systemic Family Constellation is 90 minutes. If you selected the 6 or 12 session coaching package, each session is 60 minutes. During the first session we go through any pre-work you’ve completed and set the agenda for our work together.

      How often will we talk?

      We’ll typically speak every two weeks as this allows you to build momentum regarding the change you want to make. If you opt to have more than six sessions, we can review how often we meet after that to determine if moving to meeting every 3-4 weeks would be right for you.

      Is there any support outside of our sessions?

      In between sessions, I offer email support if something has come up as a result of our work you wish to share, you have a question or want to share a success. If I feel the topic maybe too complex for me to do it justice in an email or there isn’t enough information for me to give a decent response, I’ll respond to the degree I can and suggest it is dealt with in our next session.

      What happens at the end of our work together?

      We’ll agree what’s right for you. You might decide you’ve reached the goal you had in mind; you might want to book in a one-off session in a few weeks or months, or you might decide you’d like to book another coaching package. You can also subscribe to my newsletter as another way of keeping in touch and being part of the Return to Wellness community.

      Is what you do counselling?

      Coaching and counselling share similarities in that you come with an issue you are trying to resolve and you talk to the counsellor or coach about it.

      So coaching and counselling share the skills of deep listening, asking thought provoking questions, making observations, giving you feedback, helping you gain new perspectives on your issue and more.

      The high level differences based on my experience of being a coach, a coaching and therapy client, and my training in both coaching psychology and therapy are the following:

      • Coaching isn’t about looking into your past and childhood for your present day issues. It is focused on the present, where you want to be in your future, and the action you can take to get there.
      • Coaching is a very purposeful. There’s an aim for our overall work together and even an aim for each session. As a coach, I also keep an eye on how your aim for each session relates to the overall work together and highlight it if I notice differences. Goals can change during coaching and that’s ok.
      • In counselling and therapy you set goals, but I have found there isn’t always an explicit focus on them from session to session. As such, what can sometimes happen is there is lots of focus on gaining insight but not as much focus of doing something different as a result. But this this will depend on the counsellor/therapist and the training they’ve had. As a coach, I focus on insight to raise awareness AND taking action.
      • Coaching tends to be a shorter-term activity – typically 6 to 12 sessions.
      • Coaching sessions are typically an hour (but not always as you can see coaches offering 30, 45, 90 minute sessions. Therapy sessions tend to be 50 minutes. 
      •  In coaching, we tend to meet every two weeks to give you enough time to take action in between sessions and notice what results you get. In counselling/therapy you tend to meet weekly.

      There’s a lot I could write on this topic. Suffice it to say that each has their place. We can always chat more about this during your Wellness Discovery call.

      What do you mean by a "challenging health issue"?

      Many people I have work with have experienced the onset of a challenging health issue suddenly, which has been life-changing for them in some way. Other clients are dealing with health challenges that might at first appear “minor” but actually have a significant impact on their day to day life. Or the health issue may be serious and temporary. I don’t have a set of strict criteria about what is challenging and what is not. If a health issue is having an impact on your life and you’re finding that challenging, then I’d love to support you to move forward. I’m always happy to have a chat about what you’re going through to find out if I’m the best fit for you.

      Do you have expertise in specific health conditions?

      I’ve worked with people who have/had

      • Cancer – Breast cancer, Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, etc.
      • Leukemia
      • Parkinson’s
      • Spinal Cord Injury
      • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
      • Transverse Myelitis (TM)
      • Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO)
      • Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM)
      • Diabetes
      • Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E.) / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
      • Lupus
      • Heart disease including heart attacks in younger men
      • Angina
      • Arthritis
      • Benign conditions such as dizziness
      • Back pain
      • Challenging injuries (back, leg, etc.)

      I have also supported family members who have had to take on a caring or supporting role.

      As a coach, my role is not to give clients medical related advice on how to treat their condition or symptoms of it. I’m not a doctor or nurse so not qualified to do that. Nor is it the purpose of coaching to do that. Therefore, having expertise in specific health conditions is not needed. However, I do read about your or your loved one’s condition so I have an understanding of the issues you face on a daily basis.

      If at any time I felt your issue or questions you ask would be better dealt with by a suitably qualified professional, I will let you know that.

      Coaching is also not a replacement for medical diagnosis or treatment.

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