Health and wellness coaching for individuals affected by a serious health issue

I was getting pains in my neck and shoulders and had a lifelong problem with dizziness which was getting worse. This combined with the menopause was making me feel quite anxious. I tried many things which helped, but they didn’t prevent the panic feelings. Coaching helped me to separate the feelings of childhood panic from the uncomfortable and scary feelings associated with my symptoms and be more proactive in managing them. I realised that I’m more adaptable than I previously thought!

Lilly from London, UK

Working with Barbara was a really nice experience. We did an online session on a very powerful and emotional dream I had. She 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 during the whole process. I really recommend working with Barbara, she provides a very nice balance between softness and care, when at the same time pushing you to move forwards.

Josefina from London, UK


After you, or a loved one, have experienced serious illness or injury, it can feel like normality has been taken away from you.

The situation you’re in probably takes up a lot of your physical and emotional energy. You have so many questions and there is a lot of uncertainty. You might have lost a sense of control, some of your usual confidence, and feel lonely. Although family and friends may be helpful and sympathetic, they don’t really get what you’re going through. And the medical professionals can only do so much.

Maybe you’ve started reading or seeking support to come to terms with what’s happened. But it feels like a huge task.

Not many people know what it’s like to try and make sense of what has happened and rebuild their lives after an unexpected serious illness or injury. But I do. I’ve been the one who has been unexpectedly seriously ill and then a few years later, found myself suddenly in the caring role. I’ve also supported many people with rare conditions through a charity I once led and conducted research in this area for a masters in coaching psychology.

I learned it’s completely possible to not just cope with, but thrive and flourish, when you have the right support tailored to your needs in place.


You’re here because you’re ready 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. The process is called coaching and you can read more about it here. 

During our sessions you will reclaim the essence of who you are and recognise how you have changed. Through reconnecting to yourself you’ll leave behind the emotional struggle and return to that sense of wellness and wellbeing you have been wanting.

You’ll re-learn your strengths and capabilities and identify what is important to you; identify and let go of ways of being in the world which no longer serve you and develop new approaches. Ultimately, you will create choices for yourself and develop a plan, which will move you forward into action.

So you can feel calm, happy and in control once more.


Take part in research

Have you experienced the onset of a serious health issue and talk about acceptance in relation to it?

If you are happy to share your experience, I’m researching what acceptance means to people like you.

Start your Return to Wellness journey in 3 steps

Step 1 – Identify what you want to be different

You may have the health issue, or be in the caring role, and want to change something around one or more aspects of your life. I grouped issues clients often have into these categories. Click on each to learn more and consider which topics apply to you. If something isn’t listed here, mention it when you complete the contact form in step 2 and we can discuss it. 

Reclaim yourself - Manage your health issue

  • Figure out how to live in a changed body
  • Manage symptoms (pain, fatigue, etc.)
  • Enhance how you look after yourself physically (diet, exercise, establishing a routine, etc.)
  • Establish your healthcare team (hint, this doesn’t always include medical and healthcare professionals, it can inlcude a favourite pet)
  • Develop collaborative partnerships with your healthcare team to get your needs met
  • Design a holistic recovery/rehabilitation plan for the non-medical side of things

Reclaim yourself - Manage your emotions

  • Make sense of what has happened to you (whether you have or a loved one has the serious health issue)
  • Move beyond feelings of anger, loss and fear
  • Feel balanced emotionally
  • Take back control
  • Regain your independence
  • Find ways to contribute, be useful and productive
  • Minimise and manage stress in your life
  • Enhance how you look after yourself emotionally
  • 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

Reclaim your relationships

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

Reclaim your job/career

  • Return to work (Hint: Work doesn’t have to be paid; it can be a volunteer position or something else. You define what ‘work’ means to you.)
  • Develop strategies for a successful transition back into work and for the longer-term
  • Figure out what to tell colleagues (or not)
  • Manage relationships with colleagues, your line manager and HR
  • Resolve sticky situations with staff
  • You want to go for a promotion or work on a special project and be successful at it
  • Discover ways to use your skills, strengths and interests at work
  • Find alternative employment
  • Create a new career
  • Find a volunteer opportunity
  • Return to education

Reclaim your life purpose

  • Explore your purpose in life: what you’re here to do and the impact you can and want to have on yourself and others
  • Understand what is really important to you, so any future decisions you make are aligned with that
  • Hint: Your life purpose isn’t an end in itself. It can evolve throughout your life as you grow, change and learn

Reclaim your hobbies and interests

  • Get back to your interests and hobbies
  • Find new interests and hobbies

Step 2 – Get a free consultation to discuss your needs 

Get in touch by completing this contact form and I’ll respond to arrange a time. We’ll talk for up to an hour about what you want for yourself, how coaching can help, how many sessions you will need, and how we would like to work together. But if you know what you need and want to get started now, go straight to step 3.

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Step 3 – Select your health and wellness coaching package

I offer three coaching packages. If you would like something that you don’t see here, get in touch by completing the contact form just above and we can discuss the possibilities.

Payment is made by bank transfer, Paypal or cheque made out to Barbara Babcock Coaching & Consulting.

Once payment has been received, you’ll receive a Welcome Pack with information about the coaching process and our agreement. You’ll also receive a Getting Started Pack to prepare for our first session and help you get the most out of coaching, including worksheets and tools to use as we move through the coaching process.

Payment plans are available to help spread costs if needed.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is each session?

The first session is 90 minutes so we can go through any pre-work you’ve completed and set our agenda for working together. Each successive session is 60 minutes.

How often will we talk?
We’ll typically arrange to speak every two weeks at the start as this allows you to build momentum regarding the change you want to make. If you opt to have more than four sessions, we can review how often we meet after our first few sessions to see if moving to once 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 complext 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 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.
What do you mean by “a serious health issue"?
Many people I work with have experienced the onset of a serious 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 who I help – if a health issue is having an impact on your life, 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; neurological inflammatory conditions like Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and rarer ones such as Transverse Myelitis (TM), Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO) and Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM); Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS); Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E.); Parkinson’s; heart disease including heart attacks in younger men; angina; diabetes; spinal cord injury; lupus; and benign conditions such as dizziness. And I have supported family members who have had to take on the carer 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. So 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.

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