What is coaching?
Coaching is not just for sports people! – many people can benefit from coaching. Through coaching, I assist people in their work lives or with handling disputes. Coaching isn’t about the coach telling you what to do, but helping you find your own way through taking a real interest, talking and asking questions. You should not feel that something is ‘being done to you’ and coaching should not feel weird or therapy-ish – it’s more like a conversation between two thoughtful adults.
What I offer
I trained in coach-mentoring with The Oxford Coaching and Mentoring. My certificate is recognised by the European Mentoring and Coaching Council, EMCC and I follow the EMCC’s ethical framework. My background is as an NHS Consultant in Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, so I have experience in many people-skills and therapeutic appraoches. More recently I trained in work psychology, and as a Civil & Commercial, and Workplace Mediator. Where relevant, I draw upon this knowledge. However, as a coach, I am most interested in you and your own ideas. This is of course because each person and situation is unique. Each person has their preferred ways of thinking about things. I find it best to build on peoples’ preferred ideas/methods, adding in a theory, technique or idea here or there.
Most people benefit from around six coaching sessions, but this number can vary from 1 to, say, 8. I coach in a quiet room, a quiet public space or via video-phone but at least one real meeting is preferable before embarking on virtual meetings. Coaching aims to be entirely confidential. No record is kept after the end of the coaching relationship. The person being coached may themselves make the odd note, and will take away ideas to try out in between coaching sessions.
Who is coaching for?
I’m keen to coach the following, but not exclusively – if you think I could coach you, please get in touch
- People needing to ‘develop’ themselves and their skills at work
- People facing a work transition
- People involved in a conflict with another person
- People who have ADHD or an autistic disorder and a work-related difficulty
- Doctors facing career choices, needing to ‘develop’ or undergoing a transition
Where do I begin?
If you would like a chat, free of charge, about coaching, send me a note on the contact form below. Coaching itself isn’t free but should be affordable. If you have a disability, it may be useful to talk to your manager or HR as Access to Work can pay for coaching. I’m happy to talk to you about this.