Coaching is your time, to use exactly how you want to and for as long as you need to. The aim of your coach is to offer you a sense of space, reflection and clarity to support you to be the best version of yourself, with a particular focus on your health and wellbeing.
You will feel empowered to over come challenges, use your strengths to your advantage and develop the skills to manage unhelpful ways of thinking or behaving more effectively. Through a series of conversations the coach will ask questions to help you gain understanding and offer insights or reflections you may not have considered. You will feel enabled to identify and achieve your goals and find a clearer sense of purpose, direction and contentment.
I have been passionate about supporting people for as long as I can remember. About 9 years ago I decided that I wanted to pursue my passion and I became a counsellor at ChildLine, NSPCC whilst studying Sociology at University. It was then that I realised I had a lot to offer that could add significant value to peoples lives. I took a real interest in both making sense of my own patterns of thinking and behaviour and also other peoples. I continued to embrace all the opportunities that were offered to me at university, enabling me to build my knowledge, skills and experience to help and support people.
When I left university, I worked in a drug and alcohol service for several years helping both young people and adults to overcome the battle of addiction, and to overcome the addiction to deal with their battle. My passion continued to grow. I learnt a lot about the world and other people during my time here, but I also learnt a lot about myself. I realised that I am a good listener; listening to what is being said, but also to what isn’t said. Qualities such as honesty, integrity and compassion are engrained in everything that I do but being able to understand how other people work and how other people make sense of the world, is probably my biggest secret to success.
One thing that struck me during my time in my role within the drug and alcohol service was that no matter what the age, circumstance or gender of the individual that I worked with, their main challenge was almost always their own mind. Ultimately, we all seem to struggle in one form or another with our own internal thought patterns which can impact on our lives in a number of ways. It could be in relation to confidence, stress, motivation, anxiety and many more. Of course, we all experience these differently and our struggles may play out in different ways. I too have experienced many internal and external challenges, and perhaps it is this that helps me to relate to others in the way that I do.
After several years working in a drug and alcohol service, I then moved to a Secure Children’s Unit where my role was delivering forensic intervention to help young people to understand and make sense of their behaviour, their experiences and to build the confidence, resilience and tools to create an alternative life for themselves. As part of my role here, I also supported staff to build their own confidence, skills and resilience when working with young people and the challenging behaviour that they often present with. This helped staff to ensure that they were performing at their very best level, whilst also ensuring their self-care and development was a priority.
In 2017, I began training as a Life Coach and throughout the last 8 years I have also trained in a number of different approaches which I utilise in my role as a Life Coach. Each of these approaches are focussed on supporting people to make positive changes in their life and to overcome challenges that they face. This makes my approach with individual’s very holistic and person centred and enables me to draw upon a number of tools and skills, depending on what is most suitable for that individual.
I absolutely believe that every single person, (no matter what their past experiences may be) is capable of living a truly content, fulfilling and meaningful life. With the right tools, perspective and self-belief, I feel sure that all individuals are capable of overcoming unhelpful patterns of thinking or behaviour, cultivating self-acceptance and achieving their goals.
I want to share my experiences, passion and learning with you. Together we can overcome the challenges which you face and put a plan in place to ensure that you are able to achieve the life that you deserve.
What I Do
Professional support giving you a safe space to feel understood and empowered.
It’s no secret that young people face many challenges and pressures during teenage years, both internally and externally. It can be a time when you are striving for independence but also lacking in direction or feeling overwhelmed and frustrated by life.
Teen coaching isn’t about fixing or changing you, it’s about having an open and inclusive space where the coach will hear your frustrations and struggles, whilst helping to offer insight and reflection, supporting you to recognise your values, strengths and skills to feel more in control and content with your life.
Professional support giving you a safe space, to prioritise yourself.
It could be that you’re general well-being isn’t what you want it to be, or you’re struggling to juggle all the expectations which people have of you. You may lack confidence in yourself and goal-setting may begin with good intentions; and end there. It might just feel like time to focus on your personal growth and development, either towards something specific, or just in response to a feeling that it’s time for a change.
Coaching is your time to focus on yourself, in whatever way you need to in a safe, open and relaxed space.