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  • Who can benefit from coaching?
    Everyone. I really mean that. Coaching is a chance to process your goals and prioritise your life. As a coach I have no agenda, my only priority is helping you thrive! Everyone has different goals, and a coach can help you target them, and identify the steps it will take you there. Coaching is client led. You set the goals, and we go at your pace. A coaches job is to support you, push you where appropriate, and provide the accountability to keep the momentum going.
  • What are your qualifications?
    I am a registered Mental Health First-Aider (Mental Health England) I have a BA (hons) and a Masters degree (Hons) Certified NLP practitioner - The Academy of Modern Applied Psychology Simply ADHD coaching course - ADDCA (ICF level 2 accredited course) Certified Confidence Life Coach (Master Coach series) -Transformation Academy Certified CBT Life Coach (Master Coach series) -Transformation Academy July 2023: Hypnotherapy Course Certificate (NB: I will not choose to be 'certified' as a practitioner and will not use therapeutic 'hypnotherapy' in sessions. However, the principles of visualisation and conscious programming are valuable tools that may feature) Why so many qualifications? Because I have learned that the more routes to success, the better. Every client is different, and I want to help people in the best way for THEM. I do not understand coaches who do not continue to learn and grow.
  • What is the difference between coaching and therapy?
    Coaching is not the same as therapy, although we often use some of the same tools and language. The important difference is that a therapist will help you process the past, to resolve issues in the present. Therapists help you heal from trauma, and are also needed to work with complex or severe mental health conditions. Coaches work with 'right now', and creating the future you want. Coaches might look at mindset- how you view the world, limiting belief systems, and how they are affecting your 'identity', and can help with your emotional wellbeing. Coaches can increase motivation and teach new skills, set goals and help you achieve them. For me, coaching is about what you can actually DO. No matter where you came from, or how you got here, what can you do NOW. Coaches cannot diagnose or prescribe medication of any kind.
  • Can I have coaching at the same time as therapy?
    Yes. I am very happy to work alongside your therapist. In our discovery call I will ask about therapy. For some clients it will be important to make sure that there is also the support of a therapist. This is a decision we can make together. Waiting lists can be long, so we might start working before therapy starts, but for those with serious issues, we will want to have those supports in place. It can be daunting to find these things, so I am very happy to help you set all that up. We can make it our first goal!
  • Do you have a code of ethics?
    Yes. I follow a strict code of ethics. Copies are available on request. I also adhere to the ICF code of ethics, as should every coach. The coaching industry is unregulated, anyone can call themselves a coach. I know this will change very soon, but for now, it is what it is. Ask about qualifications and measure them against your needs. All coaching should be trauma informed, and coaches should have a network of other help. I became a trained MHFA for this reason. I am part of an entire community ready to signpost to the right help should it be needed. You are no alone, and neither am I.
  • Is coaching covered by my health insurance?
    No. Coaching is not currently considered part of medical treatment, so most insurances will not cover coaching. You may be able to reclaim some of the cost of coaching from your insurer later, however, that is a decision for you to make. Payment must be made in advance, directly from individuals, organisations or employers. For ADHD coaching, some help my be available depending on country, such as 'back to work' help, in the UK. We can explore these options where appropriate.
  • You mention ADHD. Do I have to have ADHD to work with you?
    NO. Absolutely not. ADHD is one of my specialist subjects because I have ADHD, and have worked hard to turn it into a reason for my success and happiness. (it really is possible!) But ADHD doesn't give you any new problems, it just exacerbates problems that exist for most people. -that's why a lot of people relate to ADHD. But what it also means is that when I say I can help people with their anxiety, focus, and structure that really works, I really mean it! If my methods can pass the extreme ADHD test, then you can be sure they are the best available to help everyone!
  • How long and how often do I need to work with you?
    This is a completely open question. It depends on your goals, and finances. Most clients see an improvement in their wellbeing after the very first session. Knowing there is a path, and you are not alone is as powerful as anything else i can offer. I always suggest 3 months intensive work to see the best results. We are often talking about changing habits, beliefs and patterns, and this isn't overnight stuff. I have had clients find change immediately and leave, only to come back when the changes didn't stick, and the old thought and behaviour patterns came back. We will discuss what work best for you in your discovery call. You decide your own pace. Most clients stay beyond 3 months, and can choose to spread out sessions, to fit schedules and budgets.
  • How will you 'find out how I work'?
    Every mind is different: brains can be visual, logical, language based, some respond best to creativity, or to breath or physical work, some people need strict structure and routine, some people will reject that, and need flexibility. Some people are verbal processors, others need to work in their heads, or see it on paper. Most clients need a combination of many things to really start to make the most of their coaching, and make the best change for themselves. And this can change over time. Experimenting and playing with what works for you is an essential part of finding growth. There is no one plan that will work for everyone. Beware of any coach who tries to sell you that idea.
  • What is the process for coaching?
    We start with an intro call, so we can get to know each other, and you can decide if we will work well together. I can assess your needs and state clearly what I can offer and the cost of that help. It's usually a pretty exciting chat, and I will usually try to help straight away. You can take your time. There is no rush or pressure to agree to coaching. Then, before we start coaching proper (paid coaching) I will send you a coaching agreement, which makes it clear how I help, where I can't help, and set the expectations of coaching. You need to sign and send this back to me before we can start. This is a requirement of coaching, and all good coaches should ask this. Then - we coach! We set a schedule that works for everybody. We set goals, that we can move, as we go, but they're a good place to start. And we work - with the body, the mind, the logic, the brain, everything we need to 'grow'. This is fundamental. Progress means growth. We notice the joy. We are not programmed to spend time with this, so it's up to us, to savour the wins, enjoy the new feelings, and embrace the bravery and power of building your new self.
  • Do I have to finish a course of coaching?
    No. You can stop any time. An agreement for coaching is not a blood oath, it's an intention to go through a process, and to use that help to grow. You will get the most out of this process if you can stick to the course. Especially for stress, anxiety and ADHD. Reprogramming and learning new skills, so they stick, takes time. Sometimes we see results straight away, but we need to repeat it and strengthen those patterns, and reward pathways, so they are the ones we continue to find, instead of going back to the old limiting patterns that may have been there for so long. Results might be fast, but we want lasting results. Committing to a longer set of sessions also allows us more room to open up, to try new things and look at thoughts in a way that might push comfort zones, knowing that there is the safety of another session to process the data. Coaching is a partnership. If anything isn't working, if anything isn't right- I want to know. It won't hurt my feelings. And I have literally 100's of ways to get the results we need, so if one thing doesn't work, we just gather the data and move on. But I need to know. Once a course 'ends', and we have change and direction, we can go on as long as you want. Some clients are permanent clients, and love being on the fast-track. Some I see once every two weeks, once a month, or once every few months, to check in and set intentions. There are no limitations on coaching.
  • Is coaching confidential?
    Yes. Everything that we talk about is completely confidential. Coaching is a safe space. There are 2 exceptions to this: 1) If there is a danger that you could harm yourself or others- appropriate contacts must be made. Safety is my primary concern. 2) In case of consultation with other specialised coaching, medical or mental health professionals. In this case, all clients will remain anonymous, and only those details relevant for consultation and advice will be shared.

It all starts with a call

It always starts in the same way- with a chat (and a cup of tea!) 
We talk about your needs, and what you can get out of coaching, and we go from there. 

Intro calls last 30 mins and can be action packed. I will try to help you straight away, to accelerate your progress, and best of all... 
They're free! 
And there is no obligation to take up coaching at the end of it. 

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