I coach in a relaxed and easy style, making my clients feel comfortable. I ask searching questions and probe beneath the surface of the problem presented to get to the root causes and draw out lasting solutions. Awareness is the start of change and growth so by exploring your underlying emotions, beliefs and values you can gain understanding of yourself and your behaviours.
Every client is unique as is each topic they bring. Using a wide range of philosophies (Gestalt, GROW, Behavioural, Inner Game) gives me the flexibility to adapt to these needs. I am a competitive sportswoman. Knowledge of sports psychology, goal setting and performing under pressure, adds breadth to my available coaching approaches. Six times British Champion, I represented Great Britain at international level from 1991 to 2012. My book 'Succeed in Sport' describes a process I developed for measuring performance.
Coaching is an intense activity. Sessions typically last an hour and can be face-to-face or by telephone or Skype. It's good to have space between sessions for the client to self-observe in their normal environment, gather data and take actions.
The scale of a coaching programme depends on the needs of the client. Coaching to make a decision might require one or two sessions; behavioural change needs an extended programme with sessions every 4-6 weeks for several months. Telephone and/or email support can be available between sessions. Each programme is tailored around the client's needs.
As a member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council, I work to their code of ethics and professional standards. See www.emccouncil.org.uk.
I like to work with clients who are enthusiastic about self-discovery and personal growth or who have a real drive for excellence in their work. I expect clients to show their commitment to themselves by willingness to experiment and determination to see through their ideas into results.