I am a therapeutic coach, which simply means I am trained and qualified in both coaching and therapy and can combine these methods where necessary to suit the needs of clients. My training is integrative, meaning I can integrate many different ways of working rather than a one-size-fits-all approach. I chose to study in this way as I believe that everyone is different, therefore the skillsets I offer should reflect this; I have studied approaches such as CBT, person centred therapy and solution focused therapy, as well as undergoing bereavement training with the NHS. I am a transformational life coach and mindfulness practitioner, therefore I can offer a wide variety of tools and approaches to best fit what you need.
How I work
I have always believed that people have the potential to enhance their personal growth, and I work with this philosophy in mind to empower clients with the tools needed to make meaningful change. Therapy isn’t always focused on problems, what can also emerge is a renewed outlook, a focus on strengths and resilience, increased self awareness, and a toolkit of coping strategies to help deal with life’s encounters outside of the therapy room. Therapeutic Coaching can help you make the changes you require through setting goals, identifying the patterns of behaviours, thinking, beliefs and communication that have been keeping you stuck, and then helping you to build new resourceful behaviours and patterns that will enable you to live a more fulfilled, resilient life.
As a therapist, I can help to make sense of any problems or challenges that are hard to move past, this may include making sense of your past, or understanding how patterns in thinking or behaviour are impacting your life. It could be something very specific, like anxiety, or it could be difficulties around relationship issues, lack of confidence or a bereavement. In essence, therapy is most useful when you aren’t coping as well as you would like, emotionally distressed or feel like you need to work through some very personal, difficult emotions.
As a coach, I can help with identifying goals and making the transformational shifts necessary to get you there. To be able to work in this way, it is assumed that you will not be requiring the support outlined above – you aren’t experiencing emotional distress or needing emotional support – as this can often make achieving goals more difficult.
Both of these ways of working can compliment each other and although they may be seen as separate disciplines they’re closely related – coaching tools work well when you get stuck or feel life is off course, and equally therapeutic skills work really well in the coaching space.
You may have tried therapy or coaching before but felt it didn’t work for you. It is crucial you feel you have a good ‘fit’ and that you feel understood and listened to when discussing your thoughts, feelings and emotions. This can feel uncomfortable and daunting for some, but can ultimately lead to transformational change. I know that seeking the right support can be a minefield, therefore I have outlined the differences in types of therapies, and coaching, to help you decide what’s best for you, please take a look at my FAQ page for more info. Alternatively, feel free to call if you are unsure how therapeutic coaching can help you. I offer a free, no obligation call to help determine the best way forward so that you can begin your journey towards a more positive, productive life.