How does coaching work?

Coaching provides structure, it helps you identify exactly what it is that you want to be different or that you want to achieve in life. It is a forward-looking process which helps you to become more aware of your current situation and the choices that you have. Coaching does not involve the giving of advice or telling you what to do. It is about working with your skills and experience and harnessing all your resources so that you can make them work in the best way for you. (If you are keen to know about the practicalities – where, when and how – scroll further down this page)

Who can it help?

Using a wide range of tools, knowledge and experience means that whatever your age or your life challenge I can help you explore, understand and transform a wide range of situations.  Some examples are given below.

Sometimes, however, the timing or the nature of the problem means that coaching is not yet the right approach.  If that is the case I will tell you and will help you identify what support will work better and how you might go about getting this.

Coaching is effective when life events become overwhelming or you feel stuck and need to find a way forward.  This can be related to

  • relationships
  • retirement
  • redundancy
  • work challenges
  • career decisions
  • work-life balance

When thinking or feelings get in the way of you doing what you want to do, then understanding how these work in your life can enable you to take control, build resilience and choose better ways of responding. I work with clients who experience

  • stress
  • anxiety
  • lack of confidence
  • poor self esteem

Or when a pattern of behaviour is becoming problematic, for example

  • time-keeping
  • procrastination
  • communication style
  • problems with being assertive
  • lack of motivation

How do I work?

My approach to coaching is based on sound personal development principles and is supported by a range of tools including NLP and hypnotherapy (see FAQs below).  The blend of tools is tailored for each client to meet your individual situation, however the purpose is always to enable you to find your own solutions and way forward. You will be fully engaged in the process and after just one or two sessions you will find that you have gained new insights and a better understanding of yourself and your situation. During sessions you will be able to recognise your skills and resources and you will be supported to open up options and make decisions about what to do next. Often the work that you do in life coaching will enhance and improve your experiences across all areas of your life over many years.

In between sessions you will be able to put into practice some of the tools you learn and implement any actions you identify in your sessions.  You will also develop a new awareness of the possibilities available in your life to move forward with greater ease and confidence in yourself.  Email and text support is provided, as agreed, between sessions and also when sessions come to an end.

Practicalities and FAQs

I’m interested – what do I do next?

When you first enquire about coaching we will have an informal session so that you can tell me a bit more about what brings you to coaching and I can explain how I work. We can then decide the best way forward for you. There is no charge for this initial session and it lasts up to 45 minutes.  (This is not available for insights coaching sessions – see below).

Currently I am only providing telephone and Skype coaching.

If you are not sure whether I can help you or you want more information then simply get in touch and we can have a chat

How many sessions will I need?

This really depends on the nature of the issues that you are bringing to coaching and on how you would prefer to approach this process of self development. The length of time between sessions is also very individual and these are things we discuss and agree during your first informal session and review on a regular basis.

How long do sessions last?

Sessions are usually one hour in duration unless agreed otherwise at the initial session.

Two hour Insights Sessions

Sometimes a little bit of support can go a long way.  These are two hour one-issue focused coaching sessions.  There is no initial introductory session with Insights Sessions, however if you then go on to have further coaching sessions these will be at a reduced cost.

How much will it cost me?

The charge for individual coaching sessions is £49 per session

There is a reduction to £46 per session for sessions booked in excess of three

three sessions – £138

six sessions  – £276

Insights two hour coaching session costs £95

Where do you see clients?

At the moment only telephone and Skype coaching is available.

What is NLP?

NLP (neuro-linguistic programming) makes use of

  • the links that exist between your experiencing of the world and your associated thoughts,
  • the language that you use and how you communicate, and
  • your behaviours, actions and strategies.

In the area of personal development understanding these links enables quick and effective understanding of problems and behaviours and allows for better ways of thinking and behaving. You can find out more at

When and why do you use hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapists work in different ways depending on their skills and experience. The common factor is the use of trance. Trance is a state of deep relaxation in which you can access information, ideas and memories which are not immediately available to you in your day to day life. Within trance your unconscious mind can quickly make connections and identify new strategies that support the changes you want to make. When I use hypnotherapy with a client it is always as part of a coaching session and only with the purpose of helping you to find your own solutions.