I’m a Co-Active Coach, accredited by the Coaches Training Institute and a member of the International Coach Federation. Alongside my coaching practice, I work in people and project management for a global Information Technology services company where I’ve held many and varied roles over the past couple of decades.
My background with coaching to date has been primarily within the corporate environment in the UK and Canada. Although most clients have come from the business setting, the areas clients have wanted coaching on have varied widely from very specific work related topics to purely personal matters.
As well providing general transformation coaching, I have developed my coaching practice more recently to include coaching around adoption. Probably my most significant life experience has been the process of adopting and parenting my two children. Family has become central to me, and I’ve been grateful for the support of a coach as I’ve dealt with the challenges of adapting my working life to become a very involved and hands on parent.
Sometimes we need help! Sometimes, for a period of time, we need someone to facilitate and champion us in making change happen. Someone to help us see what’s possible, to support us in getting past our blockers, and to deal with the impact of change in our lives. This is where coaching fits so well for me; it provides the supportive foundation which enables these things to happen.
We do have choices and we can make positive change happen in our lives – and doing this can be challenging! I know this from my own experience, and have witnessed it with clients, colleagues and friends. I have seen people choose to make changes, get themselves out of boxes, expand their outlook to open new possibilities, and enrich their lives more than they ever thought possible.
The most important thing to say about my approach is really what you experience. I listen with all my attention, without judgment. I support you in becoming who you want to become, and hold you as alive and full of possibility. You will feel truly listened to, cared about, understood, supported, challenged – and that you have an ally on the road you want to travel. It might happen in person, via video, via phone, via email – and likely a combination of those. In Co-Active Coaching, you provide the content we work with – and effectively your own answers. The coach’s role is to facilitate this.
In terms of the more formal details, the coaching approach I follow is Co-Active Coaching which was developed by the Coaches Training Institute. In this approach, the trust and respect created in the coach / client relationship lays the foundation that empowers client and coach to work towards the client’s goals. This relationship is underpinned by the model, skills and techniques of Co-active Coaching. I’m accredited by the Coaches Training Institute as a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach. I’m also member of the International Coach Federation, and adhere to their Code of Ethics.
Who I work with
Co-Active Coaching is not content specific – I work with whatever the client brings to the coaching. Fundamentally, I want to work with people who have a sense that change is possible and are excited about making it happen.
I enjoy working with people in professional or corporate roles who want to make changes in their lives; I see this so often and have my own firsthand experience of the journey. I also have a particular interest in working with clients who are on the adoption journey as it has been such a profound experience in my life.
I find it deeply rewarding to see people discover and get want they want in their lives – to see them come alive in who they fully are. I also get huge fulfillment in offering the sort of transformational support that has been offered to me through coaching and has enabled me to have a life that I once only dreamed that I could have.
I love to witness people feeling excited about their plans and possibilities, getting connected to who they are and who they want to become, developing themselves towards what they want, and proud of achieving those things that are most important to them.
How I work
I work primarily via phone as most coaches trained in this approach do, and also in person in south Manchester (Wilmslow) in the UK.
I understand that most people seeking coaching have busy lives and are likely to be juggling many roles and responsibilities. I aim to be as flexible and creative as possible in terms of logistics. A typical scenario is that client will sign-up for a couple of hours of coaching spread across a month with email support between sessions.
To arrange a no cost / no obligation call or meeting to discuss coaching further, please contact me on 01663 733854 or via the Affinity Centre contact form.