I did my coaching training at the University of East London as part of an MSc in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology. I’m a Graduate Member of the British Psychological Societyand a member of the Special Group in Coaching Psychology. I comply with the ethics of both organisations.
For more information about what skills and experience I bring to this work take a look at about me.
Yes – with Westminster Indemnity – a copy of my schedule is available on request.
Personal coaching is coaching you instigate yourself – some people call it life coaching, but it could be connected with work, play, relationships. It differs from executive coaching in that you pay for it yourself. Before committing, we’ll have an initial free conversation on the phone, zoom or – circumstances permitting – face to face. We’ll discover whether or not I’m the right coach for you, and you’ll tell me what you can about what you’d like to have happen.
There’s some flexibility about where when and how.
Most of my coaching clients book 6 sessions in advance. Mostly, the sessions last 1.5 hours.
I work with people all over the world using platforms like zoom, I work with local clients face to face in their homes, neutral (quiet, unobserved!) places or whilst walking along the river lea, regents canal or in East London parks.
Executive coaching is usually paid for by your workplace. Your manager is likely to be involved in agreeing the aims of the coaching. However, I do not share coaching session content with your manager, beyond confirming to them that you came to the sessions.
I love coaching whilst walking – there’s something that frees up in us both as we step, eyes forward. The science backs this up – Opperzzo & Schwartz (2014) found that walking outdoors increased creativity and Suzy Reading (2016) waxes lyrical regarding the benefits posture, breathing and being in nature can bring to a coaching session. Let’s do it.
Mostly I only offer one-off sessions to discover your character strengths. Experience tells me that any coaching is better than no coaching, but I prefer clients to book 5-6 sessions to take place over a few months.
Sessions vary in length from 1-2 hours and are booked in blocks of 5-6, therefore prices vary. Hourly rates start at £80 for personal coaching, £120 for executive/professional coaching. I give reduced rates to APDO members.
I charge coaching fees in advance.
I always want to hear from a potential client if they genuinely find my fees hard to reach. Please contact me to discuss this.
I pay tax and National Insurance on everything I earn, even if you pay me in cash. I’m not VAT registered.
I allocate one day a month to deliver pro-bono work for community projects or people on a very low income.
Alongside my coaching practice, I also work as a professional organiser and am a proud member of APDO, the Association of Professional Declutters and Organisers. APDO is a collegiate, collaborative membership body, run by volunteers. Giving APDO members lower rates is a way I can give back to a community of people that I admire and am grateful to for existing.
Positive psychology is the scientific examination of what makes life work well. I’ve studied it to master’s level, continue to keep up with it as a topic and use it to inform and enhance my coaching.
Here’s a blog I wrote on positive psychology, right at the early stages of my Masters (I’ve learned so much since!)
I don’t work at weekends or in the evenings, but if it’s absolutely necessary I will. The rate charged will be higher.
Even if we have contracted that our working relationship is likely to cross into the realm of mentoring, you will always set your own ‘homework’! My role will be to help you work out what it is you’ll do, when you’ll do it and how you’ll know it’s done.
I work on the basis that we both prioritise sticking to scheduled times and dates.
If it’s necessary to cancel we’ll aim to re-schedule. Sessions cancelled with less than 24 hours’ notice are forfeited.
With your permission, I do tend to take notes whist coaching. I keep these in a locked cabinet.
I’m registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office (Data Protection).
Trust me and tell me. I work in a way that ought to make it easy for you to do so.
Every client is exciting and interesting and every experience is a learning one for me too. If the coaching wasn’t working you’d be giving me – and you – a present if you spoke about it. This hasn’t happened before, but if we couldn’t find a way together to make our coaching sessions work, you would be welcome to stop at any time.
“(you gave us) clarity, great listening capacity, expertise in reformulating, leading us towards something unseen before, inquiry, looking into how to improve our qualities instead of focusing and complaining about our weaknesses”
– Isa, Greifswald, Germany & Rabi’a, Dordogne, France (jobshare coaching)