Frequently asked Questions

What is coaching?

Quite simply, coaching is a conversation with purpose. That purpose being to help your life work better for you and to release you from the pressure you’re under.

Our sessions will help you reduce stress and overwhelm so you feel more confident using your voice to communicate what is important to you. You will feel more focused, have more clarity and be more confident and motivated – and like a weight has been lifted.

You’ll you know have a plan and that you are back in the driving seat, and not that life is simply happening to you.

I will be with you every step of the way, supporting and encouraging you at all times.

How do I know if you're the right coach for me?

Ultimately only you can decide that. However, a good rapport with your coach is essential so you can feel that you trust them and know that they’ve got your back.

As a quiet person myself, I understand and really empathise with the challenges that you are facing – I may even have been there myself.

I am a passionate supporter of all my clients and I will do everything in my power to encourage and support you as we work together. I’m happy to have a chat to help you decide how you want to proceed.

Everything I do comes from a place of support, compassion, encouragement, honesty and kindness. With a bit of accountability too.

All our sessions will be unique and tailored to your needs. There is no one size fits all approach. And I really care that my clients get the most possible from our sessions, so you can guarantee that I am 100% focused on you at all times.

I am a qualified coach, member of the Association for Coaching and the International Coaching Federation, two of the industry leading regulatory bodies, which, in a largely unregulated industry, means that you can trust that I know what I’m doing and how best to help you.

I suggest arranging a time to chat so you can find out more and to see if we are a good fit to work together (link to calendar).

You also may find reading testimonials from previous clients helpful.

How do I know you’re NOT the right coach for me?

Coaching is powerful and will help most people significantly, but you have got to want to change and to put in the work. Some people expect a coach to wave a magic wand and find that their life has magically transformed. This is an unrealistic and unhelpful expectation – and ultimately won’t help you as you will not have worked out what you want to change and how it’s going to work for you.

I’m more of a realistic optimist because I know that we are all capable of great things and I love being with my clients as they achieve great changes.

Also, if you think that being introvert is something that you need to get rid of and you want someone to help you become an extreme extrovert and, I am not the coach for you. Being introvert is wonderful and has its own special strengths and powers. You can do anything you want to do by being yourself in all your quiet glory – not by trying to be an extrovert.

As part of the coaching process, you will understand what it means to be introvert and how you can use that knowledge to help you. This means you will feel more confident and have higher self-esteem while being authentic and true to yourself.

I will be there to help and support you, while keeping a safe space where you can be heard and explore how you feel about things and what you want to do with that knowledge. Accountability is part of what I do, and you may need a nudge every now and then to keep you on track. This will come from a place of compassion rather than as some kind of tough love (not my bag at all!).

How will I benefit from coaching?

You will feel a sense of relief and that you are able to move forward and make changes that you may have been thinking about for years.

You will be free from overwhelm, knowing that you have a plan to tackle stress and feel more confident to be you, without having to shout.

You will make a life plan that works for you by clarifying where you want to go, the steps you need to get there and how to manage the obstacles that might get in the way. By building your resilience too, you will experience benefits in all areas of your life.

You will have less stress at work and at home. You will have better relationships. You will feel more motivated, focused and happier. You will have higher self-esteem and self-confidence. You will generally feel calmer and more balanced.

Having me as your coach is like having someone permanently in your corner encouraging you to make the changes you want and helping you stay on track.

Coaching seems like a big investment; how do I know it’s worth it?

You will benefit from coaching for the rest of your life; through the changes you make, and the tools and strategies you identify as part of the process. Investing in yourself is one of the most valuable things you can do.

Our sessions will give you the clarity and focus to make you happier and calmer; unlike lots of other things that we spend money on that only make us feel happier in the short term (that daily coffee, or the jacket that you just have to have).

You’ll become free from overwhelm and know that you have a plan whatever life throws at you. You will be able to talk so you are heard, without having to shout.

I am an expert at what I do and feel confident that I can help you.

I offer different packages depending on your budget and payment plans to spread the cost.

You can read about how some of my previous clients have benefited from working with me here.

How do I know if now is the right time to work with you?

I’m guessing things aren’t as you’d like them to be at the moment, which is why you are here.  However, only you can tell for sure if now is the right time for you.

I can promise that coaching is always helpful and there is no such thing as too early or too late.

I guarantee that if you choose to work with me, I will do my best to help you make the changes you want to make and support you along the way at your own pace.

If you want to find out more, how about you arrange a time to talk?

I’m scared, how do I know this will help?

It’s normal to feel unsettled about making changes. However, deciding to have coaching is one of the bravest things you can do. It means you realise that enough is enough and something has to change.

Maybe you’ve read the books, watched the TED talks and listened to the podcasts, but you’re still not where you want to be. I can give you the help and support you need to move forward and thrive.

It’s hard making changes on your own. As an experienced coach, I can help support that process, while making sure that we always work at your pace. With coaching, finding clarity, focus and motivation will be easier and more effective than working on your own. You will feel like a weight has been lifted.

I’m really busy, do I have enough time?

Simply the fact that you are here suggests that you feel something needs to change. Coaching is effective and I am an expert at what I do. In fact, it could be the most productive use of your time right now.

Imagine how you will feel when you are free from overwhelm and you can be confident that you are heard. I’m guessing it feels pretty good. This is the feeling that working with me will give you.

Allowing time to help yourself is essential. I’m wondering how you make time for other things that are important for you and how you can prioritise the help that coaching will give you.

There is a lot of evidence coaching is effective and it is quicker and more effective to work with a coach than trying to do the work alone.

Generally, we will meet every two weeks and the sessions last for 55 minutes. You may want to reflect or try things out in between sessions, but there is no ‘homework’ as such.

What does it cost?

You can sign up for a one-off session, one of my programmes, or contact me direct if you would like to create a bespoke plan (link to sales page). I also offer payment plans to spread the cost.

It amazing the change that can happen after just a few sessions. In most cases you will start to see significant changes after 4-8 sessions.

That’s one of the reasons I find what I do so exciting: it’s highly effective. Investing in yourself and your own development will be of the most beneficial things you will ever do.

Why not book a free call to find out more and see if we’re a good fit to work together (link to calendar).

Where are you based and, if I'm not local, what do I do?

My practice is in Wargrave, Berkshire, within easy reach of Henley, Twyford, Maidenhead and Reading. If you’re not local, not to worry. We can meet over the phone, Zoom or Skype. Just let me know what works best for you.

Do you have a coach?

Absolutely. My own development, both personal and professional, is essential for me to be great at what I do and to keep my life in balance too!