Life seems to be passing you by, and still things aren’t quite right.
Life is busy. We spend our time planning lessons, or fire fighting problems, or racing to meet deadlines. While we (just about) cope with our daily lives, we generally do so on automatic pilot, almost sleep-walking through life. We are constantly reacting to what people say or do, or to that little voice in our head, which cajoles, criticises, takes offence..It’s exhausting, and it makes it very difficult to truly feel happy or at peace.
Our natural state
However, most of us can also remember at least one moment where we felt very different. It might have been watching the sun rise, or when we held our child in our arms for the first time, or when we climbed a mountain. We felt connected to everything and everyone and at peace with the world. That is our natural state, and however bad you might feel at times, it’s always in there, waiting for you to notice it again.
Removing the blocks to happiness
We don’t need to learn how to be happy, we simply need to learn how to remove the blocks to our inner peace and happiness. It’s simple, but not necessarily easy. It takes hard work, honesty and courage. But if you want to truly change your habits, your work situation, your relationships, I’m here to help you learn how to live your life in the most connected and fulfilled way you can. I trained as a psychotherapist as well as being a qualified life coach, so I’m confident about dealing with whatever is holding you back.
How I can help
I specialise in working with education professionals because my thirty years’ experience in the field means I will often ‘get’ what’s happening for you workwise, whether it’s the stresses of lesson preparation, the precarity of being a freelancer, being stuck in the middle as a manager, worrying about losing funding, concerns about your students or the difficulties of living in a different culture.
What Is Life Coaching?
Helping you to 'wake up' .
Making the decision to start life coaching means ‘waking up’ to your life and starting to examine what aspects you are happy with and what you would like to change.
Giving you a different perspective.
Very often people have spent their whole lives making certain assumptions and seeing things a particular way. Coaching can help you to step back from that and see things differently- which can be transformational in itself.
Helping you to face your unconscious beliefs, fears and emotions.
If making changes was simply a matter of setting goals, and carrying them out, no-one would need a coach. It is rarely that easy, because there are usually quite deep-seated unconscious beliefs and emotions that we need to look at before we can move on. I can help and support you through this process.
Guiding you through exactly HOW to make changes.
Change can be difficult, and my job is to guide you through it, giving you techniques, tasks and lots of support along the way.
Supporting you in making those changes a permanent part of your life.
The unconscious rarely feels comfortable with change, and it’s very natural to backslide. I’ll be there to make sure that’s only temporary, before you get back on track and making more and more progress every day.
Why is change so difficult?
I was facing a difficult time at work and was questioning my ability to deal with it. I was uncertain where I wanted my future to be career wise. I also doubted my own ability to change. I’d had counselling before and didn’t realise how different coaching was. As I started to work with Rachael and focussed on how I behave at work and how that was affecting my mood, effectiveness and happiness and that of others I started to feel empowered and that change was possible. Rachael worked with me to rediscover my strengths and to recognise the choices I have and the power to make them. I feel not just more confident but almost renewed. I also got promoted!