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Want to book a life coaching or training session?

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Are you ready to give yourself the time, space, and support you really need to finally make positive, and lasting, changes in your life?

I work with teachers and other educational professionals who are struggling to balance life and work. They can’t ever seem to get on top of their to do list, they’re snapping at their partner or children, they’re eating badly, and they’re not sleeping, or feeling exhausted even when they do get some sleep.

If this sounds like you, you’ve probably already tried to make changes. But nothing really seems to ‘stick’, and time and again, you find yourself going back round the same old hamster wheel.

You probably feel this is a failing on your part, but the brain is naturally wired to resist change, which makes it hard to achieve permanent transformation. You’re also likely to be fighting old subconscious patterns, habits and beliefs, that relentlessly pop up and sabotage your best efforts.

For example, many of my clients have trouble saying no to people, feel overwhelmed with negativity, are exhausted and always under pressure, or have lost faith in themselves. I can help you identify the subconscious programmes underlying these habits and ways of being, challenge them and, at long last, undo them.

I work with people over three months, plus an optional three months of follow up sessions, as that is enough time to make some truly transformational changes. No sticking plasters here. Work with me to reconnect with who you really are, rediscover your enthusiasm for life, and sense of meaning, and finally get the clarity and motivation to make changes that permanently ‘stick’.

 

I knew that I would benefit a lot from life coaching with Rachael, and I was sure that I would be satisfied if I just took away a few valuable ideas, and had the chance to talk some things over. It took me a while to actually make the decision to sign up, because my difficulty was with habits that I was deeply ashamed of – mainly cigarette smoking, but also binge drinking and comfort eating.

 I didn’t expect to actually manage to tackle any of my bad habits (particularly smoking) during the 3 months of the package, but I wanted to try to find at least the hope of changing them, because my situation had started to feel very hopeless.

 I believed that everything that I wanted to change about my behaviour was somehow all tied together – like lots of different coloured embroidery threads, twisted and knotted with the beginnings and ends difficult to locate. I went for years, not getting to grips with even one of these threads, just tangling all of them more and more, and becoming increasingly self-critical.

 Once the coaching began, I was amazed how quickly I started to notice big changes in myself. Sometimes I had to be brave, but I felt very safe with Rachael. The way we worked together made me excited for change, and there were plenty of laughs along the way, too. I was finding a new appetite for life, for my work, for creativity.

 I never imagined for a minute that I would actually untie all the threads, but I have. Even more important than that is that I now have the tools to cope and find my way back if I lose my way again.

 Thank you so much, Rachael. Saying thank you doesn’t really seem like enough when you have literally given me back my life

Coaching client 2020

Here’s what I offer in my coaching package.

1 A free initial session so you can explain what you’re looking for, and get a feel for how I work. At this point I’ll tell you honestly if I think I can help you.

2 Once we decide to go ahead, I’ll give you my pre-coaching pack with questionnaires and useful tools to help us hit the ground running.

3 We’ll work together for three or six months. The first three months is the intensive phase, with three 60 minute coaching sessions a month, either face to face or via Zoom. These can be recorded if you would like to be able to go back over them on your own later.

4 After each of these coaching sessions I will set you some ‘homework’, using tailored, exclusive content. This will help you keep focused on making those changes, and putting the discoveries we make in our sessions into practice in your life.

5 You can contact me by email between sessions with any questions, and I will also keep in touch with you to check in on the progress you’re making.

6 After the three month intensive period, we can then move into an implemention phase for another three months, with one session a month. This ensures that you don’t slide backwards, and enables you to feel confident that the changes are permanent.  

Sessions are available at my office, The Stables (see interior on the right and exterior on the Life Coaching page) or by Skype/Zoom/Messenger, anywhere in the world.

Contact me for your free initial session

If you think you might like to work with me, but you’d like to find out more about what’s involved, contact me and we can set up a free initial session of up to 60 minutes.  We’ll chat through what’s happening for you, and you’ll leave the session with more clarity about your situation, whether or not we decide to proceed to working together. 

Frequently Asked

What qualifications do you have?

As well as being a qualified coach, I also studied for a Diploma in Psychotherapy and Counselling, so I have the background knowledge and experience to really get to the root of whatever is holding you back.

If you look through the site, you’ll see plenty of testimonials from happy clients, but the best way to find out if I’m right for you is to book a free initial session. You’ll get clarity on what’s happening for you, and I’ll give you some positive steps to take, whether or not we then decide to work together longer-term.

Is face to face better than video call?

My experience is that the results are exactly the same. If anything, there’s a higher degree of focus online. You also don’t have to spend time or money travelling to see me, and it’s easier to fit it into your day.

 

Why should this work when previous therapy or coaching hasn't?

If you look at my testimonials you’ll see that a fair number have come to me after trying everything else, and working with me, things have finally ‘clicked’. I do believe that my approach can help you to both gain understanding, and crucially, actually change things. However, I obviously can’t do it for you, so you also need to be willing to do what it takes.

 

Why can't I just do this myself?

Perhaps you can. I certainly did a lot of work on myself- though I also had help along the way. But DIYing personal growth is tricky because our subconscious never wants us to change and will throw up all sorts of roadblocks. My role is to help you spot, even anticipate, and deal with those roadblocks, and make much faster progress than you’re likely to do on your own.

 

From the start it was easy to share my innermost concerns with Rachael. And such is her warmth and lack of judgement, I’ve felt able to laugh and cry, too! Trust is essential and I felt that with her early on.

Importantly, Rachael has that skill of helping you reframe your thinking and put things into perspective or see new ways to approach an issue. So I’m already feeling much clearer about where I’m going!

I look forward to more sessions with Rachael and more of her humane manner and professionalism.
Kate, coaching client 2019

A friend recommended speaking to Rachael at a time when I was struggling to make some life decisions. I was sceptical of what a life coach could offer but decided to follow up on the recommendation. Rachael’s background in psychology really helped to direct the process. She knew what to ask and which parts of my life to investigate in order to effectively focus my attention on asking myself the right questions that helped me to realise what my priorities are. After my sessions with Rachael, I felt much more aware of my emotions and more in control and able to more clearly set goals for the future. I’m really grateful for Rachael’s patience, and ability to adapt to a style that was most effective for me by appropriately challenging me and always being supportive. Thank you!

Nick, coaching client 2018