Dr Marie Stopforth CPsychol.
02392789303 / 07860 343070
I believe that everyone can fulfil their potential and be happier and more satisfied in their work, life or relationships. When I ask people 'what work would you do for free' or 'what does your ideal life look like' people rarely hesitate before answering. They've thought about it before - extensively. They know exactly what they want, they just don't know how to get there. But the thing is, you do know. It's in there somewhere. You have the answers, you just need help finding them. Even people who tell me that they don't know what their next step is actually do. They know what they want out of life and what they don't want. They know what they believe in, what motivates them, how they want to be treated, and how they treat others. They just don't know how to translate these needs in to actions. Sometimes they just need help to clarify their thinking, or to identify and overcome their barriers, or to challenge their assumptions of what is possible.
I'm passionate about my work. One of my clients once told me that she has never seen someone as happy in their work as I am. She was right! And my goal is to help as many people as possible to feel the same way about work, life or relationships. I've worked for many years as a sport psychologist, and so have lots of knowledge and experience around improving performance and helping people to be more effective in what they choose to do. I can help with motivation, confidence, time/self management, procrastination, dealing with stress/anxiety, identifying and achieving goals, recognising and overcoming barriers, identifying and maximising your strengths and unlocking your potential. I am qualified to carry out psychometric testing (personality) which can provide you with a personal insight in to what makes you tick, which in turn can help you to understand and manage behaviour, relationships and emotional reactions.
See what some of my coachees have said about working with me below.
I am also a coach educator. I work at a University lecturer in London teaching on a Masters degree in coaching psychology and career coaching. This helps me to keep up to date with developments and research in coaching.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am Chartered Psychologist specialising in life coaching, business coaching, career coaching and performance coaching. I have a PhD in Psychology and I'm registered with the Health Care Professions Council as a practitioner psychologist and I'm on the British Psychological Society's registers of coaches and psychometric testing. I have worked as a sport and exercise psychologist for many years, and now use this expertise in my work as a coach.
Qualifications and professional accreditation
Chartered Psychologist with British Psychological Society
Registered Practitioner Psychologist with Health Care Professions Council
Register of Coaching Psychologists (British Psychological Society)
PhD in Psychology
1st Class Honours degree
Certificate in Coaching Psychology
Level A & B certification in psychometrics (ability and personality)
Certificate in Brief Solution Focused Therapy
Certificate in Motivational Interviewing
Certificate in Positive Psychology
Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Areas of coaching I deal with
1 hour session £75
6 tailored sessions for £300
Gift certificates available
"Having had my coaching sessions with Marie, I have a much clearer focus on where i want to go. Her affable relaxed approach helped me to open up and feel comfortable discussing my plans (and oftentimes neurosis). Loved that I was able to access the mind of a qualified psychologist. Thanks to our sessions I feel more in control, decisive and am actually able to visualise my 5 year plan and take the steps forward" Cass, London
"I enrolled in coaching with Marie when I entered a time of uncertainty and instability in my career. In our time together, Marie helped me to find clarity, direction and enthusiasm. During our regular meetings, Marie focused the conversation to establish the root issues and then guided me to finding my own resolutions. Her friendly and positive attitude, her sound advice and her extensive knowledge meant that each session was valuable, educational and empowering. I truly appreciate Marie’s work with me and I would heartily recommend her to anyone in need of motivation and support." Darcy, London
"I approached Marie, because I wanted to change my career direction and was given the opportunity to see a Life Coach within my organisation. Marie really helped me to structure and break-down my overall goal into smaller targets. The result was that I managed to achieve my goal within 12 months and move into a position within my chosen sector. Marie was very personable and knowledgeable and I found the experience extremely enjoyable and productive. I would recommend Marie to anyone who is thinking about a career change and requires the advice and direction to achieve this." Mike, Southampton
"Marie has helped me focus on the priorities in my life and gain perspective. She has helped me find the skills within myself to deal successfully with problems and anxiety as they arise. I am now more aware of 'enjoying the moment' and worry less about things that are unimportant to me.
Having coaching was one of the most rewarding things I have done and I would highly recommend Marie to anyone who would like to get more out of their life personally and professionally." Val, Southampton
Structured one off sessions available:
Life audit - 3 hours - £120
This half day session gives you the opportunity to reflect on each of the important aspects of your life, and identify and plan for any adjustments that you feel you could make. It usually covers the 8 key areas of living environment, family, personal relationships, freinds/social life, work/career, finance, health and inner soul/spirit, although these can be negotiated. We will then explore the positive aspects of these areas to help to get perspective and encourage appreciation and gratitude. We can then discuss what you would like to change, and formulate an action plan for change.
Identifying Strengths - 1 hour - £45
Do you know what your strengths are? Do you know how to make the most of them in order to make a positive difference to your life, work or relationships? This insighful session goes beyond just understanding what your strengths are, but helps you to understand how to use them to get the results you want. Based on the VIA survey of Character Strengths, understanding your strengths can help you to manage and overcome problems, improve your relationships and enhance your overall wellbeing. You can learn how to develop some of the strengths that you underplay, dial down the strengths that you sometimes overplay, and understand how your strengths interplay with the strengths of those around you.
Personality Psychometrics - 1 hour (plus 30 minute questionnaire completion) - £55
Take an online personality questionnaire (NEO PI-3), and then let's spend an hour helping you to make sense of the results and working out how you can use the information to improve your life, work or relationships. There are no good or bad personalities, and this service can help you to understand (and accept!) the impact of your personality on your attitudes, emotions and behaviours, and help you to manage yourself better in your relationships with others.
This is also a really useful service for people who are applying for a job and have been told that they will be expected to complete a personality questionnaire as part of the recruitment process. It will give you an insight in to what it measures and how the results are interpreted before you do it for real!
Goal-setting - 2 hours - £80
If you have a clear understanding of where you need to get to, but are just not sure how, then this session is perfect for you. Effective goal-setting has consistently been shown to improve the likelihood of achieving your goal. Together we can negotiate the steps that you need to take to reach your ultimate goal, make sure that they are realistic and achievable, agree a realistic timeline, and establish how you are going to measure your progress. This will help to increase focus, motivation, confidence and commitment to your goal, and ultimately improve your chances of being successful.
Managing stressful situations - 2 hours - £80
Are you currently dealing with a challenging situation either at work or in your personal life? Is it creating a barrier for you, sapping your time and energy and making you unhappy? Based on the principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, this 2 hour session will help you to pinpoint exactly which aspect of the problem is causing you the most difficulty, understand the associated emotions, behaviours and thoughts, consider how these contribute to the issue, and identify what you are able to do differently in order to be more effective in that situation. This will help you to make better decisions, gain greater control and become more confident in dealing with the situation in future
Self and time management - 1 hour plus preparation tasks and takeaway tools - £55
Do you feel like there are not enough hours in the day to do all of the things that you need to do? Do you crave more time to spend with your family or on yourself? Do you procrastinate, or struggle to work in an organised and focused way? This session will provide you with some practical tools to help you to manage your time and yourself more effectively. You will be sent some tasks to do before we meet, and then discuss them and decide on the most useful tools for you to take away and try.
Business coaching and leadership development
Staff coaching, leadership development programmes and staff development sessions also available- please contact me for further details
Type of session
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Weekdays 7am-9pm Weekends by arrangement