Agdela Coaching & Fresh Air Fridays - Melanie Faulks, MSc

Agdela Coaching & Fresh Air Fridays - Melanie Faulks, MSc



01633 376 007 / 07903 140 612

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01633 376 007 / 07903 140 612

About me

July is here :-) What!? Already! Are you where you thought you'd be? Let's chat....

Hello! Welcome to Agdela Coaching and Fresh Air Fridays. I am Melanie Faulks and I'm a Work Psychologist, Life Coach and #FreshAirFridays Facilitator. I help you with wellbeing, life and work - and especially after sickness.

My services are 1-1 Employment & Life Coaching (Solution Focused & Cognitive Behavioural) in South East Wales and a monthly outdoor group session/community in Newport - venues by the coast and in a forest!

For #FreshAirFridays

First Wednesday of each month 9.45am - 1pm. Yes! Get that Friday feeling any day of the week. Come and see what we do. If you have never been on a #FreshAirFridays session then the first one is always FREE. If you are a member, you are welcome to come on ANY and AS MANY of the sessions as you would like. (Several sessions & locations in South East Wales, Bristol and beyond are running - on various days - so you can always get to one!)

For 1-1 Coaching

My primary coaching services are:

  • Work Talk for Employment Coaching

        What are your work related needs, aims and aspirations? How is it all going?

  • Life Talk for Personal Coaching

         Is your life the best it can be? Whatever that means to you..... or not quite yet?

I am available Monday to Friday (including evenings) and Saturday mornings. I provide 1-1 coaching in person and by telephone. Outdoor coaching and coffee shop coaching (in pre-selected and comfortable venues) is available along with private face-to-face coaching sessions at Kemeys Grange, Newport and the R&R Consulting Centre, Cardiff.

Take a look at the film clip below which shows you how I can help with wellbeing, life and work.

What is coaching?

Coaching is all about being the best you can be and achieving in life what you really hoped for - and it's for anyone! Anyone who wants to make changes to, or make progress with, a particular area of their life - including employment. It is also for people who may have started already but have become stuck or stalled.

And if you don't know where to start, I can help with that too!

A coach helps you step back and reflect on your current situation, including yourself, and decide on new (usually exciting!) goals or assess your current goals and direction. Together, you'll work out how best you're going to move forwards and create action plans that work - effective ones! Coaches are impartial and as you work towards achieving your goals, they provide encouragement, a constructive sounding board and motivation. They will also discuss progress with you and you will receive non-judgemental (but sometimes gently challenging!) feedback. They also assist you to address any set backs and practical obstacles.

I am a Cognitive Behavioural Coach. This means I can also help you to overcome those psychological obstacles (unhelpful and hampering thoughts, feelings and behaviours) that we often encounter along the way to achievement and success.

You will get to know yourself better and increase your personal insight, skills and confidence for future activities and aspirations too.

What's your full potential? And when are you planning to reach for it?

"I just wanted to thank you for all your help and advice in our coaching sessions, and say it was definitely helpful in me achieving my goal of getting a job." Thomas, 22, a recent graduate.

"Melanie really helped me to refocus my priorities and give me better perspective over my work life." James, 42.

"Working through my challenges with Melanie has helped me achieve a much improved work/life balance. I now have the tools to make that sustainable." Emma, 36.

"Thank you, I feel happier, more positive and more willing to be open to new opportunities." Jo, 35, who was at a crossroads in life and navigated some important decisions.

"After the first talk we had, I felt you were helping me already and I had confidence in you to help." Steve, 31, who has a permanent physical disability and became self employed.

"Your support was invaluable when you feel that you are no good to anyone in the work market of today. Thanks, I will let you know later in the year how things are progressing." Alan, 54, returned to work after a period of anxiety & depression.

"My work with Melanie has helped me a lot. I've put the new assessment process in place and my motivation and creativity at work as increased alongside." Anonymous evaluation following 1 to 1 staff coaching at a supported housing association.

.......Your new thinking and planning partner awaits.....!

Training, qualifications & experience

I have been supporting people to achieve their needs, goals and aspirations for over 15 years and I have the following qualifications:

  • MSc in Occupational Psychology
  • Certificate in Competence for Occupational Testing
  • Certificate in Coaching (approved by the British Psychological Society)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Mental Health

I also have personal experience of being coached.

Prior to coaching independently, I worked in condition management, vocational rehabilitation and employment coaching for NHS Primary Care, Rethink Mental Illness and Jobcentre Plus. I've attended Solution Focused, Cognitive Behavioural and Motivational Interviewing training courses and keep up to date. My coachee's goals and action plans have ranged from condition management and life management to finding, sustaining and succeeding in the work.

Not all but many of my coachees have been people living alongside and managing:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Physical health conditions/disabilities
  • Specific learning difficulties such as Dyslexia

In my role as a JCP Work Psychologist, I also offered an occupational interest, ability and aptitude assessment service - something I continue to offer today.

I am a member of The British Psychological Society's (BPS) Division of Occupational Psychology, the BPS Special Group in Coaching, The Association of Coaching and hold Professional Indemnity Insurance with Howden.

Other areas of coaching I deal with


Photos & videos

  • How I can help with wellbeing, life and work - Agdela Coaching & Newport #FreshAirFridays.


1-1 Coaching Consultation
I believe that all coaching should begin with a NO-OBLIGATION coaching consultation so this is the first step in all my services. We can meet at a choice of pre-selected and comfortable coffee shops for £30 or you can choose a private room coaching consultation for £50. I introduce coaching and you tell me about your needs, hopes, aspirations and knowledge of coaching - all in confidence of course.

The quality of the relationship between you and your coach is important to the success of the coaching programme.

If, after chatting, we think we can work well together and meet each other's expectations, then great and we'll make a start! First, we'll meet for a 2 hour 'Reflect, Explore and Plan' meeting. Here, we really start to focus and reflect on your hopes and aims, explore and choose goals and - by the end of the session - you'll have an anticipated coaching programme and a 'ready to go!' action plan.

You'll also receive your own copy of the coaching session notes and..... You're off!

My Work Talk service starts from £60 per session and increases according to session location (i.e. outdoors, coffee shop or consulting room), duration (1, 2 or 3 hours) and, if applicable, the administration and feedback of occupational assessments. Please note, the administration of occupational assessments requires private consulting room appointments. The length of your Employment Coaching programme depends on your own particular needs and preferences - all jointly discussed and agreed.

My Life Talk service also starts from £60 per session and increases according to session location (i.e. outdoors, coffee shop or consulting room) and duration (1, 2 or 3 hours). A Personal Coaching programme typically consists of meeting monthly for six months however your needs and preferences are at the heart of any coaching agreement. We reflect upon and review progress throughout.   

Do also let me know if you would like to meet but live a little further away from Newport and Cardiff - I would be glad to explore potential options with you.

Pro-bono work
Do ask me about my pro-bono work. I currently work as a pro-bono Career Coach at Shaw Trust in Newport.

Further information

Newport, NP20
Cardiff, CF14

Type of session

Online life coaching: No
Telephone life coaching: Yes
Face to face life coaching: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None
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