07900 174739 / 07900 174739
I am a life coach for professionals and small business owners. I work with people who share my belief that the better we understand ourselves the more fulfilled, effective and 'successful' we become. My clients are often in some kind of transition. They might be wanting to find a new professional direction, to set up a new business, or to take their career or business to the next level.
Most of my clients are very driven professionally, but also enlightened as to the need to nurture their whole selves and to be available to all those who need them. Identifying ways to improve work/life balance is therefore a key theme for many of my clients, be they wanting business coaching, leadership coaching, or career coaching.
I work mainly with individuals, but I also work successfully with business partnerships and small teams. I don’t provide business advice, I don’t profess to have a ‘winning formula’ – a la “follow these six simple steps to success”. I don’t believe life is that simple. What I do is very subtle, and very simple – and yet, extraordinarily powerful.
How coaching can help:
By asking the right questions at the right time, I help my clients to clarify their thinking and access inner knowledge or insights that they may not reach on their own. My coaching style has been described as warm, empathetic, and at the same time structured, rigorous, and transformational. My clients have described how working with me has helped increase their confidence in their own abilities and inner-wisdom, renewed their energy and passion for life, and enhanced their relationships with colleagues and family. See the Further Information section below for some of their testimonials.
How I work:
I usually work with clients in packages of 6-8 sessions, of an hour to an hour and a half. I find a gap of 2-4 weeks between sessions is best for most clients, to allow time for reflection and any ‘homework’ in between sessions.
For local clients I offer coaching in my comfortable and dedicated office in Westbury on Trym. I have off-street parking and am 5 minute's walk from the No. 1 bus route. For clients who are further afield I offer coaching over the phone or by Skype or Zoom.
My approach tends to be a mixture of structured conversation, and the use of specific tools and exercises, chosen according to the needs and preferred learning styles of my client. My intuition plays a large part in my work, and clients appreciate the extent to which my simple yet powerful questions stimulate deep awareness.
Training, qualifications & experience
Certificate in Professional Coaching Skills, awarded by Coaching Development Ltd. with over 120 hours coaching experience.
Areas of coaching I deal with
I offer a free preliminary consultation of an hour. Packages of support work out at between £60-75 per hour, although I do offer concessions to those in between work or on low incomes.
Sarah-Jane's coaching style is very open, supportive yet gently challenging. Through her skilful questioning and summarising back, she allowed me to create a lot of awareness around the issues that I was working on and to identify tangible next steps that allowed me to move forward. (Eli Lefterova, Manager in tertiary education college, April 2016)
I had coaching with Sarah-Jane at a time when I was faced with many challenges in my work, some I was aware were coming up, others I was not and most that I had not dealt with before. Her support, focus and approach to helping me to resolve my own challenges and issues was invaluable at that time. I learnt a lot about how to approach a task or challenge, to work out what my own stumbling points were, break it down and then take a new methodical approach that is natural to myself. This is something that I can now apply to work or life challenges even though my coaching package has ended. I would very highly recommend coaching with Sarah-Jane. (Rachael Fay, Accounts and Office Manager, Treework Environmental Practice, February 2016)
Sarah-Jane has been a very effective coach for me, helping me to learn about myself and change how I think and behave as a result in some very personal and vulnerable areas. She is very at ease with personally transformative work, staying with, holding, challenging and supporting - within a strong and alive contract. (Caroline Sharley, Director of a consultancy company, June 2015)
Sarah-Jane has the ability to manage whatever the client wants to work on whether it is task oriented or creating awareness at a deeper level, with her insightful questions, listening skills and genuine care towards the client and the coaching process. (Amarjot Bhogal, Personal Change and Resilience Specialist, January 2015)
Working with Sarah-Jane on a practical topic brought up many realisations about how I operate and the beliefs that hold me back. It’s hard to underestimate the effects of the work we did together as their ripples are still being felt.(Angela Davenport, Women’s Business Coach and Retreat Leader)
Sarah-Jane was very thoughtful and well organised and I achieved all my coaching objectives. In addition Sarah-Jane provided me with valuable insights. I particularly appreciated a creative exercise she offered and the care she took to reflect on our time together coupled with her coaching drive.(Louise Beckett, Communication Skills consultant, September 2014)
Sarah-Jane acted as a mentor and coach for me over the course of a year during which I was leading a particularly complex assignment. I found her to be very professional throughout. She would always be prepared for our sessions and have useful advice (when mentoring) or questions (when coaching) which would help me work out the way forward. Particular ways in which she helped me related to how best to manage relationships with, and communicate with, both my team members and the client. (Rachel Percy, agricultural innovation, extension and development specialist, February 2015)
Type of session
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I offer sessions between 8.54 and 16.00 Monday to Friday and between 20.00 and 21.00 Tuesdays and Wednesdays.