Life, Flow, Balance.
We are all seeking to live a life that we can take pride and pleasure in; where we feel able to manage the challenges and stresses that often come with change. Some changes we initiate ourselves others are thrust upon us. The pressure to fulfill our own expectations and those of others can sometimes exert painful conflicts, divided loyalties, stress and lack of motivation. We may be ambitious for our lives but feel stuck; successful but feel limited in some way or gripped by inner conflicts we struggle to resolve; we may be working too hard, have poor work life balance and fear burnout.
Such feelings indicate transitional states in life between our current reality and a desired future state. The way forward is there, but you just cannot see it. We can become stuck in patterns of thought, feeling, and behaviour that hooks us into a negative and sometimes destructive cycle.
I am the coach for you if you are looking for someone to support you in the search for inner balance and a sense of flow in your life and relationships with others; be that in your professional life, personal life or both. Building on your strengths, inner and outer resources; challenging any self-limiting assumptions and beliefs. Together we will put the flow and balance back into what ever area of your life you wish to work on.
Executive Life Coaching
The executive coaching service provides a safe confidential space for you to explore the vulnerabilities that come with the pressures and demands of leadership and the difficulties and challenges that come with moving out of your comfort zone as you aspire to move forward in line with your aspirations. This service is designed for those who already occupy management or leadership roles from middle to senior tier responsibilities, who may be consultants or run their own medium to large businesses.
Personal and Professional Development Life Coaching
The Personal and Professional Development Life Coaching service gives you a safe and confidential space to explore career aspirations, life challenges and work life balance issues. Career Coaching is offered as part of this service for those who need it.
You will develop clarity and confidence, set goals and measure your progress against the deeper motivations driven by your strengths, sense of purpose, meaning, and values. Exploring and removing the barriers that are holding you back living life or performing at work, in the way that you aspire to.
If you are a company looking for a Life Coach to deliver on-site sessions to support staff wellbeing, stress management, work life balance, career coaching and whatever issues may be blocking flow and creativity at work, get in touch as this is a speciality of mine.
Life Coaching on a Budget
You may be struggling with confidence, anxiety, frustration or a sense of feeling stuck. You want to make a change and have the commitment to invest time and focus on achieving it. You feel coaching will help you with but one of your barriers is the income to make the investment normally required to engage a professional life coach. I would love to work with you, don't put it off any longer. Get in touch. This service is offered as part of my commitment to make coaching accessible to those on low incomes or who may be unemployed.
I am a bit geeky about coaching, with a sense of fun! I believe in using the technical names for the approaches I use and will introduce the psychological models to you if I think they will help. All my clients so far have said that this helps them to understand themselves better, understand the tools and strategies offered and work with me as a coach with a sense of partnership. Sessions are also relaxed and conversational, with energy and laughter.
My coaching approach integrates cognitive behavioural psychology, positive psychology, mindfulness, neurobiology, somatics and systemic constellations. I do not need to explain all that to you here but will when needed if you chose to work with me.
I am person centered and work with an awareness of your place as part of a wide network of relationships which will have an impact on the coaching engagement. I am able to coach a wide range of clients but will tell you at the end of the free consultation if I feel we are not a good match. I do not coach by formula or rigid structures. My approach is informed, creative, responsive and intuitive. I also like to have fun, my clients enjoy the journey we take together!
I offer all prospective clients a free 30 minutes consultation at the end of which we will each decide if we wish to work together. The consultation is preceded by a client questionnaire which allows me to make the most of the 30 call or online meeting. If we agree you will be asked to sign a contract.
Our first full paid session will be exploratory, picking up from the initial consultation.
High Professional standards and ethics
I am equally committed to my own ongoing professional development as I am to that of my clients'.In addition to regular supervision I attend courses, monthly AC co-coaching sessions, read and keep a reflective journal. I believe that it is important that, as a coach, I model the commitment to personal change and development I encourage for my clients.
As part of this commitment, I have an accredited supervisor who oversees my development and who I consult on client cases when needed. Such consultations maintain client confidentiality.
I abide by data protection law and the Association for Coaching Global Code of Ethics.
At the Nottingham Coaching Centre, set in the tranquil surroundings of Charnwood House, Caythorpe, I offer face to face sessions. However, the majority of my clients now come to me remotely via Zoom. This online meeting room is fully secure, easy to use and much better than Skype!
Charnwood House is within easy reach of Nottingham city centre by rail or car. Our local train station in Lowdham is five minutes walk away from the house, a 10-minute train journey from Nottingham. Alternatively, we are easily reached by car and have ample car parking space on site.
All free consultations take place online.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have 29 years' experience in education, including senior leadership and headship, training, development, and coaching.
I now work as an independent consultant and coach across the public and private sector including and beyond education.
Please see below for a sample of my testimonials, others can be viewed on my website.
BA, PGCE, MEd, NPQH, PGDip. Coaching (Warwick University).
I am a full member of the Association for Coaching. I am also a fully accredited member of the Society of Education Consultants.
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Visit my website using the link to see the investment required for each of the listed services. You can also book you free consultation straight into my diary.
"My coaching relationship with Charmaine has been both a revelation and life-changing. She is professional, patient and caring, yet also direct. She has an uncanny ability to unpick my answers to her questions, and pinpoint what the actual issues are. She has had a very positive impact on the way I feel about myself and helped me to be able to ‘step outside’ myself and look at various situations critically. The various strategies she has suggested to me have been extremely helpful. Several months after starting sessions with Charmaine, I am now better able to prioritise my workload and stay calmer in stressful situations. Her effect on my life, both at work and at home, has been considerable and lasting. I highly recommend her as a coach."
Teacher, Fernwood School, Nottingham, March 2016
"The coaching relationship with Charmaine turned out to be an absolute delight. From the beginning, I was looking for someone who you could have a frank and open discussion about leadership development as I was feeling I had hit a ‘brick wall’ in terms of further progression.
Charmaine has instilled a belief in me that I am ready for the next stage in school leadership. The relationship was one of deep thinking discussion, good humour, direct questioning, facing honest truths and developing pathways.
The atmosphere was always positive and I left the sessions with a spring in my step. I stated from the outset that I wanted the coaching sessions to be motivational and Charmaine was very effective for me with this regard."
P Stevens Assistant Head Teacher, Minster School, Southwell
"3 months after the coaching sessions and taking time to reflect on my current behaviours and how they have changed since the coaching took place I would say:
I feel that the skills and change in approach I learnt to adopt during my coaching has had a lasting effect, I do not direct my team in the way I used to, I ensure that I am always there for them and when they come to me with issue or we are discussing the approach to a project I do not lead the conversation, instead I ask the team what they would do, or how we might tackle things, this allows them greater space to learn and develop for themselves, I do think overall I have moved from a very directing management style to a slightly softened coaching style of leadership.
I do sometimes still feel that this approach makes me appear hands off and I question if I should support more, having concerns at time that I may come across as distant or disinterested, however, I have stuck with it as I can see that the space I provide the team is allowing them to flourish, improving morale and creating a real buzz in the team. This change in my style in leadership has also come at a time of change in the organisation with two teams coming together changes in the roles that individuals are undertaking and a change in focus on the work we are delivering, this combination of factors has seen the team excel.
Karen Brown, Business Transformation Manager, Chesterfield Borough Council
"My coaching relationship with Charmaine was insightful, energetic, fulfilling thought provoking and fun! The coaching experience had a positive impact on my self-belief, increased my sense of credibility, my ability to ‘sell’ myself as a consultant and increased my happiness at work.
I would recommend Charmaine because she has a natural ability to translate what I think are confused ramblings into meaningful sentences which then transition into actions that change the way you think about yourself and the way you perform."
Emma Bravery of 'Bravery Consulting', Consultant ‘trouble shooter’ to GPs, Nottinghamshire.
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Tuesday to Thursday 9am-6pm Friday 9am-2pm