Louise Wheeler

Louise Wheeler

2 Oxford Road

01865 596771 / 07786925969

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2 Oxford Road

01865 596771 / 07786925969

About me

Specialising in career and executive coaching, Louise is a qualified and experienced coach with a solid professional track record working at a senior level in the commercial sector. Before running her own research consultancy and coaching businesses she was a Commercial Director for GfKNOP, a global market research agency.

Coaching can help you to identify where you want to go and helps you to do this quicker and more easily than if you were working on your own. Louise uses a person-centred approach to coaching which means that the person being coached is firmly in control of the agenda for each session. This approach relies on mutual honesty, non-judgmental acceptance and empathy. It is, of course, completely confidential. Coaching is a temporary process that normally begins and ends within a period of six months, sometimes much less. However, it is possible to re-contract if you wish to work towards new goals or want to have a periodic 'check-in' to keep things on track.

It is often particular experiences or aspects of our lives that block our awareness of what we are capable of or the range of choices we have. Stress can be a key factor in preventing us from slowing down enough to think clearly about what we really want. Sometimes we find ourselves heading in a direction that we believe we have not actively chosen. It is at these points that we can benefit from gaining some new perspectives on our 'now' in order to take control of our future.

As a coach Louise can help you to take a step back and consider how satisfied you are with the various aspects of your life and work in a safe space. You can choose to work on one or more area that you feel you would like to change in some way. Rather than offer advice, she will provide 'sign-posting' and sometimes challenge your assumptions in order to help you identify your goals, consider all your options and build an action plan.

Louise's description of the coaching process: "The coaching takes place, primarily, face-to-face and begins with a session of 30-45 mins which is free of charge. This allows us to meet to discuss how the coaching may be of use to you and for me to explain a bit more about the coaching process. Prospective clients normally have quite a few questions at this stage and I welcome the opportunity to answer these in full. It is at this point that we will agree, or not, for the coaching relationship to go ahead.

I can provide telephone coaching if face-to-face is not practical athough I always aim to meet with my clients in the early stages of the coaching. I use email to follow up on sessions and to check in between meeting, when appropriate. Some clients like to have some tasks or actions to work on before their next session. Others prefer a less structured approach. You can decide what works best for you.

You don't have to commit to a definite number of sessions but I advise that four to six sessions are often a good number to begin with. Coaching, by its very nature, aims to promote self-sufficiency in the person being coached and for this reason it does not promote dependency on the coach themselves. You can cease the coaching at any point if you do not feel it is helping or if you feel you have achieved what you need to. So, there is flexibility in the arrangement."

Training, qualifications & experience

Louise is a qualified coach with a MA in Coaching and Mentoring Practice from Oxford Brookes University (2007) and is also trained to use Nancy Kline's Thinking Partnership approach to coaching and facilitation. She is a qualified personality test user for the British Psychological Society with access to some excellent personality psychometric tools. These can help inform clients' career and life choices.

Louise's first degree was in Hotel and Catering Management and she has a wealth of experience in the commercial and business world. As a Commercial Director, at GfKNOP in research and performance measurement, she worked with private and public sector clients and managed large and successful client-facing teams. She also delivers facilitated workshop sessions to focusing on the development of individual or organisational strategies. In addition to her coaching work, Louise is the founder and director of Research Oxford Ltd which offers research and evaluation services meaning she has a realistic perspective on the world of work and is well networked.

Adhering to the European Mentoring & Coaching Councils code of ethics Louise can provide professional references on request. She is a full member of the Association for Coaching, and the Market Research Society. She is a guest lecturers for the business school at Oxford Brookes University, volunteers to run ROBIN (Responsible Oxfordshire Business Involvement Network) and is a trustee of Monument Community Trust.

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Negotiated on an individual basis, flexible around income and coaching needs.
There are options to 'Pay As You Go' or purchase a block of 4 or 6 sessions up front. Please contact Louise for more details. The initial 'no strings' 30-45 minute session is free of charge.

Further information

Here are a few examples of what some clients have achieved:

Moved from a job with limited career progression opportunities to one that provides training and development and a clear career path
Became more self-confident when presenting and contributing to meetings
Reached the next step on the career ladder
Made transtion from being employed to setting up own, successful consultancy business
Re-located to follow a chosen career path
Increased self-belief in order to make a new career move
Addressed issues around work / life balance - more life, less work!
Overcome difficult issues with staff / colleagues
Moved forward positively from redundancy

Oxford, OX2 9NN

Type of session

Online life coaching: Yes
Telephone life coaching: Yes
Face to face life coaching: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None
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