Belinda Rydings MBPsS, MSc Coaching Psychology
Do you want to change something in your life, but don't know how? Are you struggling with anxiety? Feeling self-critical? Thinking about a career change? Had some harsh feedback? Coaching is for everyone who wants to change something, who feels stuck, who wants to feel more fulfilled and happy.
I help people to find out what's blocking them, and explore what they can do about it - then we set off on a journey of transformation together.
What happens in a coaching session?
The first step is to make contact, and I'll get back to you for a no pressure chat. I'm very easygoing and friendly, and will answer any questions - for me there aren't any 'dumb questions'. You'll get a good sense of what it will be like to be coached by me in this conversation. Then we will arrange to meet for a conversation and if we decide to work together, we start the work. Getting started is as easy as that.
Initially I'll ask you to tell me about your work, background, hopes and concerns and you will have plenty of opportunity to express what is on your mind. You can ask me any questions and I'll encourage you to give and receive feedback, so that we can keep updating and working really effectively and at a good pace for you. Your coaching goals may change, as you get more clear about what you want, and that's fine too. It's important that you get what you need from each session.
Each session, I'll check whether you want to speak from the top of your mind, or prefer to have me focus your thoughts with some incisive questions. We'll agree what level of challenge you want from me, and what kind of support - this varies from person to person, and from day to day, depending on how robust we feel. This way, you will get the most out of our work together.
"I was looking at changing career for a second time and felt in something of a rut. Belinda was immeasurably helpful at providing time, space and a supportive environment in which to talk through my options. I would recommend her wholeheartedly" AH, Teacher
"The coaching sessions with Belinda have been of immeasurable value. Through a collaborative approach, I've taken the first steps on a journey towards a more meaningful and fulfilling life and, in doing so, have learned a great deal about myself. This greater understanding of self has provided renewed insight into key moments and relationships in my life, often with profound new meaning. An unexpected, but wonderful bonus. Belinda has a wonderfully warm, calming style and sessions often feel like catching up with an old friend. I feel more focused, more relaxed and more content." PC, Advertising Agency Team Leader
Life Coaching, Personal Development, Career Coaching, Executive or Business Coaching?
Over the years, I've come to the conclusion that it's not so important what we call it, it's Coaching. Probably you have some specific thoughts about what you want to work on, and in general terms you'll be seeking development and growth, and you'll want to achieve more success and fulfilment in your life. This may be in your work life or your personal life, or both areas. We can work on both simultaneously as an integrative approach is helpful when working to create change. Here are some examples of how you might be thinking about your coaching areas:
- Coaching for success includes your work goal areas, such as leadership, career transition, gaining promotion, moving job or career, training for new profession, communicating and relationships at work, resilience, dealing with criticism, anxiety in meetings or presentations, entrepreneurship, expansion, legacy and retirement planning.
"I found Belinda to be somebody that I could warm to and trust immediately and as I had never been to a career coach before this was very important to me. I do owe a big thank you to Belinda for helping me to make the decision that was the right one for me." John I.
- Coaching for fulfilment increases your feelings of wellbeing, confidence and happiness, provides you with resources to stay calm, focused and manage management, and leads to better relationships and greater work-life balance.
"I come away from our coaching sessions with better insight, a greater sense of confidence in decisions I have made, being clearer about the direction I’m taking and calmer and comfortable as a result. I am forever grateful for her professionalism, patience and challenge. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Belinda as a coach to anyone I meet!" KA
- Developing mindfulness supports you to non-judgementally attend to your values and the role your feelings play in your inner world, and how these impact your thinking and relationships. It's a powerful way to take what you learn in coaching into all of your life, so you can become your own coach in future.
"Her use of mindfulness has helped immensely in ‘capturing the moment’ and increasing my awareness of how I think, feel or react to certain issues and situations. Frequently, coaching sessions with Belinda offer me an effective reality check that helps me focus, reflect and move forward. Further, I find Belinda is very in tune with when I just need to talk, think or be challenged" KA, Manager, Healthcare Sector
I'm an experienced and fully qualified coach, and my Master's degree in Coaching Psychology enables me to work at depth in a non-judgemental, collaborative way in a confidential and trusted thinking space.
Please email to arrange a confidential chat, you'll be under no pressure and can ask any questions to help you decide if coaching is right for you.
- Affordable rates and flexible appointment times
- Good availability, at times to suit you
- Fully qualified insured professional ethical practice
"I was unsure about getting professional help for myself however Belinda’s first coaching session put me completely at ease. Throughout the next few months she helped me to move forward with my life and without her openness, honesty and professionalism I’d still be where I was, thanks so much Belinda." DA, Make-up Artist
Training, qualifications & experience
MSc Coaching Psychology, Metanoia Institute & London South Bank University (2011)
BSc Psychology (First Class Hons), Open University (2007)
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute
- Level 1: Affect Dysregulation, Survival Defences, and Traumatic Memory (2012)
- Level 2: Emotional Processing, Meaning Making, and Attachment Repair (2015)
Internal Family Systems Therapy
- Level 1: Mastering the Skills of IFS (2014)
- Level 2: Deepening IFS Work (2016)
- Level 3: IFS (2017)
Centre for Systemic Constellations
- Foundation Training in Systemic Constellations (2016)
- Applied Training in Systemic Constellations (2017)
British Psychological Society - Special Group in Coaching Psychology
Association of Integrative Coach-Therapist Professionals
Metanoia Institute - Senior Accredited Practitioner
With over 30 years of commercial experience in global organisations and small to medium enterprises, I retrained for a new career as a Coaching Psychologist. Studying whilst working full time, I know something about the difficulties in making changes in our work and personal life.
My psychology research for my Master's was in the 'Impostor Syndrome', a feeling some of us can get of not being as good as others think we are, and of imminent exposure as a fraud. When triggered, the feelings associated can be frightening and debilitating, and my research highlighted not only the difficulties, but also some very effective ways coaching can help.
I was born in Hong Kong, and spent my first 13 years there. I have worked with several people experiencing the phenomena called 'Third Culture Kids' which describes those who have moved to the UK expecting to feel at home and fit in, but found it a struggle to settle.
My style is supportive as well as challenging, and I find that a collaborative approach is the most successful for creating appropriate and lasting changes.
Association for Coaching
The Association for Coaching is one of the leading professional bodies for Coaches and Organisations.
The Association is made up of a number of different membership categories, e.g. Associate Member (AMAC), Member (MAC), Accredited Member (AC Accred), with the different categories standing for different levels of training and experience. Accredited Members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
The Association has a Code of Ethics & Good Practice and a Complaints Procedure.
Association for Professional Executive Coaching and Supervision
The Association for Professional Executive Coaching and Supervision (APECS) is the professional body for executive coaching and for the supervision of executive coaches.
The Association is made up of a number of different membership categories, including Associate Member and Accredited Executive Coach. Accredited Members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Members are bound by Ethical Guidelines and a Complaints Procedure.
Special Group in Coaching Psychology
To be a member of the SGCP, a coach must first be a member of the British Psychological Society (BPS).
The SGCP have two categories of membership: Full Member and Affiliate Member. BPS Members with the Graduate Basis for Registration are are eligible to become Full Members of the SGCP. All other members of BPS are eligible to become Affiliate members.
Members of the SGCP are bound by the BPS Code of Conduct, Ethical Principles and Guidelines.
Areas of coaching I deal with
Other areas of coaching I deal with
- Career transitions
- Developing mindfulness
- Work-life balance
- Managing stress and anxiety
- Taming the inner critic
- Gaining confidence
- Improving relationships
- Developing assertiveness
- Returning to employment after a career break
- Starting your own business
- Impostor Syndrome beliefs
- Third Culture issues - difficulty settling in the UK after living abroad
- Shame resilience
- Developing self-compassion
- Leadership development
- Trauma treatment (eg: recovery from bullying, violent attack, an accident, abuse)
Fees range from £65 - £165 per session, depending on your circumstances.
The fee for a 1.5 hour session is £165, sessions take place approximately every 3 weeks.
A reduction may be possible, depending on your circumstances. Please enquire.
Skype, FaceTime & Phone coaching sessions are available.
Contact me for a free, no obligation 30 minute trial coaching session (Skype or face to face).
Trauma treatment / Sensorimotor therapy takes place weekly and the cost for a 55 minute session is £65.
Coaching: Typically we will together agree to a number of sessions (depending on the coaching area) and will meet every approximately 3-4 weeks. If you need more support at any point, we can meet more often or have telephone/email contact.
Payment is by cash or bank transfer, due within one week of session.
I offer flexible appointments including early morning and evening sessions. Some Saturday morning appointments are available for coaching.
All sessions are confidential.
I adhere to the code of ethics of my member organisations, am in Supervised practice, attend regular CPD workshops and have Professional Civil Liability Insurance.
Therapy: Sessions are weekly and you need to be able to commit to attending on a weekly basis as far as possible for the work to be successful. A slot is held for you at the same time each week.
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"I came to coaching feeling slightly apprehensive and unsure as to what might unfold. However, this feeling was not to last for long. Belinda's sensitivity and professionalism made me feel not only at ease but enabled me to 'open up' and feel understood. I was able to relax and speak freely with Belinda, knowing that she would give me her undivided attention. Belinda's sensitivity and ability to 'tune in' to my energy and needs is exemplary. She is a consummate professional and a natural coach. I found her input invaluable, particularly around body work and energy - and her intuitive insights have proven transformational in the way I now lead my life. Thank you, Belinda."
Deputy Chief Executive, Charity Sector
"Thank you very much for all your help over the past few months. The insights gained and reflections will stay with me. I particularly valued your ever present consideration and sensitivity."
Consultant Psychiatrist, NHS
Trauma work testimonial:
"You made me understand how my actions were a result of a trauma in my early life, and how I didn't have to blame myself or feel guilty. I gained a lot of insight into myself, an opening, and it is clear which steps I now need to take further.
Your support has been invaluable, I was aware that I couldn't turn to just anyone with this subject, and your knowledge about trauma and the body is one that not many people know about. I felt truly respected just the way I am and feel very grateful for the experience. Thank you so much"