Cathy Boucher, The Empowerment Coach, Dip Coach
I coach mid-career professionals who are at a crossroads in their life to find a career from the heart. I help clients find the something else that will give them purpose and recognition that they are looking for, and a sense that they are making a difference.
The coronavirus pandemic has put great strain on everyone. If you feel that talking about your current situation and planning your future would help you, then please get in touch. Whatever your situation, talking can help.
Being in lockdown and furloughed may have given you time to reflect on your situation and a desire to change the direction you are going.
I offer life and career coaching to clients in their mid-career who wanting to find that elusive something else that resonates with their values and aspirations.
I am a transformational coach who is passionate about the power of coaching. I understand and have experienced career change myself and know what it is like to feel uncertain about the future. I have a calm and patient demeanour, and have a flexible approach to problem solving. I promote reflection, exploration of options and support to identify a future vision which is attainable and enables the realisation of those dreams. I gently encourage clients to find the way that is best for them through gentle questioning.
I have come to realise that my values are much more about helping others directly. I am a natural listener, and encourage clients to have a holistic look at their current situation, looking at multiple options when looking to the future.
I really enjoy meeting new clients, and seeing their progression over a course of sessions, to where they no longer need me. I always feel privileged to hear people's stories and am humbled that they feel confident enough to share their deepest feelings.
I understand all too well the challenges of balancing career with personal life. I appreciate the stresses that business pressures can bring and recognise the effects of feeling unfulfilled at work and how demotivating this can be. I have experienced the demands presented by colleagues and clients and the rewards of managing teams. I remain confident that whatever the problem, by looking at it from different perspectives, that you can find solutions.
I offer a programme of coaching sessions which:
- Creates a safe place for you to articulate those feelings that you have dared not say to anyone else
- Helps you to visualise a future life with a career which is aligned with your values and strengths
- Enables you to explore different options and make decisions about what will bring you fulfilment and purpose
- Supports you to create an achievable plan to realise your dream
- Empowers you to find your passion and to make a difference
Face to face coaching is slightly more challenging at the moment, but if you do live in Cambridge we could meet in a park and talk (social distanced of course) and is a great way to feel connected. Otherwise the best way of meeting is via Zoom or Skype, or whichever videoconferencing platform you prefer. Clients find this a convenient way of meeting, and they really know I'm focused on them. It is such a good way to both see and hear what is being said. Alternatively if that technology isn't an option, the phone can really work.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a transformational life coach who is passionate about the power of coaching. I work with clients and empower them to reach their own goals, whatever their situation and challenges.
I have experienced the challenges of working on fixed term and zero hour contracts and I know what it feels like to being made redundant.
Education and training
- Animas Accredited Coach with Diploma in Transformational Coaching
- Personal and professional development:
- Communication styles
- Line management
- Time management
- Project management
- Change management
- Train the trainer
- Negotiation and Influencing
- Research facilitation
- PhD Human Molecular Genetics, Imperial College London
Areas of coaching I deal with
Other areas of coaching I deal with
A programme of 6 one hour sessions is £420. Or if you prefer, you can book individual sessions at a time at £75 each.
50% reduction in fees apply for anyone who is currently furloughed as a result of the current coronavirus pandemic or facing redundancy. I also work pro bono for anyone unemployed.
Please message me to book a complimentary half hour telephone consultation. This is an opportunity for you to describe what you are hoping to get from coaching and to ask questions. You can let me know how many sessions you would like, whether you would like to meet weekly or two-weekly, and how you would prefer to meet, such as Zoom/Skype, telephone etc. It is also a time for you to tell me about your circumstances, and we can agree on payment terms. Everything you say in this consultation and further sessions is confidential.
"Cathy has been a great listener: Speaking to her during the coaching session was natural, comfortable and effortless. She has enabled me to gain clarity and understanding of my own self and where I am at. Over her sessions she made me a stronger individual, realising what I needed to be working on and what in my own self deserves most time and focus. She is particularly brilliant at situations related to personal and work relationships, as she gives you the opportunity to fully express yourself, be authentic and later incorporate that authenticity in other fields of your life. I enjoyed working with her tremendously"
"With her, it is not just a correct and professional approach, but sympathy and kindness towards others as well as a deep understanding of challenging situations. These elements are truly crucial to any conflict resolution and empowering, whatever field one is coached in"
"Cathy has been exceptionally valuable in helping me clarify my deep thoughts towards my career ambitions. She has a masterful art in bringing out clarity of purpose and helping one reach tangible objectives. Cathy has a way of helping you reconceptualise your blurry thoughts in a way that forms meaningful strategic directions. I particularly liked her style of asking you challenging questions ‘on the why’ and how she helps you bring out the underlying reason that strengthens your goals and objectives. As a client, it is surprising to discover how much knowledge and solution I have buried within me after each coaching session"
"Cathy is an extremely skilled coach. Our work together led me from a place of uncertainty and speculation, to a plan with goals and a timeline. Her insightful questions gave me real food for thought and allowed me to reflect on areas I hadn't considered. Whenever I got stuck, she asked something both relevant and provocative which helped me to shift my thinking. Her personal warmth assured me that I had someone walking alongside me at all times throughout our sessions. I thoroughly enjoyed working with Cathy and I wholeheartedly recommend her as a coach."