How I can help you
I provide a supportive space for you to talk things through, feel heard and valued, untangle, become unstuck and learn how to be more compassionate to yourself. In turn, you'll start to feel more settled in your life, more accepting of yourself, less controlled by what other people think and more empowered to make any changes you need or want to make.
At the moment I'm only working with clients online and by phone.
Why Choose Me?
After many years of helping and supporting people (both personally and professionally) in many different ways, I nestled into my role as a women's Wellbeing Coach.
Originally I established 'The Peloton' as a platform for bringing women together in supportive conversation groups, providing a much-needed space for women to sit in a respectful space to talk and feel heard. I was asked early on if I could also provide one to one support, which I did, but wasn't quite sure how to frame what I was doing as I didn't want to move back towards traditional counselling. I was aware that many women don't feel that counselling is the right fit for them, but do acknowledge that they'd benefit from some form of support, and I was keen to provide that missing link.
So, I combine the counselling skills I have - in helping women feel valued, heard and understood - with the coaching skills I've acquired, in helping women improve different aspects of their general wellbeing, sit better with their stresses, uncover their inner strengths and make positive life changes. My aim is to help women feel more settled within themselves and like themselves better, so that they can take more control and live their lives more positively.
During lockdown I've not been working face to face with clients. I've been using Zoom or the phone. I've also found that writing exercises are proving to be particularly useful tools for clients at this time. It's usually the clients who say 'But I can't write!' who benefit the most from this. It's not about being creative, and its certainly not dependent on having good spelling or grammar - this form of writing therapy is solely about helping you make sense of those jumbled thoughts and negative inner voices.
Forming one or two writing habits - whether that means journalling, writing lists, or a five minute mind dump - gives you highly effective untangling tools. Your notebook might even, one day, become your own powerful pocket therapist... (https://medium.com/@janeym123/the-power-of-the-pocket-therapist-29efa4def789)
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold the COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills, Certificate in Bereavement Counselling, Year one of Post Graduate Diploma in Person Centred Counselling and the Raw Horizons Wellbeing Life Coaching Certificate.
As well as being a Wellbeing Coach, I'm a qualified active listener and bereavement counsellor and have various certificates in other forms of counselling skills. I, however, don't hold much sway for certificates. For me, much more important than the certificates on a coach's wall is their skills, abilities, empathy and understanding that has evolved (and still evolves) from our own life experiences and learnings.
Beyond the certificates
I'm a proud mum to three lovely humans, I was heart-broken by the sudden death of my dad, I married my best pal from school, I'm daughter and chief support to my elderly mum, I've been touched by suicide, I'm a sister, I'm a friend who treasures her friends, I've worked through friendship ties breaking when they no longer serve me or my friends, I've been a Samaritan, a Race Director, a Medical Rep, a Hygiene Consultant, a hospice receptionist, a Company Director, a Breast Cancer Care co-ordinator and a music therapist (of sorts, I can't read a note!)
I'm menopausal but now almost symptom-free - I don't have scientific evidence to prove that my hot flushes and insomnia disappeared thanks to my nutrition and lifestyle regime, but I'm delighted they've gone - and I'm always happy to share what seems to have worked for me.
I'm a Women V Cancer fundraiser and awareness-raiser, I'm passionate about equality and inclusion, I love to cycle, I love to run, I love to sing, I practice yoga, I've published one little book, I love to write, I'm a poet of sorts and I have more than a passing interest in creating a society that puts its mental and emotional wellbeing on a par with its physical.
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.
Areas of coaching I deal with
£45.00 per session
I often use writing exercises to help my clients during the coaching process. It's usually the clients who say 'But I can't write!' who benefit the most from this. It's not about being creative, and its certainly not dependent on having good spelling or grammar - this form of writing therapy is solely about helping you make sense of those jumbled thoughts and negative inner voices.
Forming one or two writing habits - whether that means journalling, writing lists, or a five minute mind dump - give you effective untangling tools. Your notebook might even, one day, become your powerful pocket therapist...