Jo Thompson - Life/Youth Coach and NLP Practitioner
“Jo has a very calming approach which was very effective for me as it made me more relaxed and feel more creative whilst at the same time still challenging me if I was doubting my capabilities.”
Hi, I’m Jo. I work with adults and young people who are stuck. I help them free themselves from blockages, frustrations and anxieties so that they can get what they want and be who they want to be.
For many years I was known as "the wisebird" - the person to go to for advice, my maiden name Whybird, turned into "wisebird" by my friends.
But when, after a decade in corporate communications, I finally answered my "rescuer" calling and trained to be a life coach, I realised that I'm not actually the "wisebird" at all.
It is my friends - and now my clients.
Because I don’t have the answers that really work for them when they are stuck – they do.
Especially in these uncertain times.
We all have the answers to embrace this time of change, and turn it into our opportunity.
We're just not using them yet.
You may be seeking to adapt to the impact on you of this new global situation, so that you can believe in yourself, and move forward in your life with a can-do attitude.
Alternatively, you may be looking to use this opportunity of taking a pause to address something you have wanted to change about yourself or achieve for a long time.
Or you may be wanting to find help for a young person in your life who think would like to "unstick" themselves if they only knew how.
Whatever way this unprecedented time is affecting you, and whatever you want to make of it, I will help you choose how you respond, focus on what you can control and act with confidence.
Please do contact me for a free, confidential conversation. You can text me on 07593 941736 or alternatively send me an email via my contact form.
I will explain to you how the coaching process works, and you can begin to say out loud what it is you want – the first step to making it happen.
There will be no obligation to coach with me afterwards, but I can guarantee you will be clearer on your way forward.
The world has made us all take a pause. Use it to help you go faster later. I look forward to hearing from you
Training, qualifications & experience
BA Hons Oxon (Modern Languages), The Queen's College, Oxford
Other Professional Experience
10 years in Corporate Communications with global blue chip companies
Professional Coaching Qualifications
I trained with The Coaching Academy, the world's largest coaching training organisation.
I have a
- Diploma in Personal Performance Coaching (Distinction)
And I am a
- Certified NLP Practitioner
These qualifications are recognised by the International Coaching Federation (ICF), the Institute for Leadership & Management (ILM) and the Professional Association for NLP (ANLP).
Together they make a powerful combination to help people be at their best more of the time.
They can both be conducted face to face, online or over the phone, according to your preferences.
My experience includes:
Coaching for adults
- Changing careers
- Being calmer/more organised at work
- Being resilient through difficult times
- Being more assertive/confident
- Building self-esteem
- Rebuilding a friendship/relationship
- Achieving a long-held ambition
- Enjoying retirement
- Addressing parenting/teenage issues
- Getting a more balanced life
- Being more relaxed
Specialist Youth Coaching ( senior school , students, young adults)
- Improving work approaches and exam strategies at school, college, university and beyond
- Finding a career
- Getting organised
- Being motivated and getting down to work
- Being confident/assertive
- Staying calm
- Resolving friendship/relationship issues
- Addressing bullying
- Achieving working/downtime balance (addressing perfectionism etc)
If you are a parent, please see Further Information below for more on how coaching with me can help your child. I am fully DBS checked.
Areas of coaching I deal with
According to your situation, I will tailor a coaching programme that suits your needs.
When considering what you might want to spend on your coaching experience, please ask yourself how much getting what you want is worth to you, and remember that unlike counselling/other therapies, coaching is a short- term intervention which delivers lasting, long- term gain.
"My sessions with Jo will have a huge impact on my life now and for years to come. I needed a new way of approaching things, and this gave me a strategy and direction."
'Jo is a great listener and very kind. She wasn’t judgemental at all and I felt as though I could talk through my problems.”
"Jo helped me talk through thoughts that were jumbled up in my head and cut through to what I really wanted.”
“I realised it’s easy to achieve my goals – I’m the only one stopping me”
“Jo is patient, supportive and warm. She didn’t tell me what to do but facilitated me thinking what was needed. Knowing I had the answers gave me confidence in acting on them.”
“During the sessions Jo was fully committed to me and that came across in such a powerful way.”
“Jo has helped me to see things more clearly by encouraging me to reflect in areas I had not considered before. She is challenging in a thoughtful way and has helped me improve and change my life in many ways.”
“Jo’s questions helped me remain focused, and remember what I said I wanted.”
Why I coach young people as well as adults
While I was training to be a coach, both of my children were teenagers, and some of their peers were experiencing difficulties. I realised that coaching could be very effective in helping them address what was holding them back, and also in creating harmony within families.
Since then, I have conducted private work with young people in the environments where they are most comfortable and am fully DBS checked.
I have coached in school/ university settings, both one-to-one and in workshops.
I have also worked with parents who want to improve their family dynamic.
As we all adapt now to living and working in close proximity and away from the support of our offices, peers, schools and universities, a coaching approach can really help a household run smoothly and happily.
Every parent wants the best for their child. Sometimes we get stuck and frustrated because we want to help them to change (or our relationship with them to change), and they don’t seem to be listening or taking our advice. This can cause friction and unhappiness. Coaching helps us see that actually, it's not about changing others, but the changes we make in ourselves that in turn improve the family dynamic.
This might include:
- Changing routines to bring more together time
- Finding ways to support rather than tell at critical moments (eg exams, bullying)
- Involving your children in finding solutions to situations that aren’t working
- Asking less of yourself so you can be happier around your child
The other way that, as a parent, you can help your children, is by giving them the space to find their own answers when they are stuck. We all see the world through different lenses, so what works for one person doesn’t work for another. Hence although it can often seem that a young person doesn’t want to change or heed our advice, it is often actually because our solution doesn’t work for them. Coaching gives them a non judgemental space to find answers that do.
It can help address anything that might stop them achieve their potential, from anxiety, to exam stress, lack of motivation, health/fitness issues, anger management, friendship/people issues, work-life balance and concerns over career choices.
The earlier any of us addresses our issues and anxieties, the better we can prevent things escalating later on. Coaching aims to step in when an individual wants to DO something about their situation, rather than when they have reached the point where they just want to talk and find peace.
Being separated from the school or university environment can exacerbate any ongoing issues that a child may be grappling with. So please do get in touch if you have an inkling that your young person would like to make a change.