Kate O'Connell - Empowering Women
We all face difficulties at some time in our lives. Therapeutic coaching can be helpful when we are feeling stuck or unhappy, and finding it hard to navigate areas where we are not living as fully as we would like.
I have been working in a therapeutic and coaching capacity since 1995 and aim to provide a safe and non-judgmental space to help you:
- Develop internal resources and foster sources of inner strength and healing
- Grow in self-awareness and fulfil your potential
- Create the possibility of change and implement strategies to sustain it
Therapeutic Coaching is a powerful means of helping you build confidence and make changes at a deep level which are sustainable. My approach is supportive, creative and tailored to your particular needs. I draw on a blend of psychological theories and a variety of techniques that are designed to maximise emotional resilience and well-being. I will work with you to develop clarity and awareness and help you find the solutions that are right for you.
With my therapeutic background I can also help, where necessary, to identify blind spots and remove psychological blocks so that you can realise new possibilities and reach your goals.
For more information please don't hesitate to call or email me
I have a particular interest in women’s issues. I have supported women on their journey to build healthy relationships with themselves and their bodies; in their search to make sense of childhood experiences, and in their relationships with parents, partners, children and work.
In our competitive society, women are assaulted on so many fronts by their supposed inadequacies. The self-help industry is based on the cultural assumption that we are never good enough - we need to be younger, prettier, smarter, slimmer, richer, happier and healthier; we need to be well above average to feel worthy. If we strive towards perfection, we risk the pendulum swinging from inflation to feelings of shame and inadequacy.
Many women have relied on traditionally masculine strategies to succeed. While the patriarchal system that has dominated our culture is gradually shifting, I believe the glass ceiling is not always just on the outside but also within us. Our unconscious bias and belief systems can constrain us and thwart our potential.
I am interested in helping women find ways of accessing both their strength and sensitivity in the workplace and at home.
I trained at LAMDA from 1982-5, and worked professionally as an actor in theatre, television and film for ten years, so I have first-hand experience of the particular challenges and rewards of choosing a creative path. Being creative can make us feel more alive and fulfilled but it is not always easy to sustain our creativity in the midst of the pressures of daily life.
Over the years I have chosen a method called Voice Dialogue as the cornerstone of my coaching practice with creatives and performers who have an intuitive grasp of this therapeutic approach. I work with issues such as:
Audition/performance anxiety/stage fright
Coping with unemployment
Lack of confidence
Feelings of disempowerment
For more information please on Voice Dialogue click here
RELATIONSHIP AND DATE COACHING
I worked for many years as the senior consultant at the introduction agency Drawing Down the Moon and I have a real understanding of the challenges of romantic love in the 21st Century. I have supported hundreds of men and women on their dating journeys and have developed my own blend of insightful and practical support which can help shift patterns and identify hidden barriers to finding the right partner. I can share with you my tried and tested tips and technique for successful dating.
Together we can explore:
- Relationships/desire for relationship
- Dating difficulties
- On-line dating
- Preparing for a date
- Choosing wisely
- Lack of confidence and low self-worth in relationships
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained as a psychotherapist at the Institute of Psychotherapy and Social Studies from 1992-5. At the same time I started working as the senior consultant at Drawing Down the Moon, an introduction agency for business, professional and creative people where I coached and supported clients during their membership. I then went on to complete an Executive Coaching Certificate from Henley Business School and a Facilitator Training in Voice Dialogue.
I have been working in a therapeutic and coaching capacity since 1995.
Areas of coaching I deal with
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The Initial Consultation and Fees
Often a brief chat can help you decide whether you would like to come for an initial consultation.
The initial consultation is an opportunity to meet, ask questions, and determine whether we could work together.
Initial consultation - £45 for one hour
Individual sessions - £60 for one hour (5 sessions usually required)
There are excellent public transport links to my consulting room in Stroud Green which is 10mins from Finsbury Park tube (Victoria and Piccadilly lines). Finsbury Park tube is 5 minutes from King’s Cross tube, 9 minutes from Oxford Circus tube and 14 minutes from Victoria tube.
For more information please don't hesitate to call or email
‘I had always relied on my intellect to get me through, to make sense of my life experiences and to solve everything in my head. Through coaching with Kate I felt safe enough for the first time to really notice what was going on in my body and how I was actually feeling underneath my thoughts. It feels like I’m finally waking up, not getting so caught up in my negative thinking and being much kinder and gentler to myself in the process.’
‘Before coaching I had real issues asserting myself. I hadn’t realised that expressing this side made me feel like a bully so I avoided it which had a negative impact on my personal and professional relationships. I now have a real understanding of where that comes from and now feel confident enough to express my opinions without fear of being hated. Coaching with Kate has been one of the most life-changing experiences and I can’t thank her enough.’
Andrew G, MBA student
Kate gave me a safe space to talk.Patient, compassionate, insightful and incredibly professional, within a short time I was able to action our learnings by being mindful of bad habits and challenge my way of thinking, I made and saw significant changes in my life. I was happier, more confident and less negative about the way I saw things which allowed me to be positive about my future and more proactive.Kate was a sounding board for my innermost fears and held up a mirror to my behaviour so I could recognise and stop the actions and thoughts that were holding me back . If you're feeling stuck in an an unhealthy rut of your own making I cannot recommend her enough. TL, Finance Director
‘It has been lovely to meet you and I think I can be frank with you to let you know what a relief it was to meet you last June and hear the words you spoke. You immediately ‘got’ my situation in a way that very few people are able and I felt an affinity with you that allowed me to share the true grit of what was going on in my personal life… your input into my life at this particular stage, has been pivotal.’
Louisa C, Advertising Director
‘Thank you again for all your support on this ‘dating journey’. I really appreciate your wisdom, candour and sense of humour. It’s made my foray into this realm a really happy one.’
JB, Creative Entrepreneur/Fundraiser
‘I came to see Kate because she had been highly recommended – at the time I felt completely stuck and at the mercy of a very harsh, judgmental side of myself which was sabotaging my career. Through Voice Dialogue I worked with my Inner Critic and now have a real insight into what was really going on during these ‘critic’ attacks. They still happen now if I’m particularly stressed but the way I relate to them is completely different and I don’t feel at their mercy in the way I used to. I feel much less constrained creatively so thank you Kate!’