Lisa Stone, Career Coach
I have over ten year’s experience as a careers coach. I am passionate about supporting people in their career, to enable them to fully unlock their potential and to thrive in achieving their goals. I offer thoughtful, empathetic and results-driven guidance.
I help with career choice, coaching to improve any aspect of work or work/life balance. I also work with people who need help and advice to set up their own businesses, or to discuss this as a possibility.
I specialise in working with people who are mid-career. It could be that you are in an unsupportive work environment, find yourself in a rut or suffering from burnout.
My philosophy is to work with clients using ‘unconditional positive regard’ as the foundation stone of my practice. Carl Rogers, a humanistic psychologist in the 1950s, first developed this as a concept. This means I work from a place of having utmost respect for my client. I work in a holistic way, which helps the client find their own learning and life and helps people who want to change. I may explore with the client: questions relating to life purpose, the quality of relationships (work and home), feelings, career and health.
Having studied a PG Diploma in Careers Guidance at the University of Warwick, I possess advanced guidance skills (i.e. client-centredness, impartiality, client learning, reflective practice and respect for diversity). In addition, I understand career development theories, in other words, the psychology around why people choose their careers.
After spending time working abroad, I found myself in my late 20s back in the UK, forging a career for myself. I found myself in a rut, in admin jobs, which weren't really peaking my interest. Eventually I found a way to break out of this and to become a career professional, mainly by showing my interest in this area and researching more about it. In a few years I had risen to become Head of my service and of a team of seven.
At the time I had some very supportive people to guide me. This is the reason why I'm particularly interested in working with people who are mid-career. By this stage, you usually have some idea of what you would like to get out of a job. I struggled with confidence and would have been unhappy, stuck in roles I didn't enjoy, if it hadn't been encouraged to think differently. This the service I would like to provide for my clients.
Training, qualifications & experience
PG Diploma in Careers Guidance from the University of Warwick
PG Certificate in Leadership Coaching with the University of Middlesex/Institute of Psychosynthesis
British Psychology Society register for the use of psychometric assessments
Registered careers professional with the Careers Development Institute
Professional member with the Association of Professional Executive Coaches and Supervisors.
I take my professional development very seriously and have recently attended CPD sessions such as:
- 'The Mystery of Coaching Mastery' with Steve Burt
- 'Strengths, values and motivators' with Steve Burt
- 'Coaching in a VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous) World' with Lis Merrick
- "Be Here Now: Using Mindfulness in Coaching" with Tim Segaller
I have a wide client-base: the NHS, University of Sussex, Imperial College London, University of London and private clients. My clients are mainly adults, from college students of any background or studies to people that want to undergo a career change.
Areas of coaching I deal with
Other areas of coaching I deal with
Career resilience coaching
Coaching for public speaking
FREE 20 MINUTE INTRODUCTORY PHONE CALL
With coronavirus all my sessions have moved to Skype video. I'm charging £60 per session, which will be a hour (or just over). To give all my clients a good service during these times, I'm also offering between session support via email.
These are some quotes from what my clients have said about me:
“I have worked with Lisa over the past six months to develop career direction. She has helped me to develop a career plan, define my goals and identify my strengths and areas for development. She is a good listener and asks constructive questions, helping me to gain personal insights to progress my career.
Lisa has also provided me with tools, techniques and resources to use in my role and has supported me to develop new skills. My confidence at work has improved and I have been motivated to explore further areas for development to achieve my goals.
Lisa is a highly personable and effective coach and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time working with her”
Julia Nason, Programme Manager, Kent & Medway Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (NHS)
“It was a pleasant and helpful experience, working with Lisa. We discussed different options and I left with a clearer idea on what I need in a job and where to look for it. I’d recommend her to others seeking guidance in their careers.” AE, who works in property management and wants a career change, North London.
“Once again, thank you very much for meeting with me. I cannot thank you enough as I would not be where I am now because of you. Will definitely recommend a meeting with a careers adviser for those who are stuck.” Foundation Year 2 trainee (doctor), Sussex
View my website: www.lisastonecareersandcoaching.co.uk