** Skype coaching only for the foreseeable future due to the Coronavirus outbreak - reduced fee of £35 for 50 minutes **
Are you going through a transition or looking to make changes to your world of work, relationships or life generally? Then read on, you’re in the right place.
Lifespan Coaching utilises supportive and motivational conversations to explore current issues, life events, challenges, ideas and aspirations relating to your personal and/or professional life. I help clients to think about things in a broader philosophical context, acknowledging and reflecting on previous experiences as well as current thinking, values, emotions and behaviours.
Lifespan Coaching is a person-centred approach to personal and professional development. This humanistic model of helping places you at the heart of the process. It draws on theory and practice in non-directive coaching and person-centred counselling, both of which acknowledge the client as being the expert on him/herself, and with the capability to create their own solutions and facilitate real, sustainable change.
There is no such thing as ‘a typical coaching programme’: you can have as many or as few sessions as you like, all of which will be led by you and what is happening in your life. We start with an informal conversation about where you are, your issues and aspirations. If we agree to proceed, we’ll formalise our contract and organise the first session. It’s good to meet somewhere neutral, and I’ll do my best to create and hold a space where you are free to focus in on what you are really feeling and thinking. I recommend a minimum of an hour per session, and 90 minutes is the average in my experience.
Training, qualifications & experience
Having lived and worked in London for 26 years, I moved to Bath in January 2020.
In addition to Lifespan Coaching, I have been running my own organisational development consulting and coaching practice in the arts, heritage and wider voluntary sectors for the past 23 years.
I also supported the professional development of graduate and post-graduate students from all over the world as a Module Leader and Personal Tutor at City, University of London, for over 8 years.
My qualifications include:
- Post Graduate Certificate (Level 7) in Counselling Psychology (Distinction), City, University of London - 2017
- Post Graduate Diploma (Level 7) in Executive Coaching and Leadership Mentoring, Institute for Leadership and Management - 2015
- MA Philosophy, Birkbeck, University of London - 1998
- BA (Hons) Humanities (2:1), The Open University - 1996
- Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Social Sociology, City, University of London - 2016 to 2018
Areas of coaching I deal with
Other areas of coaching I deal with
As a qualified coach with counselling psychology training, many of my clients tell me they benefit from this combination of skills in the following ways:
- Bringing knowledge of psychological development theory and counselling models, such as person centred, cognitive behavioural and psychodynamic therapies to understand and relate to your broader psychological world.
- Working both in the present and the past to help achieve your desired future.
- Providing a fuller helping service, working with your experiences holistically, using therapeutic interventions when appropriate.
- Working in full knowledge of my competences and your needs, recognising and talking through with you the need for more extensive counselling/therapy when appropriate and facilitating introductions to specialist practitioners.
In addition to the coaching areas listed above, my specialisms include:
- Business coaching
- Career coaching
- High performance at work
- Transitions - understanding, connecting and progressing through life stages: personal and professional
- Values - understanding how your principles affect and can direct the choices you make
- Young adults - motivation, confidence, career direction, job searching, cvs/interview skills
£60 for 50 minutes (private clients; fees for organisations on enquiry). Always happy to discuss how we can work together within your budget - please ask.
Our first conversation (by phone or face to face), to discuss your needs and how we might work together, is free of charge (up to 30 mins).
I also offer reduced fees for individuals or organisations wishing to book six or more sessions invoiced in advance.
Payment options include credit card.
I coach from home, but can meet elsewhere if mutually convenient, depending on your location and needs.
"I feel so grateful to have found Lynn. When I met her, I had plenty on my mind for some time about where my life is heading, and I wanted someone professional and outside my circle of family and friends with whom to discuss it all. I didn’t think that a therapist was right, because I didn’t need help with significant emotional issues. Nor did I think that a career counsellor was right, because I wasn’t nearly focused enough for anything like a job-search process. Instead I needed someone more in the middle, helping me to look at the big picture of my life, where I’ve been and am, and helping me to think about where I might go personally and professionally. Lynn has been helping me to sort through it all and think about possible paths forward in a more structured, productive way. She’s also been great at helping me to identify where I have strong feelings that are influencing my thinking, to deal with those feelings, and to see gaps in my thought process. Her approach is a mixture of questions, listening, and concrete suggestions on how to make progress. As a result of our meetings, I feel much more empowered, and that I am spending my time in more deliberate, productive ways which are part of a coherent plan, instead of so much “drifting along". I am making more time for activities that are important to me, exploring new activities I hadn’t thought of before, and just as important, I am saying no to activities I could do, but didn’t want to do, and feeling good about those decisions. I would recommend Lynn to anyone who wants to evaluate the path that he/she is on!" (Scientist)
“Lynn helped me through a very difficult transition period. When everything was changing around me, she was my constant listener, helping me to see where I wanted to be and giving me the support I needed to get there. She has a natural positivity that left me feeling optimistic and in charge of my future after each session. Working with Lynn helped me find my way to a successful emotional life and career path, and I highly recommend her as a coach.” (Author)
“I found my coaching sessions with Lynn extremely valuable and they provided a really useful opportunity for detailed reflection on both my professional and personal life. The sessions helped me to focus on the need to be more selective in the projects that I take on and to recognise the need to achieve a good work/play balance in life. Lynn has a fantastic capacity for listening, and that coupled with her creative but pragmatic outlook in life makes her a wonderful coach. She intuitively knows when to interject the conversation flow with useful and insightful comments that often steer the conversation into new and sometimes surprising directions. I found her approach extremely professional and informed and I look forward to more sessions.” (Programme Leader – City, University of London)
“When my boss suggested I had some coaching, it was a very busy and pressurised time. My initial reaction was: ‘how is that going to help; it is just more time away from my desk’. Lynn has been a huge help as I was so time poor that I wasn’t making the best decisions or creating the space to look at things from a different perspective. I have had four sessions with Lynn and the time has been invaluable and really helped me to look at the people issues in detail and come up with clear practical actions. Stopping to think and discuss the issues I was facing with a proven professional in the Cultural and Heritage field, a ‘critical friend’ who genuinely wants you to be able to deliver your best, has been really good investment of time.” (Manager, Heritage Property)
“When I first met with Lynn I thought that the solution to my disillusion with work was to find a new job. However, after discussing with her my various concerns, I realised that by making simple changes in the workplace I could turn my role back into a positive experience. Lynn and I met regularly for about six months and during our meetings she helped me reflect on issues as they arose at work. In a safe and confidential environment she encouraged me to challenge my own assumptions, and helped me step outside of the situation, which was something I couldn't gain from discussions with work colleagues.” (Senior Manager, V&A Museum)