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Marc Kirby from Stress Management Plus

About me

The aim for me in our coaching relationship is to help you to clarify and make sense of your present situation, encourage you to develop new ways of dealing with this going forward and help you to work on a positive action plan to achieve the result you want. The results for you may include improved personal awareness and effectiveness, increased motivation and resourcefulness, a better sense of personal direction and what is really important in your life, improvement in your relationships and ability to influence your outcomes positively.

Whether you’d like to learn new ways of thinking about and approaching situations, so that you can achieve more positive results or improve a specific situation in your life and achieve specific goals I can offer you a unique kind of support, focusing totally on your own position, in an unconditionally supportive and non-judgemental way, and giving you a genuine commitment to your well-being. This will involve a combination of questioning, listening, feedback and goal-setting.

The areas I specialise in/have helped previous clients with include
-          Managing emotions
-          Resilience
-          Relationships (personal/professional)
-          Communication skills
-          Emotional intelligence
-          Motivation
-          Confidence
-          Assertiveness
-          Being mindful
-          Preventing stress
-          Managing anxiety
-          Self-compassion
-          Dealing with negativity
-          Change and uncertainty
-          Maximising potential
-          Optimism (and pessimism)
-          Self-acceptance

I normally offer all prospective clients a free assessment interview, which gives both of us the opportunity to consider whether we wish to work together. It is important that you feel comfortable with me and that I feel able to work with you.

I have been training and developing people for over 35 years through roles in workplace counselling, stress management, coaching, training and teaching. My interest is in promoting wellbeing and resilience and preventing and managing stress so that both individuals and organisations can maximise their potential personally and professionally.

I have extensive experience working with groups and individuals, both in the private and public sector. I am the director of Stress Management Plus, based in Reading, Berkshire, with clients UK-wide. I am committed to continuing professional development.

In addition to 1-1 coaching, I deliver group trainings in emotional intelligence, stress awareness, resilience skills and communication skills.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Advanced Certificate in Employee and Organisation Support (accred. Middx Univ)
  • Diploma in Stress Management (Centre for Stress Management)
  • Certificate in Training Practice (CIPD)
  • City and Guilds Certificate in Adults Learning
  • Diploma in Coaching (NCFE) and Certificate in Coaching (Centre for Coaching)
  • Certificate in Mediation Skills (OCR)

Member organisations


Association for Coaching

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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.


£50/£60 per hour



Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages French


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a life coach's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the life coach to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access


My working hours are 9.00am to 6.30pm Monday to Friday. I can offer evening sessions on Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 6.30pm and 9.30pm. I do not normally work weekends.

Marc Kirby from Stress Management Plus

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