Conversations With Impact - Mark Evans EMCC Accredited Coach
I followed a well-trodden path into my career as an executive and life coach because it was a coach who turned my life around. I'd been living and working without any real meaning and purpose and he helped me find some. I started as a volunteer for a charity offering respite care for families with children with autism, became a Mental Health Advocate for MIND and then trained as a therapist and coach.
At the risk of sounding clichéd I really do have a passion for supporting people to turn their lives around and to achieve their personal and/or professional goals, be they students at the university I work for, employees at the businesses I am involved with and anyone who comes through my practice door.
I called my business Conversations With Impact because I feel strongly that coaching (and therapy) must have an impact and must make a difference.
Why choose me as your coach?
‘Hi Mark – Remember me? This e-mail is to tell you about my first year in control of my eating. I no longer see food as a means of escaping myself because now, amazingly, I actually like myself. I thought I ate too much because I was greedy, but you showed me that it was because my self-esteem was on the floor. I still don’t really understand how life coaching works. I have stuff I want to do in life. My family say that I am much more fun! And I am now a good role model for my children. I am sure I will stay in touch. All the best.’
I trained with the fantastic The Performance Coach and through them gained my European Mentoring & Coaching Council Coaching Practitioner award. The EMCC are one of the principle coaching organisations in both the UK and Europe and only validate the best coaching training.
I am also an experienced therapist. This positively influences my coaching as Personal and Professional Development is often no stranger to difficult, negative emotions such as stress, anxiety and depression. There is an increasing recognition that coaches need the ability to both work at emotional depth AND to quickly move people on in their lives. Today, many coaching clients are bringing issues that not so long ago would have been dealt with by a therapist. Combining the two disciplines means I can work effectively with difficult emotions and life changes.
You can choose me because of my expertise, experience and the broad range of issues I know how to work with.
And you can choose me because of: the strong belief I have in myself and my approach, the life experiences that have taught me how to achieve change and my supportive, collaborative approach that puts clients at the heart of their coaching. If you visit my website you'll see what my clients say about me, too.
Work hard for you from the beginning
I need to earn a living so clearly will work hard to provide you with a positive experience - from the very beginning. As an experienced coach I feel confident that I will help you.
Personalised coaching, not a one-size-fits-all approach
I make you the boss in our sessions, which means from the first session you get to shape our work together in a way that suits you - not me. In other words I don't offer a one-size-fits-all approach but will work collaboratively with you to find the combination of approaches that are right, understandable and appropriate for you.
And because you're the boss you get to offer me feedback throughout our time together so that: I know what is or isn't working, whether we are on track or not and what I need to do more or less of to ensure you get what you came into coaching for.
I will not bog you down with theory or jargon.
Modern, up-to-date coaching
Whether I work with you on tackling and overcoming stress or anxiety, lifestyle or work issues or managing change and transition, my approach is based on modern, up-to-date and effective ideas, knowledge, strategies and techniques.
Training, qualifications & experience
As a coach I trained with The Performance Coach and I am a European Mentoring & Coaching Council Accredited Practitioner. I also belong to the EMCC UK Academic Members Forum which promotes the use of coaching in Higher Education.
In addition to running my own business Conversartions With Impact, I work as a student therapist and coach in Higher Education and as an executive coach working in business. I have also worked as a therapist and coach in the Employee Assistance Industry, providing therapy and coaching to employees and consultancy to employers.
I have been in practise as both a therapist and coach since 2005. My original training is in The Human Givens Approach, a versatile approach with applications across coaching, business, education, therapy and many other areas of society. The Human Givens Approach combines its own ideas with other effective forms of therapy such as CBT, Solution-Focused Therapy, hypnotherapy, mindfulness, metaphor & storytelling.
In addition to the EMCC, I am Accredited with the Human Givens Institute and the National Counselling Society. I am on the Professional Standards Authority Accredited Registers for both the Human Givens Institute and the National Counselling Society.
Before training as a therapist and coach I worked as a Mental Health Advocate for the mental health charity MIND and prior to that in business for The Telegraph Group as a Strategic Planner in advertising and marketing.
N.B. I work with young people 18+
Areas of coaching I deal with
Other areas of coaching I deal with
As a student counsellor and coach in Higher Education I have extensive experience in supporting both undergraduate and postgraduate students throughout their time at university.
My experiences in education, business and private practice have given me many opportunities to work with both young people (18+yrs) and adults presenting with attachment disorders and family problems, eating disorders, specific learning difficulties, disability and sexuality.
My experience as a therapist and coach in business/industry means I also have a good understanding of many work-based issues and concerns.
I am happy to work and share what I know with people, but will also be clear where my training and experience is limited. If I can't help I will be clear about this and do my very best to signpost you to a service that can.
I charge £60 per face-to-face coaching session, £45 for telephone/online.