Agdela Coaching & Fresh Air Fridays - Melanie Faulks

Agdela Coaching & Fresh Air Fridays - Melanie Faulks



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01633 376 007 / 07903 140 612

About me

The falling leaves we'll see this month tell us that letting go can be beautiful. Any thoughts, stories or habits you'll be changing this Autumn?

Hi! I am Melanie Faulks. Helping you transform life, work and wellbeing - especially if you're managing anxiety, depression, a physical health condition/disability or neurodiversity (i.e. Dyslexia) alongside! What's your potential and when are you planning on reaching for it? I'm a Work Psychologist, Life & Wellbeing Coach and #FreshAirFridays Facilitator based in South East Wales.

Coaching is all about being and feeling the best you can and achieving in life what you really hoped for - and it's for anyone! Anyone who wants to make changes to, or make progress with, a particular area(s) of their life. It is also for people who may have started already but have become stuck or stalled.

And if you don't know where to start, I can help with that too!

I offer 1-1 coaching and outdoor group sessions. I have been coaching for over 15 years and have personal experience of working with a coach.

My 'How I Can Help You' video is below.

1-1 coaching sessions

Is your life the best it can be? ...or not quite yet?

Let's step out for a moment and consider your current situation. Let's look at what you need and want. Or start exploring what you think you need or want. What do you want to hear? From me? From yourself? Let's turn things around (even upside-down!), challenge the status quo (includes you!) and reveal your preferred future. What do you see? How does it feel?

And what will you do?

Of course, change and progress require action as well as thought, exploration and creativity.

So, together, we'll establish new or clearer goals and determine how best you're going to move forwards and accomplish them. Like the sound of a personal, inspiring and effective action plan?

As you work on this, I provide encouragement, accountability, a sounding board and congratulations. We'll continually assess progress, view the learnings and you will receive impartial and non-judgemental (but sometimes gently challenging!) feedback. I assist you to address any setbacks and practical obstacles too.

I'm a Solution Focused, Cognitive Behavioural, Mindful and NLP coach. This means I can also help you overcome those psychological obstacles (unhelpful and hampering thoughts, feelings and behaviours) that we often encounter along the way to achievement and success.

Furthermore, you will get to know yourself better as a result of coaching and be even more prepared for future aims and aspirations!

Heard about the Life Audit yet?

First step - my no-obligation coaching taster/chemistry meeting

I believe that all coaching should begin with a NO OBLIGATION face-to-face taster session/chemistry meeting and this is the first step in all my services. I introduce coaching and you tell me about your needs, hopes, aspirations and knowledge of coaching. All in confidence of course.

The quality of the relationship between you and your coach is important to the success of the coaching programme.

If, after chatting, we think we can work well together and meet each other's expectations, we'll start looking at your anticipated coaching programme and agreement.

This includes the purpose of the coaching and why now, how we will know it's making a difference, the location, frequency and duration of our meetings, our roles and responsibilities, confidentality, between session support, payment method, cancellation policy and service evaluation.

1-1 testimonials:

"Deciding to go down the life coaching road can be hard but it is so worthwhile." Andrew, 37.

"Practical, real world and constructive coaching." Matthew, 29.

"I have become a lot more confident and I have a greater belief in my abilities and decision-making. I have already recommended Agdela Coaching to another person." Joseph, 26.

"Thank you, I feel happier, more positive and more willing to be open to new opportunities." Jo, 35.

"Melanie really helped me to refocus my priorities and give me better perspective over my work life." James, 42.

"Working through my challenges with Melanie has helped me achieve a much improved work/life balance. I now have the tools to make that sustainable." Emma, 36.

"As a result of guided self-reflection and some suggested techniques, I have more realistic expectations of myself and what I can achieve in the time available at work." GP.

"Melanie has helped me focus on myself, looking at all aspects of my life and what "I" want to change. I now feel I have much more clarity, time and energy to focus on what matters to me." Patient Family Information & Support Worker.

"I now only concern myself with those things I have control over and take time to check my work/life balance is right." Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Returning To Work After Sickness?

"Your support was invaluable when you feel that you are no good to anyone in the work market of today. Thanks, I will let you know how things are progressing." Alan, 54, returned to work after a period of anxiety & depression.

"After the first talk we had, I felt you were helping me already and I had confidence in you to help." Steve, 31, who has a permanent physical disability and became self-employed.

"I was depressed being out of work, I lost a lot of confidence but you made me feel that I'm not ready for the scrap heap yet!" Wendy, 28, gained alternative employment following an accident which prevented her returning to her previous role.

Your new thinking and planning partner awaits...!

Outdoor group sessions (#FreshAirFridays)

Welcome to the #FreshAirFridays programme and community! Stop, relax, recharge and explore how to create the life, work and wellbeing you want - all whilst being outdoors in glorious nature. Each group session contains a different wellbeing related conversation theme plus regular segments such as a guided breathing exercise and relaxation.

A 12 and 24 week workplace programme and monthly 'open to all' sessions are available and not just on Fridays!

Fresh Air Fridays in Newport

Come along to my monthly session on the first Friday of every month 10am - 1pm at the RSPB Wetlands Nature Reserve. Alternatively, my Winter venue option if the coastal path is due to be a bit TOO fresh. We go out in all weathers!

Booking is required to participate and all you need to bring along is yourself and a flask of hot water for the tea break. Come along and see what we do for yourself!

Your first time is FREE!

"I stayed chilled for days." Dany

"It's all about wellbeing and my thinking becomes clearer too." Elizabeth

"Melanie has a very warm and gentle manner, and created a safe space for each of us to feel listened to and supported on her Fresh Air Fridays session." Maxine

"My cheeks are still glowing! Melanie gently guided us through a mix of mindfulness, being in nature and reflecting on the month's theme. The relaxation at the end was lovely too." Lisa

Training, qualifications & experience

At 29, I started studying for a BSc Honours in Psychology. Three years later, I gained a First and across the next few years:

  • Post Graduate Certificate in Mental Health
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Certificate in Occupational Testing
  • Brief Psychological Interventions
  • Certificate in Coaching (approved by the British Psychological Society)
  • MSc in Occupational Psychology
  • NLP Coaching

I had already enjoyed working with the Solution Focused, Cognitive Behavioural and Motivational Interviewing approaches and at 40, I started planning for what has now become Agdela Coaching.

My clients' goals and action plans have ranged from condition management, wellbeing and life fulfilment to finding and/or succeeding in the workplace. My MSc research explored the successful return to work journeys of people who were previously on long term sick leave

I work with private clients, employers, housing associations and organisations such as Macmillan Professionals, Shaw Trust, DWP Jobcentre Plus, Rethink Mental Illness, NHS Primary Care and NHS Mental Health Services.

Not all but many of my clients have been people managing anxiety, depression, a physical health condition/disability or neurodiversity (i.e. Dyslexia) alongside life and work. Coaching is not a substitute for counselling, other talking therapies or professional supervision (as in Health and Social Care, Counselling & Coaching) however they can run alongside each other if appropriate to do so.

If you are working in Health and Social Care, you might be interested in the following service

I look forward to meeting you!

I keep up to date with the evolving world of coaching and Positive Psychology, and subscribe to my own self-reflection and practice development via 1-1 professional supervision and group peer practice. I evaluate my services through ongoing review with clients and a post-coaching questionnaire.

I am a member of The British Psychological Society's (BPS) Division of Occupational Psychology, the BPS Special Group in Coaching (SGCP), The Association of Coaching, Fresh Air Fridays Facilitators and hold Professional Indemnity Insurance.

Other areas of coaching I deal with




Returning to Work after Sickness

Living Well with a Health Condition

Health and Social Care Professionals

Photos & videos

  • How I can help with wellbeing, life and work - Agdela Coaching & Newport #FreshAirFridays.


For 1-1 coaching, choose from outdoor coaching (alongside glorious nature!), coffee lounge coaching (in pre-selected and comfortable venues) and private room coaching. For private sessions, I use the comfortable meeting rooms at Wellbeing Solutions, Newport and R&R Consulting Centre, Cardiff.

1-1 coaching via invoices to a company / employer / service provider is negotiated separately.

My no-obligation coaching taster /chemistry meeting:


1-1 coaching sessions

Pay As You Go (PAYG): 1 hour session £100 / 90 minutes £150 / 2 hour session £190

Coaching partnerships: Level 1 £370 per month / Level 2 £500 per month

Telephone coaching: £60 per hour

Outdoor group sessions - #FreshAirFridays

The 12 or 24 week workplace programme

£4,800 (up to 12 people)

First Friday of every month - my 'open to all' session in Newport

First time FREE! Then, if you love it, choose membership or Pay As You Go

Annual membership £250 or £25 per month / PAYG £28 per session

Other locations and days available - do ask!

Currently receiving a low wage or income?

Donations accepted for 1-1 outdoor & coffee lounge coaching in Newport - Pay What You Want!

Also on-site at small Health & Social Care employers / service providers happy to host this service, providing staff / clients access to life, work and wellbeing coaching.

Payment & cancellation terms:

PAYG sessions - payment in advance required to secure appointment and accepted via Bank Transfer.

Monthly standing order accepted for 1-1 coaching partnerships and #FreshAirFridays membership installments.

30 day payment terms for invoices to companies, employers and service providers.

I operate a 48 hour cancellation policy.

Further information

Newport, NP20
Cardiff, CF14

Type of session

Online life coaching: No
Telephone life coaching: Yes
Face to face life coaching: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified