I believe that everyone can benefit from coaching at some point in their lives and I would be delighted to have a no obligation telephone conversation with you to discuss the results you want to achieve through coaching.
I have been coaching for 14 years now and am passionate about helping people create the best lives and careers they can for themselves. Some of the most common areas I work with clients on include:
- business coaching
- achieving and maintaining a balanced life
- decision-making & creating options at times of transition
- navigating a career change or new role
- successfully tackling difficult conversations
- boosting self-confidence
- improving relationships through better listening & communication
- tackling imposter syndrome
- dealing with conflict effectively and confidently
- understanding personality preferences
- preparing for interviews
Having made a career change myself from practising as a solicitor to working as a coach, trainer and facilitator, I have had personal experience in several of these areas and have tackled many of them over the years with the support of a coach.
Training, qualifications & experience
Coaching-related qualifications & affiliations:
- Myers-Briggs Certified Practitioner (2012)
- Postgraduate Certificate in Coaching, Northumbria University (2008)
- Diploma in Life Coaching, Newcastle College (2005)
- Certificate in Life Coaching, Newcastle College (2004)
- Associate Member of the Association for Coaching
- Affiliate Member, Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Other academic and professional qualifications and memberships:
- Accredited Mediator, London School of Mediation (2018)
- BA (Hons), University of Birmingham (1990)
- Solicitor (non-practising)
- Member of the Law Society of England & Wales
By way of background, I began my career practising as a solicitor in a large London law firm and working as a senior contracts negotiator for a global communications company. I have studied and worked in both the UK and USA.
My coaching clients include not only individuals seeking life coaching, but also SME business owners & managers and numerous individuals receiving coaching as part of personal & professional development programmes within larger organisations such as universities, law firms and charitable organisations.
Association for Coaching
The Association for Coaching is one of the leading professional bodies for Coaches and Organisations.
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.
Areas of coaching I deal with
Other areas of coaching I deal with
- Having difficult conversations
- Dealing with conflict or disputes
- Interview preparation
- Handling negotiations
- Decision-making & creating options
If you decide to go ahead with coaching following your initial no-obligation discussion, then I will provide you with a personalised coaching package, including the best pricing & payment options for you.
My coaching fees vary and discounts can be applied depending on which of the following you choose:
- location of sessions
- timing of sessions
- face-to-face, telephone or Skype sessions
- number and duration of sessions
- payment arrangements
- block bookings
I hope the following small sample of client testimonials may inspire you to try coaching for yourself and please just get in touch if you would like to see more of them:
I found my coaching sessions with Melissa invaluable. Whether discussing something specific that I selected or if I was generally rambling, not a single session was wasted... Melissa listens, acts as a neutral sounding board to your business issues, gives appropriate recommendations for further study/interests, has a wide range of experience to draw upon and ensures you get as much out of the sessions as possible. I cannot recommend her enough and when appropriate, I will be calling on her services again. Thank you Melissa. Richard Brough
I worked with Melissa on a one to one basis over a 3-month period where she helped me better understand certain situations that occur in my regular working environment. Melissa is an excellent listener who worked hard to make sure that as the client, I came up with the answers to my challenges through her facilitation. She has made me more self-aware and also better prepared for tackling situations in the workplace. Going forward I'd happily work more with Melissa on a range of topics when needed. Many thanks! General Manager, Hotel & Golf Club
I was fortunate enough to receive five hours coaching with Melissa at a significantly challenging point in my career. I found her honesty, experience and ability to think critically about issues invaluable. As events were moving quickly between sessions Melissa's thorough preparation work was sometimes thrown out of context and I was very impressed with her agility to pivot onto new issues and quickly create a new framework for a positive and impactful session. However, the preparation was not at all wasted as the time invested in getting to know me and my challenges provided exceptional value to the sessions. This was my first experience of being coached and Melissa ensured I really got the most out of the experience. Highly recommended for anyone who could benefit from impactful coaching. Architect
Melissa is a brilliant coach, her enthusiasm for professional development is unmistakeable in the advice and guidance she provides. Professional yet approachable, I always feel at ease in her presence. Melissa has helped me immensely to overcome self-limiting beliefs, focus on my own unique abilities and give me the confidence to take the next step in my legal career. The interview based skills and tools used by Melissa are practical and effective, I am now able to present myself in a positive and professional manner and deal confidently and comfortably with difficult issues/questions. I would have no hesitation in recommending Melissa to anyone wishing to further develop their professional career. Solicitor
I wanted to improve my interview technique after having several unsuccessful job interviews and get to the bottom of what was holding me back. Melissa was very friendly and approachable, so I could open up and relax with her. She helped me to discuss the problems I had with interviews and we looked at alternative ways of dealing with them, including preparation beforehand and how to structure my answers. She used Myers-Briggs to help me to determine my personality type and despite my initial cynicism it gave some very accurate results! I had 6 sessions with Melissa and at the end of the coaching I am happy to say I secured a new (higher grade) job at another Higher Education institution. I definitely believe Melissa’s guidance helped me and I highly recommend her. I feel that I have learnt a lot from the sessions with her and can use the knowledge and my new perspective in the future too. University Clerical Officer
I would like to thank you very much for your patience and support during our coaching sessions. It has been extremely interesting and helpful; the national grid must have been working hard to cope with the number of light bulbs we have switched on. Payroll Team Leader