What can coaching offer you?
One-to-one life coaching sessions are a powerful and dynamic process that enables you to see, think and act more clearly in any area of your life that feels blocked, lacking in energy and direction, or just plain 'wrong'. As a coach, I believe in the power of deep listening and I hold a strong and compassionate coaching space, free of judgement or opinions, for my clients to really hear their own true voices and inner wisdom, sometimes for the first time.
How it works
After the option of a free 30 minute sample session, and if you decide to proceed, my life coaching happens in 60 minute sessions, typically a couple of weeks apart, usually on skype, phone or similar. I ask for an initial commitment to 6 sessions, so that you and I both know there will be time to honour and explore the issue or situation you want to address and transform.
The first 'Discovery' session is for 90 minutes, and that time enables both of us to set the agenda for your coaching together, and to begin to establish what I call the container for how we are going to work. This is about creating a safe, judgement-free environment in which you feel able to say, think and feel whatever you need, in the service of making whatever shift or breakthrough you are seeking.
I am told by clients that they value my capacity to hold, and even celebrate, contradictions and mess, success and failure, pain and joy, the apparently trivial alongside the deep and important. This is a reflection of the journey I am travelling for myself; I have been able to celebrate many successes, breakthroughs and achievements of which I can be very proud. Over the course of my life I have also experienced and worked through issues of abandonment, depression, sexual anxiety and confusion, fear of connection, self-contempt, career breakdown and the eternal challenge of parenting. So I bring all of this lived experience to my coaching, in service to you, the client, being able to explore whatever is necessary to move forward positively and productively in your own life.
My training and experience
I have trained rigorously with an acknowledged leader in the field, Cti, discovering a great deal more about myself in the process, and I combine this with more than 30 years of experience working, and managing others, in the arts, tourism, heritage and charitable sectors, and a lifetime of self-discovery. I am delighted and curious to work with a wide variety of people; in the last 12 months that has ranged from journalists, artists and arts administrators/producers, to a financier, an IT copy-writer and a teacher.
Get in touch without obligation
If you are curious to find out more about my coaching and how I could work with you, I offer free 30 minute no-commitment 'sample' sessions. Just get in touch.
I live in the Derbyshire Peak District, and can schedule coaching during the day and on some evenings. I offer 60 minute sessions, via skype or phone (or face to face if you share my locality), and support via email between sessions when required.
What clients say
“I felt incredibly at ease with Simon. He listened openly and without judgement whilst challenging me and my thinking at just the right moments.”
T, Arts Manager
“Simon was an extraordinary help during a time of transition. It was made clear that the solution to any problems or challenges would come from me but Simon’s professional ability to draw attention to repeat patterns of thought, enabled me to find new ways of approaching different areas of my life. I found the process of coaching empowering and also enjoyable, a chance to really examine my life’s purpose and where I am now. I couldn’t recommend Simon enough, his approach is both nourishing and challenging in the right places and I’m certain anyone who is a coachee will benefit enormously.”
G, Journalist & presenter
“Simon’s genius is in helping you see things about yourself that you knew at the core of your being, but didn’t know you knew, until now. He has a courageous heart, and a poetic soul. Prepare to awaken!”
"From the first time Simon coached me, he made a powerful impact. Beyond the warmth, compassion, friendliness and humility is a coach so wise, intuitive, insightful and courageous that I am certain he will also help you make the changes you're looking for in your life. He really is a very good coach, so I highly recommend working with Simon."
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been a practicing Life Coach since the summer of 2013. I completed the Core curriculum and Certification courses with Cti (the Coaches Training Institute), and am now a fully-certified Co-Active Life Coach. I currently work with individuals one-to-one, and would also be happy to explore the options for working with larger groups.
I also have 30 years experience as a public lecturer on cultural subjects, and a similar length of experience working within the fields of the arts, heritage and tourism.
Areas of coaching I deal with
My standard rate is currently £120 per month for two 60 minute sessions (£60 per session). The 90 minute Discovery session at the start of the coaching process costs £90. I ask for a minimum commitment to six sessions at a time, over three months, though this frequency is flexible, and there is a small discount if all six sessions of the first block are paid for in full, in advance.