Coaching for individuals


Who it’s for

Individuals going through personal change in their career or role – whether it be clarifying career direction, building confidence in managing a new team or learning new leadership styles, influencing challenging stakeholders or finding a better work-life balance.

Typical areas for coaching include developing communications skills to build better relationships, managing difficult conversations, making change happen, transitioning to a new role and realising potential. 

How it works

Coaching usually takes place over a series of 6-8 sessions, each lasting about an hour, once a fortnight but this can vary depending on your requirements. Individual coaching is available face-to-face in London or Reading, by phone or online (Skype/ Zoom). Throughout the programme you will receive email and phone support.

What to expect

I’ll use targeted questions and exercises based on different models and frameworks including solution-focused coaching approaches, cognitive behavioural coaching, transactional analysis coaching and narrative coaching. Coaching programmes are client-led and focussed, and incorporate aspects such as developing self-awareness, exploring new perspectives, new ways of working, and taking responsibility for ongoing development.

What a typical coaching journey looks like

coaching journey

Session 1

In this session, we’ll clarify what you want and what’s most important for you. We’ll explore how that fits with the big picture and your current priorities, and why the situation is challenging for you.

Sessions 2-5

Here we’ll explore options and create achievable plans and steps towards your desired outcome, gaining greater clarity and new perspectives. We’ll work through what’s in the way and how these barriers can be avoided and overcome. In each session we’ll reflect on your progress.

Session 6

We’ll look back at the journey so far and the next steps to embed learning and continue your progress after the sessions end.

What Coaching is in a nutshell

‘Grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, the courage to change the one I can and the wisdom to know that it’s me.’

A one-to-one conversation-based approach that aims to improve performance, make positive change and unblock potential. It is based on the principle that every human being is creative, resourceful and capable of finding their own answers to whatever challenges they face. Using questions and exercises, coaching aims to help draw out those answers. It focuses on the 'here and now' and is non-directive and non-advisory. It works best with people who are motivated to make changes in their lives.
The Animas Centre of Coaching describes what can be achieved by coaching as “Self-initiated transformation.”

Coaching is very much about creating a reflective space and that may feel quite different for you if you’re used to a fast pace of work. Before you start coaching, you might find it useful to think about questions like:

What do I want to achieve?

How will I know I’ve been successful? Specifically, what will I be seeing? What will I be hearing? And what will I be feeling when I’ve achieved my outcomes?

How do I want my coach to work with me? What would bring out the best in me?