Sally Mitchell MA, CBT Cert, MBACP (Accred)

  Counsellor, Psychotherapist & Life Coach


What Is Life Coaching?

Coaching is a powerful and dynamic process that takes you through a series of stages, resulting in you achieving your goals much more quickly than you would on your own. The greatest blocks to achievement are:

- lack of clarity about what we really want, and
- the ways in which we limit ourselves unnecessarily.

Through working with a coach, firstly you will achieve greater clarity of what you want from your future. Secondly you will gain insights into what may be hindering your progress, from doubts and fears to lack of knowledge, so that you can either remove the limitations or devise ways for moving through or around the blocks. Coaching is carried out through regular conversations on a one-to-one basis, and may be carried out face-to-face or on the telephone.

Unlike many other professionals in the field, coaches do not give advice. Coaches work from the premise that you are the expert in your life, that at some level you know whatyou need to do, and that with the proper approach and help, you can find the way forward that is right for you.

You set the agenda for coaching so the starting point will depend upon how clear you already are about the next step. It may be that you have little idea about the way forward, in which case your coach will first help you to evaluate fully your current position.

A coach is adept at helping you to articulate, and so become aware of, your true values and through this you come to recognise exactly what is important to you. When you have a clear picture of what you want out of your life, it becomes possible to build a picture of the kinds of opportunities, challenges and rewards that you would like as well as the skills and qualities that you have to contribute.

Making your goal a reality is not always a straightforward, simple or quick process and difficulties can arise. Those used to quick responses to action can get distracted or disheartened if there are delays. This is where having a coach is particularly beneficial, because your coach will support and encourage you through the whole process – challenging you to overcome resistance when appropriate, to take the necessary actions, or helping to adapt your plans if needed. Having an objective outsider who is totally committed to your success, an ally on your side, backing you up, supporting and encouraging you right through to a successful conclusion can be invaluable at a time of major change.

Coaching is very suited to those who like to be proactive and practical. It is forward-looking with a well structured yet flexible approach that assumes strength of character and purpose. The skills of the coach mean that it is highly effective because:

  • It achieves clarity of vision
  • Values, beliefs, aspirations and fears are articulated and out in the open
  • It is incisive - cutting through to the core
  • It prioritises values
  • It keeps you focused on specific goals
  • It stimulates you to come up with your own solutions
  • It removes the blockages to progress
  • It challenges you to take the actions
  • It backs you through the change
  • It holds you accountable for your progress

The personal relationship that develops between you and your coach allows you to test your ideas, thoughts and decisions freely in an atmosphere of trust that is non-judgemental and confidential, yet fully professional.

As a Life Coach I provide the time, space, structure and support you need to help you decide what you want, why you want it, and how you can achieve it. Then you'll put this all into action and achieve your goal.

If coaching sounds a bit daunting for you, perhaps counselling is what you need.


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