Work with Me

catherine grey one-on-one session

Perhaps you want to quieten that ever-busy mind or critical voice that prevents you from living the way you’d really like to.

Or maybe life’s been humming along quite nicely, and you’re now seeking ways to enhance your wellbeing, increase your sense of vitality, or create greater fulfilment.

I work with men and women who’ve realised that no matter what’s going on around them, what they have most direct influence over is themselves – and they are ready to start the process.

Private Sessions

Through conversation we partner up to explore what you’re looking for, develop and implement strategies, navigate setbacks, and help you reach decisions that will transform your life.

Our sessions invite you to become more self-aware, to practise self-compassion, and – if you’re going to create the changes you want – to look at the repetitive patterns that have kept you stuck in the “here we go again” scenario.

Key to our sessions is the intention to access and develop your resourcefulness so you can close the gap between where you are now, and where you want to be.

We will draw on whatever’s going to be most useful for you.  We might use mindfulness, acceptance and compassion-based approaches to navigate the months and years ahead, or understandings from positive psychology or life coaching models.  Whatever resources we use, your experience, your preferences and your needs are at the centre.

Often it’s only small shifts that are needed.  These might be new daily habits that vastly improve your relationships, brief mindfulness practices that can literally transform your day, or simply noticing the way you talk to yourself and making adjustments so you always have your own back.

Who can benefit from mindfulness-based life coaching?

My clients

  • tend to be hard workers, and find it hard to relax, unwind and switch off
  • are generous in helping others, and sometimes find they’re overwhelmed by the pace and volume of demands placed on them
  • are often future-focused, and find it tricky to be in the present moment
  • are deep thinkers who ask the big questions about meaning and purpose
  • are well-educated, but find themselves bewildered by their complex emotional life
  • care deeply about the state of the world
  • value being authentic highly, even though sometimes it can be hard
  • are problem-solvers who try not to burden others and would rather work things out on their own
  • work to keep relationships harmonious, and sometimes find they need space and time to recover from being around others
  • want to become more self-aware so they can live more consciously.

Some of my clients need to wait for several weeks or even months to see one of my psychologist colleagues.  Whilst I do not work with severe mental health problems, those who would like to learn strategies to ease agitation and anxiety whilst waiting to see a psychologist are welcome to come see me in the interim.

Some of my clients have completed a course of psychological therapy, and would like to use their remission to continue learning, growing, receiving support, and creating clear plans for how they will maintain the positive gains from therapy  and manage the next phase of their life.

If you have just come through depression and want to develop the skills and confidence to handle future challenges, speak to me about Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).  MBCT has been shown in clinical trials to halve the risk of depressive relapse in those who experience it from time to time.  It’s listed in the UK’s National Guidelines for Health and Clinical Excellence report as the  recommended treatment for depression.

 What results can you expect from mindfulness-based life coaching?

  • My clients report that working with me helps them access feelings of calm peacefulness that they had found difficult to feel before.
  • Very commonly they say that they notice they’re less reactive to things that had previously brought stress and even conflict with loved ones or colleagues.
  • They find they’re more available to their family, and more present as they go about their workday.
  • They notice they are less likely to get caught up in thought-streams that lead to rumination and unhappiness.
  • They tell me – often with a surprised kind of delight – that they notice themselves taking pleasure in the smallest things, such seeing the shine of the sun on leaves or feeling the pleasure of a cosy bed.
  • They find they’re more able to be kind to themselves when they screw up, and as a result of greater self-compassion, are less likely to take refuge in food or alcohol.
  • They feel more appreciative of themselves, others, and their circumstances – and with that, they report feeling lighter and happier.

Booking in-person private sessions

I see face-to-face clients on Thursday and Saturday mornings.

To book a session, call the Coffs Psychology and Neurotherapy practice on (02) 6699-2825 and the receptionist will make you an appointment.

You can self-refer so do not need a care plan.

The fees are $65 per 45-60 minute session (about the same as the out-of-pocket fees you would pay to see my colleagues) and are paid to Reception prior to each session.

To cancel an appointment, you are requested to give at least 24 hours notice.

Phone or video private sessions

If distance or health issues prevent you from seeing me in person, or if Thursday and Saturday mornings are difficult times for you to get to me, you can request distance sessions.  Send me a message with your preferences in terms of times, days and phone/video and I will get back to you.  Please note I am in the NSW Sydney/Melbourne timezone.

The fees are $65 per 45-60 minute session and are payable by direct transfer at least 24 hours before the appointment.

To cancel an appointment, you are requested to give at least 24 hours notice.