Coaching

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.

What is mindfulness-based life coaching?

Through conversation we partner up to explore what you’re looking for, develop and implement strategies, navigate setbacks, and help you reach decisions and take the steps 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

  • are hard workers who find it hard to relax, unwind and switch off
  • are generous in helping others, yet sometimes overwhelmed by the pace and volume of demands
  • are curious, and love learning, ideas and possibilities
  • are future-focused and great planners
  • find it tricky sometimes to operate in the present moment
  • are reflective, deep thinkers who ask the big questions about meaning and purpose
  • are well-educated, yet bewildered by their complex emotional life
  • care deeply about the state of the world
  • like to have time alone and space to think
  • rely on excellent problem-solving skills
  • value authenticity and living in alignment with their values
  • try not to burden others and would rather work things out on their own
  • work to keep relationships harmonious, and 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 recovery 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, and is listed in the UK’s National Institute 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.

Where can I find out more?

Due to COVID-19, all my work for the next while is being conducted over the phone or internet.  If you are interested in working 1:1 with me, take a look at my calendar to  
book a free Enquiry Call 
book a Coaching Session 
book Training for Parents and Carers for Participants on the NDIS  
or find out more about Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy.

At the moment I am working only with individuals but am looking into the possibility of offering small online groups.  If you’re interested in this, drop me a line and I will keep you updated.