Individual Coaching

One-to-one coaching is the best way of giving yourself the time and space to work on old issues that keep hi-jacking your life.  Targeted & personalized sessions ensure you get rid of negative habits & fears, and will give you the support you need to shine a light on your life choices – your relationships, your health, and how you see & feel about yourself – and fine tune them to help you get the best out of your day to day life.

People typically come to me for coaching when they have experienced a major life change or crisis, or they want to make a complete change but don’t know how to begin, or when they have hit a wall and are struggling to deal with their day to day life.  

My coaching tends to focus on the following:

Stress management (including managing anxiety & panic attacks) – understanding your own personal triggers and how to turn them off. Focusing on the underlying causes of your stress and breaking each one of them down so that you can effectively deal with each of them so they do not ever recur.

Self-confidence & self-image – building your confidence, learning how to stop self-sabotaging your confidence, learning how to boost your confidence quickly and easily.  Developing a much more positive self-image, learning how to like & support yourself and how to look after yourself better.

Negative habits & phobias – understanding what is driving these limiting and/or destructive behaviours – and quickly blocking them so that they are completely eliminated.

Dealing with life change (divorce, death, redundancy, illness, loss) – understanding where you are at in your life and understanding how you got there, taking more control where you can to reshape your life to better suit you, and accepting areas where you cannot control what happens – but instead – seeing this as a learning opportunity.  Letting go of the past, learning how to grieve for the loss of something or someone you cared about in a way that is natural and genuine but not all consuming.  Coming up with a vision and a plan for a new way forward for your life that has meaning & fills you with hope & excitement for your future and what you can achieve.

“I decided to try coaching to get some help with & manage my wasp and bee phobia which I’d had for many years – and which had been getting steadily worse.  It was stopping me from going outside and feeling comfortable about my children being outside.

From the very first session with Rachel, it became more and more obvious that my real issues weren’t with either wasps or bees, but with my need for control.  As soon as Rachel identified this through her insightful questions, I felt an instant recognition that she was correct and a sense of relief that I could work with her to lessen my anxiety about being less controlled and more spontaneous.

The coaching didn’t meet my initial goals and expectations because I was focussing on the wrong issue!  Instead of letting me steer her down the wrong path, Rachel very quickly identified that (a) I didn’t have a true phobia and (b) that the phobia symptoms were merely an outlet for unresolved issues surrounding my need for control.

Once I was able to see and accept that this was right – the coaching was entirely focussed on how to resolve this issue.

I found it very easy to be open and honest in the sessions – Rachel very quickly felt like a trusted confidante.  I really liked the anonymity of doing the coaching by phone and not doing face to face sessions which helped me to be less guarded and to not try to second guess Rachel’s reactions to what I was saying.  I’m normally extremely reserved, especially around some of the issues I grew up with, so being completely open with a stranger was an alien concept to me.  But Rachel’s reassuring manner, together with her kind but probing questioning and her ability to make me feel instantly at ease, managed to break down my barriers very quickly.  I didn’t once feel she’d pushed me too far, but at the same time, she made sure that each week I was able to challenge myself and move forward a little bit more.

It was a massive relief to talk to someone so completely empathetic who allowed me the time and space to vent about issues that I didn’t even realise I was clinging on to so tightly!  That in itself made the whole experience worthwhile.

And the bonus is that it’s given me a greater understanding of myself, together with the tools I need to make sure that I can continue to address the areas that led to me considering coaching.

It’s going to be an ongoing process but the initial progress has helped me so much that family and friends have noticed the change in me.  I feel lighter, smile more readily and am much more likely to say “yes!” to invitations now – or even instigate them myself.

I’ve also ventured out into the garden quite a few times now, and even calmly helped a wasp out of the window!  And yesterday I spent all afternoon outside, surrounded by sticky children eating a picnic, and didn’t run for cover once!

I’m incredibly grateful for the support, guidance, encouragement and reassurance that Rachel has provided from the very outset.  It’s been an absolute pleasure to talk with her each week and I’ve gone from being pretty sceptical about coaching to being a complete convert!”

GINA SMITH

“I am extremely pleased with my decision to go to Rachel for coaching and would have no hesitation in highly recommending her to any individual or company that is in need of a first-class coaching service. I am now enjoying the fruits of Rachel’s work, and feeling a level of happiness that eluded me for many years.  The ideas and techniques that I worked on with Rachel have helped me make significant changes and I will continue to use them daily from now on to improve my quality of life. Rachel’s support goes beyond the sessions we had and I feel secure in the knowledge that she genuinely cares about what she does and the clients that she represents. Brilliant, just brilliant!”

MARK WAND

 

“Rachel helped me in a number of ways when we worked together:  Initially Rachel helped me to gain more confidence, understand my true potential and to see myself in a different and more positive light, through face to face meetings and follow up phone conversations, and emails of things for me to work on. Over a period of 3 – 6 months I really started to see and feel the difference, this not only helped me to progress professionally but also in my personal life.

Over the previous 6 months before I worked with Rachel I had been through a period of major anxiety and stress.  It was a really scary time and thanks to Rachel’s help I quickly began to see the light at the other side.

Rachel has always been very professional, friendly, warm and supportive. She is always there to talk to 24/7, and gives reassuring, constant support. Her coaching made me feel much more positive, and allowed me to understand and overcome my difficulties.

Rachel has a combination of experience, knowledge, warmth and she really cares. I would recommend to anyone that is looking for a life or business coach to work with Rachel as she will really make a difference”.

CHRISTINE SELLWOOD

My time working with Rachel was hugely valuable as well as enjoyable. She has an amazing ability to quickly get a grasp of issues, situations and people, and draws from a wealth of first-hand experience to provide examples to bring her advice to life.  She really helped me to clearly understand my strengths and to articulate them in simple, human language.  This has given me a lot more confidence in the direction my career is taking and some inspiration around other possibilities.”

ADAM COCHRANE

 

“When I went to see Rachel I wasn’t really expecting her to be able to help me but I was so desperate when a friend gave me her contact details that I thought I had nothing to lose.  I had suffered from extreme vertigo for over 3 years since the birth of my daughter and it had got so bad that I had to give up work as I was unable to do the journey to my office because it involved going over a high motorway flyover and I got to the point that I couldn’t even look at  it from afar let alone drive over it without feeling really sick and panic-stricken.  I had tried hypnotherapy and counselling and a range of beta blockers and anti anxiety medicines. Nothing had worked – in fact my vertigo was just getting worse – I couldn’t even look at a church steeple without getting ill!  

Rachel used a mix of talking and visualization techniques.  By the end of the first session I understood why the vertigo had started and why it seemed to be getting worse.  That alone made me feel less out of control.  By the end of the second session we had worked on visualizations that dramatically reduced the vertigo.  And by the end of the 3rd session I actually felt I had almost got rid of it.  But it was a few weeks later when I was on holiday with my parents in Portugal and I drove over one of the largest flyovers in Europe that I realized that I had totally conquered it.  I sent a text to Rachel as soon as I got out of the car to let her know!  And the weird and amazing thing was – Rachel had actually managed to change the fear into excitement – I now really enjoy driving over flyovers and high bridges and love flying again – much to the relief of my husband who loves going abroad!

The coaching with Rachel gave me control over my life again and has taught me you can turn the most negative thing into something positive.  Words cannot express how much that has meant to me and my family.”

CAROLINE MORTON

 

 “I would say that the coaching with Rachel has provided me with a greater awareness and understanding of myself, my issues and my needs.  The coaching delivery was excellent.  We focused predominantly on my levels of confidence and self belief – and working with Rachel totally restored this! For this alone the whole process was immeasurably valuable.  Since the coaching I have felt more at one with myself and am now able to confidently deal with any difficult issues as they arise.”

KEVIN McKENZIE