Personal and Professional Development

Coaching is a goal-directed approach which aims to identify and harness a person's strengths and skills to help them achieve improvements in their lives.  It is not therapy but it often results in improved self-esteem, greater self-belief and a sense of empowerment. Coaching does not involve telling people what to do: it involves exploring options and challenging self-limiting beliefs so that people can realise their potential.  A coach is essentially a facilitator: my job is not to tell you the answers; it is to guide you along a path so that you can find the answers for yourself. This is fundamentally a collaborative approach.

I offer cognitive-behavioural, motivational interviewing, solution focussed, transactional analysis, psychodynamic, mindfulness and neurolinguistic programming (NLP) approaches to coaching a variety of clients including those wishing to make life changes and those who work in leadership and management positions particularly in middle management and executive roles. I am able to offer coaching to address the following issues:
  • Making life changes
  • Developing leadership and management skills
  • Engaging and leading high performing teams
  • Leading and managing transformational change 
  • Managing the personal and professional impact of change
  • Role or career changes
  • Mediation, grievances or disciplinary action
  • Managing resistance in others
  • Developing Emotional Intelligence
  • Developing Resilience
In addition, I offer individual or group-based reflective practice supervision sessions which provide a space for professionals of any background to reflect on the impact of their professional roles on their wellbeing and relationships, and vice versa.  Reflective practice supervision sessions are less goal-directed than coaching, as their focus is to build self-awareness in order to enhance personal insights, good practice and personal resilience, which will minimise the impact of the stressors and changes we face in our working lives.  Reflective practice supervision will help a group of professionals (such as a team) to build better relationships with each other that are founded on trust and respect for each other's perspectives.  This will enhance team as well as individual performance.

I also offer supervision, coaching and mentoring to psychological practitioners who wish to develop their clinical skills and careers further.  If you are an assistant psychologist, a trainee psychologist or qualified psychologist or psychological therapist, I can offer you a series of sessions to help you think about the challenges you face in your job or career. As a mentor, I am able to offer you guidance based on my career as someone who has worked in a variety of fields and roles, which include forensics, health, management, leadership, service and business development and coping with organisational change.  I will help you navigate through potential career choices and explore with you options for enhancing your skillset.

I am registered with the Association for Business Psychologists as a Principal Practitioner in Business Psychology and I am also a registered Coaching Psychologist and a Registered Practice Supervisor with the British Psychological Society. 
 
Accreditation
I am a fully qualified Clinical Psychologist, Chartered with and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.  I am licensed and legally bound by the Health and Care Professions Council to comply with national Standards of Proficiency for Practitioner Psychologists.  These may be found here: http://hpc-uk.org/assets/documents/10002963SOP_Practitioner_psychologists.pdf

I am also registered with the Association for Business Psychologists as a Principal Practitioner in Business Psychology, and with the British Psychological Society as a Registered Coaching Psychologist and a Registered Practice Supervisor.  I am also a Member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council and adhere to its Code of Ethics which may be found here: https://emcc1.app.box.com/s/8s3tsveqieq6vr6n2itb0p9mpsxgcncd. 

On an annual basis, I voluntarily arrange for a criminal records check with the Disclosure and Barring Service and I am registered with the Information Commissioner's Office, an independent UK authority which ensures confidential information is stored safely and treated in accordance with the Data Protection Act.  I also have professional liability insurance with Towergate Insurance, so that I can offer my clients the assurance and peace of mind that they are working with a professional who always places the safety of the public at the heart of their practice.
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