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Our work is underpinned by the belief that greater self-awareness leads to greater self-compassion and self-belief, delivering the change that is necessary.

Therapeutic
Coaching
Consultancy

Experts in high performance,

mental health and wellbeing

Combining the solutions-focused energy of coaching with the healing empowerment of psychotherapy,

we have the empathy, insight, and clinical experience to meet you where you are,

and the practical strategies, tools, and techniques to propel you to where you want to be.

Summary of Therapeutic Coaching process

Early sessions – formulating an understanding of the problems:

The person-centred counselling way of being created a warm, safe, non-judgemental relationship, built on trust and empathy.  We began to understand:​

  • The client had not realised the impact of the missed promotion, and had been ignoring/suppressing a 'pressure cooker' build up of heightened anxiety for some time

  • His need to ‘fake’ a continued sense of confidence with colleagues was at the root of his worries about being an ‘inauthentic leader’/imposter syndrome

  • From childhood, the client finds intense emotions as highly uncomfortable  and threatening, resulting in the development of unhealthy coping mechanisms/safety behaviours (e.g. an intense need to feel in control during challenging times)

 

The middle sessions – creating, and practising solutions:

  • To develop healthier emotional regulation, we enhanced client’s self-awareness of inner world, in relation to both his physical (body) and cognitive (inner voice) self.

    • Psychoeducation around the nervous system activation (FFF) and the power of parasympathetic nervous system (e.g benefits of mindfulness/breathing on stress reduction and enhanced presence )

    • Used coaching tools to assess daily stress levels, and worked on the client’s emotional intelligence (EI) in identifying/feeling emotions

    • Created a Wheel of Wellness to assess the areas of client’s life that contributed to holistic health and wellbeing, and identify any areas that had been neglected/deprioritised due to work pressures

    • Used various executive coaching tools to assess and redesign optimal 'work-life balance'

  • Explored and understood client’s ‘triggers points’

    • Drew on psychodynamic understanding to explore earlier life experiences and how his response in the present may be linked to the coping mechanisms he experiences in the ‘here and now’

    • Identified unhelpful ‘safety behaviours’(including black and white thinking, judging people, hypervigilance, negative filtering to fit his narrative and used CBT techniques to challenge these ‘core beliefs’ about himself and others and create more balanced narratives

  • Worked through his need to ‘be in control’:

    • Used the ‘Circles of Control' model on several current live pressure situations to challenge client’s perspective, create new options, and develop new plans for how he could approach each issue

    • Enhanced client’s empathy skills by exploring how his behaviours might impact others (e.g. partner/boss/team mates), and developed and practised new healthier coping mechanisms to replace old habits e.g. “Communication not Conflict”, and setting clear boundaries

  • Rebuilding confidence in leadership style and ability by focusing on a) strengths, skills, and personal qualities; b) Leadership style, enhanced self-acceptance and self-belief and c) values – identified client’s core personal and professional values and identified any areas of current misalignment/conflict

  • With greater clarity resulting from the work above, identified future 'real' developmental needs: a) increase confidence in ability to think and communicate strategically; b) explored options to gain more exposure for strategic thinking to be recognised; c) build on his newly emerging emotional understanding to keep communicating more clearly, and with more trust and less controlling safety behaviours (personally and professionally)

Final sessions: reviewing progress, fine tuning solutions, and planning for future

With greater clarity about his personal and professional strengths and values, the later sessions supported him through process of applying for and achieving a new role in a different company. The final sessions focussed on this new goals of leaving his organisation with his desired professional legacy and strong working relationships (including a renewed trust with his boss) and preparing to approach his new leadership role with maximum confidence and enjoyment.

1. We will not judge you, but we will tell you the truth

 

Our job is never to judge; it’s always to understand. We know that in order to achieve your goals you’ll need to understand what’s getting in your way.  It can be uncomfortable to realise that's often our own self-limiting beliefs. With psychological knowledge and clinical therapeutic experience of how and why these barriers and unhelpful patterns develop in the first place, we open your eyes to the thinking and behavioural habits that may be blocking you from achieving your potential.

 

2. We will not tell you what to do, but we will offer insight

Being truly listened to is a powerful experience, but that alone is often not enough.  Our therapeutic coaches will not give you advice, but that’s not because we are deliberately withholding the answers out of some kind of principle. It’s because we genuinely believe each person is the expert of themselves, and that our role is to integrate our psychotherapeutic skills and solutions-focused coaching mindset to ask courageous questions, curiously challenge, and shift perspectives. Working creatively and collaboratively together, if it feels right to you we’ll share our own perspectives about what we notice is unfolding along the way.

3. We can’t live the journey for you but we will support you to create the roadmap, and be your compassionate co-pilot

Bolstered by your newly heightened self-awareness, we draw on multiple coaching tools and techniques to support you to create an actionable plan that will guide you through the most complex and multi-layered of challenges.. We’ll help you recognise and address fears, motivations, skills gaps, and procrastination challenges, in order to develop strategies to manage their occurrences and move positively forwards. Once the roadmap is set out, we'll create space for you to review and reflect on progress made, and empower you to adapt your approach to successfully navigate round unexpected obstacles, distractions, and diversions, until you're fully confident to fly solo.

Therapeutic
Coaching
Consultancy

Combining the solutions-focused energy of coaching with the healing empowerment of psychotherapy,

we have the empathy, insight, and clinical experience to meet you where you are,

and the practical strategies, tools, and techniques to propel you to where you want to be

Therapeutic
Coaching
Consultancy

Experts in high performance,

mental health and wellbeing

Combining the solutions-focused energy of coaching with the healing empowerment of psychotherapy,

we have the empathy, insight, and clinical experience to meet you where you are,

and the practical strategies, tools, and techniques to propel you to where you want to be.

Therapeutic
Coaching
Consultancy

Experts in high performance,

mental health and wellbeing in the workplace

Combining the solutions-focused energy of coaching with the healing empowerment of psychotherapy,

we have the empathy, insight, and clinical experience to meet you where you are,

and the practical strategies, tools, and techniques to propel you to where you want to be.

We combine the solutions-focused energy

of coaching with the healing empowerment

of psychotherapy 

High performance,

mental health and

wellbeing

Therapeutic
Coaching
Consultancy

Experts in high performance,

mental health and wellbeing

in the workplace

We combine the solutions-focused energy of coaching with the healing empowerment of psychotherapy to facilitate high performance 

and mental health and wellbeing in the workplace

Therapeutic
Coaching
Consultancy

Combining the solutions-focused energy of coaching with the healing empowerment of psychotherapy,

we have the empathy, insight, and clinical experience to meet you where you are,

and the practical strategies, tools, and techniques to propel you to where you want to be

Therapeutic
Coaching
Consultancy

Experts in high performance,

mental health and wellbeing

Combining the solutions-focused energy of coaching with the healing empowerment of psychotherapy,

we have the empathy, insight, and clinical experience to meet you where you are,

and the practical strategies, tools, and techniques to propel you to where you want to be.

Therapeutic
Coaching
Consultancy

Experts in high performance,

mental health and wellbeing in the workplace

Combining the solutions-focused energy of coaching with the healing empowerment of psychotherapy,

we have the empathy, insight, and clinical experience to meet you where you are,

and the practical strategies, tools, and techniques to propel you to where you want to be.

Therapeutic
Coaching
Consultancy

Experts in high performance,

mental health and wellbeing

in the workplace

Case study:
Individual Therapeutic Coaching

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Type:

1:1 Therapeutic Coaching

Client:

Head of Department

Industry: 

Public sector/Travel

Length of coaching contract:

8 months

Number of sessions:

20 sessions

Presenting challenges at assessment session:

Client was high achieving at work, financially secure, stable personal relationships, no history of mental health difficulties, and no reported current significant life stressors.  However, client reported feeling increasingly frustrated and "out of control" at work, which was negatively impacting his motivation, his confidence with his team members and senior colleagues, and belief in his leadership ability and future career prospects.  It emerged that he'd failed to gain promotion some months earlier, which was causing friction with his boss. While he was "holiding it together" at work, it was causing conflict at home with his partner, resulting in him feeling trapped in an overwhelming cycle of stress, which had begun to feel unmanageable personally and professionally.

Agreed Goals for Therapeutic Coaching (following initial session):

  1. Understand negative patterns of behaviour in personal and professional relationships that feel overwhelming, distressing, and damaging

  2. To address feelings of self-doubt in leadership style and ability, and improve confidence in ability to succeed at Director level at work

Summary of Therapeutic Coaching process

Early sessions – formulating an understanding of the problems:

The person-centred counselling way of being created a warm, safe, non-judgemental relationship, built on trust and empathy.  We began to understand:​

  • The client had not realised the impact of the missed promotion, and had been ignoring/suppressing a 'pressure cooker' build up of heightened anxiety for some time

  • His need to ‘fake’ a continued sense of confidence with colleagues was at the root of his worries about being an ‘inauthentic leader’/imposter syndrome

  • From childhood, the client finds intense emotions as highly uncomfortable  and threatening, resulting in the development of unhealthy coping mechanisms/safety behaviours (e.g. an intense need to feel in control during challenging times)

 

The middle sessions – creating, and practising solutions:

  • To develop healthier emotional regulation, we enhanced client’s self-awareness of inner world, in relation to both his physical (body) and cognitive (inner voice) self.

    • Psychoeducation around the nervous system activation (FFF) and the power of parasympathetic nervous system (e.g benefits of mindfulness/breathing on stress reduction and enhanced presence )

    • Worked on the client’s ability to identify/feel emotions (E.I.), and used various coaching tools to assess daily stress levels, and to redesign optimal 'work-life balance'

    • Created a Wheel of Wellness to assess the areas of client’s life that contributed to holistic health and wellbeing, and identify any areas that had been neglected/deprioritised due to work pressures

The middle sessions – creating, and practising solutions (continued):

  • Explored and understood client’s ‘triggers points’

    • Drew on psychodynamic understanding to explore early life experiences and how his response in the present may be linked to the coping mechanisms he experiences in the ‘here and now’

    • Identified unhelpful ‘safety behaviours’ (e.g. black and white thinking) and used CBT techniques to challenge these ‘core beliefs’ about himself and others to create more balanced narratives

  • Worked through his need to ‘be in control’:

    • Used the ‘Circles of Control' model to challenge client’s perspective on current experiences, explore alternative narratives, and develop new strategies to tackle issues

    • Enhanced client’s empathy skills by exploring how his behaviours impact others, and practised new healthier coping mechanisms (e.g. “Communication not Conflict”, and setting clear boundaries)

  • Rebuilt confidence in leadership style and ability by focusing on a) strengths, skills, and personal qualities; b) Leadership style, enhanced self-acceptance and self-belief and c) values – identified client’s core personal and professional values and identified any areas of current misalignment/conflict

  • Identified future developmental needs: a) think and communicate strategically; b) seek opportunities for strategic recognition; c) enhance ability to communicate influentially (personally and professionally)

Final sessions: reviewing progress, fine tuning solutions, and planning for future

With deeper understanding about his strengths and desired organisational values, the later sessions supported him through process of applying for and achieving a Director role in a different company. The final sessions focussed on leaving his current organisation with a strong professional legacy and working relationships (including a renewed trust with his boss) and preparing to approach his new leadership role with maximum confidence, enjoyment and a new foundation of balance across his personal and professional worlds.

Outcome for client:

Out of the clarity gained during the coaching process, the client found several new 'growth' objectives emerged in addition to his original goals, which he found unexpected and rewarding.  The client's progress was facilitated through enhanced self-awareness of his strengths, qualities, and values, and also the unconscious self-limiting beliefs and unhelpful patterns of thinking and behaving that were 'damaging' his confidence and relationships.  Recognising these enabled him to develop and practice strategies to achieve greater emotional regulation, which was strengthed by practical changes he made to better prioritise his time and create optimal work-life balance.  The client worked hard to 'let go of' old habits of needing to control outcomes, which freed up his energy to think and behave more strategically and influentially.  He was brave to dig deep to develop a more open and trusting way of communicating with others, which improved the quality of his relationships at work and at home.  Now able to notice when old habits flare up (e.g. an inner critical voice), the client is skilled in drawing on CBT tools to create with a more balanced and self-compassionate perspective, enabling him to make better decisions. He will take these skills, along with his confidence in his ability to lead with calm energy, freedom, and authenticity, into his new senior leadership (Director level) role.

Testimonial:

“I found Lucy’s approach and her style to be a winning combination to raise my self-awareness, understand more about my triggers and responses, and to learn new techniques for better self-management. Lucy's ability to skilfully play back what she was hearing, to explain the 'science', and to recognise patterns and links in my experience has been hugely beneficial to me as someone who likes to understand. Together with her ability to ask questions that challenged me to think and feel more deeply,  we explored more breadth than what I originally sought help for, making the experience more comprehensive and helpful from a whole-life perspective. As a result of this experience I feel calmer, more able to “feel”, to understand the origins of my reactions and to notice their impacts.”

Oat work and at home.  Now able to notice when old habits flare up (e.g. an inner critical voice), the client is skilled in drawing on CBT tools to create with a more balanced and self-compassionate perspective, enabling him to make better decisions. He will take these skills, along with his confidence in his ability to lead with calm energy, freedom, and authenticity, into his new senior leadership (Director level) role.

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