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LIFE & CAREER COACHING

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If you have arrived here and are reading this, something inside you is ready for change. You're in the right place – welcome!

I'd love to discuss working together. You can either book an enquiry call directly, or complete the form and I'll be in touch.

The enquiry call is complimentary and gives you chance to discuss your current situation and what you're hoping to gain through coaching.

This call is an important start to an ongoing coaching relationship, and it helps us both decide if my coaching approach is a good fit for you. If it is, I'll send you further details after the call about how we can work together and you can take some time to decide if you'd like to take things further.

Why choose me as your coach

  • Maybe you want to work with a coach who has personal experience of the challenges of performing at a high standard in a professional career.
  • You’d like to work with someone with expertise in wellbeing, burnout and stress management
  • You want to work with someone who can support you to get the results you’re looking for
  • Perhaps you’d appreciate working with a coach who understands what it’s like to run their own business.
  • You want a whole-person approach – you’re open to going deeper and exploring your beliefs, values and identity – not just your surface level actions and behavior
  • I offer an integrative coaching approach, meaning I use a variety of techniques to suit your individual needs – including somatic, body based coaching, as well as more traditional cognitive coaching.
  • I’m an experienced coach and am undertaking further coaching training at masters level (MSc)
  • I’m a positive psychology practitioner, meaning that I’m trained in science-based wellbeing interventions
  • I practice ethically and in line with EMCC guidance.

If a call isn't your thing, or you have some questions first, you can complete the enquiry form and I'll get in touch with you by email.

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FAQs

What is the difference between coaching, counselling and mentoring?

Coaching is a process that takes place in partnership with clients to help guide them towards their inner wisdom and possibility.  A coach does not tell you what to do but instead supports the client towards internal change or transformation.  It is generative and future-focused.  Coaching works on the premise that clients are “creative, resourceful and whole” and do not need fixing or healing.  

A true coaching conversation will feel different to a conversation that you might have with a friend, colleague or even a mentor.  It is not a coaches’ role to give opinions, answers or solutions, but instead to guide the client through their own process.  

In contrast, counselling and therapy focus on healing difficulty, trauma,, and upset within an individual’s past or present.   

A mentor is an expert who provides wisdom and guidance based on their own experience. Mentoring may include a combination of advising, consulting and coaching. 

Consulting is the provision of expert and specialist advice in a particular field – this is different to coaching in that it usually consists of giving direct recommendations and advice.  

I'm signed off work with burnout - can you help me recover

I’m so sorry to hear this – I hope you are getting the support that you need right now.

If your burnout is severe enough that you are currently signed off work then most likely you’ll need a) time to rest and recover b) a medical assessment by your own doctor/occupational health to exclude any co-existing mental health issues and c) counselling/psychological therapies.  It’s unlikely that you will have the physical, mental or emotional energy to get the full benefit from coaching or take action towards longer term life changes right now and therefore it wouldn’t be ethical for us to work together in this capacity at this point.

However, once you are on the road to recovery and are ready to look at taking action to break your burnout cycles and making wider changes in your life and career then this is the perfect time to explore coaching to get clear on what you want to change moving forwards and take action to make this happen – with professional support along the way.

I’m happy to work with clients who are concurrently working with a counsellor/therapist as long as your therapist is aware and feels this is appropriate. I will communicate with your therapist as appropriate(with your consent only).

If you are unsure as to whether you need a coach or a counsellor/therapist right now then feel free to get in touch and I am happy to advise.

I've seen you are a doctor, do you offer medical advice or opinions in our sessions?

I keep my coaching and my medical work very separate and I politely ask you to respect this boundary. Whilst my experiences across my career naturally inform each other organically,  I do NOT mix the two.

I do NOT offer any medical advice, guidance or opinion within coaching sessions, or outside of coaching sessions – e.g by email, social media or casual conversation.

I cannot work with you if you are a current or previous patient, or if a family member is a current or previous patient of mine.  I will ask you to confirm this as part of our contract of working together.

No advice on my website, blog emails or social media is intended as medical advice, opinion, guidance or recommendation and should not be taken as such. Please see my website disclaimer for more details.

Are our sessions confidential?

Yes, confidentiality is a critical component of the coaching relationship, and I take this very seriously.    The only time that I would consider breaching confidentiality is in cases of disclosure of potentially significant risk to yourself or another person. I would usually discuss this with you in advance, should this situation arise.  

I'm very busy, how much time do I need to allocate?

Sessions last approximately 60 minutes.  

Most clients find it helpful to allocate an additional 30-60 minutes a week to allow themselves to explore suggested resources and actions that may arise as a result of our sessions. 

Do we cover specific topics in each session?

Yes and no.  My coaching sessions are bespoke for your individual needs. We may agree to explore some particular issues or topics in advance of a session, and we will usually work together (co-create) the sessions so that they are helpful for you at that moment and what is currently evolving for you, whilst also keeping your bigger goals or intentions in mind.    

What availability do you have? Do you offer evening sessions?

My coaching days are usually Wednesdays and Fridays, although this can be variable due to other commitments.  I offer evening appointments on Wednesdays.  I aim to be flexible where possible.  

Please note that I do not work on Thursdays.  

How do I know what to talk about?

This is a commonly asked question – but usually, in reality, the nature of the coaching container means that clients always know what they want to discuss in a session!  Even if you feel like you don’t have much to bring to a session, it is my role to support you to identify what is most helpful for you to address at that particular point.    This is where a more embodied coaching style can be beneficial. When we don’t have much to say, there is often so much going on on a deeper level that the sessions always uncover so much more than we expect or anticipate.  

Can I email you between sessions if I need support?

You can email or send me voice notes at any time between sessions if you have questions or would find a “check-in” helpful.  I will respond within 48 hours Mon-Fri (usually sooner) by voice note via the Voxer app (a secure app for sending and receiving voice notes). 

I have a successful career and don’t want to leave my job - is coaching with you right for me?

100%!  I work with clients from a wide range of backgrounds – including solicitors, doctors, teachers, start-up founders, corporate professionals, wellbeing practitioners, as well as creative business owners.   Purpose and potential for some people means looking at alternative career options; other clients already have a career they love, but come to coaching to support them to feel more confident in stepping up to the next level and the creating impact that they desire, without burning out so that they can embody leadership with more purpose.   

I also work with clients who are very happy in their professional work but want to find more wellbeing, confidence and purpose in the rest of their lives.   Our work together supports you to identify your unique vision and purpose and gives you the tools to help you in making this a reality.  

I want to make a change in my career - can you help me with my CV and improve my interview techniques?

If you are looking for traditional career coaching and guidance then I’m not the coach for you.  But if you want to work out how to balance your wellbeing with your work, discover what brings you meaning and fulfilment and explore that itch for something more and start stepping up and playing bigger in your career – this is what I help you with.  My clients often find the embodiment practices I facilitate help them far more with their leadership skills, public speaking and challenging professional scenarios than traditional approaches do.  

Do you offer business coaching?

Whilst some of my clients are business owners, I am not specifically a business coach.    HOWEVER, what I do is support you as an individual to step into the power of your potential, fire up your self-belief, discover how to take care of your needs, and find deeper fulfilment so that you can create the impact that you dream of without burnout.

We are our own best resource, so my clients have reported significant successes in their business as a secondary result of investing in coaching.

Will you give me homework between sessions?

The nature of our sessions means that each session will likely result in you wanting to take some action! You will be invited to choose one or two intentions or actions you want to take before the next session to support your process.  

If appropriate, I will offer suggestions of practices, experiments and resources/worksheets.  

You will have access to pre and post-session worksheets to record key intentions and areas of exploration that arise during/from our sessions.  

Do you offer face-to-face coaching sessions?

Yes, I offer face-to-face sessions locally, depending on availability.  These take place in Chorlton or Manchester City Centre.  I also offer “walk and talk” coaching sessions in and around South Manchester.  

Can I record our online sessions?

Yes, you are welcome to record our sessions for your own personal use.  

I’m not in a position to invest in one-to-one coaching right now, what are my options?

I recommend signing up to my weekly free email letter, where I share my writing, inspiration and resources to guide you in prioritising your wellbeing so you can embody your inner power.  

From time to time I may need to video record coaching sessions as part of my ongoing training and development.  I will offer these sessions at a significantly reduced rate in exchange for being filmed, potentially with some requirement to cover certain topics and provide feedback.  If you are interested in this, please drop me an email at rachael@purposeandpotential.co.uk and I will contact you if/when such an opportunity arises.

I also offer a number of coaching sessions every year as probono and  “pay what you can”/ reduced rate for women from under-represented groups experiencing financial hardship.  Drop me an email if you feel this applies to you and you are interested in receiving coaching.

Have another question I’ve not answered here?

Feel free to email me at rachael@purposeandpotential.co.uk or book a free coaching consultation call if you want to discuss directly.