How it works

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Sessions

You choose when and how you get coached: here at Old Farm House, in your own home, on the telephone or Skype. Initially a face-to-face meeting is recommended followed by 4-6 regular weekly sessions, at a time that works for you.  My availability is between 9am and 6pm Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and between 9am and 12pm on Saturdays. Group workshops are available each month. Dates posted on the Kitchen Table Blog.

Kitchen Table and Crisis Care may only need one or two focused sessions. Comfy Chair, Tea and Sympathy, Children and Young People and Mother and Baby can need more. Sometimes after the first block of sessions, a quick telephone call booster session is all that’s needed to keep things ‘on track’. Daily, weekly or monthly (and even annually!) – the design is up to you. My role is to help you identify what you want and need and then to work with you to achieve that.

Peoples’ Main Coaching Topics have included

Exploring and identifying what people really want; finding personal direction; making a plan; improving health and fitness; tackling weight loss and gain; increasing self confidence; building personal and work relationships, managing child birth and child rearing; choosing schools; getting promoted; getting into further education; setting up a business; managing divorce; organising weddings and events; leaving current employment; managing work/family/’me’ balance; finding expert help and services…

Catering for Kids

All child-carers know there are times when children must come too. Coaching can be more effective with no distractions – you can focus and think better. However, experience tells me it is perfectly possible to manage the presence of children and that bringing them can actually make life less stressful!  Old Farm House is a child friendly environment with books, toys and games, TV, DVDs and sleeping arrangements always available. Anything else you need, just ask.

Coaching Children

One of the biggest issues we have to deal with as children (consciously or not) is our state of relative powerlessness. Adults, their institutions and beliefs are generally in charge. We have little if any control over what happens to us or our environment. We can easily feel disempowered and insecure. Obviously as we mature and learn to navigate our way through the world as independent beings, we develop self-confidence and control over ourselves and our environment, but that process, according to what happens along the way can be rocky at times.
The coaching process and relationship can help stabilize and strengthen children’s sense of self after experiences of significant change, for example after divorce, moving house, schools, leaving friendship groups, death etc. These kinds of experiences, again largely precipitated by events in the adult world, can clearly undermine children’s ‘known factors’ and shake their personal foundations. They search for meaning to re-assert their sense of control.
At these times positive, motivational, personal coaching can really help children get to grips with new situations and adapt and assert themselves in ways that work for THEM appropriately, realistically and much more quickly and effectively that if they worked alone.
Because coaching works with issues identified by the coachee (the child), sets goals according to their understanding and experience, devises strategies that are tailored to their specific needs and tackles any obstacles through their perception of what would be effective, the likelihood of it being really effective is very high.

Confidentiality

This is always discussed at the outset.
Coaching sessions can be held with a parent present (not interacting) if both parties are happy and willing. Openness and transparency between coach, parent and child is always recommended because it enhances mutual understanding, trust and respect. Open sessions also allow both parent and child to experience the coaching process.
Initial sessions are held with parent and child independently to allow the coach to get some measure of the issues according to each person’s perspective.

e-coaching

e-mails: These can really enhance the benefits of regular coaching sessions. The exchange of thoughts, ideas and questions at the time they occur, conveyed at your convenience strengthens the coaching relationship. This really helps people access sustained support and motivation between sessions.

Skype: When you want a real contact experience but are too far away geographically for me to come to you or vice versa, there’s no question – Skype is the answer. If you’re just too tired, too busy, too committed or just want to share something – use Skype when a telephone call isn’t enough.

Costs

These are agreed after a free initial discussion according to each person’s needs and circumstances. Concessions available. Pro bono work considered.

Code of Ethics
Available on Request.

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