“Cathy is a truly great coach – she is warm, compassionate, inspirational, and works with you in a supportive way to identify limiting beliefs and assumptions and set appropriate goals and actions”.

Zoe Jepson Business Development Manager, xué Coaching, Masters Accredited Personal and Business Coach

Coaching is ideal for people who have lots of potential and who may not for one reason or another be fully realising it. Most people have times when they feel stuck, or have a dilemma or stressor in life, either at work or personally. Coaching is an great way to get a fresh perspective, mobilise your energies and make positive changes. It is a “whole person” approach that recognises that whether the catalyst for exploration is from work or personal life, neither operates in isolation. Coaching is solutions focused, and whilst a little history taking may be done, most effort goes into where you would like to be rather than delving into the past. Coaching is a tried and effective method of bringing about rapid and lasting change, boosting motivation, and assisting quality thinking and decision making.  It increases self awareness and esteem helping you to see things more clearly and motivating you to take action.  Coaching leads to measurable performance improvement at work – good for you – good for your organisation and for your home life.

What is coaching?

Coaching is about developing a person’s skills, capabilities and knowledge. It is often used to improve job performance, focusing on specific goals and skills, as well as on personal and life issues.

There is no precise definition of coaching, but according to the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel Development) the list below shows some  generally agreed characteristics of coaching in organisations:

  • It is essentially a non-directive form of development.
  • It focuses on improving performance and developing individual’s skills.
  • Personal issues may be discussed though the emphasis is usually on performance at work.
  • Coaching activities have both organisational and individual goals.
  • It assumes that the individual is psychologically well and does not require a clinical intervention.
  • It provides people with feedback on both their strengths and their weaknesses.
  • It is a skilled activity which should be delivered by trained people.

When might I need coaching?

Coaching sessions may cover anything relevant for you including thinking through dilemmas and issues around work and personal life. It offers a means to decision making and developing potential in areas such as:

  • Improving working relationships and conflict transformation
  • Gaining clarity of thinking in the face of personal or professional challenge
  • Leadership
  • Making difficult decisions
  • New promotion
  • Personal impact, confidence and assertiveness
  • Communication
  • Career change or progression including career break, maternity / paternity, redundancy or retirement

Cathy has been coaching for over 10 years in the role of manager and as a consultant and:

  • Has a Post Graduate Certificate in Business and Personal Coaching from the University of Chester
  • Is a qualified and licensed user of the MBTI psychometric instrument Oxford Psychologists Press
  • Is a member of the European Coaching and Mentoring Council (EMCC) and upholds its Code of Ethics and Diversity Policy
  • Belongs to the UKSFP (United Kingdom Solutions Focused Practitioners) network
  • Undertakes regular supervision

Who benefits from coaching?

Over the last few years Cathy has worked with coaching clients from a range of public and 3rd sector organisations as well as the private sector. Clients have come from Natural England, the University of the West of England, Sustrans, Community Foundations, Police, local authorities, humanitarian aid agencies, Vodofone UK, and a number of management consultancies.

Coaching is a generic tool to help give you the support and conditions to think well for yourself and reach good decisions about your own life and work.