Life Coaching

Non-judgmental sounding board for challenging conversations

I found coaching with Nicholas useful. I would highly recommend him as he was very professional in the way he conducted himself. Nicholas was also generous and flexible in his approach.

Dileepa A December 2018

The coaching that I did with Nicholas was really helpful in enabling me to better understand and identify priorities that I wanted to work towards over the last 6 months and into the future

Daniel Adams April 2019

Nicholas is a warm, kind-hearted individual, not to mention a great life coach. His patience, humility and sense of understanding helped me through what was an extremely rewarding process and one that I would recommend to anyone looking to lead a compassionate and meaningful life.

Julian Scott

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What is Coaching?

Coaching is basically a series of conversations, usually spread over a period of 6 months.

There are many types of coaching, which cover a wide spectrum of topics and spheres – business, executive, team, careers, redundancy, retirement, health, sports, fitness, finances, family and relationships.

It is important to understand that coaching differs from mentoring, counselling or therapy. It is about having a collaborative conversation and building up a partnership of trust with the person being coached. The focus is on the present and how to achieve a future goal.

Coaching remains an unregulated profession, although there are 3 main governing bodies operating in the UK – International Coach Federation (ICF), European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) and Association for Coaching (AC).

They ensure that training courses cover the core competencies and that trainees are fit for practice and that they will adhered to clear professional standards of practice and there is a Code of Ethics and as well as providing workshops and conferences.

What can you expect?

I am a professional coach approved by ICF, of which I am a member. This means I adhere to their Code of Ethics and also follow the guidelines of Continuing Professional Development. I will also seek supervision and will continue to have periods of coaching as well.

I provide one to one Life Coaching, which can include issues such as life transitions, retirement and redundancy as well as working with performing artists.

My background includes working in a residential therapeutic community, being a dramatherapist in an adult mental health setting, taking on the role of mediator within a secondary school and its feeder primary schools and working as a social worker for children in care within a large local authority.

There will be an initial face to face chemistry meeting so that I can answer any initial questions and give a general outline of the coaching journey. This will include going over the contract, consent form and terms and conditions.

If you are still interested then a date is set for the first session, which usually lasts an hour and a half. This can be over Zoom or face to face, depending on individual choices. The second session will normally be arranged 2 weeks later and a further 4 sessions at monthly intervals, all of which are on average an hour long.

What will it cost?

Individual sessions will cost £45 and the expectation is that you will pay for the initial 3 sessions in advance (ie £135) with the balance of £135 being paid before session 4.

If you commit to all 6 sessions at the start, then the total would be £240, again half the amount being paid by session 1 one and the balance before session 4.

If you decide to withdraw from the coaching process before completing 6 sessions, you will be paid back any monies you may be owed. However if you do break the contract before its completion at the reduced price, you will be expected to pay for any outstanding balance at the higher level of £45 per session.

Any specific issues about individual financial circumstances will be discussed during the chemistry meeting to see what alternative arrangement could be made.

Associate 1 - Steve Howe

Steve is the owner of Steve Howe Consulting and Coaching Ltd, helping clients improve business performance and driving growth through improved business and sales strategies, and leadership coaching and mentoring. As an International Coach Federation (ICF) approved coach, Steve helps executives realise their true potential providing leadership, career and performance coaching.

Steve has over 35 years’ experience in the IT Services Industry across Consulting, Systems Integration, Outsourcing, Cloud and Support Services.

In the past 20 years, Steve has held various General Management and Sales Leadership roles for company’s such as Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Schlumberger, and Sema Group. His most recent position was Vice President of Global Sales for HPE’s Consulting business, and he has held senior roles at both a country, regional and global level.

Steve is also on the Advisory Board of World Merit, a global charity, focused on helping young people achieve their potential whilst changing the world for the better.

Associate 2 - Kate Chester

I am a professional coach with 15 years’ experience working at a senior level in the third sector, with housing associations and youth charities. Experience includes developing social regeneration programmes, securing strategic corporate partnerships, profile raising and income generation. I have led high performing teams and mentored emerging leaders

I am passionate about equality in the work place and supporting women to realise their potential, grow in their profession and to progress with confidence.

‘I never thought I would feel so different about myself in just 6 sessions. Coaching has given me a new perspective to my work and beyond. Now I feel more confident and empowered to make changes. I’ve received positive feedback on projects and been offered new opportunities’. (KPMG)

I am a qualified through the International Coaching Federation (ICF).

Maria Sykes

Coach | Facilitator

Maria became passionate about coaching 10 years ago, whilst working with young people, helping them explore their values, skills and aspirations so they could lead change in their own lives and within their communities. Maria saw first hand the impact that coaching could have on a young person at a time in their lives when they felt lacking in direction and confidence, and uncertain of their own abilities and started to use coaching in many other areas of her work.

Since becoming a qualified coach, Maria has helped clients break through the obstacles that seem to be holding them back in life. Maria is passionate about helping people achieve a more positive outlook on life, and provide them with all the tools necessary to get them there.

Maria has run a number of successful leadership and coaching programmes and coaching training in the charity and corporate sector and is passionate about authentic and collaborative values-based leadership and supporting individuals and teams to identify the tools and thinking they need to achieve their goals.