People with long term conditions face unique challenges. A diagnosis can explain what is happening but for many people, it does little to resolve the psychological grind of living with pain and discomfort and the often huge changes of circumstances that occur when people become ill.
Many of the people I work with who live with long term conditions, come to coaching expressing feelings of grief, anger, shame, isolation, uncertainty and helplessness. These big feelings can get in the way and make people feel that they are stuck and unable to live their lives in a meaningful way.
You might feel that although you are receiving treatment for your condition, there is so much more to your experience of living with a change in health and the prospect of long term illness that has not been addressed.
You may be struggling to find a way to live with your condition and feel that you have had to give up on many of the things that you previously enjoyed.
Perhaps you feel anxious about returning to work after a period of absence or about visits to the doctors? Or do you spend a lot of time lost in your thoughts, wishing that things were different?
I work with people just like you to help you to understand those feelings and move you into a place of greater peace, where we can explore your potential and get to know who you are today – someone who lives with a condition but whose life is about much more than that.
Through coaching, I can support you to cultivate a greater feeling of acceptance towards your health and help you to set goals and actions that will move you towards the things that matter to you in your life.
We can also work on equipping you with some handy psychological tools to help you manage when the going gets tough.
Taking a proactive approach to your psychological wellbeing means that you will feel more empowered.
Working together to help you to achieve your goals will help you to feel more fulfilled and give you a renewed sense of purpose.
I use a range of coaching tools to support my clients with long term conditions. Many of them are based on mindfulness techniques and those found in Acceptance and Commitment Training. For more information about Acceptance and Commitment Training, please click below.
What happens during a coaching session?
During our sessions, we’ll work together to help you find the solutions that work best for you. We may use our time together to talk about patterns of behaviour that are making it difficult to move forwards or it could be that you’re ready to create a plan of action to help you to achieve a specific goal.
I encourage you to make notes of any observations that come up and at the end of a session, you may choose to commit to an action or exercise to work on in between sessions.
Follow-up sessions will then check in with progress and reshape goals or activities as required. This is your journey and you will be empowered to take ownership of your challenges and your actions.
Coaching or counselling?
During the course of our sessions, we may find that there are issues from your past that are causing you significant distress or affecting your ability to move forwards. In those circumstances, I would recommend you spend time with a counsellor before resuming coaching.
Please do contact me if you feel this may be the case and we can discuss the best course of action for you.
Successful coaching relies on commitment. We will explore this together to ensure that you are ready to make the changes you seek and that your goals are manageable, realistic and meaningful.
Coaching sessions last around 60 minutes and take place via Zoom or by telephone.
I ask all new clients to sign up for an exploratory session before committing to coaching. The cost of this 30 minute session is £25.
Thereafter, each 60 minute coaching session costs £50 and includes any worksheets, recordings or other information you may be sent after our time together.
I usually suggest that clients commit to a minimum of three coaching sessions so that they can make the most of the coaching process. Depending on your situation, some clients prefer to have weekly sessions, while others have sessions on a fortnightly or monthly basis. We can discuss this when we meet.
If cost is a barrier to you accessing coaching, a concessionary rate is available. Please let me know if this is the case.
To arrange your exploratory session, please email me at email@example.com. I look forward to working with you.