Coaching offerings

What exactly is coaching?

The term “coach” is used in many different contexts, and it encompasses many things. My preferred definition comes from Jenny Rogers who says:

“Coaching is a partnership of equals whose aim is to achieve speedy, increased and sustainable effectiveness through focused learning in every aspect of the client’s life. Coaching raises self-awareness and identifies choices. Working with the client’s agenda, the coach and the client have the sole aim of closing the gaps between potential and performance”

Jenny Rogers. McGraw-Hill

Coaching Skills, A Handbook

The overriding principle is that we can always choose how to respond to life’s challenges, even if we can’t always choose what happens to us.

Coaching offers a supportive environment for a structured conversation where clients are actively listened to and feel heard, exploring where they are now and where they would like to be. On the part of the coach this requires empathy – to be able to see things from the other person’s frame of reference, authenticity and a non-judgemental attitude. Nancy Kline says of coaches that “the quality of your attention determines the quality of other peoples thinking”. Giving your full attention allows people to think and to come to their own solutions as “usually the brain that contains the problem contains the solution” (A time to think – Nancy Kline. Cassell).

As I coach I very much subscribe to these principles.

The use of mindfulness in my coaching practice

As your coach, my own mindfulness practice enables me to be fully present, listen attentively, see things from your perspective and be non-judgemental. I can also bring some teachings from mindfulness into the coaching sessions if appropriate, and can coach clients through mindfulness courses if requested. Please note that the incorporation of mindfulness techniques is very much at the client’s discretion and many other tools and techniques can be used within coaching sessions.

Coaching has helped me to step back and analyse my actions and thought processes from an outside perspective. Karen has provided me with various tools and exercises to help me manage stress, identify when my thought processes or behaviour were being detrimental, and to plan my time more effectively. This has ultimately helped me to improve my productivity and wellbeing. Karen provides a supportive and confidential space for me to talk about my life. She is incredibly perceptive, easy to talk to and has made me feel completely relaxed throughout our sessions. I have always left the sessions feeling more motivated and positive which is a reflection of the enthusiasm she brings to each session.

Jennifer

Meeting with Karen has enabled me to take time out to reorganise my life – prioritising, helping me to think through decisions and get things in order. It has certainly helped me to stress less and focus more. Karen is a natural listener and is a calming influence. She has some great methods and ideas for helping to de-stress and make decisions.

Marie

If you want a tree to grow it won’t help to water the leaves. You have to water the roots.

Thich Nhat Hanh

What happens in a typical coaching session?

Confidentiality will be agreed at the outset and I will create the right environment for coaching as outlined above. Often clients complete an exercise ahead of our first session to look at various aspects of their lives, and scale how satisfied they are with them and how much they would like to change. This allows a reflective space for the client and generates priorities for coaching. Alternatively, clients may have a clear issue and goal in mind and we can work directly on that – it’s always the client’s agenda we follow. As well as listening attentively I will ask a few open questions to help clients to explore things more deeply which may at times be challenging to help move them forwards. I will draw on a number of coaching approaches and techniques as appropriate at the time and for each individual client – I follow an intuitive integrative approach. I will not offer advice or solutions – clients have the solutions, they are the experts of themselves, I just help facilitate the process. There will be time to reflect during the sessions and periods of silence which will allow clients thinking to develop without interruption. Clients find that much of the shift happens between sessions when they have had time to reflect on and integrate their new learning.

It was a great pleasure and help to have worked with Karen as a coach. She was very good at listening to what I had to say and throwing questions back that made me think. This really helped me sort out and understand difficult periods in my life. Thank you so much Karen for your support.  VM

Karen is simply a brilliant coach. She is able to navigate the fine balance between listening and questioning which forced me to think critically about my aspirations and actions. Her coaching unearthed memories of what motivated me to study biology and chemistry in the first place and which had gotten buried in the decades of working in academia. These ideas then gave me the courage to try out new things and implement new aspects in my job as a Professor.

Judith Klein-Seetharaman

Professor of Biomedicine and Systems Biology, Warwick Medical School

How is it helpful?

Coaching is a process of personal growth and development. It creates some space in busy lives so people are actively listened to and heard and allows people to come to their own solutions. This precious reflection time, during and between sessions is hugely beneficial. Coaching allows clarity around issues when seen from different perspectives, increased self-awareness which in turn presents choices to enable movement forward towards where people want to be. Most things can be coached and we can discuss whether coaching is right for you when you first contact me. My own personal journey and background in academia mean that I have a particular interest and expertise in wellbeing coaching and academic coaching. I have worked with people whose time is overcommitted, who often have difficulty saying no, and are sometimes overwhelmed by what needs to be done and are consequently exhausted and stressed. Other common presenting issues are building confidence and addressing low self-esteem, relationship difficulties, support to pursue healthier lifestyles, creating more “me “ time to pursue sustaining activities, and more generally to achieve the right balance in life for them. This is by no means an exhaustive list, whatever the presenting issue, coaching allows you to be the best you can be for you. This is not a temporary fix either – what you learn during coaching gives you the tools to maintain your wellbeing and use in the future – to be your own coach.

All the elements for your happiness are already here.

Thich Nhat Hanh

How much does it cost?

If you are interested in coaching then please contact me for a complimentary, no obligation 20 min session by phone or online to see if coaching right for you.

You can have your coaching sessions face to face in Leamington Spa or by phone or online. Sessions are taken once a week, fortnight or month to suit your needs.

Single coaching sessions cost £60 per hour.

If you book 4 or more sessions the cost is £50 per hour

I will refund any unused sessions at any point in the process should you need to discontinue for any reason.

Why not consider giving coaching sessions as a gift? Please contact me to discuss further.

Valuable theories

Before we heard about this course we had read a book about mindfulness, but couldn’t seem to find the time to try out any of the techniques. This course was just what we needed to begin. We feel it has introduced us to valuable theories and tools to cope better with stressful situations and get more out of life. Karen was very adept at delivering the course in an engaging way. Her relaxed teaching style suited us very well. This was a very personal experience and Karen definitely got the best out of us!

Rachel and Rich

Engaging

Knowing that I’m not alone and now having a toolkit for my own and my families happiness is what I got from the course. Karen was a really great teacher, very engaging and knowledgeable in mindfulness.

Mark

Empowered

I have become more aware of everything I do or not do, my environment and others. It has empowered me through meditation, body scan and breathing in particular. Karen has got the perfect voice for the meditation exercises. She is very kind, sincere and just a beautiful person. Perfect for this course.

Irma

Thoughts

The course has changed how I think and the importance of making time for myself. Thoughts are just thoughts and NOT facts. The teaching was excellent, Karen was really friendly and easy to talk to.

Anonymous

Appreciate

My eyes have been opened to how quickly I have been carried along with life’s events never giving me time to step back and assess. Now I take time to enjoy and appreciate my family and surroundings, dealing with things in a much calmer way. Karen oozes calmness and understanding, you can hear the joy in her voice when she talks of mindfulness and her joy and belief in it is very infectious. A perfect teacher ☺

Karrie

Welcoming

I now have a better understanding of myself – realisation of my present hectic stressful life – I now have tools to deal with it and the confidence to take time for myself. Karen was absolutely lovely. She put us at ease early on and has a warm and welcoming personality and delivers instruction in a casual but instructive way.

Graham

Spiritual development

It was a very inspirational course, involving both personal and spiritual development. I have learned to slow down and be more aware of my surroundings, to be generally kinder to myself as well as to others and not to react so quickly to events. As a result of meditating most days for 20 minutes or so, combined with Chi Gung practice, I am now sleeping much better instead of being wakeful for 2 hours during the night. I feel so much better. It was so useful to have the CDs and notes to remind me now the course has finished. Karen combined the theory and practice of mindfulness so well, but without being too serious. She has a friendly manner and good sense of humour and a beautiful warm, soft voice for the meditations. I enjoyed the course very much.

June

Changed my thinking

I have thoroughly enjoyed the 8 week course and I can honestly say it has changed my thinking. I am far more “aware” of my day to day life and am learning to enjoy “being in the moment”. In a stressful time constrained life we can still make time for small pleasures if we do them mindfully. Karen has been the most wonderful teacher, clear and precise in her teaching with just the right amount of warmth and kindness in her manner. Meditating to her voice was an absolute pleasure!

Nina

Slowing down

I learnt that it’s OK to slow down! Slowing down and stopping to reflect is a wise use of my time in the long run. Karen is a wonderful role model of how mindfulness can enable you “to be”. She is very warm, friendly and understanding.

Liz

Positive impact

Attending this mindfulness course has had a massive positive impact on my life. I feel much more balanced which in turn has made me more capable of dealing with different aspects of my life. I no longer feel overwhelmed as I am able to put what I used to think as insurmountable situations into context and deal with them in a calm way. Karen is a very effective communicator. Karen has a gentle and kind approach and this in itself is calming and radiates peacefulness which is conducive to learning and practicing mindfulness.

Cathy

Life saver

The course has been a life saver and has given me a life without ruminating, controlling. There has been a profound change. Karen was the best teacher.

Anonymous

Supportive

Coaching has helped me to step back and analyse my actions and thought processes from an outside perspective. Karen has provided me with various tools and exercises to help me manage stress, identify when my thought processes or behaviour were being detrimental, and to plan my time more effectively. This has ultimately helped me to improve my productivity and wellbeing. Karen provides a supportive and confidential space for me to talk about my life. She is incredibly perceptive, easy to talk to and has made me feel completely relaxed throughout our sessions. I have always left the sessions feeling more motivated and positive which is a reflection of the enthusiasm she brings to each session.

Jennifer

Understanding

I now have an understanding that mindfulness is not about meditation as relaxation and drifting and wafting, instead a state of presence and being. I now have a selection of tools to help develop and practice mindfulness and choice to use what works best for me. The course has been an opportunity to consider my current life demands, understand the processes behind them and how mindfulness can help manage them.
Karen is inspirational and passionate in the delivery of the course and very knowledgeable in mindfulness practice. She is great at facilitating useful discussion and debate during sessions.

Liz

Confidence

The course has given me confidence, an ability to step back and assess before diving in – ability to recognise and balance pain against good things/sensations. Pacing skills (although still needs a lot of work), calmness and general slowing down and collecting myself. Thank you. Recognition of learned bad thoughts and reactions – thoughts are not always true. New phrases to help me cope and assess wisely – What is true/good for me at the moment? What do I need to make things better/easier at this time? – bringing myself back to my centre. Permission to be kind to myself and to practice my meditations.
Karen was excellent. Patient, kind, enthusiastic, methodical, with a wonderful presence. She encouraged us, was very knowledgeable and very happy to share resources and her time. She made us feel very comfortable and welcome and was very supportive when things were a bit tough. She couldn’t have done better.

AC

Daily life

The eight week course helped me to realise, understand and put into practice the different ways of being mindful in daily life. From body scans, mindful breathing to mindful movement – these and many more methods will be very very useful to me in developing my own mindfulness practice.
Karen was a brilliant teacher – she explained the course clearly and was approachable if I didn’t understand certain points. She delivered the course in a very friendly, jovial way – she was very informative and helpful.

Simret Bassra-Brar

PTSD

The course has provided me with tools to control and support other interventions I receive for my PTSD. Karen is very patient, supportive and understanding. I am glad I found her as she has made mindfulness a part of my life, it’s now up to me.

Roger

Manage stress

The course has helped me focus on my own wellbeing and how to better manage stress, emotions and negative thoughts in a more considered way. Much of the course resonated with me and how I normally go about life and difficult situations/experiences.
Karen has a relaxed style and approach, the teaching was not rushed but considered and flexible. Karen is enthusiastic and passionate about the benefits of mindfulness but without being forced.

AS

Calming influence

Meeting with Karen has enabled me to take time out to reorganise my life – prioritising, helping me to think through decisions and get things in order. It has certainly helped me to stress less and focus more. Karen is a natural listener and is a calming influence. She has some great methods and ideas for helping to de-stress and make decisions.

Marie

Brilliant

The course has changed in an excellent and meaningful way how I manage my life. Karen’s teaching was absolutely brilliant!!

Debra

Listening

It was a great pleasure and help to have worked with Karen as a coach. She was very good at listening to what I had to say and throwing questions back that made me think. This really helped me sort out and understand difficult periods in my life. Thank you so much Karen for your support.

VM

Passion and belief

The course has given me the permission to give time to myself to relax and pursue the things that sustain me. I’m kinder to myself, notice my thoughts more and interrupt negative self-talk. I feel much calmer, thank you. Karen is a wonderful teacher. Her passion and belief for mindfulness engages you completely. She has the perfect voice for guiding relaxation and meditation. I am already recommending her to friends and colleagues.

Sarah

Incredible journey

Thank you Karen for an incredible 8 week journey into Mindfulness for Stress. Working as a professional with you I now have more wonderful tools in my kit thanks to you and Breathworks. Your meditation manner is wonderful and soothing and you made us all feel so welcome and encouraged. I have a very hectic life and this course has helped me to reevaluate what really matters and focus on the wonder of the present. Thank you.

Rebecca

Encouraging

Letting thoughts come and go and accepting difficulties and breathing through them rather than pushing them away is what I learnt from the course. The course was brilliantly communicated by Karen, no judgment and totally accepting and encouraging.

Gill

Meditation

I have participated in Mindfulness Meditation practice for some years, however I felt that I wanted to invest time to further develop this. Having read around various options, I decided that a Breathworks course would best meet my needs, especially as I wanted a course that had a strong focus on ‘Compassion and Kindness’. The course has assisted me to really reflect on authentic practice and also to refresh my existing practice, whilst offering an opportunity to try out new and varied meditations.

Karen was very knowledgeable, informative and organised and really effective in working out how I could get the full potential from the course. Karen gave additional information and touched base with me via email on the weeks between attending each session, providing encouragement and helpful tips. Ultimately Karen was very approachable and authentic. Many thanks for a very positive experience.

Steve

Inspiring

The course enabled me to identify my own resources for living better, identifying things that prevent my wellbeing. Karen has been a great teacher. She is kind and understands my own position and difficulties. She has been such an inspiring and engaging teacher, and I am so pleased to have found her.

Anonymous

Get in touch!

If you require more information please email me and I will contact you as soon as possible.