Having someone alongside us, can be incredibly powerful at helping us to move forward.
Speaking to someone outside of our immediate circle who listens non-judgmentally and attentively is often extremely helpful in bringing us clarity. Finding someone who will listen without their own agenda is often a lot harder than it sounds – especially (but not exclusively) for people in positions of leadership or those who are frequently taking care of others. As a coach, I provide the space for individuals to talk, unscramble their thoughts, understand their emotions and discover a way forward that is right for them.
My passion is for individuals to be their true authentic selves – living a life of purpose and freedom!”
I love helping people gain clarity about their vision and purpose or simply acting as an objective sounding board for an individual’s challenges and ideas. The sessions can be related to any subject from self development (such as increasing confidence), to work or personal relationships. Whatever the area being discussed, my purpose is to offer you a non-judgmental, confidential place to clarify your thoughts and find the best way forward.
I have a BSc in Psychology (with Mathematics) as well as an accredited qualification in counselling and a Diploma in Transformational Coaching, which is accredited by both the International Coach Federation and the Association for Coaching.
After leaving university in 2005, I spent the next 13 years of my life working in charities and churches. I took a couple of breaks to have my 2 children (who are now both school-aged) though my volunteer roles continued throughout. I finished my last role as London Director for Every Life International in 2018 keen to use my giftings of empathy, discernment and listening to the max! I am now really enjoying the privilege of seeing people reach their potential through coaching. I coach coming from a Judeo-Christian worldview, but work with individuals from all faiths and none.
I offer hourly sessions, online or in person. Sessions can be pre-booked as part of a package, but the frequency is always dependent on what the individual prefers – whether that is weekly, monthly, or ‘as and when needed’. I am based in East London, and am able to travel to coach within London.
I am passionate that no one is disqualified from coaching by their financial situation, so please don’t let this stop you getting in touch! If you would like to find out more, get in contact with me; or if you want to jump straight in, why not book an ‘Initial session’? Click ‘Find out more’ to take the next step!
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Kathryn was a fantastic coach for me at a time when I wanted to unpack some important professional and personal questions. She is an exceptional listener and asks superb questions to help you find your own thoughts and solutions. I would definitely recommend her highly!"
I was recommended to Kathryn by my brother who knew that I was having difficulty with many different situations.
My first meeting with Kathryn was so refreshing...Within the first few sessions she was able to help me to become unstuck. Kathryn helped me to become motivated to pursue my career goals and lifted my self belief with great results."
Kathryn has been my coach of choice for many reasons. She has tremendous listening skills and has a unique ability to come in at just the right time to dig deeper and explore possibilities. Her charming character and empathy make me feel totally relaxed and able to articulate and express myself in a comfortable and effective way. She has enabled me to move forward and because she creates the right connection. I continuously return to benefit from a skillful and wonderful coach. Thank you so much for all you do."
Kathryn is a terrific life coach. She has encouraged me to take small, practical steps to change my line of work and how I feel about it. Sometimes it just helps to talk to another person about whatever it is that you are not sure about, Kathryn did a great job. I highly recommend her!"
Kathryn’s coaching has helped me so much. She has a real skill for listening, bringing clarity to my thoughts and identifying the issues underlying the things I’m struggling with. In this short space of time she’s helped me work out how to take proactive steps to further my career and given me the confidence to achieve my goals. I can’t recommend her highly enough!"
Kathryn asks the right questions that help you to arrive at a solution or re-thinking of a solution that may not have seemed so obvious.
I would highly recommend Kathryn."
The International Coaching Federation (ICF) defines coaching as ‘partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.’
There are ways in which coaching is similar to counselling or mentoring but they differ in a couple of key points:
Mentoring is about someone with more experience in a particular field guiding someone who is less experienced. Coaching is not about guiding or giving advice, but helping people to uncover and maximise their own potential and resources through listening, asking insightful questions and enabling the client to reach decisions or make changes.
Counselling is often focussed on the past and recovering from difficult experiences - and whilst the past certainly can come into coaching sessions - the main focus of coaching is on the present or moving forward into the future with purpose and clarity. Also, unlike counselling, coaching is not necessarily about overcoming difficulty - it can also be about achieving highly, reaching goals and becoming the best version of yourself possible. Whilst I do have training in counselling, and certainly use these skills in my practice, I enjoy the forward focus of coaching!
The individual coming for coaching will have something they are working towards (an aim) which might be for example: ‘know myself better’, ‘become more confident’, ‘get my thoughts about my relationship straight’ 'work out what I want to do in my work' etc. As the coach I will listen to the client's thoughts, experiences and hopes - then enable the client to work towards their aim. This happens through asking helpful questions, looking at things from different perspectives, and perhaps other coaching tools if desired by the client. Talking to another person can be extremely helpful in enabling us to understand our own thoughts and feelings - and see a clear way forward. After each session I send the client an optional follow up email or voice note which summarises the session and the possible next steps discussed with the client....this may include possible exercises or further questions for them to explore if they wish. Some people prefer structure and exercises, whilst others just want a space to talk. I enjoy working with all types of client, and love the variety of human expression!
Yes, I coach under 18s on all issues relating to confidence, life choices or challenges they may be facing. I have been working with children and young people in schools, charities and youth/children's clubs for over 15 years. I am DBS checked and have up to date safe-guarding training. I record all my zoom calls with under 18s (stored safely with a password) but the sessions are confidential unless disclosure is required for the sake of child protection. I gain permission from a parent or guardian before coaching children or young people.
My prices vary depending on the individual's financial situation, because I don't want anyone to be disqualified from coaching by their finances. If you are in a financially difficult situation, please do get in contact as subsidised options are available. To find out more, please book a call with me by clicking 'find out more' above!
– Degree in Psychology with Mathematics (BSc): The University of Birmingham
– Level 2 Certificate in Person-Centred Counselling: Spurgeon’s College
– Accredited Diploma in Transformational Coaching: Animas Centre for Coaching