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 useful in bringing us clarity. Finding someone who will listen objectively can be a lot harder than it sounds - especially for people in positions of leadership or pastoral care, who are frequently taking care of others. I love giving individuals the time and space they need to work out their own thoughts, feelings and direction.
My passion is for each individual to live a life of purpose and freedom!"
From sessions on self-development, to work or personal life, I offer clients a friendly, attentive and confidential space to talk, so that they can find the best way forward.
I am an accredited coach (EMCC) with a BSc in Psychology & Maths, an accredited certificate in counselling & a diploma in Transformational Coaching (which is accredited by both the International Coach Federation & the Association for Coaching).
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 skills 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 Christian worldview, but work with individuals from all faiths and none.
I offer hourly sessions, online or in person. Sessions can be pre-booked at whatever frequency the individual prefers – whether that is weekly, monthly, or ‘as and when needed’. I am based in East London, and am able to travel within London.
I am passionate that no one is disqualified from coaching by their financial situation, so don’t let this stop you getting in touch! If you would like to find out more, please get in contact with me; or book a free introductory session below.
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!"
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.
I don't publish my prices because, coming from a charity-worker background, I don't want anyone to be disqualified from coaching- whether the CEO of Google or a single mum struggling to make ends meet. To find out more, please email me or book a call 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