What are some typical reasons people seek our services

An individual or team might choose to work with a consultant for many reasons, including but not limited to the following:

  • Something urgent, compelling or exciting is at stake (a challenge, goal or opportunity) 
  • A gap exists in knowledge, skills, confidence or resources
  • Life is not providing you with what you hoped for
  • A desire to accelerate results
  • A lack of clarity with choices to be made
  • A desire to change the way you have relationships with others.
  • Success has started to become problematic
  • Work and life are out of balance, creating unwanted consequences
  • Core strengths need to be identified, along with how best to leverage them

Will Personal Consultancy be right for me?

Sometimes we know where we are going, but not sure how to get there; other times we have not got a clue…we just know that things don’t feel right as they are and we need to make changes in our lives. Having an initial conversation with us about yourself and what is going on for you at present can help you to decide if Personal Consultancy might help you. We will work with you to help you to make the best decision possible…for you! We never apply any kind of pressure and are always quick to refer on if we feel that is the best avenue forward. 

How many sessions would I need?

The length of a consulting partnership varies depending on the individual's or team's needs and preferences. If there are clear goals at the outset it may be that only three to six months are needed.  For other situations and requirements people may find it beneficial to work with a coach for a longer period, this is often over a year. Initially it may be useful to hold two or three sessions over a short time period and then hold them monthly or bi-monthly.  Factors that may impact the length of time include: the types of goals, the ways individuals or teams prefer to work, the frequency of meetings and financial resources available to support the Personal Consultancy.

Can I choose which Consultant I see?

On initial enquiry,or after initial assesment, we try to fit each individual with who we consider to be the best fit from our consultants. If you have a request for a particular consultant we will endevour to meet it. 

What if I don't think the sessions are helping?

Our aim is that you are happy with the service we provide. We ask that if you have any doubts about your progress, your consultant, or the process itself, you talk to us so that we can endevour to sort it our for you. However, you are at liberty to end the contract at any time, within the terms agreed at the beginning, (which is usually giving one sessions's notice). 

Will the consultant about my work to help me?

Our consultants are probably not specialists in your field. We take the view that you are the expert in your business and we are the experts at creating a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires you to maximize your personal and professional potential as a resourceful and creative being. Our responsibility is to:

  • Discover and clarify what the client wants to achieve
  • Encourage client self-discovery
  • Elicit client-generated solutions and strategies
  • Help the client acknowledge/identify their own responsibility and accountability.

This process helps clients dramatically improve their outlook on work and life, while improving their leadership skills and unlocking their potential.

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Why do companies use therapeutic coaching?

  • Businesses in all sectors are aware that the way to success is through investing in and looking after their staff; through developing professional skills and attending to their wellbeing.
  • Businesses know that their staff cannot completely separate their work personas from their general "life" personas. To get the best out of them they realise that a process that encompasses  the whole person is more sucessful than a hard-line coaching path.
  • Competition is strong in todays market. Job roles are changing rapidly and people need to learn and adapt swiftly to stay ahead. The disparity between what managers were trained to do and what their jobs now require of them is widening.  Support helps speed up the learning process and prevent burn-out.
  • People are wrestling with job insecurity and increased workplace pressures to perform at higher levels than ever before.
  • Companies must develop inclusive, collaborative work environments to achieve strategic business goals and to maintain high levels of customer satisfaction. 
  • Individuals who have experienced the excellent results of Personal Consultancy are talking to more people about it. 
  • People today are more open to the idea of being in charge of their own lives. Therapeutic coaching helps them do just that.

What does the process look like?

Initially we will want to have a personal interview (either face-to-face or by teleconference call) to discuss what is required, and determine the best way we could work together. Included would be an assessment of the individual's or business’ current opportunities and challenges, and defining the scope of the relationship.We may at this stage be able to identify priorities for action and establish specific desired outcomes, or it may be that time is needed to help the individual explore where it is they want to get to. 

A time frame and length and number of sessions would be agreed, along with fees and payment scheule.

Subsequent consulting sessions may be conducted in person or over the telephone. Between scheduled sessions, the individual may be asked to complete specific actions that support the achievement of their personally prioritised goals. We may provide additional resources in the form of relevant articles, checklists, assessments or models to support the individual's or business’ thinking and actions. The duration of the coaching relationship varies depending on needs and preferences.

  • Concepts, models and principles: We are all qualified in Integrative Counselling and Coaching. This enables us to bring a variety of tools to the table.  We use a variety of concepts, models and principles drawn from the behavioral and psychological sciences, management literature, spiritual traditions and/or the arts and humanities. The coaching conversation is designed to increase self-awareness and awareness of others, foster shifts in perspective, promote fresh insights, provide new frameworks for looking at opportunities and challenges, and energize and inspire forward actions.
  • Appreciative approach: We believe in our client's ability to know what's best for them and encourage them to try out different methods until they can determine what's right, what's working, what's wanted and what's needed to get there. No blame or shame involved. 

What does the Consultant do?

  • Firstly, we listen, and aim to understand you and your difficulties, hopes and goals. 
  • We ask questions to help you uncover and open up various aspects of your thinking and provide the time, space and neutrality for you to go wherever you need to with this process.  
  • Provide objective assessment and observations that foster your or your team’s self-awareness and awareness of others
  • Help you explore possibilities and implement thoughtful planning and decision making
  • Champion your abilities,opportunities and potential, encouraging stretch and challenge.
  • Foster powerful shifts in thinking that reveal fresh perspectives. 
  • Challenges blind spots to illuminate new possibilities and support the creation of alternative scenarios
  • Maintains professional boundaries in the working relationship, including confidentiality, and adhere to the BACP's (British Association Of Coaching and Counselling. Psychotherapy and Coaching) code of ethics.

What is expected of the Client?

We expect you to:

  • Assume full responsibility for personal decisions and actions 
  • Fully engage with the process to promote fresh perspectives.
  • Be honest with yourself, and the consultant.
  • Believe that you can make changes and be prepared to try new ways of thinking and behaving. 
  •  Be compassionate to yourself and allow yourself to make mistakes, learn  and change your mind.
  • Allow yourself to have a good time and find humour when the going gets tough.  
  •  Keep focus and don't beat yourself up when you lose it.
  • Let us know how you are doing.Talk to us.

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