I help brilliant midlife women and men unlock their potential in nature, with walk and talk coaching.
Discover a fresh approach. I combine the power of transformational coaching with the benefits of being outdoors in nature, walking and talking.
It’s the perfect opportunity to get outdoors and away from work, home, and social media.
“I embarked on life coaching with a degree of scepticism, but I have been truly thrilled with the processes that Kate has put in place for me to help with the unveiling of myself to, well, myself!”
“My work with Kate has had a profound effect on me and the way I currently perceive myself as a person, professional and a mother. There are so many questions that I’m working through and avenues I’m exploring all with a new energy and positivity.”
“Kate’s sensitive, thought provoking and intuitive approach to life coaching was incredibly cathartic; it allowed me to “dig deep” and really challenge myself to consider who I am, what’s important to me and who my future self could be.”
Most of my life coaching sessions take place outdoors, and here’s why:
Clarity Away from Routine: Stepping away from our everyday routines and the distractions of work allows for clearer thinking and focus. Being outdoors in nature provides an environment conducive to reflection and creativity.
Nature’s Influence: I firmly believe that nature has a profound impact on our well-being and vast research supports this. Greenery soothes our brains – we slow down. Walking outdoors in natural surroundings enhances our ability to problem solve. The combination of physical activity, nature and actively thinking with a professional amplifies the effectiveness of coaching sessions.
Focused Coaching: Walking and talking with a trained coach who actively listens and guides thoughts into action is incredibly beneficial. Unlike seeking advice from a friend, coaching focuses on empowering you to find your own solutions and take meaningful steps forward.
There are instances where outdoor sessions may not be possible as planned. In such cases, you have the option to switch to either online or phone sessions instead. You can even choose to be in your garden or have a view of the outdoors during our phone sessions, if suitable.
The flexibility ensures that you receive the support you need, whether it’s in nature or the comfort of your own space.
If we are meeting in person, I have an extensive list of green spaces to choose from in South London. I’m open to considering other green (or blue!) spaces you may suggest.
Additional fees may apply if we meet outside South London.
I am an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) with the International Coaching Federation (ICF). This means I follow the ethics, guidelines and competencies of an internationally recognised organisation. I hold an Accredited Diploma in Transformational Coaching, with Animas Centre for Coaching. I have regular coaching supervision, CPD and my own Coach.
Life coaching is unregulated and there are many different types and approaches. Check the credentials, experience and previous career history of any Coach you might work with.
There are many different approaches to coaching. I use:
Although I like to meet my clients in person, we can run your coaching sessions in separate outdoor locations, over the phone. We can also run some sessions online or have a mix.
1. Bring my whole self to this process; professionally and personally.
You cannot separate your professional and personal ‘lives’.
2. Be present in the moment and connected.
… to the coaching; what you’re thinking, feeling, experiencing. And…to nature if and where we are outdoors. If we’re on headphones, I’ll invite you to be descriptive of your environment too.
You can do this in several ways:
I will bring the process, tools, ideas, resources and best practice to best support you towards your goal/intention/objective. More in your pre-coaching questionnaire.
4. Give feedback and be responsive.
Coaching is collaborative. Neither of us should guess where we stand. I ask you to give me feedback and respond – you can rely on me to give and do the same.
I aim to get back to you within 24 hours of you emailing me, even if it’s just to say ‘I received your message’ before I respond properly. If it’s over the weekend or holiday, this may take longer.
5. Do the work in the session and in between sessions.
…so that you get the best value, even when it’s challenging. I might suggest a piece of work based on what you brought to the session. Mainly you will decide your course of action.
Whichever way, I’ll invite you to:
6. Session duration and timescale.
I’d been trying to work out ‘what else’ I could do with my career and life.
After 20 years in HR and with the children getting older, I wanted to change careers, but into ‘what?’ And ‘how’ was that even possible? And…’who would take on a mid-40’s apprentice?’!
I took small steps to boost my confidence and mindset; a regular ‘walk and whinge’ with friends to offload, short courses to up-skill, more running, more netball.
I asked my workplace ‘what else’ they needed that I could help with – ‘job crafting’.
I was trying to make changes but it wasn’t really working. I was still frustrated and now, more miserable. I needed a different approach to find a way forward and release the building pressure I felt.
Hiring an accredited coach with whom I knew I could work with, enabled me to take a good look at myself – at times, uncomfortably.
To be listened to without any interruption, or judgement was empowering and I started to recognise what made me, me – my personality, strengths, what energised me and made me happy. What if these things amounted to a job I would…love…?
I followed my curiosity and dabbled with ideas about potential jobs, tasks and environments that would suit me, with a new, growth mindset.
I started to shift perspective. When I finally realised the ‘what’, I felt an energy and sense of knowing that was powerful. And I laughed, because it had been right in front of me!
Coaching undoubtedly helped me get to know myself, to see my potential and what was possible. I wholeheartedly decided through those sessions, on what and how I wanted things to be.
It had taken me two years of feeling stuck and miserable and a number of hours to be liberated.
This is what I now do with my clients. I help them rediscover themselves so that they can play to their strengths and thrive.