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 transformative 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.”
A common question! Life coaching is an approach to make progress and move forwards. It is present-day and future-focused. We make sense of your situation, gain perspective and work out the steps, goals and vision. If you want to achieve more, life coaching is a great approach.
If you feel you are struggling day-to-day and experiencing difficulty coping, then Counselling or Therapy could be a good approach.
As a Mental Health First Aider, former HR Manager, someone who has benefitted from counselling and as a woman in her midlife, I may sign-post people to consider counselling or therapy instead of coaching. I may also sign-post people to their GP, or perimenopause resources where relevant.
Most of the life coaching I do is outdoors because:
Sometimes we can’t meet outside as planned so you can choose to swap the outdoor session to either online or phone call instead.
You can also choose, if appropriate, to be in your garden or at least looking outdoors, on the phone to me.
If we are meeting in person, I have an extensive list of green spaces to choose from. I’m open to considering other green or blue spaces you may suggest.
Additional fees may apply if we meet outside South London.
I hold an Accredited Diploma in Transformational Coaching, with Animas Centre for Coaching.
I’m currently completing a further accreditation with one of the largest coaching bodies, the International Coaching Federation (ICF).
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 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.