I specialize in helping people identify and achieve their personal goals by coping with the issues that are causing them distress, anxiety, and frustration. I work with individuals and families, having particular expertise and experience in child life coaching, helping children transform their behaviours, attitudes and expectations. I have worked extensively in many schools, partnering with the staff and seeing children change and progress remarkably. I take great pride in the progress and success of my clients of all ages.
I also work with staff teams to help build better communication and productivity by recognising individual differences and how those strengthen the team.
I am certified in Life Coaching and also hold credentials in Pastoral and Theological studies and councelling. I am fully DBS checked and adhere to all UK safeguarding rules..
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What I Offer
Adult Life Coaching
I will help you to understand yourself and others better, be the best YOU that you can, to communicate better and start to see those changes that you feel are out of reach. I have a relaxed approach and coaching style and seek to bring wholistic insights to you. There will be a counselling and therapeutic component to the sessions, always remaining within your comfort-parameters.
I ensure you that I treat all clients with dignity irrespective of race, background, education, sexual orientation, religious beliefs and criminal history and am bound by client confidentiality where required.
Child Life Coaching
I am a sought after life coach for children aged 8-17. Children today are living with unprecedented stress, anxiety and social pressures. They are also sensitive to family traumas and disruptions. The coronavirus pandemic has also had a dramatic effect on children's psyche. Very often parents are at their wit's end trying to help a troubled child and come to me for help. I have a very good track record of helping children make lasting changes that positively effect the rest of their lives and have an impact on their family life too.
I am DBS checked and follow strict Safeguarding rules when working with children and vulnerable adults.
Relationship/Team Coaching, Mediation & Reconciliation
I have nearly 30 years experience in working with people in relationship, being that in a marriage/partnership, parent-child, siblings or the wider family dynamic. I coach to help families through conflict, stress or stalemate. This coaching extends to the workplace too.
In both scenarios I use tools and methods that help you to appreciate the strengths of each person and differences in communication styles. The aim is to bring unity and strength to the team/family which ultimately results in healthy communication, high morale and in the case of staff - greater productivity.
Run in school classrooms, this course is designed to make children think about self esteem, ambition, attitudes and perceptions and how their words and choices impact others. Through the content, discussions and private feedback, children are facilitated to open up and reveal their fears, anxieties and any stresses at home.
I work closely with school staff to help flag up individual, family or social concerns that may require further intervention and do follow-on coaching sessions with individual children as required.
A small-group intensive offered to schools where I coach and mentor troubled boys. Demand and experience has taught me that these issues are found mainly among boys, although I have worked with girls in the past too.
All sessions take place on school premises.
“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?”
Vincent van Gogh
What Clients Are Saying
I can not thank you enough for the help and support you have provided for Thomas. He struggled to navigate high levels of anxiety during lockdown and we saw our energetic happy boy reduced to a bag of worries! Following the sessions with you , we have seen him transformed back to his happy self! You have given him a range of strategies to manage the daily anxieties he faces. Thank you so much.
In early 2020 our son was struggling emotionally with a ‘lack of self-worth’ and anxiety issues, so when the coronavirus national lockdown was enforced in March the situation was just compounded. Every day the whole family were ‘walking on egg shells’ to prevent the next ‘melt down’. Six months prior to the lockdown our son attended a number of ‘whole class sessions’ at school with Paddy. Paddy’s open, engaging and entertaining method of delivery soon became the favourite lesson of the week. The discussions about positive mental attitudes along with coping strategies certainly improved our son's outlook on life. It was therefore natural that we would contact Paddy when things started to get tough. Over the course of several Zoom sessions Paddy was able to once again get our son to have a more positive view of himself and how others saw him.
Paddy was a great help in getting him in the right mindset for returning to school, and the unknown, after many months of isolation from friends and family. Paddy’s coping strategies have also gone on to help him through a successful transition from Junior to High School.
As a staff we found the talk very thought provoking and the staff room was buzzing after you left. It certainly will change the way we approach some aspects of school life
J GOODRUM (School Principal)
After unsuccessfully trying to resolve bullying of a child in a classroom, and exhausting many of our usual approaches, we asked Paddy to run a bullying intervention for the children involved. Paddy immediately engaged with the children and they respected his views and opinions. After the first session the class teacher reported that all instances of bullying had stopped. In the subsequent weeks, the class teacher noticed that the children were beginning to show more empathy and understanding for the victim. The weekly session write ups were insightful and showed a deep understanding of the children's emotional development and own self-esteem issues. As a result of his work, all children are much happier and able to focus on their learning in class. The school has now asked Paddy to run mentoring sessions for additional children with differing emotional needs.
S CLAFLIN (School Deputy Head)
Activ8 causes children to realise things about themselves and boosts self esteem. Several children who are normally quiet showed increased confidence after Activ8.
N BARWICK (Activ8 course)
My class became more positive and confident as a result of Activ8.
Mrs Watts (Activ8 course)
My son benefitted enormously from your help and is now able to reflect on situations that occur at school and at home, and is using strategies that you’ve given him to talk about and use when he’s stressed or upset. We’re really pleased that he has been given this input and would like to thank you for helping him cope much better with his emotional needs.