Equan offers Life Coaching in Brighton, East Sussex
Equan life coaching is a client centered style of coaching that expertly guides the client through a process of self discovery, goal setting and self improvement. Life coaching can help you address the issues that are holding you back so that you can create the life you want to live.
Collaborative – Client and coach work together to overcome challenges and create positive change.
Holistic – Equan coaching considers the whole person and not just the issue or improvement area that is brought to coaching.
Client centered – with expert guidance from the coach, the client sets the goals and direction of the coaching sessions. This is driven by the belief that each client has the skills and resources within to achieve what they want from life.
Supportive – Facing long standing issues and fears can be a difficult process but is achievable in the right supportive environment.
Challenging – Sometimes we all need to be challenged to grow and make the changes we need to make to live our best life.
What is a Life Coach?
A life coach is a trained professional who can help you make positive changes in your business or personal life. A life coach will help you identify goals and develop actions and objectives to achieve these goals.
A life coach will help you discover your skills and resources to overcome challenges and to make changes that are sustainable.
How is life coaching different from counselling?
Coaches and counselors are both trained professionals that can help you overcome difficulties so that you can live a happier and more fulfilling life.
A counselor will normally help the client examine their past to understand why they are behaving in a particular way. A counsellor will offer advice and share strategies with the client so that they can better manage the difficulties they are experiencing. Counsellors work with clients that have or are at risk of having a mental illness.
A coach on the other hand helps the client look forward and articulate where they want to be and what their personal goals and outcomes are. A coach will work with a client collaboratively to achieve these goals and make positive meaningful change in their life. Coaches work with clients who want to make improvements in their work or personal lives so that they can feel fulfilled and comfortable with who they are and what they have achieved.
What happens during a life coaching session?
The first coaching session will be an exploration of the present state and clearly defining what the desired state or goals of coaching are. The desired goals or outcomes can change and develop during the coaching period as the client looks deeper and unveils more of him or herself. Often a client will come with one area they want to explore that leads to other areas as the journey progresses.
How long are the life coaching sessions?
Each session is 50 minutes but longer sessions can be organised if required.
How Many Sessions Will I Need?
The number of sessions required will vary depending on each client. After our initial session I will be able to give you an indication of how many sessions we may have. Normally life coaching will be a minimum of 3 months.
Where does the Life Coaching take place?
Equan coaching is based near Seven Dials Hove. Sessions can be arranged at your workplace for an extra fee that will be discussed and agreed prior to sessions commencing.
What should you expect from a life coach?
A life coach will work in partnership with you to understand your current situation and help you articulate where you would like to be, or what a positive change looks like for you.
A life coach will not fix your problems or tell you what to do to improve your circumstances. A life coach will listen to understand your experience, question to help you explore options, challenge you to find solutions that resonate with you and support you to reflect on the negatives as well as the positives.
A good life coach will make the client accountable for the goals and objectives in a supportive manner.
Benefits of Life Coaching
The benefits of life coaching are dependent on the client but can include
- Overcome fear (public speaking, interviews)
- Improve self-esteem
- Improved feeling of wellbeing
- Understanding of what is important to you
- Help achieve goals and changes quicker
- Improve skills
- Improved self awareness
- Stress reduction
- Improved resilience
- Understanding your personal vision
The Equan Life Coaching Approach
The Equan approach to life coaching is client centered and can vary greatly for each individual client. There are numerous models and approaches that are used in life coaching and the choice of model and approach are dependent on the client, what they are bringing to coaching and what the desired goals and outcomes are. The models that are used in Equan life coaching are:
The GROW Model
- GROW – The client and coach establish the goals for the coaching sessions within the first session. The coach will guide the client to develop achievable goals or SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, timeframed) goals. The coach will ensure the goals are explicit and not vague by asking questions like how will you know you have achieved this goal, what will it look like, how will it feel?
- Current reality – During this phase of the coaching process the client will articulate what the current situation is. This will include, what’s happening, what’s the result, what work has already been done to resolve/ improve and what are the conflicts.
- Options – The coach will assist the client to explore all options available. This can be done through simple brainstorming and then some questions from the coach to extract more detail through questioning, what else? What are the pros and cons? What are the SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) of each option?
- Way forward – Once the client has articulated and explore the current state, what the desired state looks like and what the options are it is time to work out what needs to be done to make the change. What are the actions? How will you stay motivated? How do you prioritise these actions in busy schedule? How will you recognise and manage obstacles?
The GROW model is not just a liner process, the coach will guide the client through the steps and revisit steps as required. Each coaching session will start with a review of what has been covered and achieved previously so there is a constant review of the goals and actions to ensure they remain relevant.
The FUEL Model
- Frame In the frame phase the coach and client will contextualise the aim of coaching. The way the coach and client will work together will be agreed, including how often we will meet and what will happen between sessions. In this phase we will also agree the overall objectives of coaching.
- Understand The coach will guide the client to explore the current state from a personal and an objective viewpoint. Through this phase the client will gain a deeper understanding of the emotional and core belief systems that play into the current state.
- Explore Through this phase the coach will guide the client through a process to really understand what the desired state looks like. What would this new way of working or being look like? How would this change make the client feel? What would others notice about the client once the change has been made?
- Layout plan After spending some time understanding what the current and desired states are the coach will help the client to lay out a plan to achieve the goals and move into a new way of being or working. The plan will be detailed and have defined steps with associated timelines. During this phase the desired goals and outcomes can be revisited to ensure they remain relevant.
The GROW and FUEL models may appear similar a face value but they are very different ways of working. GROW is suitable for specific goals such as improving public speaking whereas FUEL allows more time for discovery and is suitable for less specific goals such as becoming more efficient with managing time.
Alongside the chosen model for the sessions I will also use a combination of Neuro-linguistic programming, cognitive behavioural coaching, mindfulness based coaching, positive psychology and hypnotherapy approaches and techniques. These will be discussed and explained prior to each session.
A coaching journey is very much dependant on the client, what they want to achieve and how they want to work but can be broken down into the following areas
Define and understand starting point
This will be undertaken at the initial and possible the subsequent session. We will explore where you are currently and what are the main issues/ areas for change that you want to explore and change.
Define and understand desired outcomes
In the next session we will look at what are the outcomes that you would like to achieve. What will truly make you happy or feel like you are successful?
Then we will set some goals around these outcomes, so for instance if you want to progress in your career what does this look like for you. Would you be happy with Director position or does success mean becoming CEO. We would put some realistic timelines around these goals.
What are the options
We will further explore what the options are for you. Through this exploration you can often consider options that you may not have believed were possible before. Coaching guides you through a process that pushes your boundaries and abilities in a controlled and safe environment helping you grow and develop along the way.
We will agree actions and related timelines for these actions and review at each session.
Review, evaluate& celebrate success
We will evaluate agreed actions at the start of each session and we can change and add actions along the way. Coaching also provides a space for you to celebrate your success and achievements along the way, which is such an important part of the journey.
The Equan approach is client centered and therefore we can change how we are working together at any time to make sure you are getting the most out of every coaching session.
What Could a Life Coach help you achieve?
Coaching is an excellent way to manage your stress levels both at work and in your personal life. Shirley is an expert in stress management and can help you develop skills and techniques that can be used at any time to reduce stress and anxiety and help improve your performance.
Life coaching will help you improve your relationships both at work and in your personal life. The coaching process helps you understand who you are and what you need from the relationships in your life. Through this process of discovery clients find it easier to make and sustain positive relationships.
Work life Balance
Work life balance is something that many people struggle with today. If you spend too much time at work you feel guilty about your personal relationships and if you don’t spend enough time at work you feel stressed about no being there, missing out on something important and being over looked for promotion or new project. Coaching will quickly help you manage all the demands in your life, you will be less stressed and more effective at work and more present in your personal life.
Coaching is an excellent way to develop your confidence. If you lack confidence around a particular task or skill like public speaking or if just feel that you would like to be generally more confident coaching will help you.
Resilience is a skill that everybody needs. It is quickly becoming recognised as a skill that is required to be successful in school, career and personal life. Good news is Shirley is an expert in resilience and can guide you on a journey of self-discovery that will result in you being more resilient than you have thought possible.
For most people change is all around us, it’s sometimes hard to keep up. Life coaching can help you navigate change in positive way so that you feel more in control and ready to adapt.
If you are thinking about changing your career but not sure where you want to go, or if you know exactly where you want to go but are unsure of how to get there, coaching can help you be more decisive and develop a plan for action. Discussing options in a supportive environment with expert help will take the guess work out of your decision making and lead you to your new career with confidence.
Return to work
Returning to work after a period of leave or a substantial time out of the workforce can be daunting and anxiety provoking. Working with a coach during this period will help you adapt back into the workforce, can help build your confidence, manage your stress and work life balance. Coaching can make this daunting experience into a positive one.
Start own business
Starting your own business can be the most challenging yet rewarding thing you can do in your career. Take it form somebody that knows first hand of the regular ups and downs and what determination it takes to stay focused and positive when you are starting out. Coaching is an excellent way to help you navigate the new waters of being a new business owner.
Understand what’s important to you
Life coaching is an excellent way to stop, re-evaluate and understand what is important to you. There are so many benefits of knowing what you want to achieve, what you want to do, and what you want to be remembered for and coaching can help guide you through this process.
How much does Life coaching usually Cost?
Life coaching usually Cost £55 per session.
Life Coaching Sessions
Life coaching sessions are 50 minutes long and will usually start with a recap of what was discussed and agreed at the previous session. I will take notes of what was agreed and will provide you with templates for your records or you can take your own notes.
Depending on the work we are doing together I can provide a guided progressive relaxation or guided meditation to complete the session. We will agree the approach in our initial session and review as we work though your goals.
What are my payment options?
You can pay with cash at the coaching session or PayPal/ bank transfer prior to the session. Details will be provided in the Terms and Conditions document you will receive when we have completed our initial consultation.
A life coach is objective and does not tell you what is best for you as a friend, colleague or boss may do. Coaching is client-centred and based on the underlying belief that we all have the skills and resources to makes the changes we want to see.