Life Coaching Services in Brighton, East Sussex

//Life Coaching Services in Brighton, East Sussex
Life Coaching Services in Brighton, East Sussex 2019-10-04T10:07:40+01:00

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.

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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

  • Confidence
  • 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?

Set goals

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.

Agree actions

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?

Reduce Stress

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.

Build Resilience

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.

Manage change

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.

Change career

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.

Related FAQs

Can I Hire a Life Coach for a Short-Term, Special Project?
Yes absolutely. Coaching for a specific task is extremely beneficial and increases likelihood of success.
Can a Dependency be Created Between Coach and Client?
Coaching is a collaborative relationship where the client learns how to overcome challenges using their own skills, experience and abilities. This type of professional relationship is unlikely to create dependency.

Why Would People Who are Already Successful Hire a life Coach?
Successful people often work on an ongoing basis with a coach, it helps them remain successful by managing their stress and to continue to learning about who they are and how they can be a better person, boss, partner etc.
Why is Life Coaching so Popular?
Life coaching has become popular over the last decade as it helps clients make positive changes that are sustainable, and improves wellbeing and happiness in their work and/ or personal lives. Working with a coach is seen as a proactive and positive step to take in your personal or business life. It is admired in the workplace and often recommended to senior or developing managers as it helps individuals achieve success and feel fulfilled in their lives.
Where Does the Life Coach Focus With an Average Client?
This depends on the client. The coach will work with the client on what they would like to or feel comfortable focusing on in any given session.
How is Personal Life Coaching different from Career Coaching?
Life coaching is a holistic approach to coaching and can impact all aspects of a client’s life. Career coaching is focused on your work life and developing goals that will help you achieve your desired career outcomes. Career coaching can often lead to more holistic or transformational coaching once the client starts to experience the change in their work life.
Do you Guarantee Results From Your Life Coaching?
The client develops all goals that are set within a coaching session with the assistance of the coach. If the client is ready for change then the desired results will be achieved.
Why Does life Coaching Produce Such Rapid Change?
Life coaching assists the client to articulate issues and develop goals and objectives to achieve the change they want to see. The coaching relationship offers a supportive and challenging environment where the client is motivated to make changes that they may not have thought possible by themselves.

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.

Do I Need to Sign a Life Coaching Contract?
There is a Terms and Conditions contract for clients to sign

How Long Must I Commit to Working With a Coach?
The number of coaching sessions you do is up to you. To make meaningful and sustainable change you need to make a time commitment, this varies for each client. You will know when you have achieved your goals, but quite often if the coach and client partnership is right the client often stays working with a coach for a period of time.
Do you Guarantee the Privacy of my Information?
Yes absolutely this is covered in the Terms and Conditions.

Do I need to Commit to a Certain Number of Life Coaching Sessions?
It is up to the client how many coaching sessions are undertaken. During our first session we will discuss how many sessions may be required, but this can change as new challenges emerge or you make changes faster than anticipated.

How Often Will I Meet My Life Coach?
Normally weekly but can be less or more frequent in special circumstances
Does Insurance Cover life Coaching?
What is the Difference Between life Coaching and Teaching or Educating?
A teacher or educator provides information to a student, the teacher is considered a subject matter expert and the student gains new knowledge from the interaction. The coaching relationship is a collaboration between the client and coach whereby the coach listens, questions, challenges and supports the client to identify and make changes they want to make in their lives.

What is your Professional Background?
I started my career as a general nurse, specialising in cardiology. I spent over 20 years in healthcare working in a variety of environment including acute hospitals, aged care, custodial health, primary care, mental health and community care both in the UK and Australia. The majority of my career has been in management and I have worked up to director level. I am also a Trustee on a local charity’s Board here in Sussex.

Can we Speak Prior to Commencing Life Coaching Sessions?
Yes we will arrange an initial phone call to discuss the process and answer any questions you may have.

Are there any Problems Which Life Coaching is not Appropriate For?
Major mental illness like psychosis and severe depression

How do I Know That Coaching is Right for Me?
This is a personal question that you can only answer, but if you have a read of all the information on my website and arrange a phone call to discuss and ask any questions you will have a better understanding if it is right for you. If you are still not sure book in a session and we can explore the options.

Which Geographical Areas do You Serve?
Brighton and Hove and throughout East and West Sussex, I can also provide consultancy services to Surrey, Kent, Hampshire and London. Individual coaching sessions can also be undertaken over the phone or on Skype.

Can you Life Coach People Undergoing Therapy?
Yes we would further discuss details at our first session and in some instances consent may have to be gained from your treating mental health care provider.

What’s the Difference Between a life Coach and a Mentor?
A mentor is normally a person that works in the same or similar environment but is more senior to you. A mentor will share their experience and knowledge so that the person receiving mentoring can learn through this and grow and develop in their role. A mentor may work in the same organisation as you do, but should not be your line manager. A coach is different to a mentor and does not have to be experienced in your area of work. A coach works with a client by guiding them through a process to develop and grow. The coaching relationship is a collaborative one and a coach will not normally share their experience or tell a client how to change. A coach will guide a client to find answers and achieve outcomes themselves.

How Many Coaching Sessions Will I Need?
This is dependent on the client and the goals and outcomes that you want to achieve. A minimum of 6 sessions is normally required to make a positive change but many people work with a coach on an ongoing basis.

Do you offer Online Coaching?
Not at this stage

Do You Take Medical Insurance?
Do You Work With Couples?
Yes absolutely, please see pages on teams and organisations for more detail

Are You a Certified Life Coach?
I have a recognised qualification in Resilience Coaching from Wellness Professionals at Work

Do you do Group Coaching?
Yes absolutely, please see pages on teams and organisations for more detail

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