At Resolution we take a holistic approach to patient care and offer a range of specialist wellbeing treatments to enhance all areas of a patient’s life. We are delighted to welcome Kate Finlayson, who joins the team as our resident Life Coach. Until recently many people regarded life coaching with suspicion, assuming it was another American import we frankly didn’t need. After all, we’re British. What’s wrong with pulling ourselves together and having a stiff upper lip?! “My role as a coach is to help my clients achieve their goals in a totally confidential, safe, non-judgmental environment,” says Kate. “Having initially been rather cynical about the whole concept of life coaching I am now a complete convert! I find it fascinating how many people, even those working at the highest levels in society, can struggle with limiting beliefs, lack of confidence and procrastination from time to time. “Coaching has helped my clients find clarity, focus and a self-belief that they can really achieve what they want in life. Instead of being overwhelmed by the enormity of their goals, together we break them down into something much less scary, much more readily achievable. Sometimes a client knows they want to make changes but they’re not quite sure what those changes should be, much less how to achieve them. It is a privilege and pleasure to witness at first hand their progress and how they turn their lives around.”

Tuesdays      10.00am ~ 1.00pm Wednesdays  2.00pm ~ 5.00pm Thursdays     10.00am ~ 1.00pm

Initial consultation         – free Single session               – £65 Course of six sessions    – £360 (saving of £30)

How many life coaching sessions will I need?

You can have as many or as few sessions as you like. Some people want a session with Kate every week, some people have a session once every few months. Most clients have an initial course of six sessions at fortnightly intervals, with a follow up session whenever they feel their motivation needs a boost!

Is coaching the same as counselling?

No. Coaching is a positive, forward-thinking process which focuses on future goals rather than dealing with existential crises. Life coaching is about objectivity, structure and empowerment, not advice or being told what to do. At the heart of it all lies the idea that clients are given the power to help themselves. Offering advice, opinions and judgements would undermine some of the basic principles behind life coaching. The term ‘coaching’ itself comes from the Anglo-Saxon word for ‘carriage’, which is a means of transporting something from one place to another. A life coach, therefore, is an individual who guides another individual from where they are now, to where they want to be in life.

What happens during a coaching session?

A life coaching session will last for approximately an hour, slightly longer for an intake session. If you are unable to attend in person, Kate is happy to arrange a session by phone. During the session, Kate will ask you about what you want to get out of life, what areas you’re unhappy with, where you’d like to make change and your ultimate goals. She will work with you and help you to challenge or reflect upon any issues that might be holding you back. “You will never be asked to make any decisions you don’t feel comfortable with and all sessions will be in absolute confidence, allowing you to explore your thoughts and feelings privately,” Kate explains. “Even the most sceptical among us would admit that discussing and organising our lives with an impartial stranger is useful. At best it can be life-changing.” Life coaching is a partnership between you and your coach, who will encourage you to explore how to make positive changes in your life. Kate will challenge any self-limiting beliefs you may hold, offer support and feedback to help you to stay focused on your goals. Kate uses the GROW model: a recognised, highly effective method of coaching, which works systematically and thoroughly through a client’s Goal, Reality, Options and Way Forward. “This framework enables the client to explore exactly what they want to achieve, to set a realistic time frame, to consider the reality of their current situation, the options open to them towards achieving their goal and then finally the way forward,” Kate explains.

So who can benefit from Life Coaching?

Almost everyone! Many people would like to change their lives but don’t know how to go about it. You might like a better life/work balance. You might feel dissatisfied and want more… but you’re not sure what or how to achieve it. Perhaps you have a goal you are struggling to achieve through procrastination or lack of confidence. Many of us have conflict at work or home. A life coach aims to help and empower others to define, meet and exceed their personal and professional goals – including excelling in the workplace, becoming happy and fulfilled and achieving their ambitions. Kate can help you face difficult situations, push past emotional barriers or limiting beliefs and help you achieve those goals that have always seemed just out of reach. Just as sports coaching enables athletes to hone themselves into the fastest, strongest, most tactical competitors in their disciplines, life coaching helps people from all professional and personal backgrounds build upon their strengths and overcome their weaknesses to make the most of their lives.