I am a Tavistock Institute certified coach offering leadership and executive coaching. My approach is informed by a background of nearly 20 years in the field of psychotherapy and mental health, combined with my interest in business and the psychology of organisational dynamics. My previous experience includes working in the private, public and third sectors. 10 years ago, I co-founded Brighton and Hove Psychotherapy and developed it into the thriving practice it is today.
I coach individuals by first understanding their challenges and areas of aspiration and growth, and then exploring together some of the barriers to achieving their desired goals. My approach is facilitative and exploratory, but also focused on achieving the best result for my clients. This entails a sensitivity to knowing when to direct, manage, facilitate, educate or listen. But ultimately, I am guided by my clients. My aim is to help people see what can be achieved when they tap into their potential.
Types of situations Where Executive Coaching Works:
I work with individuals and organisations in the private and third sectors. Some of the areas I coach individuals in include:
- Understanding and reducing stress at work
- Career development or change in career direction
- Developing and improving interpersonal and communication skills
- Improving work relationships
- Managing teams
- Understanding workplace dynamics
- Managing and setting boundaries
- Achieving a better work-life balance
- Becoming a better leader
Coaching and consultancy will also help you:
- Increase self-awareness and self-confidence
- Achieve personal balance
- Improve organisational skills
- Coach and mentor direct reports
- Manage conflict
- Build and maintain peer networks
These are general issues that coaching can assist you with. However, a coaching programme is always tailored to individual needs and circumstances.
What I bring to the leadership and executive coaching encounter:
My unique approach to coaching is informed by my personal experiences of growing up in South America and living and working in different countries. I bring a multi-cultural and multi-lingual perspective to my coaching practice and understand both the challenges and rewards of working across cultures and with international teams.
With a deep understanding of psychological concepts and theory, combined with many years of clinical experience, I bring a sophisticated approach to my coaching work which entails being comfortable with the complexity of how human beings relate to self and others, in work and life.
Finally, I work in a systemic way, which means understanding how an individual’s role fits into an organisational system and culture. This is a helpful and less isolating perspective which can bring more clarity to any decision-making process and help place personal challenges within a larger context.
How I work
After an initial ‘fact finding’ consultation, I usually contract with my coachees an initial course of 6 to 10 appointments lasting 60-90 minutes each. The frequency can vary from fortnightly to monthly. I monitor my clients’ progress through frequent reviews and feedback. The total duration of the work can last from several sessions to several months or even years, depending on the client’s circumstances, need and type of coaching work involved.
It is vital that the client sees tangible progress from his/ her coaching work.
During the fact finding or initial consultation, we will together explore whether my skill set is the right fit for the client, and I also decide whether it is the type of work that I am resourced to take on.
My academic and professional training
- Certificate in Coaching for Leadership – Psychodynamic Approaches: Tavistock Institute of Group Relations
- Diploma in Relational Supervision – UKCP registered clinical superviser
- MSc in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy (Distinction) – Metanoia Institute
- Certification as a Transactional Analysis Psychotherapist (CTA)
- BA (Hons) in Counselling (First)
I attend to my continuing professional development through reading, peer support groups, supervision, professional development courses, and conferences. In addition to being a UKCP registered psychotherapist, I am also currently a member of OPUS.