Cultivating peacefulness and success with professional people

Personal coaching—and therapeutic conversation

The coaching connection is powerful. We connect. We explore. Problems unravel. The way gets clearer. Change happens.

Available at home using Skype or Zoom video conferencing.

Coaching Success

“Mike’s career was stalled due being anxious about speaking in groups and this was causing him stress and anxiety. We connected and soon Mike was not only speaking in groups with confidence, he was enjoying a much more outgoing life too.”

From Steve’s coaching case book

Some people come to coaching because of problems which feel very present in their lives. Some because they want to channel their energy into their hopes and ambitions. Others wish to deepen their spiritual or emotional grounding and drink more from the well of life.

Coaching serves. Powerfully. Practically. Emotionally. Spiritually.

“It’s just human nature that we tend go adrift. Our clarity and focus drifts away. We fall for our negative self-talk, excuses and bad habits. Coaching brings us back. Bad habits change. We get on track. Coaches get coached too, for the very same reason.”

How it works

Coaching with me is simple. We meet by phone or Zoom video and we share about sixty minutes together, although we reserve ninety minutes, just in case we need extra time to reach a natural break. There may be practices I ask you to engage in and field work for you between sessions.

My preferred way of coaching with you is a programme of twelve sessions, one a week except for where we need to work around holidays and other commitments. This gives us the space to let the work breathe, deepen and follow through the insights of the early sessions.

You are also welcome to book single coaching sessions on a pay-per-session basis, but I do urge you to stay in the conversation beyond just a few sessions to allow the work to deepen.

Our sessions will be committed and filled with unconditional respect, confidentiality and time to pause, slow down and experience a high quality thinking space.

How to enrol or just enquire

The first step is for you to contact me by phone or email. Subject to my availability, the next step is for us to schedule a free, no obligations conversation to explore what brings you to coaching and what you’d like to achieve. We’ll start the work in that conversation. If we both feel good about working together, we’ll draw up a coaching agreement and schedule further sessions.

If it’s not for you, it’s easy to walk away at no cost.

Remember, there’s no cost or obligation with an initial conversation, so even if you’re not fully sure coaching is for you yet, contact me.

What typically brings people to coaching?

There are many reasons people seek coaching, including:

Questions and answers

What is coaching?

Coaching is a facilitated process in which we create a space for learning, self-discovery and transformational change. It supports you addressing difficulties in life and work. It supports you creating and achieving goals. It supports you changing.

What’s the difference between coaching and therapy?

Coaching itself is not therapy, but it is therapeutic. Treating psychological trauma is the domain of therapy. Work on problems and goals is the domain of coaching. Work through difficult circumstances, stress and personal work such as overcoming fears and bad habits, is in both.

How much do you charge?

I tailor my coaching fees and agreements to your circumstances and my availability. My standard fee is £145 per session when booked individually or £1295 for a programme of 12 sessions.

I reserve some sessions each month for work at reduced fees, for those who are on lower incomes. Contact me to discuss options.

Does coaching involve giving advice?

Coaching isn’t about telling you how to solve your problems. It’s not advice. That would be infantilisation, the opposite of what coaching aims to do. You are the expert on you. Coaching channels your strength, your courage, your wisdom, so you can find your own answers and find it within you to rise up to your challenges.

Do you coach in the evenings?

Due to people’s working schedules, that’s actually when I do most of my coaching.

Does your work involve NLP?

My work could draw on a variety of sources including practical Psychology, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), business coaching models, meditation and spiritual understandings such as The Three Principles of Mind, Consciousness and Thought.

What styles of coaching do you do?

I am experienced in four particular styles of coaching. I generally start with the ‘Presence Intelligence’ style and I might draw on any or all of them in our work together:

Classic success coaching: This is the classic aspiration, goal and performance coaching.

‘Presence intelligence’: Coaching presence, wisdom and clarity with inquiry, meditations and sharing spiritual principles for deeper, more peaceful living.

Coaching with the Enneagram: Coaching spiritual growth through self awareness and inquiry.

Coaching with NLP: Coaching to change habitual patterns of feeling and behaviour.

There is nothing more transformative that acting from love, knowing you are loved, knowing you matter and knowing you always have a choice.
(Inspired by Bill Cumming.)

If coaching interests you, even if you are not sure coaching is for you yet, send me an email for an exploratory conversation.

Coach and NLP Trainer in Maidstone and London

“The coaching I was fortunate enough to be gifted by you was life changing. It was a revelation and the start of a new unravelling. You worked intuitively with grace and depth. Through the questions you asked and with the safety you provided, I was able to see something from my past had caused a self limiting belief that has held me back so often. This seeing was powerful and I believe has been a major influence in enabling me to stop procrastinating and step up to create and share my new website.

“I would take pleasure in recommending you to anyone who is looking to release blocks to evolving their business or personal lives. I would also highly recommend you for your easily accessible and enjoyable teachings of language uses. Your wisdom and knowledge combine to create something quite magical. Thank you!”

Emma W.

“The coaching I had with Steve was very helpful and enlightening. He helped me to prepare for an important interview and to look at some family concerns in a completely different light. He has a natural ability to work with people. He works subtlely: it often wasn’t until after the sessions that I really realised what he did. I always left the sessions feeling extremely positive and ready to tackle my challenges. I would thoroughly recommend Steve.”

Karl C, manager

“Steve, you have the ability to engage with people and build rapport very quickly. That makes me feel at home and know you want to help me. Your good listening and good questioning really gets to the core of my concerns very quickly and you always pull the most appropriate tool out of your kitbag. It feels like two friends chatting, yet I come away feeling 100% better and knowing that I have the control and power to change my life. I have no hesitation in recommending you.”

Tim W, project manager

(More testimonials here.)

Every time I have a deep conversation with someone, they become not only a window on the human condition but also a mirror, as I haven’t yet encountered a hope, dream, fear or insecurity articulated by another person that we haven’t all lived ourselves. From the comfort we are not alone, not broken, and from the connection that avails, we lighten and see new possibilities. In all the years, this is one ordinary miracle that never ceases to amaze me.

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Stephen Woolston Training and Consultancy is based in Maidstone, Kent.