Life coaching

You might want to feel less stressed, improve your relationships, feel more confident or get the balance right between your work and home life. Or maybe you just know that life could be better but you’re not sure why or what to do next.

Whatever you want to change, life coaching can help you. Michelle also offers career coaching and if you want change in both your career and other areas of your life, you can combine life and career coaching.

Life Coach Michelle Bayley on how coaching can help

I’ve been a coach for 12 years, working with people from a wide variety of backgrounds on all sorts of topics. As their coach, I help them to:

  • Get in touch with what really matters to them (instead of what “should” matter)
  • See things in new ways, so that they can get “unstuck”
  • Find out how they hold themselves back and give them tools to move forward
  • Increase their confidence and deal with their nagging “inner critic”.

And I support the people I coach with unreservedly, believing 100% in their ability to make the changes they want. My clients are a great bunch of people who are all resourceful and able to make changes. I’m just here to help them to work out for themselves what they need to do and who they need to be to change.

How does life coaching work?

Life coaching is a series of one to one conversations where I ask you questions that help you to get clear about what you want (and why you want it) and to get past any barriers that might be holding you back.

I help you to see new perspectives on things and give you tools to help yourself make changes. In the sessions you decide what actions you want to take before your next session that will help you to move forward, then we see how they worked for you when we next speak.

Life coaching is a partnership. I’m a guide who helps you to progress, keeps you focused and supports you. And you’re open to new ways of seeing things and willing to follow through on actions that will help you make the changes you want. Coaching doesn’t work by me telling you what to do – I’m not a guru with all of the answers!

What are the benefits of life coaching?

Benefits clients have gained from life coaching with me include:

  • Better relationships with partners, family, friends and work colleagues
  • Increased confidence and the ability to be more assertive
  • Feeling more positive about themselves and able to deal with their nagging “inner critic”
  • Peace of mind about big life changing decisions such as moving abroad .
  • A good work life balance so they can do more of the activities they enjoy without feeling guilty

How many sessions will I need?

It really depends on what you want coaching to help you with. I’ve found that to create real, lasting change, clients generally need a minimum of seven life coaching sessions over two to three months. There’s an initial two-hour face to face induction session, when you look at where you are now, get clear about what you want from coaching and explore what you value in your life.

After this, sessions are 45 minutes each and can be over the phone or face to face. People often prefer the convenience of telephone coaching, and say it’s easier to be open and honest when they aren’t busy reading how I’m responding to what they’re saying! After the initial seven sessions, we review where you are and you decide whether or not you’d like to continue.

If you have more life coaching sessions you might want to change how often we speak. Some people continue but change to having one or two sessions a month. And some people decide they’ve got what they wanted from life coaching and we wrap things up. It depends entirely on each person and what’s best for them.

When can sessions take place?

I’m available for life coaching sessions:

  • Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, or
  • during normal working hours on Mondays and Tuesdays.

We agree a convenient time, preferably at the same time and day of the week.

Where do sessions take place?

The initial session is usually face-to-face and takes place in Twickenham, South West London or it can be in central London for a small additional cost to cover room hire.

After that sessions are often done over the phone, or can be face-to-face in Twickenham.

I coach with people who live outside London – in Manchester, Glasgow and Dublin and even as far afield as Islamabad! So distance isn’t an issue. But if you’re more local and want to do sessions face to face, Twickenham is convenient for Richmond, Teddington, Brentford and Hampton. And it’s on the trainline for Wandsworth, Putney, Barnes, Kingston and Wimbledon.

How many areas of my life can I focus on?

The answer really is as many as you like.

The topics we cover are always set by you. In the initial induction session, I help people to define what they want to get from their life coaching. We then decide on what the initial focus areas will be. Clients often find that by beginning somewhere, they start to see changes in other areas of their lives too.

Who has life coaching?

A wide range of people from all sorts of backgrounds. What they have in common is that they want change, are willing to see new perspectives and are ready to take action to have the life they want. Some specific situations which can prompted people to hire me as their life coach include:

  • Feeling tired, irritable or not their usual self
  • Wanting to have more time for themselves and less work
  • Feeling that they’re not as confident as they used to be and wanting to build their confidence up again
  • Wanting better relationships with family, friends or a work colleague
  • Wanting to regain confidence following a relationship break down

How is life coaching different to therapy or talking to a friend?

It’s different to therapy because life coaches don’t deal in-depth with the past or seek to analyse someone’s behaviour or its causes. They focus instead on the present and the future and what can be done to change situations. Although you understand more about yourself as a result of life coaching, analysis is not the focus.

Friends might avoid saying things that could upset your relationship and may offer advice which although well-intentioned, isn’t necessarily right for you. But I’m completely objective, and will help you to uncover answers that suit you. And I won’t be afraid to challenge you if I think you’re making excuses!

What do you charge for life coaching sessions?

My life coaching fees are £130 a month for 2 x 45 minute sessions or £195 a month for 3 x 45 minute sessions. The initial two hour induction session is £160. There are no hidden extras. Following the review, coaching fees are adjusted in line with the frequency of sessions.

So, now here’s the part where I answer the sort of questions you might be thinking about… give me a call or drop me a line letting me know when’s good for you to speak, if you’d like to find out more.

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