Solution Focused Life Coaching for Personal and Professional Development with Dr Gary Wood
Coaching is all about your goals – goals for a better life.
These might be goals to help you cope with changes or gain freedom over stress. Your goals could be personal or professional. You might have a very clear idea of where you want to get to in life. Or, you might just have a vague sense that things could be better. Either way, coaching will help.
Coaching offers you a personalised development programme. It is a collaborative, professional working relationship where you, as the client, provide the agenda and the coach works with you to manage and structure the process in order to keep you accountable to your goals.
The first step is to have a chat to find out how coaching can help you get to where you want to be in life. To discuss your needs email: firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a free, no-obligations consultation.
- Read testimonials from Gary’s clients
- How do you know you are ready for life coaching?
- How to Find a Life Coach (and the questions you need to ask before hiring one)
Who benefits from coaching?
Hello, I’m Gary Wood. Thanks for checking out this page about my coaching practice. Although I have coached informally since 1994 (student pastoral care), I began seeing my first private coaching clients in late 2004. Since then I’ve worked with a range of people including managers, executives, artists, entrepreneurs, business owners, and students. What they have all had in common is that they had goals. These have included building confidence, business start-ups, coping with organizational change, managing other people, helping people to ‘sell-themselves’, improving communications, life-work balance, improving relaxation, stress management, career transitions, supporting academic study, making plans to travel the world, rekindling artistic interests and many more.
How I got started in coaching
My coaching career developed from my background in psychology and teaching. I’d begun teaching a group of mature, part-time psychology students. The great thing about this job was that I got to change people’s attitudes and right the wrongs they had experienced first time around in the education system. Many of them had internalized the messages that they weren’t the ‘academic type’. It was up to me to change their perception of learning and of themselves as learners. My life changed too as a result of working with these students. It got me into personal development coaching and writing.
I did my first coaching course in 2004 and began writing and delivering free personal development courses for my students (out of hours).These courses in turn formed the basis for my book Don’t Wait For Your Ship to Come In. . .Swim Out to Meet It! It was during this time that I realised that as I focused on building confidence in others my own confidence increased. This in turn became the focus of my book Unlock Your Confidence.
What’s different about my coaching approach
So, as you’ve read, my coaching approach is grounded in evidence-based psychology and experience as a teacher. I know how people learn and make sense of the world, I know how attitudes are formed and changed (for the better). One of my innovations is that I treat low self-confidence and esteem as a form of self-prejudice. This allows me to bring elements of my expertise in social psychology to the coaching arena. Originally I trained in cognitive behaviour coaching and later added solution focused brief therapy skills. Both of these approaches are supported by evidence. The solution-focused questions were refined by its originators over decades. It’s a very human, practical, action-oriented approach that gets right to the heart of change.It’s meant to be brief and intensive, and requires fewer sessions to achieve results than do other approaches.
Types of coaching offered:
- Face to Face coaching (Birmingham and Edinburgh, UK, and other cities by arrangement). For Birmingham I use consulting rooms in Bearwood, Birmingham City Centre and also
- Harborne. For Edinburgh, at the moment I offer monthly appointments at The SouthSide Centre in Newington. These sessions are supplemented with telephone and Skype coaching.
- Telephone and Skype coaching (anytime, any place, anywhere).
- Cafe Coaching is something a client first suggested who wanted something a little less formal. So I can offer coaching over a cup of coffee in locations that offer are not too noisy and still offer relative privacy.
- Coaching at a work place or a place that has a particular contextual significance for you as the client. Although I don’t do home visits, I have given coaching in libraries and museums (for students) and in art galleries (for artists).
- In Unlock Your Confidence I wrote ‘Confidence is a walk in the park’, so why not coaching?
So an important question to consider is what would be most effective for you?
Coaching qualifications include:
My coaching training is based on my background in psychology and teaching and includes: Certificate in Life Coaching (Cognitive-Behavioural) – Centre for Coaching (London), Certificate in Life Coaching (NCFE, Newcastle College), Diploma in Life Coaching (NCFE, Newcastle College), Diploma in Performance Coaching (NCFE, Newcastle College) and a qualification in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy from the University of Birmingham.
- Chartered Psychologist – British Psychological Society (BPS)
- Full member of the Division of Academics, Researchers and Teachers in Psychology
- Member of Special Group in Coaching Psychology (BPS)
- Registered with: Life Coach Directory , Coach Digg and Life Coach Hub
- Other listings: Cylex, FreeIndex, iWestMidlands, Scoot, Sun Business Directory, Brand Yourself, Coaching Colony, Self Growth, Society of Authors, Hot Vs Not
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