coaching done differently

I am a coaching psychologist, focusing on stress management and resilience.

My aim is prevention, working with clients to make the necessary adjustments before stress has the chance to take hold and make them unwell.

The importance of understanding why things impact us the way that they do is very important to my coaching process. I am passionate about the idea that giving people this awareness enables them to have insight into why life may be a certain way for them and, more importantly, how they can change that. 

I hold a BSc in Psychology and Counselling and an MSc in Occupational Psychology. I am also a qualified bereavement counsellor and an accredited psychometric and personality practitioner. I am currently undertaking a Doctorate of Professional Studies in Coaching at Middlesex University.

Within my work, I am researching the ‘Grey Space’, where the boundaries between therapy and coaching blur.

Source: Adapted from Grant 2007; A languishing-flourishing model of goal striving and mental health for coaching populations

Figure 1: Theoretical distribution of psychopathology in the psychiatric, clinical, counselling and coaching populations

The section of the population (in red), just before the counselling population, is of great interest to me, my coaching and research (see Figure 1). Here, one could consider this point as the beginning of the blurred line between what constitutes the ending of the counselling population and the beginning of the coaching population; thereby entering into the grey space.  Where the boundaries between the therapeutic space and the coaching space become blurred.

Figure 2: Image depicting Boundaries between Therapeutic and Coaching Work


Figure 2 below depicts that the boundaries between therapeutic and coaching work are not clear. The black and white sections of this image represent the therapeutic space (black) and the coaching space (white), and how the boundaries between the two are not a defined line. Rather, that they bleed into each other at times, dependant on the coachee we are working with. Therefore, creating this ‘grey space’, where the boundaries become blurred.

Please read the letter of invitation below, and get in touch if you’d like to take part

Benefits of taking part

Participating in this action research may be viewed as a personal development opportunity, offering the chance for shared learning, as well as insight into how other practitioners navigate and grapple with this space.

It is here that I see immediate benefit for you as a practitioner and everyone participating, as reflection and the further development of skills can take place immediately through this research process. My hope is that through participating in the research we will all come away having enhanced our skills.

Commitment required

    Attending two workshops. The first will take place on 27 March 2020 -10am-5pm – Boston, Massachusetts (venue to be confirmed) , the second 4–5 months later, at a date agreed by the group.

    Participation in reflective exercises, considering how you manage this ‘Grey Space’ within your practice and how the knowledge gained from the workshops may influence you as a coach.


Invitation letter

Participant requirements

Consent form

Journal article

Contact me

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