Statement of Professional Practice

My professional title is 'wholehearted living coach' and my practice is to be compassionate, therapeutic and heart-based; I 'walk alongside' my clients on their journeys to greater well-being. I provide deep listening, healing support and advice and guidance; sessions are soul-centric and mutually lead. My work is complementary to and not necessarily a replacement for orthodox medical care, and I uphold personal responsibility for all my clients to seek the support of a general practitioner or health practitioner where needed. My role is to accompany my clients 'wherever they are at' and provide encouragement and support to embrace change and possibilities for personal growth. All our work is held confidentially and under professional supervision (to view my full privacy policy click here).

Ethics

My practice is enriched by the merits of many compassionate teachers to whom I give gratitude. I express particular thanks and for Thich Nhat Hanh's teachings on global, interpersonal and inner ethics.

My working code of conduct:

1. Reverence for Life

I am committed to cultivating insight into your way of being with compassion, openness, non-discrimination and non-attachment to views. I am determined to protect you from harm. I respect diversity and am sensitive to the effects of social and relational stress on LGBTQIA+, BAME/BIPOC folk, minorities, women, children and male survivors of abuse. I respect my client's need for self-defined identity, values and integrity.

2. True Happiness

Aware of the suffering caused by exploitation, social injustice, and oppression, I am committed to facilitating the conditions for you to reduce and transform suffering and dwell happily in the present moment.

3. Wholehearted Awareness

Core to my coaching approach is wholehearted awareness meaning that my work is to consciously generate loving-kindness, compassion, joy and inclusivity to support your greater happiness. I am committed to ensuring the safety and integrity of individuals, relationships, families and society. I will protect children and adults from sexual abuse. I will continue to support you for as long as mutually agreed, whether that is ongoing or for a set period of time.

4. Authentic Communication

I am committed to practising truthful and loving speech with deep and compassionate listening in order to inspire confidence joy and hope and relieve suffering among people, ethnic and religious groups and nations. I will practice therapeutic coaching in such a way that can nourish understanding, love, joy and inclusiveness and help you to transform suffering and see the way out of difficult situations. 

5. Nourishment and Healing

I am committed to supporting you to cultivate good health, and preserve peace, joy and well-being, by being in touch with the healing and refreshing elements within you and around you, free from the symptoms of adverse experiences of the past. I will coach you to improve your emotional intelligence and agility based in compassionate acceptance of your feeling-states, heart-awareness and psychoeducation.

I have recently received been invited to support the Coaches & Healers Alliance for Ethics & Trauma-Informed Practice. Watch this space for updates on how this new alliance evolves to raise the standards the coaching profession, bringing it into a more heart-centred focus.

Credentials

I am an experienced practitioner with over ten years of experience of working with clients in the healing fields. I have studied extensively with numerous academic and professional institutions up to now to provide a high level of support for all my clients.

 

Some of my training has included L4 Cert. Integrative Counselling, University of Suffolk / L3 Dip. Spiritual Life Coaching Centre of Excellence / UTPTP Grad. Sexology, London /  L3 Dip. Complementary Therapy, City Literary Institute, London / L2 Cert. Life Coaching, The Coaching Academy, London / L2 Cert. Person-Centred Counselling / L2 Cert. Holistic Therapy, Lichfield College, and numerous CPD certificates and depth learning experiences.

 

I am a life-long student and pursue continuing professional development, deeply grounded in theoretical understanding, and evolving self-awareness and practical integration of techniques in energy healing modalities, transpersonal psychology, therapeutic use of arts, and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy. I have constantly been on at least one training programme a year for the last ten years. I have a zest for learning and staying up-to-date with cutting edge research with informs my client work.

I am currently on advanced training in Psycho-Spiritual Counselling at the Sweet Track Centre, in Glastonbury, and in a trauma-informed clinical specialism with Trauma Institute International (online). I work with individuals and groups in the epi-centres of life crises, and also those in recovery, and people who are seeking accompaniment, mentoring and support for personal growth. I provide referrals to advocacy work and community support where necessary.

Some of the organisations I celebrate belonging to and sharing support with are: the HeartMath Institute, the International Association of Coaches, Mentors and Therapists, Ecopsychology UK, the Plum Village Mindfulness Tradition, the Federation of Holistic Therapists, and the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

Spiritual Friend of the Heart

~ name given to me by Br. Pham Hanh, mentor/monk.

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