One to One Coaching
Are you seeking to improve your performance, mindset or sense of confidence and positivity at work? Do you feel there are inner barriers to your success, and which prevent you from meeting your potential? Are you considering how you can build better professional relationships with those you work with? If this resonates and you are ready to embark on a journey of discovery and change then one to one coaching could be for you.
It is likely that you are someone who is already doing pretty well but with an intention, goal or challenge that you would like to work on. I would describe these intentions or challenges as being like a knot – there are many ways that you can unpick the knot and we have to find the best approach for you. As the knot gets untangled, and you begin to build greater clarity, then real change can begin.
Coaching is a professional development activity, whereby a meaningful relationship is developed between coach and coachee. It is essential that this relationship is based on trust and non-judgement so that there is a safe space where you think out-loud and explore different ways of doing things. The process works best when there is a specific goal or intention you would like to work, which create the focus of the coaching conversation.
Typically, coaching involves the coach using deep listening techniques and insightful questioning to facilitate exploration of the coachee’s thought processes, behaviours, intuitions and behaviours. It is founded on the belief that we each are the expert in our own lives and so coaching guides you to make your own decisions and develop your own strategies for success. A coach may provide feedback, challenge you to think differently or suggest hypotheses for what might be happening, but they will never tell you what to do.
I am an Integrative Coach who draws on an eclectic mix of tools and methodologies to be able to provide a flexible approach to best support you on your journey of insight and change. As a Coach, my role is to provide a safe and reflective space for deep, inner exploration, and an opportunity to experiment with creative solutions so that your intention can be realised.
I have worked with a broad range of different clients and different intentions and challenges. Themes that I have particular experience of are: overcoming inner barriers to performing at our best, emotional intelligence, communication styles and difficult conversations, decision making, building confidence and authenticity.
It is very important to me that we work together in partnership to find the approach that fits you best. I draw on a range of approaches including Gestalt, Cognitive-Behavioural, NLP, Somatic, Person-Centred and Intuitive methods and have outlined some of the ways we might work together below:
Working with the brain: Sometimes the best approach is to explore our thought patterns with a focus on identifying, and possibly challenging or reframing unhelpful beliefs. This can involve cognitive-behavioural or NLP methods.
Working with emotions: Often what we are initially aware of are the emotions triggered by a particular situation, but are not entirely clear on why we feel this way. Understanding our emotions can be useful to help identify the underlying issue and find an effective solution.
Working with our intuition: We can all relate to times we just had an instinct about a particular person or situation, or an inner knowing. Our intuitions hold great wisdom and when used alongside logic of the brain can be a powerful force for change.
Working with the body: Our thoughts and feelings are intimately bound up with our somatic experience including tension, pain or other physical sensation. Exploring these sensations can sometimes be the best way to create awareness and transformation.
Working with the visual or metaphorical mind: Using visualisations or working in a metaphorical way can be an effective approach for tapping into our creativity and our unconscious or sub-conscious mind.
Working with our past self: Exploring our past experiences can be a powerful method to understand how we became the person we are today and identify any experiences that still require processing and resolution. Time-line techniques and working with the inner child are helpful tools that might be used with this approach.
Working with the future self: Thinking about the person we want to be in the future can be a powerful mechanism for building clarity and mobilising our energy for change.
I offer a variety of packages to suit the needs of individuals and businesses that I work with. Pease do get in touch for more information or a free 30-minute introductory call to discuss how we might work together.
I came to Sarah Naidoo-Banks, in 2021, after searching for a business psychologist. At the time I was looking for someone who had a blend of warmth and professionalism with direct experience within the business world and specifically working with people at c-suite level, leadership teams and professionals. I found all of this and more with Sarah. My personal financial investment in this work has been extremely rewarding, reflected not only in my interpersonal relationships, at work and at home, but also in terms of the economic growth of my new venture. Sarah and her approach comes with my highest recommendation. She is calm, warm, thoughtful, friendly, curious, clear, intentional, insightful, full of integrity, professional, will offer things to consider and ways to receive information from the internal (self) and the external (other) and explore a way to experience words, feelings, feedback, personalities and alternative ways of being and thinking that I found immensely helpful, empowering and thought provoking. Sarah is masterful at creating a comfortable space that feels paced, safe and secure. I feel extremely lucky to have found someone I can work with, who has helped elevate my work and therefore my life.
Suzanne Lyons, Vision Strategist
Inspiring, skilful, and personal are the words that come to mind when I think of Sarah. I had the pleasure of working with Sarah over the course of a few weeks, whilst she was coaching me through my career aspirations. I was always impressed with Sarah's ability to understand the critical points of conversation, and the perfect fit of the exercises she selected for me. Sarah enabled me to achieve far more in our time together than I ever thought possible!
Anyone considering working with a coach, would be lucky to have Sarah by their side.