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I hold an APP Certificate in Coaching Practice 2003 and am a member (MAC) of the Association for Coaching.

Do you feel stuck with something and want to work out how to go forward or need space and time to reflect on your life?


Effective Solution Focused Strengths Based Coaching enables you to explore what coaching is and the differences between coaching and other supporting professions.

It takes you through interesting self assessments including reflecting on your level of satisfaction with different areas that make up YOUR life, visioning your ideal future, defining your desired outcome and describing your preferred future, creating goals and start points, setting targets to achieve, forming strap lines or mantras, creating a coaching plan and defining tasks and actions ahead.

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Our Approach; Our extensive research and practice in both Positive Psychology and Solution Focused Brief Therapy informs tools and techniques designed and used in our approach. Solution Focused Strengths Based Coaching is informed by the principles of Adult Learning: it is learner centred, self directed and relevant to you and your unique situation.



Solution Focused Strengths Based Coaching involves reflection which evolves into planning and acting on these plans. It creates a constant safe space for effective learning and developing for you.

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You say –

I have found Kate to be a skilled and empathic coach and graphic facilitator. I can recommend Kate’s skills and enabling approach to anyone who is seeking to change or develop their career. 

Aileen McCusker Independent social worker, assessor and sessional team leader at Third sector and at Children 1st

  • Visual Coaching –


As we work with you we draw out and note down the key points on a big piece of paper in front of you.

You see what you have said, this affirms your opinions and gives you a chance to reflect on or change them. We capture your ‘aha’ moments and you are able to see your insights and flow of ideas as they emerge before you.

You get a live summary of our coaching sessions, the images allow you to think creatively, assist communication, and aid your critical thinking. You begin to see patterns emerge.

Things that were complex in your head become simpler to think about as pictures and text on paper. When it is ‘read’ back to you , you have time to think about what you have said and can make any changes you want to.

We coach people from all walks of life on a variety of issues. People come for Visual coaching as staff members of or users of organisations, or because they want to try coaching in this unique way.

We also provide Visual coaching by telephone and Skype using pre drawn templates to guide you through the process.

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  • Specialist Coaching – Adult learning, Confidence and well being

Following a similar process to Solution Focused Strengths Based Coaching  we coach adults in or returning to learning. drawing on professional expertise and working knowledge in teaching, adult education and guidance.

We also run coaching programmes coaching disabled adults in groups and on a 1-1 basis. I draw on experience from working alongside disabled people on educational and wider issues e.g. finding/returning to volunteering and work, exploring Self Directed Support, developing confidence, well being and connectivity.



Devising and delivering Coaching programmes in groups and 1-1 for a variety of projects for Glasgow Disability Alliance:

  • Coaching for Change coaching GDA members on accessing and returning to learn.
  • Campaign coaching coaching GDA Campaign Action Group ‘Drivers for Change’ members on effective campaigning.
  • CIRCLE coaching GDA members on exploring information, rights, control and making choices.
  • Future Visions My Choices ; SDS Road testers coaching GDA members on confidence and wellbeing and exploring Self Directed Support.
  • Future Visions; Coaching the Vision coaching GDA members on confidence and wellbeing and exploring Self Directed Support.
  • Future Visions for Social Care ; Coaching GDA members on confidence and connectivity, exploring , navigating and influencing the Social Care framework.







Areas explored using tools and techniques from Positive Psychology and Solution Focused Brief Therapy :

  • Developing confidence, assertiveness, gratitude, meaningful relationships, resilience, motivation,  commitment, strengths, mindfulness
  • Managing stress, anxiety, time, fear, finances, relationships, health

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The Citizenship Academy devising and delivering a pilot on

  • Goal Setting for Active Citizenship coaching students of the academy on defining personal goals in becoming active citizens.

Work4ME co devising and delivering a pilot on

  • Peer Coaching coaching professionals with long term conditions on balancing self management and self employment opportunities.
  • Facilitating a mentoring pilot for Volunteering into work, providing mentoring for people with long term conditions exploring volunteering into work





People I have trained in Coach Practice include ;

  • Staff of the Royal National Institute for the Blind in ‘Effective Personal Coaching in practice’ aimed at developing their coaching skills to apply to working with their service users.
  • Peer Mentors at Work4ME in ‘Peer Mentoring’ assisting people with long term conditions to move forward through volunteering and work
  • ‘Peer mentoring facilitated support’ sessions for Work4ME  group facilitation with people with long term conditions moving into volunteering and work


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What you say

  • Ideal for us to think about our next steps and the tools we use as a staff team
  • Enjoyed the group – will consider a review session, thanks!
  • This was a very useful day for us – will help us move on in the future
  • Your demonstrations made the coaching process clear
  • Breaking the action planning into steps was beneficial
  • Good exchange of ideas

Hope you can join us!

For more information on Solution focussed Strength based Coaching contact us