Frequently Asked Questions
I want my life to be more than just my work.
I live my life following the principles that I teach my clients.
I’ve designed my extraordinary life and I’m now living it.
I want my life to be about helping people, spending time with family, spending time with friends, learning and travelling the world.
I restrict my availability to enable me to have space to live all my values and have the balance in life that I need.
Why do you limit your coaching slots
What happens during the coaching programme?
During the coaching we meet regularly to discuss your progress.
These sessions last up to 1 hour 30 minutes.
After each session you are set homework and mindfulness exercises to complete.
Some exercises consist of a daily practice lasting up to 15 minutes a day.
How long should I get life coaching for?
Every client is different, but the minimum amount of time to work with me is eight weeks doing my Activate Your Life foundation programme.
After that I recommend that we work for another twelve months helping you develop patterns to overcome your limiting beliefs.
Sessions are reduced to once every two or three weeks or as required.
Do you guarantee results?
But only if you put in the work and effort to change your behaviour. Changing your life takes work and dedication.
Acceptance and Commitment Training works because it is an empirically-supported model with almost 200 RCTs (randomized controlled trials) on ACT. RCTs are the gold standard of psychological research.
Most of the RCTs on ACT are listed here: https://contextualscience.org/ACT_Randomized_Controlled_Trials
There’s a very high chance my program will make you happier, focussed and productive, as long as you actively apply the principles I teach you.
It will give you the tools and techniques you need to build a richer and more fulfilling life, to effectively handle the inevitable unhelpful feelings that life brings, and to enhance pleasure, joy and satisfaction in everyday living.
But this programme is just the start to your journey you may have to take some difficult decisions and come to some unpleasant realisations during the programme. As one of my clients said
"be aware, he does not offer a cure, but a path to an improved life that will take more work after the course to truly bear fruit."
Don't worry I'll be there to help and support you during the programme and afterwards as you undertake your journey.
I'm currently seeing a therapist can I still be coached by you?
Although my programme is based on a model of therapy, a model used in clinical psychotherapy, the program itself is not specifically designed as a treatment for depression or other clinical disorders.
The principles and tools of the programme can however be used very successfully in conjunction with therapy.
If you are seeing a therapist, I recommend you ask them to take a look at what the programme involves and ask them whether they think the programme is right for you.
I have successfully worked with people who are seeing a therapist, and after the foundation programme, they felt able to end therapy and just continue with coaching.
How does the online coaching work?
I use a video conferencing tool called Zoom. You'll need to download the client software before the session starts.
You'll be sent a link for each meeting.
Please ensure you are in a quiet location with a good internet connection.
Online coaching has a lot of benefits.
You can be coached from the comfort of your home or private office. And you don't need to waste time travelling to your session.
How often do we meet?
In the initial stages of our coaching relationship we will meet once a week. On my lead with your heart programme we meet once every two weeks. On the later stages we meet every two weeks.
What's the difference between life coaching and therapy?
Life coaching is about moving forward and creating the life that you want.
Whereas therapy is about looking in depth at your past trauma and helping you with clinical mental illness.
If you want to know more read - is life coaching right for me?
What are your qualifications and training?
I have education at degree level in psychology and engineering.
I'm certified as a life coach and meditation teacher by the Society for Holistic Coaches and Therapists.
I'm a member of the Association for Contextual Behavioural Science.
I'm accredited by the European Coaching and Mentoring Foundation.
All my client work is supervised by a clinical psychologist who is a peer supervisor in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
Do you coach in person?
Coaching in person is possible in Brussels, Belgium. But the first coaching session is done over video conferencing.