Life and Career Coaching
One-to-one coaching, our most specialised and in-depth offering, is a confidential, supportive, and inspiring space for individuals affected by domestic abuse to develop according to their own personal, professional, and interpersonal needs.
Our programme outcomes:
Client goals are specified by clients themselves, and often have to do with employment or education, relationships (platonic or romantic), health (physical, mental, emotional, spiritual), and personal development (including confidence and boundary-setting). These goals are tracked over the course of the programme.
A number of studies show that participation in life coaching programmes is associated with significant positive outcomes, including: a greater orientation toward new experiences and change; decreased depression, anxiety, and stress; increased cognitive hardiness or resilience; an increased perception of control; and and an increase in hope—a cross-situational construct which is positively correlated with self-esteem and problem-solving capabilities.
We evaluate codependency as a master variable correlated with a number of the above measures. Our pilot coaching programme showed a decrease from a high range to a mid-range of codependency on the Spann-Fischer scale after 6 months. None of our clients returned to abusive situations, despite opportunity and previously expressed desires to do so.
‘I realise I can do it, and if I don’t do it, I’m sabotaging myself.’
‘I have new ways to cope with issues, new ways to think about things, new perspectives. I have more confidence in myself, in the way I’m going and steps I’m taking.’
‘I’ve learned to take compliments, and that it’s OK to be honest. I enjoy being heard.’
‘My mind is more at ease and I’m able to find my ideas helpful too.’
‘I’m living proof for myself that I can do this. I feel like Superman.’
‘I’ve gotten a sense of accomplishment, some constructive ways to deal with emotions, and a feeling of positivity as I work through issues.’
‘It’s not how they do it [at the refuge] or how my therapist does it. It’s a different kind of motivation.’
Grant, A. M. (2003). The impact of life coaching on goal attainment, metacognition and mental health. Social Behavior and Personality: an international journal, 31(3), 253-263.
Green, S., Grant, A. M., & Rynsaardt, J. (2007). Evidence-based life coaching for senior high school students: Building hardiness and hope. International Coaching Psychology Review, 2(1), 24-32.
Spence, G. B., & Grant, A. M. (2005). Individual and group life-coaching: Initial findings from a randomised, controlled trial. Evidence-based coaching, 1, 143-158.