“THE first thing to say is: ‘It’s not therapy.’”
My heart sank. I must admit to being a little disappointed when I heard these words as I’d just turned up for my very first life coaching session with Jo Bright.
Going by my movie-watching experience almost everyone in the US has therapy on a seemingly daily basis. And I’d heard of a few friends, who I’d always thought of as models of stability, had had therapy at some point in their lives.
It seemed to me everyone was having therapy, why wasn’t I?!
Jo had asked if I would like to try out life coaching, and being the inquisitive, opportunity grabbing reporter that I am, I said ‘yes’.
Knowing nothing about life coaching I was devoid of any preconceptions (apart from thinking it was similar to therapy) but first impressions, were...well...comfortable.
The relaxing environment Jo has created in her coaching room was complemented by her calming words making me feel completely at ease. Jo is an experienced occupational therapist, and she draws on this knowledge to assist her in her coaching.
“A lot of the work I do coaching is very similar to occupational therapy,” she explained. “But with life coaching people are more willing, they’ve chosen to be here, sometimes this isn’t always in the case with occupational therapy.”
The first session was a real eye opener. Through a series of questions and scenarios, Jo began to get a better impression of what kind of person I am. This was incredible, I’ve never sat down and thought about some of the things she was asking about me. At first I felt a little self-conscious, like I was having a one-sided conversation with someone and talking only about myself. At times I felt I should ask similar questions back, ‘and what do you think your six strengths are?’
However as the session drew to a close I realised I now knew myself better than I’d ever done before. Finally I’d fulfilled the advice of the inscription on the Temple of Apollo at Delphi: ‘Know thyself’. My A-level Philosophy teacher would be proud.
The next sessions got down to the real bones of life coaching: setting goals. This was perfect for me, I have various ideas floating around my head, and no clear idea of what to do with them. Jo helped break them down into simple steps, and incredibly every week I actually got lots of stuff done!
If you’re the kind of person who has an idea of where you want to be or what you want to do, but don’t seem able to get there, I’d really recommend life coaching with Jo. She specialises in women’s and youth coaching.
As an introductory offer Jo is giving away a free life coaching session to three people, so there’s no reason why you shouldn’t give it a go.
Contact her on 0121 247 5190 or 07904 070048.