Life Coaching (LC)


Sometimes when you make the most out of what you have, it turns out to be a lot more than you could have ever imagined” 

– Susan Gale


LC aims to help people determine and achieve their personal goals.  It starts by exploring attitudes, beliefs and passions to formulate goals consistent with a person’s core values. A coach helps to anticipate and remove any potential stumbling blocks that an individual might have. They can then track their action plan to achieve results.

An essential basis for coaching is understanding, and making best use of, personal strengths. I am trained in administering the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), among other methods. It is one of the world’s most widely used personality questionnaires, designed to explain an individual’s innate psychological preferences, their strengths and how they make decisions.

At The Cove, I use a combination of Cognitive Behavioural Coaching and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). I have found these different approaches beneficial.

Cognitive Behavioural Coaching helps people consider their thoughts or cognitions and their responses or behaviours; and how they interact to affect how a person feels. The individual can review current thought patterns and/or responses and consider whether they might be exacerbating problems. Once the interaction is understood, change can be achieved, increasing positivity.

Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) is based on an understanding that we all have the resources we need to be happy and successful. However, we may need help to uncover how best to use them. NLP believes that our brain cannot tell the difference between what is real and what is imagined. Our imagination, employed correctly, can be a powerful resource to help make the best possible future choices.

Using these models, I have worked with people with a wide range of issues. This is has included helping people who are feeling:

  • Stressed and overwhelmed by the demands life places upon them
  • Stuck or worried about their career
  • Unhappy or lacking in confidence
  • Feeling unhealthy and finding it impossible to moderate their lifestyle choices

Melanie’s coaching helped me draw a picture of the root causes of my frustrations which were negatively impacting my personal and professional life. She has given me the tools to accept myself and change my behaviour so that I can manage the situations myself for the long term. The results were so impressive that I was able to not only accept my environment but embrace it and become a key figure in it. Shortly after our first sessions I was promoted to Manager and kept growing since then.