Resilience coaching

Why should we care about resilience?

Change and setbacks happen all of the time to everyone, in our lives, our work, the world! We can't stop it happening.

So what would happen if you can accept and embrace that?

Research shows that increasing your or your team’s resilience will mean:

  • You will better manage stress

  • You are less likely to feel defeated when faced with a challenge

  • You will feel more energised

  • You are less likely to be sick

  • You are less likely to work overly long hours

  • You are less likely to leave your job

What is resilience?

Resilience, in its essence, is about being able to successfully adapt to change.

To be a resilient individual, leader or team means you need a reservoir of resources and energy to draw on to enable you to adapt comfortably to obstacles and setbacks, maybe even to embrace and enjoy them! So, let's take that idea of the reservoir and expand it out.

We all regularly need to direct resources and energy into various things, be it mental, physical, emotional, or any other type. Imagine this is a river flowing away from your reservoir. Great! But, the challenge is that there are often rocks in the river.

What are these rocks? They could be any unexpected change, set-back or obstacle that we all encounter on a daily basis, some very tiny and some much bigger. It might be that there is no milk for your tea, or it might be a significant financial issue or illness.

If your reservoir of energy and resources is low, then the water will struggle to get over the rocks and even the small ones will seem much bigger. Getting over them leaves you feeling drained of energy.

If you can regularly top up your resilience reservoir then it can be high enough that when it flows out it will easily flow over the rocks in the river, even the bigger ones.

What is resilience coaching?

Either working together one to one, or in a workshop format, I create a safe, fun and encouraging space to help you understand and explore resilience.

The format and content will vary according to what challenges you might be facing and what you want to achieve but I will help you to understand resilience theory and use specific tools and exercises to support your own resilience needs long after we work together.

You can expect to:

  • Understand why resilience is important

  • Understand what resilience means to you

  • Learn what drains and increases your energy

  • Understand what resources you already have

  • Have take aways to use to support your resilience

There is no silver bullet for resilience, as what works for you might not work for someone else, so I invite you to come to this with an openness to explore what this means to you.

Why do you need this?

You’re are an individual:

  • You say yes to everything and never have time to do it all - busy, busy, busy

  • You don't reach out for help

  • You need people to like you

  • You find it hard to find time to do things for you, that make you feel good

  • You find your energy regularly dips and you struggle to focus

You’re part of a team:

  • You don’t have enough time to find long term solutions to problems and generally find quick, short term solutions instead

  • You see only a few people making most of the decisions

  • You see blame when things go wrong

  • You sense low energy and high pressure in you and those around you

None of these are unusual, but if you relate to any of these, or similar, then it is probably a sign that you would benefit from understanding and supporting your own or your team’s resilience. 

So if you are excited about making positive changes and want to role model and inspire others with a 'better' way of doing things but don't know where to start, this is for you.

Why do I care about resilience?

For many years my own resilience reservoir was so depleted that I struggled with my focus, purpose and self belief, plus I also had health problems like depression, anxiety and psoriasis. The effect of this was that I couldn’t manage my levels of stress at work and in my personal life. Although this wasn't at all comfortable, I had resigned myself to this being the norm for me.

It wasn't until I learned about resilience that I realised that I was usually just coping with life rather than thriving and really enjoying myself. But, more importantly, that I could do something to change that.

Because of this understanding, and also through being coached, I started to understand what resources I needed more of to support my resilience - such as yoga, mindfulness and changes in diet - and I started to really focus on improving my physical and mental health. As a wonderful side effect of this I also discovered what I also wanted to do with my life, which was to become a coach myself.

It's not to say that I now lead a perfectly resilient life. I still feel stressed on occasion and sometimes forget to use my resources to support myself in the best way, but the huge difference is that I know what it feels like to be really resilient and what it takes to get me back there. I want to help others do the same.

If you want to download a PDF with this Resilience Coaching information, please be my guest by clicking here.

But, don't just take my word for it...

Our research has told us that resilience is one of the most important and valued traits in creatives... but it’s also shown us that this is a trait lacking in lots of those hoping to entering the industry.
We’ve found it difficult to find facilitators who specialise in this topic who understand and have experience of our unique industry... enter Kate! Kate swooped in and with incredibly short notice was able to really understand what we needed, and tailor a session for the group of recent graduates we were working with.
Her willingness to share personal stories and her calm, friendly but fun attitude set a great tone for the workshop, and the students were able to apply practical learnings to a sometimes intangible topic.
— Hilary Chittenden, Senior Foundation Manager D&AD
When I first began my coaching sessions with Kate, I felt exhausted from work & social. There was a continual need to help everyone, do everything and project positivity and energy, even when I didn’t feel it. This left me regularly unable to achieve what I needed or wanted resulting in guilt.
Kate helped me to establish what my priorities actually were and what I was passionate about. Attempting to walk the 2650 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail in the USA featured a lot in our conversations - a passion that embodied all of my values. The idea of doing this had been on my mind for the last 4 years, but constantly delayed because of numerous reasons.
Kate coached me through difficult conversations with my partner, family and friends. It was important that they understood that this was not an attempt to run away, a mid-life crisis or any reflection on my relationship with them, but a burning ambition that I needed to do for myself.
My visa has been confirmed, flights are booked and my family and friends are in support. Work have also been very supportive and my attitude to work has set boundaries to reduce stress levels. My emotional intelligence has had 3 months of intensive schooling with homework to keep resilience up!
— Resilience coaching client