I started coaching doctors fourteen years ago, after retiring early from the medical profession because I’d had enough of the pressures of work. I already had experience in counselling and personal development, so after adding coaching and NLP (neurolinguistic programming), I set up my business.
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As a doctor, I enjoyed communicating one to one with patients, so I was attracted to continue working in a similar way. I realised that after thirty years working as a doctor and married to a surgeon, I had valuable insights into the stress and overwhelm that many doctors experience in their day to day working lives, so I decided to develop the niche of coaching doctors.
However, I am aware how different coaching is from medical practice: instead of prescriptive suggestions, as a coach, I enable you, the client to find your best solution by asking you challenging questions and sometimes making gentle suggestions which may or may not be taken up by you. Overall I help you find your own solution to the challenges you face.
I took early retirement from Medical work at the end of 1997 in order to live the life I really wanted, be more creative, see the sea every day and travel the world!
I am married to an orthopaedic surgeon, have three grown up children, and three little grandchildren.
I was a medical practitioner for over thirty years. I worked in and around London, Portsmouth , Cambridge and Birmingham, UK, working with all aspects of women’s health including family planning, sub-fertility, abortion, women health screening, sexually transmitted disease, sexuality, counselling, medical gynaecology, hysterectomy and menopause.
I was Senior Clinical Medical Officer for Family Planning in the Northern Birmingham Community NHS Trust when I retired from Medical Practice.
Medical qualifications: M.B. BCh. Welsh National School of Medicine D.Obst R.C.O.G. Counselling: Certificate in Counselling skills; Diploma in Counselling skills; Master’s degree in Psychodynamic Counselling. M.Ed Open University degree: B.A. in mainly in Psychological subjects
Life Coaching: CoachU graduate; Accredited by the Life Coaching Academy
Master Practitioner NLP (neuro-linguistic programming)
Certificate and Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy
Writing: BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL Published articles in BMJ Career focus over many years