PLEASE NOTE - At present, coaching sessions are available for WOMEN ONLY.
WHAT IS CONFIDENCE COACHING? Confidence coaching is a new profession that helps people develop confidence and build self-esteem through teaching and activities. It is a coach/client relationship where the client is taught how to implement new skills, make positive changes and set realistic goals. Coaches work with clients to help them find their own solutions and use strategies to encourage action. Confidence Coaching is NOT therapy, consulting or counselling and is NOT intended to replace any necessary professional services. Confidence Coaching is non-threatening, totally confidential and supportive.
If you do required more intensive life coaching/counselling, please contact a local organization called The Bridge which is located in St Catharines. Check their website for more information.
WHO BENEFITS FROM COACHING? Anyone who struggles with esteem issues due to:
HOW LONG ARE THE SESSIONS?
Your first session is a FREE INTRODUCTORY 30 minute session. This gives you the opportunity to find what coaching entails, ask any questions you may have and decide whether or not coaching would be beneficial for you.
Each scheduled coaching session lasts for 1 hour and includes a visual presentation, printed materials, activities and a discussion.
WHAT IS THE LOCATION OF THE SESSIONS?
I do most of my coaching sessions at my private residence in West Saint Catharines. When you book a session, the location will be given. If you would be more comfortable in an office setting, I can book a time for you at The Bridge which is located at 140 Welland Avenue (Unit 8) in St Catharines, for a slightly higher fee. Please ask for information.
WHAT DO THE SESSIONS COST?
- Your first 30 minute session is FREE
- Individual one-hour sessions are $20
- Additional back-to-back sessions can be booked to accomodate out-of-town residents
- Caterpillar to Butterfly Self-Esteem Workbooks are $20 each or can be downloaded for $6.99
Your first few sessions will be packed with lots of information that will challenge you to look deeply inside yourself and help you identify your problem areas. They will provide you with the basic tools needed to build esteem and start you on a personal journey to find happiness and success in your life. This is a great way for a self-starter to learn the basics in a short period of time and enable them to keep going with a minimum of direction. It is also a great lead-in to further coaching and breaking down topics into specific needs.
These introductory sessions cover the topics of:
- Self-awareness - discovering who you really are, learning how to use self-esteem affirmations
- Becoming more positive - changing your self-talk, filling your emotional tank, creating positive habits, dealing with bullying
- Creating a new self-image - discovering the truth about body confidence, learning what a real friend is
- Setting goals - learning how to set realistic goals, dealing successfully with failure
During the introductory sessions, we will cover just a few of the activities in the workbook. It will be up to you to complete the rest at home. However, if you feel the need for more personalized attention, you can book additional sessions so we can go back and review whatever topics you need to spend more time on. Your needs are important and we will do whatever is necessary to help you become more confident.
PLEASE NOTE - CHRISTIAN COACHING SESSIONS are available on request.
GROUP WORKSHOPS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE!!
- same topics as coaching sessions and more..
- approximately 90 minutes in length
- done at location of group
- group size 6-20
- cost $40 per group session held in St Catharines, Niagara Falls, Welland (travel fees apply to other areas)
- discount of 25% to non-profits
Most people struggle with self-esteem and body image issues, even stars, actors and prominent people. Following are some statements from well-known people about eating disorders, bullying and self-esteem issues. They have struggled themselves and are sending out a clear message - YOUR LIFE IS VALUABLE - PLEASE DON'T HURT YOURSELF!
Get help if you are going through any difficult times. There is hope, no matter what is happening in your life right now. NEVER, NEVER, NEVER GIVE UP!
Paula Abdul, singer
, after admitting her bulimia issues in her youth suggests every girl should lie down on a large piece of paper and have a friend outline her. When you stand up, basically, you see that you’re actually not fat like you think, in fact, it gives you a newly found confidence.
Amanda Beard, former Olympic swimmer
has written a book called, "In the Water, They Can't See you Cry", in which she writes about pressures from the media and how they present unrealistic images of beauty causing an obsession to be thin and perfect. Her life became out-of-control with bulimia, drug use, cutting and depression. She felt ugly, stupid and worthless. She wants to help women and girls feel good about themselves and says, "I want them to understand that you don't have to live up to expectations other people are putting on you. And you shouldn't be ashamed or embarrassed about how you feel. If things are bothering you, it's OK to speak about things and to get help."
, born with no arms and no legs,
overcame all life's challenges to become a Christian evangelist and motivational speaker who travels the world sharing his story and helping others overcome their fears and insecurities. In his childhood, Nick struggled physcially, emotionally and mentally. Despite his issues with depression and bullying, he was able to rise above his situation and become a positive role model for people struggling with disabilities. He is now happily married and is the father of 2 beautiful children.
Jane Fonda, actress and fitness guru
, has been actively campaigning to raise awareness about bulimarexia since she recovered over 35 years ago. With a lot of determination and will power she ended her battle with her famous eating disorder campaign 'Go for the burn', a workout program. Fonda also speaks out against plastic surgery and believes that people should grow old gracefully. She talks about her battle with eating disorders in her book, "My Life So Far".
Oprah Winfrey, talk show host
, struggled with eating disorders because she hated her body and she overate to punish herself. She is now committed to a healthy lifestyle and says, "Getting my lifelong weight struggle under control has come from a process of treating myself as well as I treat others in every way".
Demi Lovato, singer and actress,
in an interview with Ellen Degeneres, talked about her experiences with bullying in the 7th grade after becoming a target of a "hate petition." Demi says of this time, "I went through a really hard time at school with girls bullying me. I blamed it on myself at the time, but looking back I guess it was out of jealousy." The bullying seems to have been the catalyst leading to her problems with self-injury and an eating disorder. Demi has been outspoken against bullying and speaks about her issues on this Youtube video,
Other famous people who have been bullied are Chris Rock, Kate Winslet, Miley Cyrus, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Bill Clinton, Winona Ryder, Michael Phelps, Prince Harry and more.
Dr. Michele Borba,
is a child expert, author, speaker and educational consultant who writes a blog about various childhood issues including bullying. She is the author of several excellent books including 'Nobody Likes Me, Everybody Hates Me'. I would highly recommend her book.