Chartered Psychologist and Author Providing Solution-Focused Coaching
Hi I'm Gary Wood.
If I had to pick three things that sum up my work it would be: (i) based on evidence (ii) focused on solutions and (iii) humour.
Principally I'm a social psychologist specializing in attitudes and stereotypes. I use this expertise to inform my coaching practice. In book 'Unlock Your Confidence' I liken low confidence and esteem to a kind of 'self-prejudice'. When we have a downer on ourselves we don't see the point in trying. By taking this unique approach I'm able to use work on 'prejudice reduction' which clients really respond to. It's just seems to help things to click and make sense.
My previous book (Don't Wait For Your Ship to Come In. . . Swim Out to Meet It!) was based on a series of workshops I did with my psychology students that I put on in my own time. The title came about as a joke. The publisher didn't like any of my suggestions and couldn't think of any suitable alternatives. I blurted out this phrase thinking that it would inspire them to think more...
- build confidence and boost low self-esteem
- Work-life balance
- supporting career transitions
- supporting new business start ups
- supporting project management
- supporting health and wellness goals
- improve communication skills
- relaxation and stress reduction
Also Academic coaching:
- examination success
- essay writing
Building on my qualifications in psychology, I have studied several coaching models including performance coaching, cognitive-behavioural coaching and some 'inspirational' models of life coaching. However, I mainly now use solution-focused brief coaching. It emphasizes taking stock of existing skills and strengths and making small, meaningful steps in line with your goals.
Solution Focused Brief Coaching pretty much follows the Tanzanian proverb 'Little by little, a little becomes a lot'
- Face-to-face coaching in Birmingham and Edinburgh
- Solution-Focused Coaching / Cognitive-Behavioural Coaching
- Birmingham Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm
- Edinburgh: Monthly appointments only (please ask for details)
Telephone coaching (8:30am to 8:00pm)
50 minute or 75 minute sessions
(also Cafe Coaching - if you prefer a less formal approach - please ask for details)
- Skype coaching (garywood.psy)
- 50 minute or 75 minute sessions
Unlock Your Confidence Workshops (based on the book of the same name)
My coaching career began in 1994 when I began teaching psychology. Part of the role was to offer pastoral care and support. Initially this was supposed to be to help students with statistics but broadened out as students began dropping by for help with coping generally with the demands of academia.
In 2002, I began working with mature, part-time psychology students. I recognized the courage it took to step back into the classroom, I had been a mature student studying psychology. What I noticed with these students is that they had very little self-belief. Although, I had trained as a teacher I figured that extra training in coaching would be useful. That's how I did my first coaching course in 2003. During the time with these students I put on additional personal development courses in my own time. These courses formed the basis of my book 'Don't Wait For Your Ship to Come In. . . Swim Out to Meet It!'.
What I noticed is that as I shifted the emphasis to focus on building the more ...
Fees: from $57 USD to $137 USD
Discounts for block bookings of FOUR sessions or more.
Discount 2N% (where N is the number of sessions)
Skype and telephone coaching from £57 (50 mins), £77 (75 mins)
Face to face coaching from £97 (50 mins), £137 (75 mins).
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