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Hi, my name is Barbara Winwood and my wife Lydia is a member of the Dorset ME Support Group. Over the past three years I have been training to become an Independent Life Coach. The Level 4 Diploma course requires me to complete 30 hours of Life Coaching work either as part of an organisation or as Independent Life Coach. These sessions are free of charge.

How could you benefit from this? Life Coaching supports people in achieving goals or manage periods of change. It is based on a person-centred relational approach (similar to counselling), but while it acknowledges the past, its focus is on identifying individuals’ resources and help them flourish and live more fully. Having a partner who has ME, I am aware of its impact and challenges, on top of all the day-to-day life events that can need addressing. I am therefore wondering if any members of this group might be in a situation where they would like to receive some Life Coaching, but maybe aren’t in a position to afford it?

For nearly 20 years I have worked with and supported individuals and families in different settings as qualified Social Worker. This includes 9 years as Supervising Social Worker in the Fostering Team at Bournemouth Borough Council, where my work was a mix of support, supervision and in-depth assessments. All of these skills and knowledge put me in a comfortable position of setting out on my professional journey as Independent Life Coach.

Please feel free to have a look at the CPCAB website if you have any concerns regarding the credibility of my qualification. CPCAB stands for Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body and is the only awarding body in the UK for professions in the sector of counselling and psychotherapy.

If you feel you could benefit from this offer, please get in touch with me via email ( or phone (07787416619) to arrange details. I am based in Wimborne, but if distance or ability to travel is an issue we could look at skype or phone coaching.

Posted on Thursday, March 22nd, 2018