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Barbour Coaching


Company Name:

Barbour Coaching

Where are you located

Middleton St George, Darlington

Number of employees

Just me

Give us a brief overview of your business

With a wealth of experience helping others through challenging situations, as well as the experience of my own battle with cancer, I was inspired to open my coaching business for clients needing tailored, practical advice and strategies to help them move forward.I realised there was a huge access problem for people with life changing illnesses or injuries to support them with the practical and emotional challenges of treatment, recovery and beyond.Despite my coaching and mentoring skills and a wealth of experience helping others through tricky situations, nothing could prepare me for my own cancer diagnosis.As I was going through my treatment there was also the double whammy of dealing with my divorce. It took every ounce of my strength to get through it and the total rollercoaster of emotions thrown at me every minute of every day. My own treatment only lasted 6 weeks, but my recovery is still ongoing and has provided me with incredible insight and experience which, combined with my training, coaching and mentoring skills is a very powerful combination when coaching others going through the turbulent rollercoaster of treatment and recovery.”

I demonstrate that a life changing illness or injury is not the end of your happiness and you can move on to even better things. I share tools to take control of the emotional pain and to help redesign your life just the way you want it. I want to encourage you to ask for help, and teach you the skills and confidence to get from where you are, to where you want to be.

My business brain means that my methods are emphatic, practical and direct. They are easy to use and help get results quickly. I am not a psychotherapist or a psychologist, but I firmly believe that my coaching is the missing piece to the services available today.

As a recovery coach, I create a programmes which offer all of the tools, advice and guidance needed to help individuals be more positive and focused around recovery, make better decisions and be better equipped mentally and emotionally to handle their situation and be excited about what happens next.

What has been your top tip for keeping business going during Covid-19?

Focus on what you CAN do and be creative. Staying true to your reason for being in business.

Tell us why you are a Chamber member?

To help the chambers small businesses with their employee resilience and wellbeing. To increase my profile across the north east and have a solid base for support and advice for my own business.