“I look back on my short series of consultations with Kate last year with enormous gratitude.
Misunderstanding and compounding mistrust in my workplace had brought me to a place of near brokenness and isolation. I just did not have the personal resources to turn things around and was becoming increasingly anxious about looming challenges. I needed help.
Kate proved to be the right person to approach. Her wealth of background experience in the ups and downs of healthcare organisational dynamics was invaluable in our conversation. She is an intelligent, kind, knowledgeable and skilled woman, respectful of confidentiality and very professional.
We met six times for about an hour. Kate capably grasped the complexities of my situation. I was understood, validated, supported and then, (exceedingly competently) equipped to move forward. Kate coached and modelled listening and communication tools. Area’s covered included mindfulness and de-stressing tools, strategies for avoiding provocation, moving from defensiveness, understanding motivators and creating safe listening spaces, coaching,(avoiding over-parenting/fix-it models) getting others on side and preparation for difficult meetings.
With practice, these tools have proved their worth. Over the months we met, my self knowledge and situational awareness improved as the coaching provided the necessary confidence to re-engage. Thankfully, six months down the track, I can say that the dysfunctional elements in my work relationships have been largely corrected. The stuck and vulnerable state I was in, is now a memory.
After each coaching session I was provided a summary sheet, reflecting back our conversation, outlining strategies and tools. I continue to re-read these valuable notes.
I confidently recommend Kate as a coach, to help others move successfully through very difficult workplace challenges – especially those in the health sector.”