Life Coaching for Single Parents
Single parent support through life coaching
Are you a single parent who sometimes feels isolated or overwhelmed? Or a single mum or dad who needs help tackling new or long existing issues and anxieties? Do these prevent you from enjoying life to the fullest? Whether you are a newly single parent overwhelmed with the responsibilities of single parenthood, or you have always struggled with certain aspects of your life, we are here to offer single parents help and support!
Sandra Martinz-Lywood is a life coach trained by Robbins-Madanes Training on Strategic Intervention and Coaching. She helps single parents fulfil their needs, overcome limiting beliefs, enter new life chapters, maximise their potential and take life to the next level. Her work with Single Parents on Holiday, which she co-founded in 2005, awoke her interest in psychology and family dynamics leading her to qualify as a life coach. Naturally, her personal and professional interest and experience lie with life coaching single parents, including single parent empty nesters.
Life coaching Q&As:
Many of you may be wondering what a life coach is, and how exactly a life coach can help you. Let me create some clarity for you now by answering the most commonly asked questions:
What’s the difference between a life coach and a therapist?
A life coach’s approach is results-driven, and differs from consulting, mentoring, therapy, and counselling. The coaching process seeks to address specific personal projects, problems and transitions in someone’s personal life, relationships or profession. This is done by examining what is going on in your life right now, discovering what the obstacles or challenges to overcome might be, and choosing a course of action to achieve the desired results.
What does a life coach do?
As the name suggests he or she “coaches” you on a range of professional or personal issues. The coaching process involves analysing your current situation, identifying your limiting beliefs and the challenges and obstacles you face. Lastly, a life coach will help you define a plan of action designed to help overcome obstacles and achieve the desired results in your life.
What happens during a life coaching session with me?
Life coaching sessions typically last between 45 and 60 minutes. The sessions can be conducted over the phone, or via Zoom or Skype.
During the session, I will ask you a number of questions to find out more about you, what you want to achieve in life, what areas you are unhappy with, and the direction you would like to see yourself take in the future. I will assess your “main human needs” and use this analysis in my approach to help you achieve your goals. Although I will work with you and offer you all the support you need, it’s up to you to challenge or reflect upon certain ideas in an effort to help move forward with your life. I will never influence you or make you take decisions you feel uncomfortable with. Naturally, all sessions will be 100% confidential, allowing you to explore your thoughts and feelings privately in a safe space.
Life coaching is a partnership between you and your life coach. In this partnership, I will encourage you to explore how to instigate positive change in your life and find new directions where necessary. I will support you, offer feedback and help you stay focused on your goals, and occasionally set you small tasks and objectives to work on outside the sessions themselves.
How many life coaching sessions will I need?
You can attend as many or as few life coaching sessions as you personally feel are necessary. Like most life coaches, I operate over the phone or on zoom, so the sessions can easily fit in with your schedule. Some people hire a life coach once every few months, some take a session once a week, while others just want a couple of sessions to create clarity about a particular issue in their lives. It is entirely up to you.
Life Coaching after Covid-19
Single parents had to deal with a high level of stress and insecurity during COVID-19. Many had been hit hard by the financial and emotional implications and the lack of practical help for single parents. As a result of lockdown and school closures as well as the loss of their support network, many single parents’ mental health has deteriorated. I am here to help you break the cycle.
Contact me for your free coaching session:
Call me on 0333 370 3701 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange your free coaching session. We will start by having a brief chat over the phone to define what questions you wish to address, then set a date and time for your session.
More single parent help can be found here:
Family Lives’ Helpline: 0808 800 2222