What is Coaching?
Coaching begins with questions; we ask you what you need and what you want to achieve. It’s about collaborating with you, listening to you actively, and helping you build up a toolkit of skills to achieve your goals. With coaching, you focus on specific, definable issues with the intention of creating practical solutions that work for you.
There is clear evidence to show that coaching works. It’s a great way to empower yourself with a practical toolkit to start moving forward with control and positivity.
Coaching is not a substitute for our 24 hour helpline. We are always going to be at the end of the phone for you when you are experiencing a crisis. Coaching is there to deepen our service, allowing you to move past the point of crisis and create a structured pathway towards feeling in control of your situation.
It is also not the same as counselling. Counselling tends to have broader focus on exploring and understanding feelings. It can be challenging, unearthing and confronting very painful feelings with a view to using this to make positive changes. Coaching is suited to more focused and specific scenarios, rather than a deep dive into broader feelings and experiences.
Thrive enables you to build up structure and direction with the support you receive. The platform allows you to choose when the sessions take place and what they focus on, this means you can see a clear pathway to reaching your goals. As a video platform, you also get to see your support specialist during the sessions, so you feel as connected as possible with your coaching journey.
Meet Jodie, Head of Support
As well as her role as the Head of Support, Jodie also ensures that the information we use in our support enables our community to feel resourced, informed, and more in control of their diagnosis.
Knowing who to speak to and how to access support is so important when you are diagnosed with a brain tumour. The most important thing to me in my role is that people know they don’t have to face this alone.
Meet Helen, Director of Services and Policy
Helen has experienced cancer from a caregiver and patient perspective. This 360 degree view means that she is well placed to understand the perspectives of anyone who is living with cancer.
“My goal is for anyone who is living with a brain tumour to live their best life everyday.”
Meet Carol, Support Specialist for high grade tumours
Hi I’m Carol and I support patients and their families diagnosed with a high grade tumour. I’m passionate about coaching patients and caregivers to ensure that they feel resourced, supported and in control to make the best decisions that work for them personally. Having been a caregiver I think it gives me the understanding of the challenges faced. I love the brainstrust ethos of thriving, not surviving and feel braintrust’s coaching, resources and support allow patients and their families to receive brainstrust’s unique, bespoke support service.
“It’s important for our community to be supported and resourced on their brain tumour journey. We have so many resources that it is good to work with patients and caregivers to ensure they can pick out which of our resources and support works best for them so that we can offer them a bespoke support service.”
Meet Laura, Support Specialist for low grade gliomas
Laura has worked in NHS mental health teams for over 5 years and is qualified in delivering low-intensity CBT. She’s here to support and coach anyone diagnosed with a low grade glioma, wherever they are in their journey, as well as caregivers/loved ones supporting someone with a low grade glioma. Through coaching, Laura seeks to help you to identify, work towards and achieve the goals that matter most to you.
“Each person’s brain tumour experience is entirely unique and I understand how important it is to have meaningful connection and a stable base at a time that can be so overwhelming. I joined brainstrust to be there for you in this unexpected journey and to empower you to live the life you want. “
Meet Rosie, Support Specialist for non-malignant brain tumours
Rosie has a background in marketing, a Masters in Psychology, and has previously worked with carers and dementia patients. She supports anyone affected by a non-malignant brain tumour diagnosis – meningiomas, acoustic neuromas, colloid cysts and more – whether patients or loved ones. With coaching, Rosie can help you feel more empowered and on top of things by supporting you to uncover and clarify your values, while moving positively towards succeeding in your goals.
Making a difference – no matter how small – underlines why I’m delighted to have joined the wonderful brainstrust team. Being diagnosed with a brain tumour, or loving someone who has, is no doubt a terrifying moment, so helping to make people’s lives better despite this, in any way, is the goal.
Meet our volunteer coaches
Our volunteer coaches have all had first-hand experience of life with a brain tumour, whether that’s as a patient, caregiver, friend or family member. They are qualified coaches volunteering their time to help support people living with a brain tumour and their loved ones to live their best life possible.
Hello, my name is Damon and I am the recipient of Terry the Tumour who is an Astrocytoma type 2. He’s been with me for quite a few years, but I wasn’t aware of this until December 2019 when he showed up on a scan!
It turns out that my brain tumour diagnosis was just the nudge I needed to make me think about my life and move me into positive action to embark on a year long in-depth coaching programme that would allow me to move out of recruitment and into coaching, helping people with mindset, self belief and confidence. I am now in a profession that i love and really fulfils me.
I am a volunteer at brainstrust because firstly, I am ready to give back to the community and would love to support others and empower them to thrive, and secondly because I love what brainstrust is all about – thriving not surviving sums it up for me…..very positive, empowering and about living life!
I have worked in the NHS as a nurse for 35 years and I have been a coach for 12 years Following my recent diagnosis with an Acoustic Neuroma and having to navigate through the NHS system I realised I have some skills to share as a coach.
I decided to start coaching when I was a matron in a busy surgical department. I realised that it will help to get the best out of my team. I needed to support them and coach them to be the best they could be. This led me to look at how a team works, how to be resilient and how to be inclusive.
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Find out more about coaching at brainstrust
What does coaching at brainstrust involve and how can it help you. Learn more on our coaching information page.