SUE JACKSON - PRINCIPAL
I am passionate about empowering and enabling people through coaching, training and supervision to engage with their whole selves, to find meaning and purpose and so make genuine differences to the qualities of their lives, the lives of others, in their homes, workplaces and communities. I have a particular interest in coaching individuals and organisations through transitions and change with its challenges, choices, reorientation and needs to adapt to thrive.
I'm delighted to have been part of the authorship and editorship teams to produce a book to share our knowledge, experience and ideas.
Our book introduces approaches from professionals working with the mind-body connection to reduce stress and anxiety, build motivation and enable individuals to understand and respond to their needs.
It includes Top Tips and an extensive resources section.
Empowerment for Health and Wellness
will be published on World Cancer Day, 4th February 2021
This is a significant date because the methods and content outline the experiences that continually come from supporting cancer patients, carers and their families at the Fountain Centre, a UK charity working with the National Health Service.
Alongside the chapters by the six coaches are chapters by experts in immunity, the health of our bodies, breathing skills for heart regulation and relationship development skills for clinicians and other healthcare professionals.
CONTRIBUTING AUTHORS: Gavin Andrews, Jackie Arnold, Victoria Hamilton, Enrico Illuminati, Sue Jackson, Aga Kehinde, Ann Lewis, Silvia Mirandola, Andrew A Parsons, Fiona Stimson, Chris Ullman and Amanda White.
You will discover the impact of three pillars of health and wellness: Awareness, Information and Learning.
This provides you with the framework to deepen your professional knowledge, skills and confidence to support others in times of uncertainty and crisis.
Clients have different drivers and needs. I coach with a variety of approaches, which build connection and develop trust. Our coaching space generates the safety to co-create, collaborate, challenge and determine what is needed for an individual or team to progress in authentic ways, aligned with the vision of their organisation and stakeholders.
The leadership skills strengthened through coaching give rise to greater clarity, leadership and empowerment for self, within teams and in systems.
I became a coach at a time when I had my own Landscape Architecture practice.
It was a serendipitous process, a swift, intuitive decision taken while observing a coaching session and its capacity to hold ambiguity, uncertainty and vulnerability while supporting the development of confidence and a different mindset.
So, just over 13 years ago, I began my professional training as an Executive Coach, eventually reaching the most proficient level of accreditation - Executive Master Coach with the Association for Coaching.
There are many influences that shape my work as a coach - coaching experiences and research, nature and landscape, personal development, the challenges of living through different transitions, including a potential life limiting condition, the practice of Mindfulness and the wish to support people to live and work in way that engages with their beliefs and values and helps them to cope when life turns out differently than they imagined.
To this end give I've trained coaches and volunteer with the Fountain Centre, part of St. Luke's Cancer Care Centre covering Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire.
An 8 week Mindfulness course changed my life. It gave me the skills to stay in the now rather than ruminate about what had happened or build scenarios about what might happen in future. It reduced my fear, stress levels and reactivity.
To me, Mindfulness feels like a life skill.
I wanted to learn more to bring it into all my work, both for significant benefits it could bring for my clients and to support my work as a coach. I went to Bangor University and trained in Mindfulness Based Approaches specialising in one to one.
I share the skills and practices of mindfulness with clients, tailoring to their needs and as a support system to manage emotions in times of uncertainty, anxiety and stress. I find these techniques help develop greater contentment, self-compassion and enable clients to consider different perspectives.
To empower others with the benefits of a coaching approach, I co-created and deliver Accredited Training in Salutogenic Coaching Skills.
This develops skills in Mindfulness, Presence, Emotional Intelligence and Salutogenesis to help people to connect to themselves and others with a sense of coherence, building self-efficacy and resilience in individuals, teams and Organisations.
I'm naturally curious and love finding out new information and ways to work.
Landscape and nature, art, friends and humour are important personal well-being resources and Ruby, my Border Terrier is a constant reminder to be mindful!
Here is a flavour of my diverse educational & professional achievements:
- Collaboration with Reciprocal Minds on the research and methodology for Personal Leadership, Salutogenic (health promotion) coaching and delivering linked accredited coaching training for organisations, healthcare professionals and individuals who aspire to be coaches.