“As no one else can know how we perceive, we are the best experts on ourselves.” Carl Rogers
It took me a long time to realise that I was the one person in my life who could offer the empowerment needed to move forward through my trauma and adversity.
Hi, my name is Alexis Downing a mother of one, a care-giver and a lover of nature. I am also a professional coach in training working towards a diploma with the International Coaching and Counselling Institute.
As an experienced long-term care-giver I have noticed a lack of support and effective coaching for this group of people. This is what has moved me to the coaching world. I work with the Person-Centred Approach, a theory developed by Carl Rogers in the 1940s and 1950s which focuses on a dynamic relationship between coach and client; I, as your coach strive to be empathetic, fully present and non-judgemental in order to create an open environment of learning and change for you to grow and make lasting transformations.
It’s exactly the environment that I yearned for when I was struggling. Instead, I felt a strong need to lean on others, hoping and wishing that they would take the pain away and change my life for me. Of course, this is not what happened. I had yet to realise that the power to make a change, no matter how small was within myself. But I needed help to get to that place of acknowledgement.
I believe that we all, at some point in our lives will face adversity and loss and take it on in the best way we know how. I also believe that we all have the power and resilience to make the best choices for ourselves. At times though, this can be challenging and you can lose touch with yourself all too easily. This is when effective coaching can be just what we need.
I currently work for a charity offering support and coaching to the person who needs the care so the care-givers can take respite. I also offer private coaching sessions to clients facing a variety of challenges.
My goal as your coach is to empower you to the point that you can move forward confidently without me.
After all, we are the keepers of the way we choose to live our lives.