Welcome to my first blog, in which I address the most fundamental and frequent question I come across as a Coach. What is Coaching?

To understand how Coaching can enrich your life, help you to identify and remove the barriers that are holding you back and potentially be one of the most powerful things you ever decide to do, you’ll need an understanding of what it actually is.

So many people I meet either literally have no idea what coaching is, have a somewhat muddled view or are not sure how it differs from other helping professions like counselling or mentoring.

I’m based in Whitley Bay and coach face to face (in and around Newcastle, North Tyneside and the wider north east) and via Zoom or phone if you prefer or live further away. Sessions can also be arranged outdoors, including along the beautiful north east coastline.

What is Coaching?

There are lots of different definitions, views and opinions about what coaching is and isn’t, and there is so much literature out there. This article really just skims the surface, but hopefully it will spark your interest in starting to understand more about this powerful and potentially life-changing practice.

Coaching creates the environment, the framework, the time and the space to enable you to find the solutions that are right for you in your life. Unlike mentoring coaching doesn’t offer advice, and unlike counselling it mostly looks forward, up and out into the future, the one you want to consciously create for yourself. It supports you to set goals and take the action needed to achieve them. Without Coaching we can sometimes stay stuck for a long time, looking back over the past and remaining in a place that is no longer right for us.

“Coaching closes the gap between people’s potential and their current state. It is the art of facilitating another person’s learning, development, wellbeing and performance. It raises self-awareness and identifies choices so people are able to find their own solutions, develop their own skills, and change their attitudes and behaviours.” Jenny Rogers

How can Coaching help you?

Coaching can help you to think more clearly and more effectively. It helps you to become fully aware of the options, the choices that are available to you. It enables you to work out what you actually want, where you want to be and how you’re going to get there.

“The client is resourceful; the coach’s role is to develop this through skilled questioning, challenge and support; the practice of coaching looks at the whole person and across all areas of their life; the agenda is set by the coachee; there is an equal balance to the relationship and coaching is about change and action.” Carl Rogers

Who can benefit from Coaching?

Quite simply, anyone and everyone can benefit from Coaching. You might seek coaching out for yourself, or it might be offered to you through your workplace. You might be a leader or CEO who wants to gain more confidence in the way you lead, serve yourself and your team better and create a positive and thriving workplace culture.

We all have times in our lives where we reach a crossroads, and we are unable to move forward. We all have entrenched and habitual ways of thinking and being, some of which may no longer serve us. Coaching helps us to gain clarity on our current situation, to identify and remove the limiting thoughts and beliefs that are holding us back. Our thoughts and beliefs can act as barriers, preventing us from gaining access to the things we really want and deserve. Coaching helps us to see them and remove them, creating new more accurate and more positive stories about ourselves, to work out where we want to be and to set a course for how we will get there.

My own experience of the power of being coached led me to become a Coach myself.

I have sought out coaching at different stages in my life and will continue to do so. Even Coaches need Coaching. I was fortunate to be part of an organisational development programme in a former workplace, which included elements of one-to-one coaching alongside structured sessions where we discovered more about ourselves and how to work more effectively with others. It was amazing. Looking around me I knew I was more excited than anyone else in the room. I have always sought to know more about myself and to grow and develop, and it blew my mind.

Coaching offers a structure and mechanisms for the things I’ve sought out all my life. I understood more about how I could empower myself and others to play a more active role in creating and living the life I/they wanted to live.

Each coaching encounter has taught me something new about myself and provided new ways of looking at my life and the world around me. Coaching has seen me through some difficult decisions, providing me with the mechanisms to think well and make the best choices for me. I have gathered up new tools, strategies and resources along the way, which I continually draw on throughout my life.

“If you dare to be radical, to do your own thinking every day, and to help others to do the same, lastingly good things will happen. New ideas that work well, ideas that have been needed for ages will emerge. Systems that we revere but are hurting us will be exposed and replaced with better ones. Misunderstandings will fade. You will enjoy the fun of it.”
Nancy Kline

Who am I? Who do I want to be? How will I get there?

Coaching is a unique gift we can give to ourselves or to our teams. It gives us time and space to think for ourselves. It holds up a mirror and reflects us back to ourselves, enabling us to see ourselves in new, in different ways.

Coaching not only helps us to navigate life’s challenges, but it also teaches us things about ourselves that we didn’t know, that we might not learn anywhere else. It empowers us to move forward positively and confidently and equips us with the tools we need to support our future selves – to be the person we really want to be and to live the life we really want to live.

Benefits of coaching
Coaching provides a safe and confidential space to explore your thoughts, ideas and dreams.

Coaching can help you:

• be more self-confident

• achieve your goals

• think more clearly

• develop self-awareness

• feel more fulfilled

• be inspired

• find joy

Benefits of coaching

Coaching provides a safe and confidential space to explore your thoughts, ideas and dreams.

Coaching can help you:

• be more self-confident

• achieve your goals

• think more clearly

• develop self-awareness

• feel more fulfilled

• be inspired

• find joy

Whitley Bay

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About me

Coaching has been both life-affirming and life-changing for me – it’s not only something I’m passionate about but as a philosophy it’s something I do my best to live by. Coaching is about having belief in people – it assumes that everyone has potential and is inherently resourceful, that with the right support they can find their own best solutions and ultimately be the author of their own story, consciously creating a life that they want to live.

Through being the recipient of coaching over a number of years, working with some brilliant coaches, I have become more self-aware, more connected to my own thoughts and feelings, and have a good understanding of my own values, beliefs and strengths. I have discovered many tools which I regularly use to stay happy, healthy and motivated. Coaching can help to find happiness from within, rather than from things which may be outside of your control.

Through my practice I continue to learn about myself, others and the world around me. I continually develop and improve my skills to serve others and regularly take part in CPD events and opportunities.

The positive impact that coaching has had on me, is what motivates me to share this gift with others. It’s a privilege and an honour to be invited into people’s lives, to share their hopes and dreams and to support them in their own personal journey to finding fulfilment. I would love to help you find yours.

If you’re curious about how I can help support your journey, please get in touch for a free 30 minute consultation.

Nina Byrne


I hold a Masters of Arts in Coaching (Distinction), from Northumbria University. I’m a member of the Association of Coaching, abide by the Global Code of Ethics for Coaching and undergo regular coaching supervision.

I am also a member of the Board of Festival of Thrift.

Book life coaching in Whitley Bay

If any of this resonates with you and you’d like to find out more, I’d love to hear from you.

You can book a free 30 minute phone or Zoom consultation.

“Coaching has completely changed my approach to work and has also had some knock-on benefits for my personal life too. I am more self-aware, able to take criticism and I make time for reflection. The way in which I communicate has transformed, I feel like there is more clarity in my life and things are just a bit calmer. I have discovered who I am as a leader and I am comfortable with that which has increased my confidence and is pushing me to do more and go further.”
Lucy, Charity CEO
“Nina’s coaching sessions help me to work through challenges in a way that takes them from being quite overwhelming, to lots of smaller, manageable steps that get me to where I want to be. She always asks just the right question when I’m feeling stuck. She has a genuine, enthusiastic style that makes her a great coach!”
Michelle, Business Relationship Manager
“The sessions I have had with Nina have seen me through quite a turbulent time; quitting a job, then interviewing for and starting in a new one whilst also deciding to move house. These things would have previously overwhelmed me but Nina’s coaching enabled me to unpick some of my long-held beliefs and enabled me to face them. I have finished my sessions with a sense of calmness and confidence that I didn’t think I had in me.”
Jo, Arts Manager
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