Jane Jackson wants to develop a recovery coaching package for people with personality disorder within the next five years. But first she's concentrating on coaching people and small organisations to help them define and reach their goals. She tells Hanne Lee about her own goals and how she is reaching them.
How did you become a life coach?
Three years ago I was made redundant when a weekend crisis house I set up, and was running, lost its funding. I came across an advert from the Coaching Academy which offered a free weekend course in life coaching and went along believing I’d pick up a few tips. At the time I only wanted to help myself set some goals and targets for the future about where I wanted to be and what I wanted to do. I had no intention whatsoever of becoming a life coach. In learning about the process of coaching I realised it was something that I’d been doing most of my life, especially when supporting somebody in crisis. Because it is about empowering people, it sat very well with my own values and beliefs and I became inspired to pursue it as an alternative way to earn a living whilst continuing to support others.