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  • What is the Career Psychologist network?

    Rather than a company, we are a group of psychologists and coaches who have decided to collaborate. This means you can trust us to advise what is actually best for you, rather than most lucrative for us – we don’t make profits, we just earn a living.

  • Who do you work with?

    A wide variety of private individuals and organisations.  We’ve worked with 100s of people from all walks of life, employed, not employed, entrepreneurs, graduates, mid-career changers and senior leaders.  Our organisational clients range from professional services, banking and finance, oil and gas, construction and FMCG to elite athletes.

  • Why would I need a psychologist?

    Don’t worry.  We won’t ask you to sit on a couch and tell us about your difficult childhood.

    Psychology is the science of human behaviour.  Psychologists can therefore offer new and different perspectives on how and why we get stuck.  This helps our clients understand what’s holding them back.

    Getting unstuck and finding more effective and meaningful work can be a long and complex journey.  Along the way there can be many challenges – practical and psychological.  We can help you deal with both.

    If you like the sound of this, get in touch.

  • How are you different from other coaches?

    Read about the 5 reasons to choose The Career Psychologist here.

    If you like the sound of us, get in touch to set up an informal chat.

  • How long does the career change process take?

    It depends.

    In general, our career change plans are designed to help you think differently about yourself and your career.  This takes time and effort.  We would estimate that on average each step of the 5 step career change process takes 3-4 weeks.  Our aim is to help clients feel that they truly did all the ‘due diligence’ they could possibly have made on their career decision.  In some cases, this can be very rapid.  Even a one off session can do the trick.  But we have also had clients commit to a 12 month process, which allows a slow and planned transition.

    The average is something like 3-4 months.

    If you’d like to chat further, get in touch.

  • Will I inevitably change career / job after your process?

    No.

    Many people do, but the objective is to make the best possible decision. In some cases (perhaps 30% of our clients) they choose to stay where they are.  For now.  But in general, these people make a clear plan for the future (by working on a clear transition plan) and / or they take some concrete steps to improving their job right now.  This is called job crafting.

    Career paralysis, or being ‘headstuck’, is a kind of mental limbo, a non-decision. That’s very different from consciously deciding to stay in your current work on your own terms.  Ultimately the Getting Unstuck process is not about leaving your current job, but making a conscious decision about the future.

    Get in touch if you’d like to discuss this further.

  • Can you help me move from 9-5 work to something more flexible?

    Yes, if that’s what’s right for you.

    In the Getting Unstuck process there is a specific section on generating options.  At this stage we encourage people to imagine what different combinations of jobs or projects might look like (for example, 2 days per week on an exciting freelance project, 2 days per week doing work to pay the bills and 1 day per week childcare).

    Or we explore transition moves, for example cutting down to 4 days in your current job and creating 1 day per week to work on your new business or freelance idea.

    All options are systematically evaluated and in the final step, a clear plan created to help you move forward with clarity and purpose.

    Get in touch if you want to discuss how the Getting Unstuck process could help you.

  • Do you use psychometric tests?

    Yes, where it helps – but we use them cautiously. Personality cannot capture your whole essence – you’re not a ‘type’, you’re a human.   Second, personality is contextual, not absolute: a strength in one context is a weakness in another.

    And we don’t believe in ‘matching’ people to an ideal job.  Job markets are far too complex and fast-moving. They’re based on backward-looking data, and can only cope with the major career types. Because of this, they can’t recommend new careers, nor less well-known careers or portfolio careers.  Humans are even more complex.  It’s easy to find introverted sales people and extravert librarians.   And psychometric tests have a tendency to reinforce someone’s rigid view of themselves, when what is needed is reinvention.

    So unless used wisely, psychometric tests are just as likely to keep you trapped in old ways of thinking as to open new avenues.

  • What’s the first step?

    If you feel we might help transform your career, it’s usually best to meet or speak with one of our career psychologists informally about your situation.

    If after that we both think we could work together, we’ll make a proposal (i.e. number of sessions, cost, objectives and outcomes) based around your specific requirements.

    So to take the first step, just get in touch.

  • What are your prices?

    Individuals:

    Our aim is to make the very best career coaching and psychology available at the most competitive prices.  Prices continue to vary for individual career services between psychologists, location, number of sessions booked and availability.

    We offer a free introductory session  to assess what kind of career services you need after which you will receive a detailed proposal with cost information attached.  Get in contact here to book your introductory session.

    Organisations:

    For all corporate coaching services prices are available on request – please contact us.

  • Do you work with companies and other organisations?

    Yes!

    We offer both Executive Coaching  and tailored training programmes for organisations.  Our clients include Astra Zeneca, Boston Consulting Group, Bank of America, Danske Bank, Laing O’Rourke, London Airports, HMRC, the UAE Government, Thames Water and UK Power Networks.  We also work with the third sector, offering coaching and workshops at discounted prices.

    For more detail on our services go here.

    To discuss any of our corporate services and prices please contact us.

  • Executive Coaching, Getting Unstuck coaching

    Staying Afloat

    What to do when feeling emotionally “all at sea”

    When we get overwhelmed with distressing emotions or unwanted thoughts it’s a bit like being brought out to sea by a strong current into the middle of the ocean. If we don’t know what to do we can feel tired, frightened, exhausted and alone. Our mind might be telling us there’s no way back, our breathing can get faster and as we struggle to stay afloat by treading water or trying to swim against the current, it can feel exhausting and terrifying. Sometimes our mind might even tell us that drowning might be a good way to relieve our distress. One thing is for sure, the more we struggle the faster we will sink!

    To a poor swimmer, doing “nothing” in such a situation would be counter-intuitive, in fact they just wouldn’t think of it. But to an accomplished swimmer, lying flat on the water comes naturally and easily. This is how one person describes their experience of staying afloat:

    “I swim out and just lie on my back in the ocean, allowing ripples to pass under me. When larger ripples or waves surprise me I accept this, knowing that the moment will pass and the uncomfortableness I feel will not last forever. Sometimes, after I float for a while I look up and can see I’ve been carried away by the current and I know what to do. I don’t swim against it, instead I either let myself go with it until it brings me back to shore or I swim sideways instead, without tiring myself. While I lay back I can even notice the feeling of the sun on my face, the sound of the gulls, the smell of the sea, the sensation of buoyancy and the taste of salt on my lips as I allow myself to think about the things I am grateful for. Then, when I’m out of the current I will swim into shore and be with the people I care about. The worst that will happen is that I may be 100 metres further down the beach but I won’t have tired myself out and I won’t have drowned”.

     

    Sometimes, we can feel overwhelmed with distressing feelings, physical unease or unwanted, judgmental thoughts, particularly in quieter times or when feeling under stress. These thoughts are just like the ripples in the ocean; they never stop but they always move on past us. Some are small while others are larger waves, which hit us unexpectedly and can knock us off-kilter. Sometimes, life can even feel like we are caught up in an overwhelming current of emotion. This can occur in any life domain including work and careers, personal lives, relationships or individual general health and wellbeing. The good news is that ways to deal with life’s waves and emotional currents can be learned and practised, so they don’t have to overwhelm us. Indeed, just like we can learn to stay afloat in the ocean we can learn to stop struggling, lie back and wait for our unwanted thoughts and feelings to pass us by. For some people this might involve getting help from a psychologist, coach or therapist, for others it may be helpful to start with mindfulness exercises to help them to focus on our breathing and connecting with their five senses (what they can see, feel, smell, taste or hear), until they come safely back to shore.

     

    Mental health problems can arise for many of us in the workplace. The above metaphor was developed in collaboration with two clients who gave consent for this to be published to help others. Both individuals are highly successful business executives; one of whom suffered from work-related anxiety and panic attacks and another who suffered from chronic depression and at times could become submerged in suicidal thoughts. If you’re struggling with your mental health in your career or working life, you may benefit from having a quick chat with a career psychologist. A good starting point may be to have a look at The Career Psychologist website (https://www.thecareerpsychologist.com/)

  • Career Change, Career Development, Interview coaching

    Build your own resilience toolkit

    The human brain can be great at ignoring or forgetting what we have done well, and focusing on our mistakes, errors or ‘areas for development’.

    By building our own Resilience toolkit we can help to balance this out – bringing more of your skills in to view.

    How does it work?

    You begin by looking back through emails/texts/certificates etc and finding evidence of things you have done well.

    This could be a simple email from a colleague thanking you for your time or a good appraisal or even a piece of work that you are particularly proud of.

    You can either print these off and keep them in a physical resilience toolkit (why not start a folder or box?) OR if you prefer digital records, then go ahead and create a digital version.

    Once you’ve gone back through your past, it’s time to start working on the present and future.

    Now, you need to start noticing when you get further positive feedback or thank you’s and add these to your toolkit.  As well as this you should notice when you feel that you have done a good job and add this too.

    Over time your folder or box will be overflowing with wonderful things…..all about YOU.

    Now what?

    Now – when you are feeling a little overwhelmed, worthless or like you aren’t good enough….pull out that box.

    Inside you will find concrete proof from yourself and others that you ARE good at what you do.  That you ARE enough and that you ARE resilient.

    When life can become a little overwhelming, how many times have you been told to ‘keep your chin up’? The challenge when our ‘chin’ needs help is that we tend to ruminate on more negative aspects of our life. One way to use this resilience toolkit is to take the time to read it when you are feeling this way. It should help to boost some of those good mood hormones to help you move forward with purpose.

    It is also an incredibly useful tool for populating competency-based questions too!

     

    Added Bonus – Tips for Completion:

    I also find that a little mood boosting treat can be useful when building and reading through your toolkit.

    Try adding one of the following foods to your toolkit to give your brain an extra boost;

     

    • Dark chocolate is rich in compounds that may increase feel-good chemicals in your brain.
    • Coffee provides numerous compounds, including caffeine and chlorogenic acid, that may boost your mood.
    • Since up to 90% of your body’s serotonin is produced in your gut, a healthy gut may correspond to a good mood. Fermented foods like yogurt, kefir, kombucha, and kimchi, are rich in probiotics that support gut health.
    • Bananas are a great source of natural sugar, vitamin B6, and prebiotic fibre, which work together to keep your blood sugar levels and mood stable.