The majority of Karen's lifestyle coaching is with private clients who ask her to work on a range of professional and personal opportunities and challenges.
Clients usually work with her for up to 6 months, although some for longer. Every coaching programme is tailored to your individual requirements.
Sessions are typically 60 minutes, although some programmes are arranged on a draw down basis and time can be used in blocks of 15, 30 and 45 minutes if clients wish to work that way.
Professional and Personal Development
"You're not starting from scratch, you're starting from experience"
Karen is highlighting career transition because it is the topic that most private clients hire her for. Having had three very different careers herself, she understands the challenges, the thought of ‘starting from scratch’ and dealing with the opinions of others (often their fears)! and - of course - the pay-offs.
She will explore personal values, external drivers and other lifestyle factors and take a deeper dive into your skills, strengths and explore what it means to be in transition. Enquiries are also welcomed from retirees wanting to discover their ‘what’s next’.
If you think you’d like to work with Karen but are unsure what your area of focus might be, then her coaching retreat In The Making will give you a new lease of life with:
Clarity about what’s important to you
Confidence to create or let go
Commitment to get stuff done
Coaching tools and techniques to set you up for life
"your life is your story
write well, edit often"
Decluttering and Hoarding
On one level, holding onto our belongings is the most natural thing to do. Our possessions are an expression of who we are but also wrapped up in the memories we cherish and hold dear. However, this can become problematic when we feel unable to let go of things to the extent that it affects the way we live. Hoarding in this way typically builds up over a period of many years and goes way beyond not having enough time to keep things tidy or being disorganised and in extreme cases can result in isolation and loneliness.
Working with clients at home can achieve life changing results and for many they tackle something they dared not believe could happen. Being able to breathe new life back into a home, celebrate a move or welcome family and friends back into your life cannot be under estimated,
Much of Karen's work in this field is with families and clients who want to help aging parents prepare for their next life stage by either downsizing, moving or making their existing homes more liveable.
As an adoptee (and a very happy one) Karen has spent a lifetime understanding the importance of building and maintaining healthy relationships with her adoptive and birth families. She truly believes that coaching can positively impact your own adoption story if this is something you would like to explore.
"I can thoroughly recommend Karen Hayns to work with you if you would like to de-clutter your home or anywhere else that might need it. She makes something that you are perhaps dreading, like I was, fun as well as achieving the objective. She applies a methodology and process that you work through collaboratively with some clever approaches that motivate you along the way and give you a sense of accomplishment. She offers simple handy tips and injects magic touches throughout that make a huge difference. She does not dictate or ‘tell’ but digs a little deeper to understand your rationale for keeping so many things and then works with you on a solution that results in the ultimate de-clutter whilst retaining what is important to you. At least she did all that with me and I came away knowing we had created space not only in my house but also in my head. I soon found that working with Karen had changed my mindset and the way I approached holding on to things. Karen’s enthusiasm, helpfulness, calmness and pragmatism complemented her work strategies to achieve all targets in a thoroughly enjoyable way. Something I had dreaded and never thought I would do was made achievable and the experience that went with it was far beyond my expectations all thanks to Karen."
"I was a bit sceptical about coaching as I think it's so hard to empathise with the issues facing a particular workplace or industry unless you've worked in them but Karen didn't take long to get the thread of things and understand the key drivers and problems. She is an excellent listener and able to draw on details of your background and sessions in which you have discussed things effortlessly. As ever, it's about getting you to sort out your own way forward rather than giving you a magic ticket and Karen does this very well."
Peter - Headteacher