You might have already heard that Flow Founder Lucy has completed an intensive level 7 Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Coaching at the University of East London.
She has now set up practice in Flow under the new name of EMBARK Counselling and Coaching.
Read on if you want to explore the many benefits of coaching and work towards a more motivated, mindful, and joyful you!
In the yogic texts, we are encouraged to liken our bodies to that of a chariot and our senses to the 5 horses that pull us, our mind is the charioteer and our passenger, the soul.
Coaching is similar to this useful metaphor. In coaching, we honour the universal law of motivation and are ‘coached’ to steer our ship firmly in the direction we choose to go. No longer are we drawn any which way, feeling lost or directionless. Through coaching, we embody the charioteer, and we know clearly which path is right for us to offer meaning, motivation, and maximum fulfilment.
You will be asked to complete an information form before your first session which will include some simple boundaries and safety measures as well as questions about your medical history.
Counsellors and psychotherapists are not medically trained and so cannot, and should not, offer any medical advice. Should your form reveal anything that might raise questions or concerns, I will recommend a conversation with your GP before starting therapy.
I also recognise that complex or chronic mental health conditions, such as bi-polar or schizophrenia, are better handled through the expertise of a medically trained psychiatrist.
Lucy Parker, is a trained and qualified counsellor, psychotherapist, coach, yoga teacher, meditation teacher and breath-work facilitator.
A widow, wife and mother, she describes herself as a “living breathing human becoming – embarking on my own journey many years ago and continuing to bear witness to the adventure.”
Lucy has over 15 years’ experience working privately with clients as a yoga, breath-work and meditation teacher. Working therapeutically with hundreds of clients has taught her one key thing: “We are all ultimately searching for health, to feel truly whole.”
Registered through the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists), Lucy has been awarded a level 7 Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Coaching from the University of East London. This unique, pioneering model takes a fully integrated 360-degree view of every person, seamlessly and progressively exploring their past, present and future dynamics within the therapy space.
“Our bodies are much more than ‘taxis for our brains’. That’s why my personal approach to counselling respects and validates our bodies as much as our minds.”
Embark Counselling & Coaching sessions are £80 per hour [60 minutes]
You can choose to pay for one session or in blocks of 6. Details about how to pay will be shared during your first session.
Payment must be made at least 12 hours in advance of your session, via our online booking system.
It’s often difficult to make that first booking which is why I offer a FREE informal 15-minute telephone call before you make your decision.
Thank you so much for your interest in this awesome piece of self-reflection and discovery. We can’t wait to be there to see you flourish.
I did some life coaching sessions with Lucy, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect as I had never done it before but as soon as I entered Lucy’s session it was explained in such a clear way. I found it very interesting, challenging and rewarding. The sessions were very thought provoking but that didn’t end in the room itself as on discussions between us both there was “homework” which was great as the weeks flowed so well and the journey wasn’t broken by time. The work is done by yourself, at no point did I feel influenced, hurried or judged just fully supported and respected by Lucy in every way and her knowledge and personality reflect on her style of coaching. If you need any guidance in your life I would whole heartedly recommend Lucy. It is the one journey I would want to do with no-one else. xxx
I was feeling stuck in a rut and like I needed a change in my career but was uncertain about which direction to go in. Lucy worked with me over four sessions to identify my core values and figure out what would make for a fulfilling work / life balance. She was a great listener, full of ideas, and incorporated lots of holistic practices from the other modalities she’s trained in. I feel excited about the future in a way that I haven’t in a long time thanks to our work together.
My coaching sessions with Lucy really have been transformational and I cannot thank her enough. When I embarked on these sessions, I did not know what to expect. What I did know was that I was ‘stuck in a rut’ of working long hours and had retreated to an isolated lifestyle where work and family came first, I was quite lonely and unable to perceive that anyone would be interested in spending time with a 60 year like myself. Lucy’s gentle yet positive advice and coaching encouraged me to question my self-perceptions, establish my values, what I want from life going forward and to take steps to achieve this lifestyle. Lucy encouraged me to describe myself and showed me that I maybe have been a success as an entrepreneur and more importantly to me, as a mother. This was so great to hear and such a boost. Articulating my ideal future lifestyle based on my values and goals was incredibly helpful too. One of the most important things I learned was that other people are not judging me and almost certainly do not see me as I thought they did. This was blocking me from reaching out to others, as an introvert. Instead, this has given me the confidence to make an effort with people and it has already been a revelation. Also knowing that Lucy was in the background encouraging me to establish SMART goals, did not allow me to slip into my old habits. I have embraced all of Lucy’s advice, knowing that I do not have to do everything, but can move as slowly or quickly as I can. I have a very different outlook on life in just a few short weeks, a renewed energy and cannot wait to see what the New Year brings. I would whole heartedly recommend your coaching.
I was stuck, unsure what I wanted to do with my life. I had been caring for family members whose situation had now changed. I had more time but was uncertain which paths to take. The structured sessions with Lucy helped me to focus on what I truly wanted for my future health and happiness. She was brilliant, taking time at each stage to ensure that I was supported. It was hard as I needed to take a honest look at my behaviours and work on how I could change my days to give me something that I would value more. Lucy worked with me, gently and incisively, enabling me to put together some goals. It was so empowering, so worthwhile. I can feel the tangible benefit of working with Lucy and am very thankful to her for all her care and support.
I contacted Lucy about her integrated coaching because I was at a point in my life when I had lots of different ideas and possibilities zooming around in my head but was lacking any real direction and didn’t know where to start, or even what I should be starting on! Through the coaching process Lucy helped me really consider my underlying motivations and steered me on a path which took into account all of the factors of my life and how I could build a meaningful project without compromising my commitment to raising my children and supporting their needs. I am now aware that I need to prioritise self care and build it into my weeks as a necessity and not a self indulgent luxury but I also needed an outline plan for a purposeful project outside of the home. The outcome of the sessions was a bit of a surprise as I had begun the process with an expectation that I would want to be setting up my own business. The work with Lucy made me realise that although I should hold onto my energy for this and not discount it for the future, it is not inspiring or exciting me at this point in my life. Instead I am embarking on a different project which is already fun and fulfilling and fits with so much of who I am and what I need to thrive. I would never have had the confidence to give it a go if it wasn’t for the support and guidance of Lucys coaching sessions.