One to One Coaching Session with Lisa

Coaching Session

Lisa Nolan, RGN, RM, Diploma Coaching

What coaching is:  There are numerous definitions of coaching, so here are some examples to help you to understand what it will mean to you.

The International Coaching Federation (ICF) defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.

Coaching is an ongoing, interactive, professional relationship designed to help the client achieve his/her desired results in their career and in life.

Coaching is the facilitation of learning and development with the purpose of improving performance and enhancing effective action, goals, achievement and personal satisfaction.  It invariably involves growth and change whether that is in perspective, attitude or behaviour – Bluckert 2006.

Lisa’s definition: Coaching is a safe courageous space where under the guidance of an experienced, skilled, empathetic and emotionally intelligent coach, you will reach deep into your potential, drawing on your skills and unique abilities (the ones you know about and the many more you are unaware of!) and using these as the cornerstones of new developments, changes and improvements in your life.

Coaching is a truly transformative process.  It’s a proven development tool used in organisations all over the world to help people feel more resilient and able to manage the challenges of work and life more effectively.  Coaching helps people to feel more motivated and empowered, and less stressed or overwhelmed. Discovering what your drivers are, reawakening your true values and identifying your life purpose are the cornerstones of a happy and fulfilled life.  Leadership skills learned through targeted coaching are transferable to other roles, sectors and even to your personal life.

What coaching is not: Coaching is not psychotherapy, counselling, advice or mentoring. It is not a prescriptive or a quick-fix solution.  The client enters into the coaching with the full understanding that they are responsible for creating their own results.  However, as every coach knows, each person ‘is naturally creative, resourceful and whole’. (ref: Co-Active Coaching) so we know and believe you have the capacity to shine in every aspect of your life and we use proven coaching processes and tools to help you make that happen.

You will benefit from coaching if:

  • You are open to the process and trust your coach.
  • You are willing to explore, challenge and change thoughts, feelings and actions that may be self-defeating. This is sometimes a difficult process, but coaching will support you throughout so that you can take meaningful action.
  • You understand that successful coaching requires a co-active collaborative approach between the client and coach. In the coaching relationship, the coach plays the role of a facilitator of change, but it is the client’s responsibility to enact or bring about the change.

Process: The coaching process that I practise is client-centred and based on Carl Rogers’ approach which is underpinned by an unconditional positive regard for the client.  Throughout your coaching process, I will provide the safe container of a supportive coaching space for you to be free to speak, and to explore your thoughts and feelings in your own time without rush or judgement.  At the same time, when necessary I will nudge you along so that the sessions are not just an aimless chat with no progress made.  I promise to turn up at each session prepared and completely present for you and your coaching needs.  As my client you will be the centre focus of each minute of each session, and you can specify at any time particular issues you would like to be coached on and if you are not ready to discuss any issue at any time you can let me know.

Your responsibility:  Coaching will not be effective if you as the client do not commit to setting aside protected, private and uninterrupted time for each session.  If you are having phone coaching, you should ensure that the line is clear and that you are in a quiet place to take the call.

What coaching is.

What coaching is not!

Why is coaching done on a 1-2-1 basis?
Why are 4-6 sessions recommended?

Where coaching fits around other therapies.

Lisa Nolan
Lisa Nolan
Resilience and Leadership Coach and Trainer, RGN, RM

About the instructor

Having first qualified as a general nurse and subsequently as a midwife, Lisa has worked in a diverse range of clinical settings including Beaumont Hospital Dublin, street clinics in Calcutta, King Edward VII Hospital and the Royal Marsden Clinic in London, and GP practices in Dublin. A move to the administrative side of healthcare included roles in the Blackrock Clinic, Lowell House, and the Irish Practice Nurses Association where she managed a successful application for charitable tax exemption, drafted governance policies for Board to approve, mentored rotating Board Members in their new roles and responsibilities, and coordinated clinical awards and bursaries.  She built a successful Virtual Assistance business before going on to qualify as a Business, Executive and Personal Coach.

Now a Resilience and Leadership Coach and Trainer, Lisa’s coaching practice is underpinned by her nursing background and knowledge of how physical and mental health is woven into every aspect of our personal and working lives.  She helps her clients recognise and manage stress, ground themselves and their leadership practices in their core values, reacquaint themselves with their life purpose, and design and implement meaningful changes that are embedded so that they will last long after the coaching process has ended. She helps clients to develop their personal resilience using their own physiology, research-based coaching techniques and evidence from studies in neuroscience. She uses various coaching models, including Micro-Resilience (proven, research-based tools and rejuvenating behaviours that take seconds to implement and lead to immediate results), Co-Active Coaching, Conversational Intelligence, and others. Her approach throughout her past nursing career and in her coaching practice now is one of 'unconditional positive regard' for her clients (ref: Carl Rogers). 

She is on the Centre for School Leadership’s coaching panel for school leaders and her Leadership Development Coaching Programme for Nurses and Midwives has been accredited for 10.5 CEUs from the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland. She is an associate coach for Grace Consulting, providing Parenting/Returning to Work after Maternity Leave Programmes, Career and Executive Coaching.  She gives talks on resilience to community and patient groups, groups of employees in workplaces, at seminars and at networking meetings.  She co-facilitates peer group coaching supervision sessions with coach colleagues.

She has a special interest in health literacy and has contributed to nursing and medical journals, websites and blogs, writing about new approaches and technology that enhance health literacy. 

Lisa can be reached via or e-mail: Lisa{at}


Professional Training Delivery and Evaluation QQI Level 6 (Train the Trainer).

Diploma in Business, Executive and Personal Coaching (Coach Institute of Ireland).

RGN (NMBI Ireland),


Dip. H.E. in Midwifery (Kingston University, UK),

Diplomas in Executive PA and Legal (Pitman Training)

Certificate in non-profit governance (Roehamptom University)

Professional Memberships: 


Coaching Session 
1.5 hours

By phone, online meeting or face to face in Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan.

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