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Erica Steele and Associates Ltd

Do you need help planning the next step in your career, or strategies to manage issues and build confidence in your professional or personal life? I can help with my wide range of experience dealing with both individuals and organisations. N.B. There is generous funding now available for Auckland business owners via the First Steps Programme organised by the Auckland Chamber of Commerce. I have recently been selected as a 'preferred provider' for this programme. If you are interested, schedule a free 30 minute introductory meeting with me (no obligation). Here's the link for funding https://firststeps.nz/apply-for-funding/ CAREER COACHING AND LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT- plans, preparing for your next move, coaching, performance enhancement, managing staff and stakeholders, interview skills, CVs, coaching, training and development, negotiation skills, manage the effects of workplace bullying, career progression, employee assistance PERSONAL COUNSELLING- build confidence, manage anxiety, stress, grief, relationships, narcissistic abuse. Debrief from challenging situations. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Short Intervention Addiction Therapy MENTORING AND COACHING - professional, manager and supervisor mentoring. Help when transitioning into new roles and responsibilities or are in a challenging personal situation. Build assertiveness skills, communication, presentation and networking skills COST ESTIMATE AND TIPS FOR FUNDING: Experienced private counsellors generally charge between $120-160 +GST per hour depending on the type of service. You may also be eligible to get funding for counselling via your employer (I am a registered provider for InStep EAP), or your insurance company. For example MAS Insurance offer their members 3 free sessions currently. Here are some other low cost options if you need them: https://ericasteele.co.nz/resources/ Finally, here's a recent interview I did with the Herald re bullying in the workplace: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/front-page-top-stories/news/article.cfm?c_id=698&objectid=12285199

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What do you love most about your job?

I love assisting professionals to create satisfying personal and professional lives. I am not just a business, career coach but also a fully qualified therapist. This is important as I find clients need support with professional goals as well as personal focus and motivation in order to perform well. Getting regular feedback that I've 'made a difference' makes it all worthwhile! I love to learn and add to my 'toolkit' of skills, referral contacts, experience and training. A professional level of supervision ensures I provide a quality service.

What inspired you to start your own business?

I love meeting and helping others. Originally, I come from an operations management, HR, business background. I identified that many professionals needed much more than a 'once over lightly' presentation or goal setting session. This included isolated managers and CEOs who had lost confidence, or were experiencing challenging personal or relationship situations including anxiety, burnout, sometimes boredom! So I built a "Beyond Life Coaching" service where professionals could explore and address complex issues in a focused, tailored way. My service includes assisting people to manage their life/career direction, build confidence and self esteem, manage stress. Sometimes there are other issues including bullying, relationships, grief, illness, burnout or addiction. My work has led on to some other wonderful opportunities including writing "The Mentoring Handbook - a guide for mentors, proteges and organisations" which has been used for a number of national mentoring programmes and workshops. I have also been honoured to have been selected to work on major international events to mentor and coach managers.

Why should our clients choose you?

I am not just a business coach but also a fully qualified therapist so you get a more comprehensive service. I have areas of specific expertise (outlined below).
I am professional, ethical and have had a very high level of positive client feedback.
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What kinds of people do you help?
I work with people and groups from a wide range of industries including retail, services, trades, SMEs, not for profit, elite sports, government and the arts. I also love to assist individuals create careers such as including school and university leavers, as well as those in their 30s, 40s, 50s and beyond.

“I’m not sure what I need (but know I need some type of help). How do I even start?”
This is very common so don’t worry! Questions about our careers and life can go around in our heads for ages before we take action. Friends and family often may want to help but may not have the specific expertise or knowledge you need to take action. I offer clients a safe supportive ‘space’ to look at what’s practical, do-able and motivating.

It’s important that you relate to the person coaching you so I offer a free half hour appointment (no obligation) . In that meeting you will have the opportunity to discuss your needs and ask any questions you have about the service. You can either decide to work with me at the end of that session or take more time to consider or to look at other options. There's no judgement on that. If you have needs I can’t assist with, I am happy to refer you to other suitable services and contacts.

What’s your approach?
I offer a friendly, confidential service where clients can explore, workshop and strategise. My style is collaborative and open. Life can be very challenging so I aim to provide a safe unconditional space where clients can relax, understand themselves more deeply and feel confident to make positive changes. Clients often approach me for support to step outside their ‘comfort zone’, so I am mindful to allow time for reflection, exploration and research. At the same time I’m aware of the need to keep sessions focused – I’ll discuss key priorities and issues with you in a straightforward, supportive manner. Workplaces and social contexts are always changing so staying abreast of new trends and opportunities is crucial. The following ‘toolkit’ of skills and awareness are applied depending on the needs of the individual or group.

These include:
Narrative (storytelling)
Solution Focused Approaches
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Existential (meaning of life)
Knowledge of performance management, HR and employment law
Communication and negotiation skills coaching
Research methods
Presentation skills
Relationship management
Facilitation and group training skills
Identifying key drivers and motivators
Key skills and competencies for future roles
Building profile including social media and networking strategies

If you would like other referral contacts I am happy to assist.

Can you provide your services online or remotely? If so, please add details.

Yes, by Skype, Zoom or phone. I work with clients both nationally and internationally

What changes have you made to keep your customers safe from Covid-19?

I offer Skype, Zoom and phone sessions. We have a strict CV protocol in place at our practice rooms: Abelard House, 518 East Coast Rd, Mairangi Bay. This includes regular deep cleaning, sanitising, risk analysis etc. These protocols are regularly reviewed as required by the Health and Safety at Work Act and government advice and are incorporated into our Health and Safety plan.

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This will vary according to the level of experience and training that the therapist holds.

This will depend on where you live, what level of training your therapist has and what they specialise in (whether they are a counsellor, psychotherapist or psychologist) and also how many years of working experience they have.

Your professional therapist will be able to advise you on the full range of therapies available and will be able to help you select the best one to suit your needs. They will also be able to answer any questions you may have. Use Bark to get free quotes and find a trusted therapist today.

You need to devote some time to finding the right therapist as the connection you have with your therapist is essential. You need someone who you can trust, someone you feel comfortable talking to about difficult subjects and intimate secrets, someone who will be a partner in your recovery. Therapy will not be effective unless you have this bond, so take some time in the beginning to find the right person.

It is worth talking to a few potential therapists and asking questions. Therapists also have special areas of focus, such as depression or eating disorders. For some issues, such as trauma or PTSD, seeing a specialist is absolutely essential.

Everyone’s treatment is different. How long your therapy lasts depends on many factors.

You may be offered a single session of counselling, a short course of sessions over a few weeks or months or a longer course that lasts for several months or years.

It can take a number of sessions before you start to see progress but you should gradually start to feel better with the help and support of your trusted Bark therapist.

Professional counsellor training takes three to five years and can be a diploma or degree level. Qualification requires a minimum number of client hours acquired through a work placement.

You may also want to ask for testimonials of their recent work. You could also look at their profile page on Bark and Bark can show you reviews from past customers who have used their therapy.

Therapy has repeatedly and consistently helped patients with a whole host of issues. It can help with mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety or an eating disorder. Or it can help with an upsetting physical health condition such as infertility, a difficult life event such as a bereavement or a relationship breakdown. It can also be used to tackle difficult emotions such as low self-esteem, anger or sexual identity issues. Therapists also offer couples therapy. Therapists can also help with anxiety issues deriving from the coronavirus.

Absolutely! Many therapists offer sessions over the phone or through an online video chat platform, so you can have a session from the comfort of your own home - all you need is a strong internet connection and you're good to go.



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