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Igniting Excellence

Hello, my name is Stephanie James. I am a certified life coach, relationship coach, and executive coach. I am the founder of Igniting Your Excellence, a life coaching practice that partners with individuals and professionals who want to ignite their growth for greater fulfillment, satisfaction, and quality of life. I have over 15 years of experience in helping people find more fulfilling purposes for their lives. Would you like to build a road map that leads you to healthier relationships with both self and others? Do you want a more satisfying personal and professional life? As your life coach, I will help you tap into your potential to become the best you. I want you to overcome those obstacles that stand between you and the way you truly want to live your life. It is a priceless feeling when you successfully create goals you believe in and watch yourself achieve them! I assist my clients to move from: stuck to unstuck, stumbling blocks to steppingstones and searching for break-through to discovering the purpose-filled lives they want to lead. As your coach, I would provide you with proven tips, tools, exercises, and processes to help you score success in: - Your Personal Growth: o Self-awareness, self-acceptance, and self-esteem o Clarify your personal desires, purpose and meaning o Develop self-compassion and compassion for others o Manage and resolve unfinished tasks and conflicts o Enhance your coping skills, stress-management, and resilience o Enhance your communication skills and relationship building skills o Emotional awareness and emotional intelligence o Identifying and building your strengths and values o Increasing motivation and an optimistic mindset o More... - Your Relationship Enhancement: o Stay in a relationship or be single o Concerned about romantic relationships, family relationships or friendships o Have a history of troubled relationships o Have difficulty knowing what you want from a significant other or o Just want to stay on track in a fulfilling relationship o More... - Your Professional Growth: o Enhancing effectiveness, communication, and leadership skills o Becoming more self-aware and confident o Managing challenges and difficult personalities o Identifying and overcoming limiting beliefs o More... I offer pay-as-you-go sessions as well as packages. Contact me for your complimentary introductory session today. I look forward to connecting with you soon and being a part of your journey!

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I love showing up for my clients by helping them re-imagine their lives. With extensive experience in Life Coaching and a vast history of client success, my individualized goal planning approach helps my clients reach the quality of life that they deserve. As a professionally trained and experienced life coach and counselor of fifteen years, it's so rewarding to be able to provide the tools and understanding that my clients need to create the life that they imagine for themselves and to help them gain a renewed sense of self.

What inspired you to start your own business?

I started my own business so that I could create opportunities for individuals who long to improve their quality of life but their busy schedules do not always allow them the time that is needed to be intentional about creating change. I offer flexible hours to enable more people to get the help that they want to improve their quality of life. I also started my own business so that I could provide virtual appointments for my clients. I recognized how important it is to be as accessible and flexible as possible, this removes so many barriers for people who truly want change in their life.

Why should our clients choose you?

I want to empower you to be your best self in all aspects of life. I provide friendly and constructive advice, accountability, and support to help you reach your full potential. I will provide you with concrete tools and exercises to keep you on track. Together we will create a roadmap not only to reach your goals, but to also increase your self-confidence and maintain an optimistic mindset about the future that you desire.

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Your expert Counsellor will be able to advise you on the full range of services available and will be able to advise on what is most suitable. Use Bark to get free quotes and schedule an appointment today.

At your appointment, you will be encouraged to talk about your feelings and emotions with a trained Counsellor who will listen and support you without judging or criticising.
The therapist can help you gain a better understanding of your feelings and thought processes and find your own solutions to problems. However, they will not usually give advice or tell you what to do. The Counsellor might sum up what they understand you have been saying so that they can help you to form a plan of action.

Counselling can take place in a number of ways. These include:

  • Face to face session

  • Group session

  • Phone session

  • Email session

  • Online through live chat services or video conferencing software

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 Counsellor.

You can be confident that any of the Bark local Counsellors listed will give you a reliable and efficient service to help you feel better.

You could look for Counsellors that are accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) which means that they have met the PSA’s required professional standards to practise.

Before you choose a Counsellor, you could read testimonials and read details of the issues they can help with on their website.

You could also look at their profile page on Bark and check out reviews from past customers too.

Counselling can help with many issues. These include the following:

  • Mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety or eating disorders.

  • Physical health conditions such as infertility.

  • Difficult life events such as a bereavement, a relationship breakdown or work-related stress.

  • Dealing with difficult emotions such as low self-esteem or anger.

  • Sexual identity issues.

  • Divorce.

  • Redundancy and work issues.

  • Phobias and fears.

Absolutely! Many Counsellors provide their services remotely via an online video call or the telephone. Not only is it more convenient, but it's also the preferable option for many people who would feel more comfortable holding the session from the comfort of their own home.



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