Mental Health – Prevention is Better than Cure
Helping you to increase resilience, create positive change and improve wellbeing
Hello, I’m Janette Kirk-Willis. I’m a resilience specialist and a positive psychology coach.
I use a wide range of scientifically proven, evidence-based interventions to help you to create change and improve your wellbeing. I listen to and understand your current challenges and then work with you to explore and experiment with potential solutions.
My style is person centered, open and non-judgmental.
I coach in a face to face session, a walking session, on Skype or on facetime.
What is Positive Psychology?
Positive Psychology is the scientific study of what makes life most worth living. This field of psychology is founded on the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within themselves, and to enhance their experiences of love, work, and play.
What is resilience and why is it important?
In a world of increasing demands and growing uncertainty, resilience has never been more important.
Our lives can unfold in unexpected ways, life can be uncertain and challenging at times. It’s vitally important that we develop the skills to successfully navigate life’s twists and turns. With resilience we can remain strong mentally, emotionally and physically. We can bounce back, stay strong and remain replenished.
Resilience is not a fixed characteristic (like personality) it’s something that you can learn and strengthen over time.
Resilience is a way of behaving and looking after ourselves, and it’s a skill that can be learned at any age. We can create conditions to ensure our own wellbeing, including managing our relationships, our mindset, our physiology and even finding purpose and meaning in our lives.
How I can help
Using the RQi psychometric tool developed at the University of Westminster, together we look at your current habits and coping strategies. Then, through coaching we develop an action plan to build your skills of resilience.
We use tools that help you to manage stress, anxiety and pressure in all aspects of your life helping you to remain resilient through difficult times.
RQi provides a detailed measure of resilience for individuals, teams and organisations. It measures beliefs and behaviours that are proven to protect people against stress and burnout. It provides a detailed measure of resilience across Six Elements and 26 sub-scales to raise self-awareness and stimulate change. It offers personalised advice and planning on how to build even greater resilience, including online guides and video clips.
RQi is supported by one- to-one coaching to promote adoption of new habits and long-term behavioural change.
Resilience through Organisational ChangeLevels of Organisational change are almost constant as we keep up with the ever changing external environment. If we’re not careful our employees get ‘Change Fatigue’ with one organizational initiative following another. If organizational change isn’t handled well it can be a significant source of stress for employees. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have set standards for managing stress in the workplace. Using RQi we can equip individuals and teams with the tools to manage their own resilience through these changes and help them to manage stress more effectively and to overcome the ‘disruption’ that is now a constant in our organisations, thereby increasing their well-being.
Personal Resilience for IndividualsResilience is the ability to thrive, personally and professionally, even during times of high pressure, rapid change and adversity.
Life often throws us a curve ball that we need a plan of action to deal with. The RQi goes beyond traditional psychometrics. It assesses lifestyle and environmental factors to provide a reliable test and plan for resilience.
We begin by measuring your current levels of resilience and then devising a bespoke strategy to improve the areas that you’d like to focus on. For example, emotional resilience, positive mindset, relationships, managing emotions and even rediscovering your purpose. Resulting in you having the tools to really thrive.
Resilience for menopausal womenAs part of the study for my Masters in Applied Positive Psychology I chose to research Positive Psychology Interventions that might assist menopausal women. It’s a subject very close to my heart and there are scientifically proven, evidence-based interventions that work. The problem is that we can’t always see them in the midst of all the confusion of emotion and hormonal fluctuation that Menopause can bring. My study on Menopause led me to summarise the findings and recommendations in my blog post for The Positive Psychology People. Menopause Coaching can help you to work through the confusion, refocus your perspective, and enjoy a more stable, relaxed and positive transition
Helping you to increase resilience create positive change and improve wellbeing.
Some of my articles
The Benefits of Fostering ‘Belonging’ in the Workplace
How to Flourish
Supportive Relationships Enhance Resilience.
“Janette enables people to flourish with just the right combination of compassion and pragmatism. Her emphasis on positive psychology suits her enabling style and genuinely provides a supportive environment for individuals to thrive.”
"The fundamental shift I experienced as a result of Janette's coaching was around the art and power of balanced goal setting- She helped me to find out what I wanted and to go after it.
Janette’s non-judgmental style really helps you to safely reach for goals and to have belief in yourself.Janette's coaching was a massive influence on me at the start of my own journey to becoming a coach, thank you for this. It’s been a big influence on me"
Janette has been a trusted professional colleague over two decades and two continents. Coaching me with a calm, insightful and humorous approach, her forte is being able to have me acknowledge and address my truth in the nicest possible way... golden.
"Janette is a truly amazing coach and business professional. It is rare to find such an insightful and intuitive coach who can work with anyone to unlock and help them find answers.
Janette has worked with many leaders, professionals and colleagues and always works with them in a completely individual and bespoke way. I have really seen the success outcomes of this work that have been profound for all involved”
Janette is very warm, approachable and incredibly supportive and always available to provide assistance in times of need.
As BSI was undergoing it’s biggest transformation ever, Janette developed a course on Resilience for Change, which was offered to all members of staff in UK as part of Learning at Work Week. The course was delivered in four locations and very well received. It even won an award!