Spotlight on Claire Dore
Join us over a cup of something warm to take the chill off on these frosty days for a chat with Claire Dore, who has recently joined our team of therapists here at The Wellbeing Centre as Wellness Coach for busy Mums.
Our series of blog features “Spotlight on..” gives you an opportunity to find out more about the therapists working at The Wellbeing Centre. We ask them questions about themselves, how they got interested in complementary therapy and what inspires them to do what they do. Our favourite section is their top tips for Wellbeing. What’s yours?
1. Tell us a bit about yourself, Claire.
I am a Mum of 3, wife, coach, entrepreneur, teacher & trainer. I coach women to be themselves and fully embrace who they are. I especially enjoy working with busy Mums to help them regain their identity, helping them rebuild their self-confidence and self esteem, and to generally help them to feel happier around their family.
Having experienced the changes and challenges you face when you become a Mum and found coaching a huge part of helping me to find myself again, I am hugely passionate about helping other Mums to do the same, helping them to put themselves first and reminding them that they are the leaders and role models in the family.
When I am not coaching I love to bake with my children, watch my boys play football, run, have family time, and throw myself down mountains! Oh and I love to support several charities each year and set myself crazy challenges…next up is running the London Marathon 2017, fundraising for Children with Cancer UK: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ClaireDore
2. What was your first experience of complementary therapy?
I have always had a keen interest in complementary therapies and have always been open to trying new treatments or services for over 20 years now. It’s difficult to remember exactly what was my first ever complementary therapy, but I think it was seeing a nutritionist. I have always had a keen interest in food and have been cooking since I could reach the cooker, so understand and indulge in this area, was a natural progression for me.
Focusing on my own nutrition, helped me to really understand the affects of food on the body, what suited me, how it impacted my energy and mood and how it was able to make me feel more balanced as a person. I have since studied a huge amount on nutrition and bring some of that learning into my coaching work.
3. What made you decide to become a therapist yourself?
Life is a journey and for me life has been a journey of self discovery, especially since becoming a Mum. I have always been really open to ways to improve myself, my relationships and finding more harmony in my life.
My coaching business has developed over the last 7 years and I feel my experience of being a Mum over the past 13 years has really added to my development and learning. I have had experienced many challenges being a Mum and have a real understanding of what it feels like. The constant demands can be really draining, exhausting and often frustrating, and at times we can feel like we are going mad, I really get it, I’ve been there too.
Coaching has been such an incredible support and a breath of fresh air in my life, helping me to think in a different way. One of the things I have found is that an outsider can see the things you can’t see for yourself, and I have learnt that you cannot solve a problem with the same thinking that got you there in the first place.
Mums do not have to do it all alone, we all need support, encouragement and guidance to help us feel more at balance and harmonious.
4. What are your top 3 tips for wellbeing?
Head space – Create time for you at least 3 times a week, this could be going to a yoga class, going for a run, sitting with a book, spending time cooking or doing a mediation. Life is so busy these days, particularly when you are a Mum, having head space is one of the most valuable and important things to do in our lives. It helps restore our energy, clarity, creativity and increases productivity, doing less is more!
Movement – Exercise has so many benefits and is essential for our overall wellbeing, health and mindset. Just 20 minutes of exercise a day can improve your mood, and promote intelligence too! Exercise has been shown to be one of the most effective prevention and treatment strategies for depression. I consciously make sure I have time to exercise daily as I notice a huge impact on my mood, helping me create a positive mindset as well as being meditative and brilliant in triggering creativity, all my best ideas come to me on a run!
Healthy Eating – the saying you are what you eat, is so true. Eating clean and healthy foods can dramatically enhance your energy levels, mood and prevention of disease. Preparing fresh is key to feeling your best and having control of what is in your food. I am big believer in having a sugar free diet, I believe sugar is the cause of much disease and actually strips your body of nutrients. I have many tips in this area but it would make this section very long, so maybe I’ll share it on a blog sometime instead!
5. Who is your greatest inspiration in your wellbeing journey?
Gosh there are so many inspirational people I have met on my coaching journey, and so many authors I adore, so it’s hard to choose one! I love Nelson Mandela and all that he stood for, his quotes will always be my favourites. I adore Louise Hay and Debbie Ford’s work, I draw on this a lot in my own coaching practice. Oh and currently I am reading “Getting the love you want” by Harville Hendrix, wow, this is truly excellent and real eye opener about relationships.
6. What issues have you had most success in helping your clients with?
- Helping clients move forward in their lives, helping them create an action plan and holding them accountable to deliver on them.
- Helping clients create and stand firm on their boundaries, this is a big area for mums.
- Helping clients manage overwhelm, and help them to let go of old patterns of behaviour.
- Helping clients achieve their goals.
- Helping clients create time and head space to think about themselves, recognise their skills and values and help them to think about what they would love to do.
- Helping clients have loving, caring and understanding relationships with their families.
- Helping clients realise that they are who they are, they do not need to be like anyone else and this is ok.
- Helping clients get to the root of the problem, e.g why they cannot lose weight.
- Helping clients see what is holding them back or stopping them in their lives, and helping them overcome those obstacles.
7. Can you share an example of a case study with amazing results?
“Claire took me on a journey across the broader questions of my life’s goals and potential barriers to those goals. In so doing, she helped me see everything I’m doing holistically instead of letting me push full steam ahead on plans that might fail if the rest of my life wasn’t considered. Claire’s questioning helped me realise the fear that has motivated so many of my actions, choices and decisions. This fear, if not identified, could have sabotaged any future plans I had. Claire’s goal is to make sure my plans fit into the broader picture of who I am, and don’t detract from the ultimate goals for all of my life. Claire’s creative questioning, listening skills, care and support, as well as her positive attitude provide a wonderful coaching experience, which I am happy to recommend” – Mum of 2.
8. Is there anything else you would like to share?
I work with everyone is a unique and tailored way, dependent on your needs, most often I work on a 1-2-1 basis and run regular workshops. I also write a blog fortnightly with various coaching tips, so drop me an email if you’d like to added to my list – firstname.lastname@example.org
9. What’s the best way to contact you for more information and to book a treatment with you?
Best to schedule a call with me to see how I can help. Feel free to contact me using my details below:
N.B. The Wellbeing Centre Reception is open to drop-in and email enquiries weekdays 9:30- 17:30 excluding Bank Holidays. Please note that I am able to see clients outside of these hours by appointment and subject to availability.