JC Bowers-Brown, MA, M.Res, ACC, DipBSoM is a compassion-based coach, hospice chaplain and meditation teacher , practising in Derbyshire, UK.
I am an ICF certified Coach, BSoM accredited Meditation Teacher and BHCT endorsed Buddhist Healthcare Chaplain, specialising in working with people facing grief and loss.
After graduating with Sheffield and Salford Universities in the UK, I completed coach training with MentorCoach in the US and Barefoot Coaching in the UK and am professionally accredited by the International Coaching Federation. I have been practicing zen for over a decade and am certified by the British School of Meditation as a Meditation Teacher and endorsed by the Buddhist Healthcare Chaplaincy Trust as a Healthcare Chaplain.
My primary professional orientation is informed by a compassion-based approach to coaching people grieving the loss of a loved one. Grief is a normal and natural human process but also a painful and often unpredictable one, that shatters the assumptions we once had and leaves us unsure of ourselves and the the world around us.
A life may have ended but the continuing bonds of our relationships do not and my coaching recognises that, rather than attempting to tell people what they ‘should do’ to ‘move on’. There are no set ‘stages’ to get through. Each person is their own best expert in themselves and each grief experience is unique. Loss is not reducible to a dictionary definition but a different journey of integration, change and transition in each experience. My life’s work is to support people to find their own best way and accompany them in that process.
I work in partnership with my clients to develop a compassion focus that is integral to their ability to live meaningfully with the experience of grief and loss. It is as much about working with our minds as our hearts, as much about courage as it is being kind. I help my clients to understand how to work with rather than against themselves, so as to be their compassionate best, to access their wisest, kindest and strongest selves to face their most sensitive and challenging times.
Coaching packages are available as single sessions that provide a compassionate, non-judgemental space that allows honest conversation and reflection, enabling clients to safely explore their feelings, identify specific issues and clarify important life intentions and decisions.
Wise hope is not seeing things unrealistically but rather seeing things as they are, including the truth of suffering—both its existence and our capacity to transform it.
Often such powerful issues and intentions around life and death, grief and loss, take longer to unfold and need time and reflection to be unearthed, considered and worked through. Three, six or twelve month coaching agreements are available for a limited number of clients who feel they would benefit from such an arrangement. These offer the deep level coaching service necessary to accompany and support you.
Single 75 minute sessions can be purchased at £85. Longer term packages tailored to individual requirements are available on request, subject to availability. I work with clients in person at my Derbyshire office or, health and weather permitting, there is the option of a coaching-walk in the beautiful Peak District countryside nearby. These days, sessions are often via zoom, telephone or email, and I welcome international clients who would like to take advantage of these options. Whatever the location or format, I offer a warm, compassionate and non-judgemental space where you have the freedom to fully be yourself, air your concerns and explore feelings, decisions and possibilities unhindered.
Working with coach in such a sensitive area as death, grief and loss, it is especially important to feel there is a good ‘fit’ as the basis for an ongoing professional relationship, so I am happy to arrange an initial no charge consultation to see if we can work well together. If you are uncertain or have any questions about how it might be for us to do so, please get in touch via my contact page.