"I have had the privilege of being coached and mentored by Diarmuid for a couple of years now and he has had a hugely positive influence on how I practice as a physiotherapist and how I run my new business. His approach is motivating, thoughtful, and inspiring. He has a unique ability to listen and provide honest and sometimes challenging feedback in a very positive and encouraging way.
I have spent 20+ years working as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist within the NHS and over the years I developed an interest in working with people that experience persistent pain. Diarmuid has helped me bridge a divide between my musculoskeletal physiotherapy training and pain care. He has helped me build my confidence, knowledge and skills when applying practical pain care which has enabled me to work successfully with people to help them overcome persistent pain. As a result of his guidance and support, I have seen tremendous growth both in my business and in my clinical practice helping people understand their problems so they can work towards their values and achieve their goals despite experiencing ongoing pain. I highly recommend working with Diarmuid to any clinician that works with people experiencing complex chronic pain."
"Diarmuid was very effective in creating a safe space during coaching sessions through his use of contracting, setting the scene for the session and verbal and non-verbal communication throughout. Diarmuid was a skilled listener and provided space for me to talk through a situation, sometimes to the point of coming to my own conclusions or to the point where he summarised or reflected on themes that had emerged, helping me make sense of the situation being discussed. Throughout the sessions I felt very much that I was supported in gaining clarity through my own process of thought, rather than being given suggestions or answers. When Diarmuid did offer a perspective or, on rare occasions, offer an opinion (for example) he was explicit in labelling this and clarifying what he was doing. Diarmuid pulled on useful images, diagrams or sayings at appropriate times during our sessions – which provided additional perspective on, or reinforcement of, an idea. I believe it was largely due to Diarmuid’s skill that I looked forward to my coaching sessions each month and found myself reflecting on aspects of the conversation up until the next session. Through the course of the coaching I gained numerous new perspectives and had a number of ‘lightbulb moments’. I am very appreciative for the opportunity to have had coaching with Diarmuid – I have benefited greatly as I’m sure many more people will in the future."
“I had 2 sessions recently with Diarmuid at a time where I was considering moving on from a job role. I had several potential options open to me but was feeling very conflicted about which might be the best option, and even whether my motives for feeling that I might need to move on were valid. Diarmuid utilised a values-based approach; getting me to rate what things were truly important to me, and then considering my potential options rated against my key values. This process, and his questioning was hugely helpful to helping me to understand why I might have been feeling what I was feeling about my current role, and move forward to a decision that I felt happy with”.
"DD is very effective as a coach. DD is calm and collected and has a presence. So he innately brings trust to the session where I can facilitate a change. He keeps to goal set by me at the start of the session. DD creates the space for me to talk honestly and form my own goals, he enables my thought process with what I feel are the right questions to be asked. He probes at the right time and use pauses well! I believe DD is a fantastic coach and look forward to working with him again."
"Diarmuid is an extremely good listener, he gave me space and time to develop and form my own thoughts in a safe and often fun but challenging environment. He is able to dig deeper, ask more probing questions and danced nicely between directive and non-directive coaching styles. I particularly enjoyed a mindfulness session which provided some deep thinking time for me to ask myself what the real question was. Each session followed the TGROW model and I always came away with a sense of achievement courtesy of Diarmuid’s coaching. I particularly like the way that Diarmuid summarised and paraphrased, demonstrating a deep sense of listening which made me feel valued and understood, this feedback tool is one of his many strengths."
"Diarmuid has a very open, approachable and supportive style. He encourages accountability in a supportive way e.g. making the most of the sessions, what do you want to get from this, what are you taking away. I liked the balance of the sessions including reflective practice and problem-solving. I always had actions to take away from the sessions such as an email to send, communication tips etc. It was also so helpful for me because Diarmuid was able to provide support from a clinical and managerial perspective."
"I valued my discussions with Diarmuid. At the time I needed peer supervision that would focus on my development as a pain clinician and team lead. Diarmuid was approachable and non-judgemental and I felt I was able to speak openly about my professional practice and the challenges that I faced. During our sessions I was able engage in discussions about my experience as a team lead and clinician that included service development, concerns about my practice and future development. We were able to set goals and discuss strategies to meet some of the challenges that I had voiced.
It was not only beneficial to receive support and coaching from someone who did not work within my organisation but it helped that Diarmuid was able to understand the inherent challenges of working within a pain management service and share some of his own experiences and insights. I appreciated his honesty and experience and found it easy to open up and trust his judgement."
"Diarmuid was consistently a good listener. He showed excellent skill in encouraging self-reflection and a good problem-solving approach to my concerns without giving direct advice."