Professional Counselling Association
of the ACT and NSW Inc

Central Coast Branch Meeting

  • 19 Jul 2014
  • 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Kincumber & District Neighbourhood centre, Kincumber Street, Kincumber, New South Wales


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Central Coast Branch Meeting

Kaylene Akins – Owner and Principal Psychologist ‘Steps 4 Success’


'Steps 4 Success’ - a road map to coaching' - how coaching differs from, and is similar to, counselling. And how coaching can assist people, who are also receiving counselling, to grow and achieve their goals.

This presentation aims to give a step by step overview of the coaching process, via a coaching roadmap and how coaching may assist healthy people who want to unlock their true potential in all aspects of their lives, by the realisation of their visions, goals or desires. Also how coaching assists people who are struggling emotionally and psychologically to do the same, to find their strengths and to shift their focus. This model assists each group to identify what it is they want, and move towards setting SMART goals to find more meaning and purpose in their lives – where they are more positive and happier with the roads they are travelling and more fulfilled having recognised/realised their true potential through the steps taken to succeed with their coach. It will highlight the differences and similarities between coaching and counselling. At the end of the presentation there will be time to ask questions.

About Kaylene Akins

She’s the founder of Steps 4 Success and a Psychologist with 23 years’ experience working with individuals, families, couples and organisations and lives and works on the Central Coast at Killarney Vale. Kaylene’s a member of the Australian Psychological Society; a founding member of the Society for Coaching Psychology; a member of the International Positive Psychology Association and the University of Sydney Coaching & Mentoring Association. She’s qualified as a family therapist, mediator and supervisor. Kaylene completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Welfare at Charles Sturt University Bathurst – in 1991 after enrolling as a mature age student in 1986 to complete this by distant education. She then went on and completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling in 1993. Between 1987 and 1991 she worked as a counsellor and therapist in various positions on the Central Coast. In 1991 Kaylene joined Baptist Community Services as an Adolescent and family therapist for Pathways Adolescent Unit working with family who had broken down with the aim to find solutions to the difficulties they were experiencing and the main therapeutic approach was a ‘Systemic cybernetic solution focused approach’. In 1997 she became the NSW Clinical Manager for Out of Home Services for BCS overseeing the case management of 7 out of home services in NSW and also provided staff development, and supervision and training, working with multiple systems; individual, families, organisations and corporate bodies. During these years Kaylene also had her private practice part time and in 1998 she went full time into private practice resigning from BCS. Because of her strong interest in systems and a positive psychology framework and all the coaching she’d done in her roles working to find the true potential of people Kaylene found a Masters in Applied Psychology (Coaching) at Sydney University and enrolled and completed this in 2004 – being the first group to obtain a Master’s in Coaching in Australia. She came up with the name Steps 4 Success from the knowledge that we all need to take action to achieve anything, and it is the action (the steps) that leads to positive change (success) and a coach works one on one and in groups to help people identify and set up goals and then assists them through the coaching relationship step by step to reach those goals.

Kaylene aims is to provide professional services that assist people to be able to reach their true potential to find more meaning, purpose and direction to enhance life experiences, work performance and to grow as a person or company in all facets of life making the most of the journey.

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