At a time when I was feeling very muddled about myself professional and unclear about the future Natalie’s support helped me achieve real clarity in understanding where I wanted my future to be.
In the past I have struggled to articulate and understand what I am good at or bad at – again working with Natalie has really unlocked this for me.
It was my first time using a coach, I found it to be a positive experience and can envisage myself turning to Natalie again in the future.
JEAN / CAREER COACHING PROGRAMME
When I returned to work after my first child, my confidence took a real beating.
For various reasons, rather than be regarded as an experienced and valued employee, I felt like I was regarded simply as a woman who had had a baby.
I felt like my expertise and previous projects were of little value and couldn’t find my voice to express myself without feeling, well, devastated.
As a result, I left a job I loved and an organisation I believed in.
Despite being 4 years ago, this has had a lasting negative impact and I’ve been feeling very anxious about my return to work after having my second child.
I decided to work with Natalie to overcome this as the experience has held me back and there are lots of negative emotions that would flare up when I thought about it. Over two sessions, I have been able to let go of so many negative feelings and thoughts that have held me back for years - and not just the ones associated with my old job.
Natalie has so much empathy that even personal questions didn’t feel intrusive. I found the sessions emotional but Natalie was incredibly supportive and sensitive to my situation.
If my experience resonates with anyone out there I can’t recommend Natalie highly enough. She has been a much needed breath of fresh air. I feel like a different person.
KATIE / IEMT THERAPY AND COACHING
My coaching experience with Natalie has been invaluable from our very first meeting. I felt very safe with Natalie and was able to carefully pour of my goals and ambitions for the future and through my time spent with Natalie, I have been able to carefully lay out my goals for the future and devise a plan and the clear steps I need to take to make these goals a reality.
I really valued having someone to talk to who was in a neutral position and could ask questions that would challenge my view on things so I could see things more objectively.
Through my coaching with Natalie, I’ve been able to identify that the only person stopping me from achieving my goals is myself which has been enlightening.
I’m happy to say that one of my main goals set out in my first coaching session has in fact changed into a reality which I was able to shake with Natalie in our 6th and final coaching session and I honestly feel that without Natalie’s guidance and counsel that this would have taken a lot longer.
Whilst I went into my first coaching session with an open mind, I was a little sceptical as I am very much stuck in my own ways but I am pleased to say I’ve learnt a lot about myself, about the way I view challenges in my professional and personal life and through my coaching sessions with Natalie, I have been able to set these out into manageable and achievable goals.
I felt it very easy to talk to Natalie, and her gentle and proving questioning technique really helped me to question myself in a way I wouldn’t ordinarily do.
I absolutely wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Natalie to anyone who is looking for a coach-the help and guidance she has provided to me has been beyond helpful and I’m extremely grateful for that.
K / CAREER COACHING PROGRAMME
I have been coached by Natalie over the past 6 months and have really valued her input during an important transition phase in my life.
I returned to work after having had our third child and found the juggle of work vs family life very hard.
Work wasn’t fulfilling and the scenario was having a detrimental effect on me. I resigned and started my career break with the intention of evaluating my options and returning to employment within 2 years.
I started to talk to Natalie roughly 9 months into my career break and she has helped me to:
- determine why I want to return to work,
- work out what is meaningful to me in my work life,
- understand what support I need to have in place to feel comfortable returning to work, and
- consider different future training and employment scenarios.
With her help I decided to upskill through a 6 month vocational training course once our youngest child started pre school.
I am now 6 weeks into that part-time course. My aim is to start a freelance career in 2019 off the back of the course,
which is a very different scenario to my previous position working for a public sector body.
I would really recommend Natalie for career coaching, her questions provided me with various moments of clarity as I realised what was important to me in my transition back to employment. She is warm and engaging, has empathy and is challenging when appropriate.
I hope Natalie can help me in the future with techniques for developing a sustainable freelance career!
VICKI / CAREER COACHING PROGRAMME