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    "When things happen too fast, nobody can be certain about anything at all, not even himself". Milan Kundera, Slowness 1995


    Do you have it all? Do you believe you should be happy? Yet perhaps you still feel like something is missing from your life?

    Are you a high-achiever? Living life in the fast lane? Perhaps you're in the rat-race, but don't feel much like a rat.

    Would you like to live more authentically? At work, in your relationships, in your downtime?

    Deep down, you know there's more to life... perhaps you feel you haven't found it yet? Speaking with a life coach could help. A few sessions of life coaching with me can show that you have more power than you think...

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    You've got the power

    "I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become." Carl Jung


    Many of us fall into life or end up somewhere we never planned to be. We're often so busy getting on with it, that we're blissfully unaware that our thinking and life choices are heavily influenced by 'shoulds' and 'oughts' we've inherited from others. These patterns can come from our childhood or families and shape our perceptions to this day.

    Many of us don't allow ourselves to think about what we want our lives to look like. This is where life coaching helps.

    No matter what your age, life coaching with me helps you to wake up. You can begin to identify what you want - in your relationships, at home, at work, and in all areas of your life. With that awareness comes choice, the power to make your own way. What if that was available to you? Think about it...

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    ARE YOU KEEPING CALM AND CARRYING ON?

    Apathy. Stuck. Bored. A lack of hope or optimism about your future. Depression. Anxiety. Are any of these sounding familiar?

    Certainly, with COVID-19 and recent world challenges, many people are anxious, fearful or experiencing uncertainty about their futures. This is perfectly normal, and you don't have to struggle alone.

    Perhaps you've experienced a direct (and huge) life change: becoming a parent; losing a parent, a dear friend or relative; you could be fearing or facing redundancy.

    Life's challenges can affect your confidence about the choices you think you have. A life coach like me, who is also a qualified and experienced counsellor, can help.

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    YOU CAN HAVE MORE FREEDOM AND HAPPINESS

    "The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are."
    Carl Jung


    Challenges in life can be painful - though not always!

    With any pain, there is an opportunity to create sustainable change. We always have choices. What we can't always do, is see them on our own.

    It is often through experiencing these deep and painful feelings that we are able to take tentative steps towards positive, conscious choices. Choices that matter to us, rather than to other people.

    You have a choice. Contact me for a confidential exploratory conversation and choose your authentic life.

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    My Story    Get In Touch

    Working for Good

    "It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. " Confucius


    One Friday lunchtime in 1998, I bought the book by Laurence G. Boldt, 'How to Find the Work You Love'. After reading it over the weekend, I sat down and typed my resignation letter to leave a corporate human resources role.

    I had begun to feel like a square peg in a round hole. For some time, I had been interested in counselling. Finally, I decided to take the leap and study a three-year part-time BACP Accredited Diploma in Counselling, at Kingston College, London.

    Although unaware of it at the time, that book was my first virtual life coach.

    It asked me to 'fast-forward to the end of my life and think about what I would most regret,' and 'if I only had two weeks to live, what would I choose to do with my life?'

    Three weeks later, I had enrolled on a counselling diploma course and found another HR contract with a higher salary and fewer hours. I was now freed up to concentrate on my studies and training.

    When I decided to trust my heart, and follow my intuition about what felt right for me, everything came together to support me.

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    MY TRAINING AND QUALIFICATIONS

    I have a deep passion for and commitment to my own mental health and emotional wellbeing. My experience with the book-as-coach cemented my belief in the power of reflective thinking and self-development.

    Over the past 20+ years I have invested frequently in my personal development and training qualifications, including NLP, life coaching and business coaching. I am a qualified and experienced counsellor (2001), providing counselling to adults and young people for almost ten years. So, you're in safe hands.

    Prior to taking this healing journey, my background was in recruitment and human resources management, working in both corporate and public sector settings. I gained the following qualifications:

    • Certificate in Personnel Practice (1992)
    • Post Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management at Kingston University, London (1995)

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  • "What you really want for yourself is always trying to break through, just as a cooling breeze flows through an open window on a hot day. Your part is to open the windows of your mind."
    Vernon Howard


    Recent investments and qualifications include:

    • ICF Accredited Diploma in Transformational Coaching (2019)
    • Accredited Certificate in Corporate Coaching (2019)

    Both gained with Animas Coaching.

    All my work is covered by insurance and I receive regular and ongoing coaching supervision.

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    So why the snail?

    It was during one of my own life coaching sessions that the image of a snail came to me, as I was busy criticising myself for not doing things quickly enough. With careful prompting by my coach, I discovered that the pace I was forcing myself to move at, wasn't 'me'. It was an old pattern set up many years prior - and not by me!

    I realised that I liked my pace. And guess what? Things still got done. I was still achieving the things I wanted to achieve. And I could finally see that I wasn't being lazy, which was also a hidden fear of mine.

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  • SO WHERE IN YOUR LIFE ARE YOU TRYING TO FIT IN RATHER THAN ALLOWING YOUR OWN, UNIQUE IDENTITY TO UNFOLD?

    The snail goes at his own pace.

    Working with me means that you will go at your own pace. The coaching space allows you to slow down, reflect and start to think about yourself, your life and your relationships differently. With a little more breathing space, you can easily and intuitively take action towards creating your authentic life and positive change that is meaningful to you.

    If you're ready to move at your own pace, or perhaps you're itching to burst out of your chrysalis like a beautiful butterfly, contact me for an exploratory conversation. There's no obligation and who knows - perhaps youll find a new way of being?

Coaching


Coaching for Individuals

Personal Coaching

"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment."
Ralph Waldo Emerson


Coaching support to help you identify the changes you want and then start living them! I'll walk with you throughout your journey of transformation and change, including any grieving that must take place when letting go of old habits, patterns of thinking, feeling or being. When will you start living the life you deserve?



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(One-to-one Executive and Team Coaching)

"Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest."
Mark Twain


Authentic communication programmes & workshops for leaders & managers.

Improve organisational culture, engagement, trust, productivity, fun and so much more, by bringing more authenticity to work.





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Programmes Designed Especially for You

"At the centre of your being, you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want." Lao Tzu


Not yet sure what you want or need for yourself or your organisation?

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    Coaching for Individuals

    PERSONAL & WELLBEING COACHING

    "To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment." Ralph Waldo Emerson.


    Coaching with Slow Coach Sarah brings about:



    An opportunity to slow down - enjoy focused, reflective time for yourself and take an honest look at your life

    Develop awareness - of your automatic thinking, what matters to you, and how you truly feel. Recognise your hopes, dreams, fears, barriers, needs and desires for a better life - find your authentic self

    Clarity - about where you are now, how and why you may have got there, and where you want to go

    Private time and space - to talk, to be heard and understood, as you make plans for stepping into your authentic life

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    Confidence - to take small steps or great leaps to bring your authentic self to life

    Recognition of unhelpful patterns - identify unhelpful habits of thinking, feeling and behaving, so that change can take place

    Support - as you take the time you need, as you move through fears, and as you shift towards creating a future you'll love

    Opportunities to process emotions - the feelings that arise when we take full responsibility for our lives can be challenging: grief, loss, fear, excitement - even positive feelings can disturb us!

    Learn how to navigate relationship dynamics - establish a new version of your own relationship with change as the old people-pleasing behaviours drop away; practise manoeuvring through life and the feelings, reactions and expectations of others Book your free, confidential consultation now. Your authentic life matters!

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    Bespoke Coaching for Organisations

    "Leadership is a way of thinking, a way of acting and, most importantly, a way of communicating."
    Simon Sinek


    ONE-TO-ONE EXECUTIVE COACHING & TEAM COACHING FOR AUTHENTIC COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE CHANGE

    How are you and your team showing up at work? Would you like to lead more assertively or behave more confidently? Perhaps you want to bring more of your real self to work, assured that you'll maintain professional relationships?

    Coaching for more authentic engagement and relationships at work can be powerful - and empowering - for everyone.

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  • BENEFITS OF WORKING MORE AUTHENTICALLY

    Improved feelings of wellbeing - for yourself and others

    Increased trust with colleagues - which boosts morale, overall performance and productivity levels

    Greater psychological safety - when employees feel safe, they share ideas, speak their truth and greater collaboration can take place

    A more pleasant atmosphere - more confidence, capability and support throughout the organisation can result in lower stress levels and a more caring environment for everyone

    Spontaneity, creativity and fun - coaching opens diverse approaches to problem-solving

    Increased openness, honesty and feedback - a more open way of being and communicating becomes the standard, thus changing the culture over time

    Better staff retention - staff churn levels come down, sickness absence levels decrease, and a more adult working environment ensues

  • "Since working with Sarah, I realise that each day is a journey and by slowing down and feeling my emotions I'm getting much more clarity, self-awareness and I feel happier with myself. Above all the pain is okay. My confidence and actions are changing which is making me feel calmer in every way and I have more courage and belief in myself. "

    Tracey M, Regional Sales & Marketing Manager.

  • "Sarah is a highly skilled, insightful and instinctive coach who has helped me through a time in my career when I felt as if I was in the middle of a whirlwind!
    Moreover, she created a space where I could explore my hopes and dreams for the future and has given me confidence about the skills and qualities I already have."

    Claire, Careers Progression Coach

  • "I did not know what to expect but I got so much more than I was expecting. I think you pitched everything perfectly and I really enjoyed working with you and will be working with you in the future I am sure. You have reinforced the need for coaching occasionally and not to just plod on, on my own."

    K Price, KSP TechCare

  • "I experienced coaching with Sarah a few months ago. I was facing a dilemma and talking things through gave me clarity; with Sarah's help I was able to find the answer to a question that had been bothering me for a while. Sarah made me feel totally at ease and her approach was very well considered, respectful and thought-provoking all at the same time. I left the session feeling invigorated. Sarah is wonderfully warm and kind, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her."

    Laura Summerhayes, Great Copy Matters, Bristol

  • "Sarah listens, clarifies and helps to identify issues and goals very skillfully and with insight. She was excellent at supporting me in defining my goals and outcomes.
    Sarah checks her perception out regularly and mirrors the conversation - this helps me to feel that I am being listened to fully."

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  • "I really can't thank-you enough for the sessions Sarah, the timing has been perfect with the start of my new role, and given me a real insight on what you are able to do. They say the "proof is in the pudding", and this is definately the case! I would have no reservation in recommending you to my clients, and can articulate the benefits from first hand experience. Furthermore, I can see how business owners would really benefit from your coaching and HR experience to help them shape their business and become more successful. You have really helped me - so thank-you :)"

    S. Matthews




  • "I come away from the sessions really energised and with a greater capacity for giving. This can only happen when a person's needs have been met."

    ES

  • "Sarah facilitated the kind of coaching I needed really well! Her background in HR, coaching and counselling meant that she had lots of different tools and experience to help me move forwards. When I started working with Sarah I was in a new role and also experiencing lots of other staff changes around me.
    I felt that I was 'firefighting' and I needed a coach who could listen to the whole range of stuff that I was trying to deal with and help me make sense of it".

    Claire, Careers Progression Coach




  • "I would highly recommend Sarah to anyone wanting to explore where they are and what they want next in their lives. Extremely skilled"

    JK



  • "Sarah has been excellent support in helping me defining goals and outcomes - it has been really helpful to have the session summarised at the end and revisited at the next session."

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  • "Sarah always remembers what was shared in previous sessions and builds on that. She can help me bring up so much stuff (thoughts, feelings, memories) and express them in ways I have never done before, which I find extraordinary. I am absolutely happy to recommend Sarah as a Coach."

    SF




  • Working for Good


    Some of my time and income goes to support the work of the Genesis Trust in Bath, Somerset, UK. I am grateful never to have experienced homelessness myself, but I can see how easily our early-life experiences or later-life challenges can impact both our environment, mental health or ability to cope.  Homelessness is just one of the outcomes.  We all deserve a safe place we can call 'home'.

    For more information or if you would also like to work with Genesis or donate to any of their projects, click the link here or talk to me during one of our coaching sessions.

    Could you - or someone you know - be a Pathways Mentor? Find out more.

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