“I am fitter, happier, more focussed, more organised and having more fun! You’ve empowered me to start living my life instead of coasting along being miserable. You’ve also helped an adult daughter and her mother become true friends, which is priceless. I wish I could get you for everyone I love.”
Naomi, Home Office
“I was feeling overwhelmed – over-worked part-time professional, grumpy mum of two, wife. I was fed up of moaning about how life as a working mum sucks, but had neither time, nor idea how, to try and sort it out.
Anna’s power of listening, wealth of experience and suggestions, and most of all her incredible ability to ask the questions that unlock the answers/information required to help balance the unbalanced (!), were amazing. I relished each session, and found the whole process very therapeutic. Anna has helped me unlock answers that were in me all along, but I was just too overwhelmed to order them in a way that helped me see the way forward.
I credit Anna with a number of things: Anna has helped me identify ways of trying to generate more satisfaction in my work, and the courage to propose some changes (or to move on if things don’t improve); she has spared my husband’s patience being severely tested; she has helped me remember what I enjoy doing and what makes me feel whole, which is an almost instant recipe for feeling better – that was a bonus I’d not sought from our sessions; and finally, as a result of all the above, she has given my boys their mummy back, sane and with more vroom! Any of these results would have made the process worthwhile to me, but to have achieved them all makes me very excited, and that’s a wonderful sensation to experience again!”
Cat, Solicitor in Edinburgh
“Anna has changed, and is still changing my life despite the fact that our sessions have now finished. Anna is a listener, and has a gift of asking the right questions to explore further what the root is of your trouble, or what the desire is of your heart. When I feel that anything is slipping out of my control I just need to sit and think about some of the tips and techniques she has given me to help (and those seem to be endless in supply). I’d recommend Anna in an instant.”
Sharon, IBM in Edinburgh
“When I first spoke with Anna, I had just left a career with a lot of pressure, and was uncertain of my whole life. I didn’t even know what it was I enjoyed doing and wasn’t sure I had ever known, because I had spent so long doing what I thought I ‘should’ be doing, or what other people wanted. I felt constricted and tied down, and yet afraid to even try to fly. Many books tell you to ‘First set your goal; think about what you would ‘really’ love to do, etc’ and I felt a failure because I couldn’t even do that.
After my very first session with Anna, I felt inspired. I even had a goal that meant something to me! I don’t know how she does it, but she manages every time to encourage and motivate and to leave me with actions that I really can achieve and that move me forward. She was also able to help me articulate very tangled thoughts and feelings in a way I would not have thought possible, especially over the phone.
Now my sessions have come to an end, that goal has been refined and actions have come and gone; but I am still feeling inspired. I know what I have achieved so far, and I know I can go as far as I want to. I have more confidence, I am aiming much higher than I ever thought possible, and I am looking forward to using the tools that Anna has left me with because I know that they work. Thank you Anna.”
“Before coaching, I’d just left a 17-year career because of the stress of juggling it with my school-age children and couldn’t see what I wanted to do next. I feared coaching may be too “woolly” and not very practical but from the first session I realised that Anna was not like this. She seems to have an uncanny instinct for knowing when you need to sort something out just by talking it through and when you need a little extra push or direction.
Shortly into the sessions, I’d set goals that had fast and amazing results – thanks to Anna’s encouragement, I started entering writing competitions and have been highly placed in three so far. I now have other goals that are helping me on my chosen career path. When I decided to start a website with a view to a new small business, Anna had hands-on advice for this too.
I’ve learned clear, practical ways of dealing with problems. The skill of goal-setting is life-transforming. It’s not exaggerating to say I now think of things in new, more positive ways. Anna is wise on every aspect of life, no matter how big or small.”