In my sessions, my focus will be on you, but if you're curious to know a little more about me, here’s my story.
It all started with a few books or 10
I’ve always been a bit of a personal development junkie. One look at my bookshelves will confirm that. I’m always looking for that grain of knowledge that I can use myself or share with others to help them understand what’s going on.
But it hasn't always been like that. I started my adult life as a uni drop out, a party girl, needing a job to fund my social life, so I joined a big company on a 2 week temp contract. Two weeks turned into a few years spent “catching up” by gaining experience and completing marketing qualifications, and I moved to to the Bid Smoke looking for more opportunity.
Eager to learn and gaining experience in many areas of business, I climbed the typical ladder and started managing a team. At that time, in order to be a "good manager" you were expected to deploy command & control tactics, using a carrot or stick to cajole people into doing work, and I didn’t really feel like I could conform to that - or that it was at all necessary.
The day it all made sense
And then I discovered a company called Aspire, ran by a lady named Sam Collins and her course on “inspirational leadership”. This was my epiphany. I discovered styles of leadership - all very different - but all perfect in their own way. And I realised I could be a leader, and it was ok to do it my way.
Not long after this, I became a mum, which massively changed my outlook on work and life, then a few years later I had a little girl and the dynamics at home shifted again. During this time I met coaches and had my first taste of life coaching, each time opening the doors of personal understanding a bit more - and I loved being able to open up my thoughts as if I was looking into my brain from the outside.
How I made it official
A few years later I decided I wanted formal training in coaching, I was still working in the corporate world, refining my leadership & coaching style - this time managing Digital Product Management teams and loving the challenge that each unique team member brought me, but I wanted to connect with more than just my team.
I discovered Animas Centre for Coaching and their Diploma in Transformational Coaching. Their program goes deep into understanding each individual’s paradigm (or view) of the world, the lenses they see it through, with the intention of awareness and change. I loved every second of the qualification - even those first practise coaching sessions where my impostor syndrome radar was off the charts!
Becoming my own boss
When my daughter started school, I decided to take the plunge and create my own coaching business, and I haven't really looked back. So, I am a full time coach and mentor, working with 1:1 clients and small groups offering them the experience I’ve gained from my life, training courses, corporate career & qualifications to help facilitate the understanding of themselves and their worlds.
I don't see it as a job, but more as my life's work, and I can't ever picture a time when I will retire as bringing coaching to the world and the positive impact it has on mental health and helping people rediscover their awesomeness will always be important to me.
If you’re interested in working with me, book your free coaching consultation.
What my clients say about me:
I would thoroughly recommend working with Helen, she is natural, friendly but professional and puts you at ease so you can really dig deep and find out what’s going on.
Helen is a good woman, great to speak with, and her peacefulness is contagious. Her skills as a coach are powerful as she really knows how to listen, evaluate and challenge.
I would wholeheartedly recommend speaking to Helen if you are experiencing any kind of uncertainty and are struggling to find your own way forward.