Coaching probably seems like a risky thing to invest in until you’ve experienced the results. Here’s what my clients say about working with me:
I feel free, free from falseness and dread”
“I reached a point in my life where I had no idea who I was, what I liked, what I truly wanted out of life or where I was going. I was truly lost and my anxiety was taking control of everyday life. For as long as I can remember I have tried to fit in by changing who I was, thinking that this would make people like me, but of course it didn’t work because, to be honest I didn’t like myself; why would anyone else?
I decided it was time to face my demons.
Everything about Sophia struck a chord with me straight away. Reading her website felt like she knew exactly what was going on in my head, even when I didn’t. I was apprehensive about working with Sophia (or anyone). I felt ashamed and embarrassed to say out loud what was inside my head.
Working with Sophia brought a lot of tears, and feet stamping, but most of all I accepted who I was and why, why I felt the way I did. Sophia NEVER made me feel silly, or weird. Never once was I embarrassed and I told Sophia things I have never told anyone before.
Sophia gave me the courage to open up but also to change how I looked at these situations and stop myself going down a negative trail of thought, and most of all not to waste my energy on negativity. Talking with Sophia is like talking to a good friend who really listens and helps you find perspective. After every conversation I came away positive and ready to face the next challenge. My anxiety levels lowered and I manage it better by using techniques Sophia showed me. Every day isn’t perfect, but I know the bad days won’t last, and now I don’t doubt myself for who I am. Sophia helped me find myself – I’m a really nice person and I like the real me!
Sophia showed me it’s ok to be different to be wacky or weird; we all are in our own way. I am now more confident meeting new people. I’m not so worried about if they like me but more do I like them? Do I really want them in my life? This is such a u-turn for me!
My friends and family say I am glowing and see a massive difference in me. They say that I look better than I have ever done, that I am happy, and this is coming from people that had no idea I was even working with Sophia. I am learning to let go of things I can’t control and not obsess over things. This is taking time, but I am now on a positive path.
Sophia is amazing. She has truly helped me change my life: I actually feel free, free from falseness and dread. To anyone that needs to find themselves, to boost confidence, to overcome past experiences that are holding them back in life I’d say work with Sophia. Let her into your life, and you will not have any regrets. I certainly don’t.”
An investment you cannot put a price on”
My beautiful daughter got ill when she was just 16 years old, with an incurable autoimmune condition called Myasthenia. In the seven years since that diagnosis, I alternated between feeling like I was drowning, going round and round in circles, and using food and wine to numb the pain. I had seen four different professional people for help – two NHS CBT therapists and two private clinical psychologists. I had also been on various mindfulness courses, and bought so many self-help books that I could build a wall with them.
However I was not making any progress, and when my daughter was last admitted for treatment through Accident and Emergency in November 2017, I felt the closest to what I could only describe as total burn out, breaking down, broken, I was frightened, I was afraid, scared, in a panic, and really did not know who to turn to for help. I was so traumatised.
When I returned to the Highlands about two weeks later, still shaking, still way out of kilter, still needing help, I happened to read one of Sophia’s articles in the Executive Magazine and reached out to her via email. Then I did a clarity call with her, and l found her voice very soothing, and she listened to me so closely, so carefully, that I immediately felt comforted and cared for.
However I was cynical, and full of doubt about how she could really help me. After all, I had seen four people already, so I asked her why would she be different? She never wavered from reassuring me that she would be able to help me. I wanted to believe her, I needed to believe her, but the doubt in my mind remained. Even half way through the sessions I’d say this won’t work, I can’t change, this is all pointless, and she politely told me that I was self sabotaging the process and that I needed to put that to one side and trust in her, trust the process…
So I did. As I write this we have completed 11 out of the 12 sessions, we have met for three sessions and the other eight were all on the phone. I want anyone and everyone to know, that if there is something they are struggling with, that no matter what it is – Sophia can and will help you, and most importantly not just help you with that issue, but it’s likely she will help you change the way you see things, which will in turn give you more freedom in life than you could ever imagine.
I never edited anything I told her, which in itself was very liberating. I was never aware of her judging me, and the way she listened was something I have never in 57 years experienced before. For sure I knew I was paying her, but I suspect if you are lucky enough to be one of her friends, this is the way she is naturally too.
I am going to miss our weekly sessions immensely, but she has made it possible for me, to be a calmer, more grounded person. I still have a lot of work to do, and it will be on-going, just as she had gently pointed out to me that the person I had become in the last seven years, could not just be re-invented in a matter of weeks, that it would take time. I know that with our shared sessions together, I now have plenty of confidence and tools to go forward and upwards, as opposed to round in circles or downwards.
Please don’t hesitate to work with Sophia, it’s an investment that you cannot put a price on. Believe me.
I’m so shocked!
I have just reread the answers to the questionnaire Sophia asked me to fill in before we started our work together. Oh my, gosh!! I am so shocked.
I can’t believe I was so in such a bad ‘place’ just last year. What was even more surprising was that I have almost achieved all the goals I had set for myself. I hadn’t imagined I had come so far along the journey.
I was quite shy to start with and let Sophia take the lead in our meetings but gradually, as I have become more comfortable with her approach, they have become much more a two way dialogue about the subject I brought to the session.
At first I tried to keep my meetings with Sophia a secret from my husband, as I was embarrassed and unsure of his reaction.
Over time I have been open with him, and now I feel that we are both changing the way we deal with situations. There is much more partnership and collaboration, now, rather than competition and misunderstanding (as it was before).
I have some tools now to help me deal with life’s difficult situations. I can be more objective and stand outside the situation and I know I have choices as to how to react.
I had a major incident recently and felt really good about how I dealt with it physically and emotionally. I think Sophia would be rightly proud of what I achieved, using the skills and confidence she has given me.
Many thanks, Sophia, you were there, practically, at the right time for me and always will be there in spirit.
Coaching with Sophia has been a wild and unpredictable experience in a good way. I wanted to grow confidence, self-esteem and learn to be comfortable with me. I wanted to leave the past behind. I now no longer feel anything about my ex-husband and know that I deserve to live my life free from that sorrow and anger. I started off saying that I’d most likely be quiet and observe but it felt such a safe space. There was no-one more shocked than me when I exposed my greatest secrets, vulnerabilities and fears to Sophia and the group. Sophia has amazing insight and I will be forever grateful that she had the confidence that I could do it and transform how I felt until I could believe that for myself. Sophia has just the right words at the right time. I am truly touched by her support; I feel it daily. Her programme has been my rock this past year so now that translates to ME being my rock; an interesting and enlightening concept. I even hug more folks now without thinking about it! Small steps: big transformation. Boy have I changed!
Have you ever wished there was someone you could share your feelings and thoughts with? I mean the real ones, not the pretend ones, the ones you don’t need to hide, the ones you might be ashamed,
embarrassed, scared or fed up of? Sophia is truly one of a kind coach and mentor, who listens to you and understands what you want in life and what needs to change in order to achieve these desires. She shares many new ways of thinking, and techniques so you can find the ones that work for you. Her social media posts and newsletters are inspiring and educational. Through her coaching calls she
digs deep to find the best way to support you.
I’m so glad I had a chance to work with Sophia, I’ve got so much more than I ever expected! Because of you, I can manage stressful situations better, my confidence is better, my self-talk and
the relationship between me and my emotions has significantly improved. My awareness and connection to the world and others have grown massively.
Thank you so much for all your support and showing me how to be myself, and that there is always a way to get where you want to be in life if you are willing to do the work!
We’re almost halfway through my coaching package and already I can see myself differently, less bothered about what other people think of me, and way more confident in seeing myself as a business owner. Any negative thoughts I can let play out too. I don’t feel the need to ‘fix them’ straight away. What’s that confidence about, haha!? Blooming loving this! Generally, I‘m pretty good at being tactful and not saying some things because they might feel difficult or embarrassing -but not with you; I am being honest and admitting the tough stuff as well as the good stuff!
Three months ago I had withdrawn from life in general, and did not know how to move myself forward or enjoy my life. I was so lacking in direction and self confidence. With Sophia’s guidance and support, I have finally blossomed into the person I longed to be, and now face life full on with a smile. I’m confident in my own ability, at last, to shine, and live life as I always hoped and knew it could be. Thank you Sophia, you have turned my face to the sun.”
PS – Margo gave me these beautiful flowers from her garden as a “thank you
Before meeting Sophia, I was very self-deprecating and I felt like I had a poor understanding of myself and what my life was about. In testament to Sophia’s expertise, within just four sessions I understood how to create time, space and self-understanding.
Interestingly, in that same time frame, Sophia set about understanding my personality traits and thought processes (my map of the world). The real advantage to working with her is that she understands what is missing for ME to have a true understanding of what’s going on. She knows how to phrase it so I can digest it. I have learnt techniques to improve my confidence, enthusiasm and drive. I can now proudly say I rarely procrastinate or avoid important aspects of my life. Over time I have no doubt that Sophia will be able to teach me unshakable confidence and achieve whatever goal I set without fearing myself, thus allowing me to be the man I deserve to be. The value you give to me far outweighs the cash. Thank you for being there and more importantly for just being you. I can’t believe I was buried in so much. My old blueprint just wasn’t working for me. I like the world now! These sessions build confidence to go forward with.
I rode my bike on a set of rollers today for the first time in a year. It takes intuitive balance to keep them going and a leap of faith (taking your hand off whatever’s steadying you, in my case the tumble drier!). Every time I do it I hear my Dad’s voice saying “you can do it.” I imagine myself back to a time where I first learned to ride a bike and I thought he was still holding on!
Working with Sophia at first was a leap of faith towards getting back my confidence after a bit of dint. She held me in a space where I could be courageous and where it was okay to wobble. Slowly and then quickly I became Laura again; childlike, joyful, playful and still a little bit deep and serious. I ebb and flow.
If you’re holding on to the tumble drier and you’re feeling like making the leap of faith you deserve, let go. Be confidently you. Thank you Sophia for creating this space where I feel safe to say whatever I need to (and not feel like I’m an awful and selfish person). I encountered a confidence testing situation this weekend and called to mind our sessions. I did myself proud. I felt confident and stayed completely Laura throughout. I stopped the voices that called me to comparison and asked them to make way for child like joy. I always enjoy how naturally we hit the topics I’d outlined without feeling too deliberate.
Deciding to work with Sophia was a major turning point in my life. She helped me to make some simple changes in my thinking that got big results. My husband joked that I should speak to her every day because I was in such a good mood! I stopped criticising myself so much, got clear on what I wanted and this year I even decided to quit my 9-5 and start up my own business; a lifelong dream that I’d been too scared to follow through before! She’s helped me to let go of the stuff that was holding me back and to be a leader in my life. She’s my secret weapon.
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