Amy loves helping people find wellbeing and has made use of coaching to put this at the heart of what she does. Initially, as a new mum at a career crossroads, she wanted help to explore how she could turn her hobby - yoga and mindfulness teaching - into her living to get the flexibility and fulfilment she was lacking in her job.
Having crystalized a vision for her business, tackled the thoughts and beliefs getting in her way and planned how she could transition from employee to entrepreneur, she felt she was "getting back to the heart of me" and made the leap when the time was right.
More recently, she returned for space to consider how she could grow her impact in a planned and sustainable way. After Covid shook up both her business model and her thinking, she had a breakthrough session when she realised how much she wanted to make her lifelong love of sketching and writing a part of her offering. The heartwarming The World of Amy now combines wellbeing, illustration and words to help everyone find their sparkle.
"This has been so wonderful. I feel a huge shift in my understanding of the business and of myself!"
"I was in a career rut, and hit a pandemic-assisted low. I came to Celia in hope of finding some direction among my half-baked ideas and rebuilding my confidence.
Over our six sessions, Celia coached me like a critical friend – interrogating my ideas, querying my self-critical tendencies, reflecting back my strengths, and negotiating suitable goals to help me investigate my options in more detail.
Her combination of kindness and accountability got me taking practical steps towards an area I had been tentatively considering but thinking unattainable, and building my confidence through action. I’m not at the end of the journey yet, but I am moving with greater intent and awareness of my ability to do so."
"I’d recommend Celia without hesitation, especially to anyone who’s got into the habit of kicking themself."
"Celia's coaching sessions initially helped me to reframe my professional view of myself at a time of challenge in my work. And, several months later, those same sessions gave me the words I needed to present myself confidently when applying for new roles.
I first worked with Celia when my confidence was at a low ebb and I could not see a way forward professionally. She was a wonderfully warm and active listener and skilfully helped me move from a position of doubt in what I had to offer to an understanding that I had developed a wide range of skills that I could use in different roles and work spaces.
A few months later I decided to look for new work. I looked back at my coaching notes and was able to use them to reframe my view of myself, my skills and my strengths. Prior to interviews, I again referred to these notes and stuck some key points on my screen as a reminder of what I could bring to these new roles."
"I was able to secure two new roles that promise to better suit who I am as a person and a professional and I have Celia to thank for giving me the tools to do that."
My client is a mum with a demanding professional role where her own clients' needs can be hard to step away from. Working from home during the pandemic made it even harder to maintain her boundaries. Work was dominating her waking hours and weekends with the family and time off to recharge her batteries had become a rare luxury in her desire to meet everyone's expectations.
"I came to see Celia as I was feeling completely overwhelmed with work and home chores and wanted to get back some balance for myself and my family.
Celia provided a space for me to think through how I use my time and supported me in coming up with solutions to carve out time for myself and my family. I have now gone from feeling overwhelmed and worn out to feeling completely in control of my time and how I choose to use it.
I could not recommend this enough for anyone wanting to take some time for themselves to engage in reflective thinking with a supporting and friendly coach."
"I have now gone from feeling overwhelmed and worn out to feeling completely in control of my time and how I choose to use it."
My client arranged six months of coaching when she secured a job in a new business giving her an exciting step up to a strategic role. She wanted to build in conscious reflection time to help her get an accurate grasp on the culture so she could work out what action to take to have positive impact as soon as possible.
On a practical front, she devised a way to track data she was gathering from stakeholders so she could be sure she was reaching reliable, evidence backed conclusions. We explored approaches she could take to manage trickier relationships and she developed skills to help leaders think about people issues more deeply.
But the biggest change was on the inside. Insights from doing the PQ programme alongside her coaching gave my client much more confidence in her ability to deal with whatever comes her way. "I'm more positive, more in control and feel deserving of the role I have. I've learned I can be myself - I don't have to hide. I enjoy using my energy to tackle issues head on." Relationships at home have improved too as she's better able to deal with her strong emotions.
"I’ve come so far, I feel confident and really happy in my new role."