Who We Are
We are a partnership with a difference. We are leaders, qualified and accredited coaches, business partners with decades of experience, and sisters. We are certified in Coaching Psychology and accredited members of the Association for Coaching, but we are more than that. Our partnership is predicated on trust, empowerment, empathy, authenticity and learning; this is the ethos we bring to our work. We embody the way that we coach, we have weathered change and we have walked in your shoes.
We offer coaching in person, online and also ‘walk and talk’ coaching in the beautiful Surrey Hills and surrounding areas. Coaching outdoors can bring so many benefits and insights drawn from the natural environment and the freedom of the landscape. It is a truly transformational experience, please enquire to learn more.
Coaching is all about you.
Your time is now.
Be brave, be more.
Brenda Mc Donald – Director
After 20 years in education, on paper I had it all: a promotion to Senior Management, a challenging job, a good salary and excellent career prospects. But I wasn't happy and I didn't know why. Instead of looking forward to a bright future, I was feeling frustrated and listless. My work-life balance was terrible, and I started daydreaming about retirement. I was surrounded by enthusiastic, ambitious peers, who still had fire in their bellies. When had my inner fire been replaced by ennui? For a while, I did nothing, paralysed by the fear of such a huge decision and the possible implications. How could I start again? What else could I do after so long in one profession?
Having a senior role in education, I had lots of experience managing people in high-pressure environments. I frequently found that distressed, vulnerable people just want to be heard. I would often advise them to learn to adapt, embrace change and be brave enough to 'jump off the pier'. Realising that it was time to take my own advice, I undertook a Coaching Psychology qualification at Birkbeck university, and it changed my life. In hindsight, I can see that job security and familiarity with my profession were holding me back. I was validating my existence by knowing I was very good at my job, long past the point where it was giving me any real satisfaction. It took a number of family bereavements in a short period, a restructuring at work and a global pandemic to spur me into action! I am still learning to be kind to myself and to give value and time to different areas of my life.
My own path through education was not a conventional one. Failing my A levels first time around and attending university as a mature student showed me that there is a right time and place for everything. I now help clients learn to welcome change, cope with failure and acquire resilience; all are essential for any worthwhile transformation.
Recent times have revealed so many hidden depths in all of us as we have navigated our way through unprecedented upheaval socially, professionally and emotionally. The key is having someone to listen and talk to, without judgement or agenda, when you take those first steps. Now is the time to realise that potential and explore those dreams. Be brave, be more.
Qualifications: BA/MA Classics (University of London); BA Humanities with Literature (OU); PG Certificate in Coaching Psychology (Birkbeck).
Memberships: Association for Coaching; British Psychological Society Special Interest Group in Coaching Psychology.
Interests: Pilates, bridge, vegetarian cookery, volunteering at local cat rescue.
Emma Simpson – Director
Ten years ago, whilst working as an air traffic controller at Gatwick, I had a moment where I sensed my life was about to implode. It was 2am. I loved my job more than I could describe, but I knew that I would probably never control another aircraft again. The grief-driven depression that had been biting at my heels had finally overwhelmed me. The next day I raised my hand to say, ‘help me, I’m drowning’, and gave up my headset for good.
Over the next ten years I healed, grew and learned. I continued in high pressure working environments, becoming successful and respected in my field of aviation and innovation as a leader, expert and wellbeing advocate. I received coaching and also trained in Coaching Psychology and Advanced Leadership Coaching. Through this I learnt how to approach my future in a very holistic way that would serve me as an individual as well as in my work, opening up opportunities such as becoming a charity Board Trustee. I explored my affinity for holding people’s stories - for listening and understanding, and acting as a critical advisor in organisational crisis management. People at all levels would seek my advice, and I made the transition to becoming a coach and a writer in order to make best use of my experience.
I now channel my talents to help leaders, businesses and individuals through their own transformations whilst allowing myself the space for my own sanctuary in writing and open water swimming. As a busy mum of teenagers, running a business, writing two books and training for an English Channel relay swim (that’s another story), I keenly understand the multi-faceted challenges of modern life.
I bring authenticity to my work, allowing clients to explore their thoughts, connections and emotion in a truly safe space. My background has taught me to look beyond the obvious, to peel away the layers and take into account both internal and external perspectives when striving for the optimum outcome. This enables you to reframe perspectives, interrogate your values and really understand your purpose. You will be able to clarify your future path and hold yourself accountable for change. For me, it all started with asking for help. Allowing myself to receive it changed my life. Coaching is all about you and your time is now.
Qualifications: BSc Mathematics, Statistics and Operational Research; MSc (Distinction) Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management (University of Leicester); PG Certificate in Coaching Psychology (Birkbeck); Certified Analytic-Network Coach.
Memberships: Association for Coaching; Guildford Coaches Group; The London Coaching Group; British Psychological Society Special Interest Group in Coaching Psychology.
Interests: Open water swimming, writing, running, travel, learning, global cultures.
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