Q: Lauren, what motivated you to consider coaching?
"Having lived abroad for a number of years, where life was intense and rich with new experiences, returning to the UK I was faced with a slower pace of life and confronted with the idea that I needed to meet new people.
It was a confusing time of addressing what I wanted to do with my life, whether I was making the right choices, how to be a confident and outgoing individual again in my home country.
I felt my inner critic was taking over my mind in social settings, I became way too acutely aware of what other people would think of me. Walking into a bar on my own wasn't something I ever wanted to do. Furthermore, I was conscious that I was stepping up into a managerial role at work, and as a quite shy individual, I needed to find the confidence to contribute at this higher level."
Q: Had you already tried anything to help with those issues?
"I had talked to my friends, who were always incredibly supportive, but nothing beyond that."
Q: Did you have any misgivings or concerns when you were considering coaching with me?
"In all honesty, I just wasn't sure if coaching with a psychology slant was for me.
What would I get out of it? Did I really need to dig deep into my feelings or were they simply trivial everyday problems that did not require professional guidance?
Not once did this misgiving appear throughout the time you were coaching me, and actually, the deep dive into my feelings revealed a lot more than I had expected."
Q: What convinced you to go ahead to coach with me?
"You were recommended to me by a friend. The energy in his voice, the way he described how he felt afterwards was captivating and enlightening. I felt that I wanted to also be like that."
Q: What has changed for you as a result of our coaching work together?
"In social settings, I do not even think about my insecurities anymore. My inner critic voice has been wiped from my mind. Instead of thinking about what others are thinking of me, I own my quietness or my questions or my interaction. If I am quiet, it's because I am listening carefully. If I am louder, it is because I have something valuable to say, not because the space needs filling.
None of the social settings as before hold me back now, I can confidently walk into anywhere on my own. I can confidently talk to strangers around me anywhere I go. I feel like the person I have become is stronger and whilst there will always be low moments, that active part of my life remains like I never had any insecurities there.
I always came out of my coaching sessions glowing and feeling empowered. I cannot thank you enough for that feeling and how it extended into my life."