Coaching testimonials

Life Coach Rachel Watson has helped me navigate through some of the more difficult periods of my life. She is what I call a natural coach; nurturing, intuitive and unbiased. She realises that the answers to our problems and dilemmas come from within. She is the ultimate motivator that pushed me to rebuild my confidence and self esteem. Her approach was empowering! Coach Watson helped me establish realistic and achievable goals. Rachel knew how to tap into my cores beliefs to unleash the home truths that aided me in creating a better life for myself. I can honestly say that she has helped me move through my plateaus and realise my goals. I trust Rachel implicitly and think she is a brilliant Life Coach.

Lynn Blades
Aspire Magazine & GMTV

 

“I was nervous about trying life-coaching: I wasn’t 100% sure what to expect and some of the techniques sounded a bit outside my comfort zone, so I was sceptical about the process. Rachel put me at ease straight, and the techniques she taught me have worked brilliantly. I had lost my confidence and I now have it back, much of which is down to Rachel’s support (and some hard work!) I have every confidence in recommending Rachel as a life-coach.”

Annmarie, HR Manager, Liverpool



Coaching for me has been invaluable. It has been of great benefit and made me focus on what I wanted to achieve professionally. This style of coaching enabled me to make realistic goals and put in place strategies to achieve them. A key component of coaching is to take responsibility for your actions to achieve your goals.

Rachel is a very skilled practitioner and adept in her approach to coaching. Calm and motivating guidance proved so helpful to me I would completely recommend it.

Pauline, Wirral


Rachel is a dedicated, inspirational coach who has an ability to drive high achievement, focus and actual results by working with you in a collaborative way. Rachel ensures that she engages in a way that provides self focus, but she never sets the agenda, so everything is about you and your goals. Rachel instills self accountability and inner motivation. Rachel cares passionately about her client and there is no doubt when you are with Rachel you are the focus. Rachel’s calming yet strong approach makes you feel instantly at ease, she has one of the highest levels of integrity I have ever seen. I love working with Rachel and on a personal level Rachel’s work with me has been valuable and I have achieved my goals- but the key has been I have made changes that have not just stayed for a few weeks they are now embedded- this is a rare achievement.

Emma, North Wales


From my very first meeting with Rachel she demonstrated an ability to understand my vision for the company and personal goals. She was able to identify key issues that can drive the business forward and encourage me as an individual to take steps that not only help to grow my business but for personal development too. Rachel has a great rapport with individuals and teams and is able to facilitate with ease making the team relax while encouraging big thinking, vision and development.

Stephanie Davies, Creative Director
Laughlogy Ltd

 

The coaching sessions gave me tools to tap into my confidence and rethink strategies for successful presentations. It was an investment into my life and career, and something I would access again.

Shirley, Liverpool


Rachel really helped me to gain confidence in my own ability and is an excellent mentor for my own personal development and coaching practice.

I found that at the times when I really didn’t feel like having Life Coaching was when I benefited from it most. Rachel was always able to help me see a different side to things, and helped me identify the real issues or problems I was upset about. She was always light-hearted, and patient, and not judgemental about any view or feeling I expressed. This helped me trust her, and focused me more on the techniques she was showing me.

I can confidently say that the cost of the coaching is the best money that I have ever spent on myself, I view it not as money spent but a high return investment.

Tracy, Stafford


Coaching has helped me stand on my own two feet, enjoy being myself and drive out the negative thoughts and anxieties in my life and replace them with positive ones and see the changes for the better.

Claudia, Wirral

 

I was a bit anxious at first, but it has been a really positive experience. I feel more able and prepared to move forward. I definitely feel more confident and positive about achieving other goals. Thanks.

Sue, Wirral

 

Through motivation and support, Rachel has helped me to face my challenges and lay gremlins to rest. I feel as though I can breathe, I have self confidence, optimism and most of all I like myself. My time-management has greatly improved and in consequence, so has the work-life balance- I can relax more! Thank you Rachel – you gave me back my life!!

Pauline, Wirral.

 

The coaching I received was excellent, it had an extremely positive impact on my life. When I started coaching, I was unhappy and unclear regarding my career, my finances were a mess and I was unhappy with my lifestyle. I now have a job I love, I’ve just bought a house and I’ve got a great work life balance. Rachel, thank you for everything.

Clare,
Cheshire

 

I was not aware of the unresolved issues I had in my life, and how, subconsciously they were affecting my everyday life, nagging away at the back of my mind. I had deliberately kept them at the back of my mind, not really knowing what to do about them.

At our first meeting Rachel helped to bring these issues into focus, and explained how she could help me work towards resolving at least some of them.
Week by week, we covered different areas, with Rachel offering suggestions, and encouraging me to think about what I really wanted.

Rachel was always non-judgmental, discreet, and extremely supportive. I felt able to be completely open and honest with her, and myself. She sometimes contacted me between meetings to see how things were going which was a great help.

Rachel was understanding, and helpful, encouraging me to try alternative options. I was never pushed into doing something I didn’t really want to do, or didn’t feel able to do. My coaching sessions came to an end when I felt I had cleared, or was working on the areas that had been identified. I could only liken it to 'clearing my in-tray' in work. That is such a great feeling!!

The coaching was not easy, it takes commitment and hard work from both parties, and if it were easy I would have already dealt with those issues. I know now that if I were to find myself in a similar position again, I could contact Rachel and ask for her help. The ability to move forward in my life has given me a wonderful sense of achievement!

Lisa,
Wirral

 

Through coaching I have managed to improve the performance of two under-performing members of my team. My team are more motivated around their own performance and personal development.

Dave,
Cheshire

 


I have been attending regular coaching sessions for the past 9 months and I find them invaluable. One of my main reasons for having coaching sessions is that as a leader I believe it is important to build a high performance team and to do this you must start with yourself.

For me coaching has helped me focus on my own solutions, which in turn has given me the freedom to take control and develop my people in a way that suits them on an individual basis.

I cannot recommend these sessions more highly and I think team leaders and managers should embrace the whole coaching experience. They have so much to gain.

Elise,
Cheshire

 


I have experienced coaching prior to my coaching sessions with Rachel so I expected a similar game of ‘cat and mouse’ where the coach has a prior agenda and is intent on manoeuvering the coachee to the desired outcome. I was therefore pleasantly surprised to encounter Rachel’s coaching style.

From the outset Rachel made it clear that the role of a Life Coach is not to give you the answers but to DRAW them from you; what you want to achieve, why and how. The conversations were structured and logical and whilst I was able to explore all ideas and avenues, Rachel kept me focused on my initial goal.

The atmosphere is relaxed yet professional and I felt assured that what I discussed would be completely confidential.

There have been occasions where I initially couldn’t see ‘the wood for the trees’ and the issue I wanted to discuss was insurmountable but by the end of the session I would come away with clear, realistic actions, a feasible timescale to achieve them in and the knowledge that I had Rachel’s support for the follow-up session.

I would recommend Rachel as a Life Coach as she can help you discover solutions to issues for yourself, which you may not have found without her excellent listening skills, open, probing questions and total commitment.

Tracey,
Stafford

 

Your coaching sessions have really helped me to realize that my feelings of anxiety when faced with a situation where I would be the centre of attention are not unusual. Being able to talk to someone about these issues was the 1st step to making a change and the fact you listened, understood and picked up on some of the key factors that I needed to focus on has pushed me in the right direction.
Thank you for all your time and patience.

Becky,
Cheshire

 


Coaching has improved my work life balance and helped me to work on my areas for development. After each coaching session, I feel refreshed and much more positive.

Claire,
Cheshire

 

The coaching I have received has given me a tool to use to structure and manage my day-to-day workload in a much better way, leaving me a lot less stressed.

Howard,
Cheshire

 


I would whole-heatedly recommend the coaching sessions that Rachel provides to anybody. The sessions have enabled me to evaluate a number of areas for development and to set an action plan to resolve the situation or issue. I have also developed a more systematic approach to problem solving by using the coaching framework for myself.

I believe the time spent with Rachel is invaluable; it gives me time away from the busy office, to concentrate my energy and attention on a specific area. Rachel’s professionalism and enthusiasm throughout the sessions enable me to take the next steps with clear direction.

Sarah,
Cheshire

 

At the beginning of the year, I had lost by drive and motivation. I felt unappreciated and demoralized in my job. Feeling I had nowhere to turn, I met Rachel. Being a bit dubious about the benefits of coaching, I agreed for Rachel to coach me as I had no other ideas on how to get out of the rut I was in.

Now at the end of the year I am one of the strongest performers in my area. I have built bridges with the management I struggled with earlier in the year and have a very positive outlook on my career and progression. The coaching was so geared to me being positive in my outlook to difficult situations I feel it has equipped me to deal with all situations with a more open mind. I am now a true believer in the benefits of coaching.
Thanks again.

Lisa,
Wales

 

I have worked for a Bank for the last 14 years. During the last 3 years I have desperately wanted to progress through the grades, but something was stopping me – surviving the interview process.

Rachel agreed to coach me. When we met I was rather apprehensive as I had not attended a coaching session before, but immediately Rachel put me at ease. The session lasted an hour and both Rachel and I were totally open and honest with each other. After the first session, I felt so much clearer and I had direction. By the end of the session I knew exactly what my fears were and I had a number of actions to work on before the next session. Four sessions later and I had my interview. During the interview I was calm, collected and confident. I was successful.

The majority of my success is down to Rachel as I don’t think I would ever have had the confidence to go through the process without our coaching sessions.

Rachel has a very calming manner; she is very approachable and really listens. Outside of my coaching, she has also helped me with a very sensitive issue that I was concerned about tackling. Through mentoring Rachel helped me to address the issue and bring it to a successful conclusion.

Joanne
Cheshire

 


I have found the coaching provided by Rachel invaluable. She has a calm, patient manner and is very easy to approach. My time management has been a focal point for me over the last 6 months. Rachel’s coaching has enabled me to make great improvements to this.

I find the time spent with Rachel is very focused and structured in a way that enables me to discuss an issue / area for improvement and to come away from the session with a way forward / solution.

I would and have recommended Rachel’s life coaching to my colleagues / friends as she is genuinely committed and very focused in her coaching.

Sarah
Cheshire

 

I found coaching a benefit as it was time for me to reflect and concentrate on areas which I wanted to develop. Rachel gave me her time and support to do this. Rachel’s qualities include being approachable and genuine, her skills enable her to build trust and report with her clients.

Rachel’s style of coaching has helped me to identify various development areas and through discussions we found that I have achieved some of the targets without me even realizing it. I have now achieved my overall goal and this has given me the confidence to perform my role at work to the best of my ability – I no longer doubt my own strengths and identifying them has enabled me to use them effectively.

Alison
Cheshire

 

Spending quality time in coaching sessions with Rachel has enabled me to identify specific areas in my development that require attention. Through discussion I was able to prioritise what was most important to me to achieve and set mini goals and targets to help me achieve my end goal. I found Rachel to be approachable, trustworthy and honest, which enabled the coaching to be really effective.

Clare
Chester

 

Rachel is the ideal person to have coaching sessions with, due to the fact she is passionate about coaching and the development of others. During the sessions I’ve had with Rachel in the last 6 months, I’ve been coached in a variety of subjects including driving performance in my team and conflict within the team. As an individual I’ve grown as a person and become a more confident and effective Team Leader. By having the confidence and the help from Rachel, I have also had the opportunity to coach others.

I would certainly recommend Life Coaching if you get the opportunity, as it’s probably one of the best methods to drive your own performance, in matters relating to either personal or work-related situations.

Janice,
Cheshire

 

During my coaching sessions with Rachel, she inspired and motivated me to achieve the goals I had set myself. Rachel’s enthusiasm for coaching, helping others achieve exceptional performance has meant that I have been able to achieve my goal 6 months early.

Rachel has helped me re-gain confidence that I had lost, by working with me to set myself testing actions. In completing the actions I have stretched myself and been encouraged to work to the best of my ability. When setting actions Rachel is keen to set dates that keep you focused without putting any pressure on you.

Through her coaching sessions, Rachel has worked with me to make me recognize where I could challenge myself and enhance my skills and knowledge. I now realize how important it is to take time-out for self-development and not to always use the excuse of being too busy. If I ever needed to approach someone again, I would approach Rachel.

Rachel, I would like to thank you for all your help as I truly believe that if it wasn’t for our coaching sessions and your feedback on my CV, I would not have been in a position to apply for and be successful in gaining promotion.
Thanks again.

Karen
Cheshire

 


I had not realized how much uncertainty I had in my life until I sat down and became aware of the many issues that I had chosen to ignore. I was subconsciously aware that they had to be dealt with but was unsure how to tackle them.

My first meeting with Rachel helped me to realize that I could put some meaning back in my life. She helped me to focus on the tasks ahead of me and she reassured me that with her help and support that I could work through the unresolved issues at my own pace and try to put my life back in order.

We worked slowly covering different areas and bit by bit I regained the confidence that I had lost and began to believe in myself again. Rachel was very supportive, discreet and immensely helpful. She encouraged me to try and resolve the issues I had very clearly pushed to one side perhaps even to the extent of burying my head in the sand, and eventually the ‘list’ was not a list anymore. She was never pushy or asked me to do things that I was not happy with and I found I was able to open up to Rachel without feeling that I was being judged. If I was feeling low I could ring her for a chat and she would listen to me and encourage me to be positive, telling me how much I had achieved and help raise my spirits. She would also contact me between sessions to see if I was alright, something I found to be a very kind gesture and very helpful.

The coaching sessions have been faced positively; they take a great deal of effort and commitment from both sides to make them work. The end result for me was an overwhelming satisfaction that I had achieved all that I set out to do and could put the past behind me and move on with my life. I know that should I ever need to contact Rachel again, I could and she would be there for me.

Sue
Wirral

 

Thank you for all your help and support, whilst mentoring me. Although it was only for a few months, the hour each month spend with you proved invaluable and very motivating.
Thanks again.

Cath
Cheshire

 

Thank you for all your help and encouragement over the last 12 months. I feel I have changed and matured as a Team Leader as a result of your excellent coaching. You are so easy to talk to and always made me feel valued.

Sarah
Cheshire

 

Rachel’s coaching has been invaluable to me, as it has allowed me to look at the way I undertake every day tasks, whether at work or at home and has helped establish the best method for me to carry tasks out.

As a result, I am far more organized than before. The preparations for last Christmas were a much more enjoyable experience because I was far more organized in my approach – an approach that I will repeat each year from now on.

Julie
Wirral

 

Rachel has the unique talent that enables her to make you think she is giving good advice, when in fact she is making you make the decisions for yourself. Her skills have helped me to advance my career on a number of occasions.
Thanks for all your help.

Jim
Cheshire

 

Last year I became a Team Leader for the company I work for and although I felt I had achieved a great deal over the first 6 months of the role, when it came to my half year review, this was not the case. I felt very low, de-motivated and had the feeling I was not suited to the role and it also began to effect my home life as well.

A colleague of mine had been attending regular coaching sessions with Rachel over the months. She was very sceptical at first but found it to be very rewarding and improved not only her work life but also her home life as well.

I decided to give it a go. Well where do I begin? Rachel is an extremely good listener, she asks lots of probing questions to get the background and find out what you want to get from the sessions. Rachel does not prompt you, she lets you come up with the whole picture and then you find the solution. By doing this your whole self esteem is improves, together with your confidence, you feel you are able to take on the world.
Thank you for your invaluable help over the last 8 months.

Jane
Cheshire



After hearing the recommendations from my colleagues with regards to being coached by Rachel, I decided this was an avenue I’d like to explore. I attend regular coaching sessions with Rachel and from the first session I went away with a purpose and a clear structure of what I want to achieve both in my work environment and at home as I recognized that my work would improve when aspects of my home life were addressed.

By working on both home and work life within my coaching sessions I’ve been able to make more progress in all areas and incorporate assistance where applicable. This has meant that I have more resource available at home by allocating tasks to others and by giving them some responsibility has freed some of my time to pursue activities that I enjoy rather than just actioning tasks for others.

Coaching has given me the encouragement to go forward and realize my capabilities by breaking tasks down into manageable chunks without loosing focus on the end result and goal. I have been able to target many things concurrently and has provided me with a much more positive attitude to my work and home life.

Alison
Cheshire

 


I have had a number of coaching sessions will Rachel and feel she has helped me to progress in my career and home life. The questioning techniques she uses identify the real underlying issues which you may not have thought of. I look forward to my coaching sessions and gain a lot from them. It also gave me the confidence to start coaching my own team which in turn has benefited them too.

Nikki
Cheshire

 


I have been coached my Rachel for over 8 months and it has helped me immensely. During our coaching sessions Rachel is extremely easy to talk to; she understood my dilemmas and is a great listener. At times I have booked a coaching session and not known what I would talk about, however through her effective questioning techniques and her ability to listen and question further I have always been able to produce a goal for myself. The coaching topics have varied, I have received coaching on work for example organizing my day and creating a happy and harmonious team. I have also received coaching on a personal level e.g. gaining confidence in my day-to-day life. The goals I have made have always been realistic and motivational. By having a coach I have always committed to my actions taken forward in order to achieve my overall goal.

Through coaching I am able to talk through any issues and gain a positive outcome. It helps as you establish your own ideas for your own issues with the guidance and confidence of a coach. I would like to thank Rachel for all her help and support over the past months.

Rachael
Cheshire

 

I would just like to say a big thank you for all your help and support through our coaching sessions.

If someone had told me I would be responding like this I would never have believed them. I am such a cynic, but decided to give it a go….oh! What a fool I was to think that they were a waste of time; these sessions virtually changed my life.

I was surprised to say the least that the talking was all done by me; I thought I was going to be told what to do! One question from Rachel and my inner most thoughts and fears spilled on to the table. It wasn’t until that moment that I realized that I wasn’t a happy bunny and my life needed to be put in order.

From our talks it transpired that I was totally bogged down by clutter! – Materially, physically and emotionally. Rachel suggested a fabulous book… I read this from cover to cover and with her guidance set myself timely goals. Rachel coached me to clear one thing at a time and I was amazed that by getting rid of unnecessary items / worries at home, it helped me to organize my working life. My mind was clear and it allowed me to tackle my working day with a positive attitude.

Thanks again Rachel for all your support, I couldn’t have done it without you.

Sheila
Cheshire

 


Rachel did not change me in any way… Rachel helped me discover the real me, which in turn gave me the confidence and determination to achieve my end goal.

Kel
Lancashire


After experiencing redundancy for the first time, and in a difficult employment climate, I found Rachel’s coaching and support to be invaluable. Through articulate discussion and probing but supportive questioning, Rachel helped me to re-examine exactly what I really wanted to achieve, both in and out of work. Rachel helped me to break down my goals into a logical and achievable roadmap, building my confidence and setting down some clear markers of success along the way.

Martin
Warrington