[Before the coaching] I was on a journey where I felt I had been gradually unravelling a ball of knotted wool. I was fighting with anxiety around finance, work and health issues.
After working with Gayle, I am now much more confident and calmer. I’m in a position of looking forward. There has been a shift of accepting myself and more of an integration and less of a struggle in my mind of who I am. My childhood conditioning and cultural background is no longer holding me back in the same way. I feel empowered and more able to make decisions independently.
I have known Gayle since 2012 when she trained and qualified as part of the internal coaching network with the Open University. Over the following years, she has regularly coached managers in various roles across the university. She has played an active role in the coaching network, attending regular supervision and on-going training. I have consistently received excellent feedback from her ‘coachees’ and their line managers on the impact of her coaching. Gayle has been one of our high performing coaches. She is very adaptable and depending on the needs of the ‘coachees’, has worked with clients via face to face, Skype and telephone sessions. She has also worked successfully offering intensive one off sessions as well as under taking longer term contracts with clients. I have no hesitation in recommending
Gayle as a coach.
Julie Stock, Coaching Programme Manager Open University
Over a period of around 6-8 months, Gayle worked with me to help identify barriers in my thinking and provided some useful tools to help boost my confidence and performance in the workplace. Gayle listened, challenged some of my assumptions and gently encouraged me to grow and push myself. As a direct result of her input and support I progressed to a senior manager role and I would thoroughly recommend her as an excellent coach.
Because of my dyslexia I had well established negative patterns around avoidance and procrastination. The thought of reading aloud had a huge effect on my
emotional wellbeing and confidence. It was affecting and infiltrating my day to day ability to do my work as a senior manager. I was in a persecutory mindset, chastising myself for making mistakes.
I now feel more positive and confident and less
critical of myself. I’m more open about what I’m able to do and not do and this has helped to take the pressure off. I’m much more aware of my strengths and what I have to offer. I have less of a fear of failure of getting it wrong.
It’s just not a big issue anymore. It's literally changed my life.
I thought it was great to be in an open an honest environment where you can explore your experiences, test ideas, and just take some time out to look at yourself and decide on where you want to develop personally. I find the method of learning from others really suits my personality style.
When I started working with Gayle I was in a very difficult situation and stuck within my own train of thoughts. I was struggling with management perceptions of me which I felt were purely based around my diagnosis as an autistic adult. I didn’t have a lot of confidence in myself as a person, team member or social work practitioner. I knew I could do the job but I couldn’t always see it.
I’ve now started to build trust and confidence in the people around me. I’ve started on the road to develop greater professional flexibility. I have tools that I’ll take forward in the rest of my career. I’m much more aware of my strengths and weaknesses and can acknowledge these. I feel that others have more confidence in me now too and trust in my professional opinions.
I feel that real change has occurred for me [due to the coaching] I have come out of my shell again. I feel much more confident in communicating, and feel like a productive part of the team. I plan to continue with my self-awareness and reflection on my progress both within the office and out. I still write down my positives for each day.
It brought to attention my ability to resolve situations and be proactive, seeing the positives more and challenging my own assumptions, gaining more confidence in my abilities again.