What are coaching clients saying?

At a time in my life when I thought I might just fall apart, when I couldn’t find my footing, when trying my best no longer seemed good enough, I found Helen. Curious about what my life could be, and desperate for change, I tried something unfamiliar and new, seeking help from a life coach. My mother has Alzheimer’s disease and the responsibility for her care fell squarely on my shoulders. Sorting through issues of co-dependency, people pleasing, and perfectionism is hard work, and I’d been avoiding these difficult realities for a lifetime. With great discernment but without a hint of judgment, Helen asked me, "I wonder what would happen if..." or "What if you considered this period of not knowing as intentional?" Through my conversations with Helen I came to change my way of thinking and transform my life.

By viewing myself as a work-in-progress, an experiment of sorts, I was able to stop thinking of myself as something that needed to be “fixed” and instead practice self-acceptance and self-knowing. Asking guiding questions, sending my words back to me through a fresh filter, sharing resources, and following up made this journey possible. Helen showed me a new path.

When I began my sessions with Helen, I was haunted by resentment for having to devote so much of my life to caring for my mother and devastated by guilt and the feeling that I had let everyone down. From this wounded place, she helped me to love myself, to set boundaries, and to unleash my creative spirit. Her curiosity is contagious and everywhere I turn I see another opportunity for growth and for joy. Life is, of course, still not easy, but thanks to Helen it is surely worthwhile.

~ Donna Hopkins

My conversations with Helen have been pleasant, invigorating, insightful, provocative, and perhaps most importantly, productive. She has a talent for listening—really listening—and responds to questions large and small with ideas, plans, new perspectives, encouragement, and whatever else might be needed. The best part of working with Helen is that she truly cares—it’s like knowing someone else is in your corner, prepared to help and support you no matter what. Her generosity of spirit makes her an excellent coach and a valuable resource for everyone she works with.

~ B.G.

You are amazingly easy to talk to and to feel safe with—I didn't find it difficult to trust you with issues that I would struggle discussing with friends or family. I also like your focus on small things (whether noticing them or seeing them or collecting them), as it often feels that a lot of the world of coaching focusses on the big change and the big goal, when maybe sometimes the small goal and the small change are all that is needed.

~ Nicoletta V.

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Coaching with Helen has been an absolute blessing; she has the ability to create a space so safe and so charged with wisdom, clarity and insight that you can't help but unfold and grow! Her warmth and compassion reach out to you with endless encouragement, and her deep understanding of human nature and aptitude in untangling a jumble of thoughts and emotions into clarity, focus and forward-movement is such a gift. I am so incredibly grateful for all the love and support she gave me during a very difficult period—our sessions were like a nourishing retreat into sanity in a time of endless overwhelm.

~ Stephanie Lisa Kelly

Coaching with Helen has been a life improving experience for me. She provides a welcoming and safe space for me to explore my thoughts and desires, and I always feel heard. Anyone looking to get honest and in touch with themselves would do well to work with her.

~ Addie Martin

The most important thing you should know about working with Helen is that she seeks to discover the root of problems that you never even thought were there.

I began talking to Helen because I was at a crossroads with myself and the world. She asked me what I wanted to accomplish with her by the end of the year and I thought Gosh, I can’t even imagine what outcome I want by the end of this conversation. I was fearful and felt like life was happening to me. I used to beat myself up a lot about what I hadn’t yet accomplished or what opportunities I may have missed. It never occurred to me until my conversations with Helen that this guilty attitude and self-loathing was a crutch I actually liked to lean on. I could never do anything where I was really proud of myself when I already felt guilty about not doing it yet. Of course, everyone has regrets—but I had internalized it as my “thing."  She helped me to see that if I took all those thoughts and said what I might actually want to do (not what I hadn’t done), I could be freed from the resulting guilt and anxiety.

One of the best outcomes I’ve noticed since first talking with Helen is that, while I still hear those thoughts pass through my mind, they’re far less frequent and now I have the tools to change the conversation with myself and therefore, my outlook on life.

~ Liz Hoffmann