"Thank you, Kate, for being such a great stimulant for the changed me!"
Before working with Kate, I was stuck; there was a muddle of many different options running through my mind and I had no idea at all what I should do next. During the course of our first talk, I immediately felt more in control and had a clearer view of what my next steps should be. Breaking the seemingly impossible tasks of working out what I wanted to do with my career and improving my self esteem down, into smaller weekly goals, really worked and I loved the clearly laid out steps/assignments to accomplish after each session. The overall result is that I have started to think of myself in a better way and have more confidence in my abilities: as a mother and as a potential job-seeker. Talking to Kate is like talking to a friend but in a totally organized and focused manner. She is able to grasp the crucial points, ask insightful questions and get quickly to the heart of the issues. I would absolutely recommend Kate’s services to anyone who is stuck, confused or struggling with one or more aspects of their lives. I would also recommend her to anyone who simply wishes to improve him/herself in certain areas or build upon their strengths. They will see a vast improvement in a very short span of time. Thank you, Kate, for being such a great stimulant for the changed me!
Monica Bahl, IT Systems Manager, Mother, and Expat, The Netherlands.
"Kate helped me actively and systematically eliminate the things that were holding me back"
When Kate began coaching me, I was having difficulty concentrating on and meeting my work targets for a Masters program, in part due to hostile behaviour by an ex-partner. I tended to get bogged down in non-productivity, negative thinking and a general sense of discouragement. Kate helped me to identify things that were holding me back and eliminate them actively and systematically. She helped me to develop realistic work targets, tame my perfectionism, protect my energies, and create strategies to combat feelings of alienation that came with moving to a new country. Learning to let go of what I couldn’t control, to acknowledge my own achievements, and to focus more on enjoyment and fun are significant tools that coaching helped me to develop. I’m in a much more positive frame of mind and feel capable of meeting my targets for 2014. Kate’s wisdom, compassion and gentle guidance were major factors in getting me there. Gudrun Will, Freelance Writer and Publisher, The Netherlands.
"I feel more dynamic, my self-esteem is boosted, the anxiety is gone"
When I started working with Kate I was completely overtaken by anxiety; I was having a crisis of self-esteem and finding it difficult to concentrate. After our conversations, I just forgot about anxiety. Kate showed me that I am going in the correct direction - I couldn't see that. The self-belief I needed was inside of me, but I couldn't find it. Kate helped me "turn on the light" in my mind. Now I feel more dynamic, making things better. My self-esteem is boosted, and now the anxiety is gone, things seem clear. I feel more confident and ready to face the challenges. I would definitely recommend people feeling anxious or overwhelmed to work with Kate, it made a big difference for me!
Ana Maria Napoleao, Expat & ACCESS Volunteer, The Netherlands.
"Anyone can read about being more productive, but this is different!"
Before working with Kate I was feeling, lost, tired and hopeless, but at the same time doing nothing to change that. Kate’s positive energy, telephonic-smile and well selected and customized exercises and field documents enabled me to be more structured and productive in my approach to looking for a job. I now have a weekly schedule, daily goals and I’m better at sharing my situation and my efforts with my partner. Anyone can read about being more productive, but this is different! - it's practical and hands on. I recommend working with Kate to people in stressful, multi-tasking jobs, students and for people looking for work.
Emmanuel Suarez Cabrera, ACCESS Volunteer, The Netherlands.
"I increased my effectiveness as a Country Director and significantly reduced my stress levels"
Coaching with Kate enabled me to increase my effectiveness as a Country Director and significantly reduce my stress levels. On a more personal note, speaking to someone outside the organisation once a week about the challenges and successes I was having made me feel more supported and less isolated in my role.
Cathrin Daniel, NGO Country Director, Sierra Leone.
" Kate is a skilled and very well-educated, natural-born coach"
Before working with Kate I felt like a chaotic entrepreneur with too many plans, unsure which were useful for my business. I was struggling with limiting beliefs about writing articles and I was procrastinating about exercising on a regular basis. The lightness and sense of humour Kate brought to sessions created a positive environment, which helped open up my creative thinking and made me eager to overcome obstacles. Kate listened to what was most important even when it wasn’t directly said and intuitively asked the right questions. I performed every single action I planned and promised to myself (and Kate!) during our sessions. I have put in place systems to support my professional practice and dealt with the limiting beliefs that were holding me back. I hold weekly meetings and write articles on a regular basis. I exercise consistently and have committed myself to a ‘healthy spine’ programme at the local fitness club. ‘Making plans’ is no longer ‘a 'serious art'’, but a useful tool for getting things done. I would definitely recommend Kate to anyone who wants to develop professionally and personally –- small business owners, managers and coaches included. Anyone looking for someone to give structure to their many thoughts and ideas, with direct (yet gentle) communication and a sense of humour, would truly benefit from her style. Kate is supportive and 100% present in, and between, sessions; a skilled and very well-educated, natural-born coach.
Aneta Kobylinska, Business Owner & Professional Development Coach, Poland http://realiakariery.pl/
"Time spent with Kate allowed me to define how to better go about achieving what was so important to me"
More than anything, the time spent with Kate allowed me to define how to better go about achieving what was so important to me – both personally and professionally – something that I just didn’t seem able to prioritise in the day-to-day slog of work and other responsibilities. Thanks for everything Kate!
Frank Harle, Senior Manager, Restless Development Tanzania.
"The coaching helped me to be more mindful about my decisions, to be more strategic, to plan, execute and review."
Dear Kate, I looked forward to each and every meeting with you and thoroughly enjoyed our journey together. You created space for me to grow and learn and did so in a very supportive way. Thank you so much!
Kate has an approach that adapts to you and your needs. She is warm, builds awareness, is strategic, creative and very encouraging. She made me feel that she was completely with me. Her reflections are very accurate and were helpful in building awareness and for my self learning. Being coached by Kate, I learnt to try to put less pressure on myself. Kate helped me see different options, which I was not aware of - this was very encouraging, inspiring and also reduces stress when you see that alternate options are available to you. The coaching helped me to be more mindful about my decisions, to be more strategic, to plan, execute and review.
Samantha Amit, Director, Centre for Development and Leadership, Israel.