It was so wonderful to be listened to and acknowledged, and her ability to get to the root of a problem is outstanding.
Homework was a revelation. I knew it would involve coming out of my comfort zone but after a 40 minute session she would come up with an action to take and things to do that were incisive, relevant and exciting.
I had forgotten how wonderful life can be when you embrace change and I wake up every morning smiling.
Do we all need a Sonia in our lives? The answer to that is a resounding YES!
Mary Cross, Wiltshire
When the idea of having some sessions with Sonia was first mooted, I was reluctant – I simply didn’t have time.
Life in my busy household meant that it was difficult to balance priorities; I was at the mercy of everyone’s becks and calls; I found it difficult to clear a space for me to write. In the face of various obligations, writing seemed like a self indulgence I could ill afford yet not writing was stressful. When I did manage to write it was hard work – my fluidity was gone. My brain felt as if it was in a knot.
During our 40 minute sessions Sonia carefully unpicked that knot. She was challenging, supportive and asked the questions that enabled me to hear my own thoughts and assess my priorities.
The result was akin to having a really good mind-massage. With her help I could step back – or step forward – and see what I needed to change. I felt that I could rebalance and get back a bit of control. It was time very well spent.
My only regret is that I did not talk to Sonia years ago – I can highly recommend her as a coach.
My session with Sonia was a real eye-opener. The insightful questions helped me analyse objectively with some important realisations coming to light! Sonia’s perceptions have provided me with the inspiration and motivation I need to make effective changes. Thank you Sonia!
The session was a good reminder for me about what good parenting is all about. We all want to do the best for our children but life’s everyday stresses intervene and we develop bad habits. This workshop gave me the kick start I need to re-evaluate my (and my husband’s) parenting style and make some positive changes.
Sonia is a great person to lead the workshop. She is genuinely caring, approachable and non judgemental. This facilitates an air of trust and openess where parents can honestly share their worries/ issues/hopes about their children. I would recommend this workshop to any parent as an introduction to ‘improving your parenting skills’. In just two hours I picked up some great tips which I have already put into place with my family and seen positive results.
sonia’s calm, gentle approach gave me full permission to really explore what was going on for me in a safe, non-judgemental space. she was always beautifully supportive, and wasn’t afraid to call me forth and take a stand for me when i faltered in my courage. she is a committed, dedicated coach who genuinely cares about her clients. lovely!
Sonia is a warm and intuitive coach who creates a really safe space for her clients, which allowed me to truly explore just what was really keeping me stuck in my perspective. Her curiosity combined with her gentle, yet courageous ‘prodding’ enabled me to look at my relationship with my daughter in a different light: we now have a greater understanding of each other and have a solid structure to build our ongoing relationship on … thank you Sonia!
I had many things that I could not make decisions about and needed clarity and a way to get around the obstacles.
Sonia took me through a process of looking at each area and finding a solution, a way of working through every obstacle and ways to think differently about them. Sonia not only enables you to think outside the box but also leaves you with an inquiry, which helped enforce the new direction I had taken, giving me the feeling of empowerment.
I have started using my creative skills that I had put on ice since 1994 which has taken away the feeling of failure and made me realise that it can just be a hobby and not a career and how good I am at it. I have been to London buying materials ready to start new projects and I feel as though I have been released from a very dull and colorless existence. Without Sonia this would not have happened and I cannot thank her enough.
I felt stuck when I first met Sonia and with the power of artful questioning, I worked through the blockages in my life. I came out the other side a fresher, lighter and more determined creative person.Everyone needs a Sonia!!!!!
I have just experienced a wonderful coaching session with Sonia. Leading a very busy life, clients are used to listening to me – I felt very heard by Sonia and was able to explore some of the challenges I am facing with my business and the session helped me to focus on shifting forward.
Thank you again for our session. Your sensitivity and intuition helped me greatly with what was a dilemma, I feel much happier about it now – have gained a different perspective.
Do you remember coaching me on how to laugh again? Well I must say that I now laugh more and sometimes from the belly. It is so good to feel this freedom. What made the difference? I think I simply am able to “be in the moment” with whatever is going on and enjoy the ride. Life is getting bigger and brighter. THANK YOU!!!
Eileen Gricuk, Senior Recruitment Consultant, Poland
I met Sonia in early November last year. She was so easy to talk to and has a very gentle way about her. Once I realised she was a life coach I knew that she would be the person to help me – I was at a crossroads in my life and wasn’t sure about my future.
I started using her professionally as a life coach and she has helped me both personally and professionally. In a personal way, I have started to feel much more myself, I have broken away from being the person people expect me to be and am now the person who I WANT to be. In a professional way, she has been a great help to my motivation and progress with setting up my Garden Visiting website.
Sonia has the ability to see things about you that you didn’t realise and then channel this into positive thinking. I would highly recommend her as a life coach.
Sonia entered my life almost a year ago through a mutual friend. At the time my life was dominated by work which was taking me over the precipice into an extremely dark and terrifying place.
Through all the ups and downs Sonia has been, is and will be there for me, providing what I intuitively know that I need but am unable to provide for myself. Everybody needs a “Sonia”, internal or external to themselves. I’m only glad that I found mine when I really needed her and that she fits me so well as we work and learn together through our coaching sessions.
Sonia Duggan was my personal life coach for three months and working with her was both very effective and pleasant. Thanks to her friendly and gentle nature, the trust, so vital in coaching, was never an issue. Apart from unquestionable knowledge and experience, Sonia is also very intuitive, which is a special gift in this kind of work.
I was truly amazed at how quickly she helped me to ‘put myself together’, so to speak. I’m very grateful for having her as my personal coach and I certainly recommend her.
Sonia is a perceptive, challenging and encouraging coach with a clear view of the wider picture, which she holds fast for her clients. As a result of her coaching, I have dared to do, and ask, for more. I strongly recommend her.
I was so stuck in my artistic process and the session completely freed me up this morning. I suddenly “saw’ a way of organizing my material that worked with my idea of cards that express the spirit of acupuncture points. Insights fell like bridal spring blossom and I feel “born again like morning”.
I now have a have a great vision for the task of my final art project which I feel inspired by. Thank you so much for your fulcrum.
Sonia has helped me to remember my forgotten dreams and has given me the encouragement and energy to pursue them.
Tim Lafferty, UK
I felt trapped in my own life, unable to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Speaking to Sonia helped give me clarity for today and the future. I realise now that whatever situation I’m faced with there are always choices and options open to me. It has restored balance to my life both physically and emotionally. Thank you Sonia.
Sonia and I share a love of t’ai chi and our initial meeting took place here at my retreat centre. I remember being challenged by a problem that was very frustrating and Sonia gently helped me discover a different way of approaching it, and lo and behold the problem lessened and then evaporated. It was my way of thinking/ being that had changed not the issue. So, started my first inadvertent coaching session with Sonia.
We then moved the life coaching onto a more formal basis which has been great for my business, helping me to clarify where I’m going and how I’m moving forward. Sonia has helped me realize there are many ways to think and act and I am learning and practising to choose the perspective I like the best. The process is confidence building and empowering and has helped me dissolve issues that before coaching were a block to both my spiritual and business progress.
Looking back over the 4 months or so I can see a lot has changed for the better.
I had thought that life coaching was for people with serious problems and now realize it is an invaluable support and helps me make the difference between running an average company and a thriving one.
I feel very blessed to have met Sonia, not only as a coach but also as a person. She coached me through some extremely difficult times. Her bravery, honesty, kindness and dedication really shone through as the coaching sessions progressed.
At first I was a bit reticent to share my inner most sorrows with her, but she was not only understanding and kind but brave and strong when I needed her to be. She made me feel completely protected and truly had my best interest at heart. She never imposed a view on me and followed my lead when things got rough.
I always felt like even through the tough times, if I ventured out of my comfort zone, she was always a safety net I could fall back on. She gave me tools and new perspectives to help me see myself through the rough patches ahead.
All in all, Sonia’s dedication and bravery as a coach provided me with new-found strength and clarity and peace.