I’m a very resilient person, yet couldn’t seem to break long held habits that really got me down. In the summer of 2019 I was so fed up of being fed up, I decided to consider a life coach. I searched the internet and found Sonia, I very much liked the way she came across. In fact I visited Sonia’s website numerous times before I found it within me to contact her.
I’d never done life coaching before and felt a little odd about it. Also after my bills are paid each month I don’t have a huge amount of spare money. For me it was quite literally a dilemma between going without the clothes, meals out and other small luxuries I would normally buy, or coaching. I came to the conclusion that my small luxuries would not put me on the new life path I deeply desired but Sonia might, so I contacted her.
When we met up all the hunches I felt from her website were right, she’s very easy to talk to. I’ve learnt so much, changed those habits and without doubt have turned a corner. Had I not have spent time with Sonia I would still be living the same old routine.
This has been some of the best money I’ve ever spent. For me, this has been an investment that has paid off. I’m so glad I did it.
Sarah, Walton on Thames
My time with Sonia was short and sweet but from our many calls and meets, I managed to find a new job (with a salary I wanted), sell my house (which had been on the market for 12 months), complete the next stage of my marketing course (which I had put off for over 18 months) and put some foundations in place to better myself going forward. I do hope we get to work together again in the future.
R Gibson, Surrey
Having been writing for a decade, I found myself at a real crossroads, torn between the sort of books I had been writing and the sort of books I really wanted to write. The result was that I was writing very little at all and my self-belief had dwindled to the point that I actually considered giving up!
When Sonia offered sessions via Skype, I requested one in the hope that I could at least vocalize my conflict and get some help in moving forward again. The session really cleared some obstacles out of the way and at the end of our half hour, I felt something I hadn’t felt for a long time – that little flutter of excitement in my tummy at the prospect of writing something new! Sonia encouraged that feeling by suggesting I write a synopsis and gently pinned me down to a deadline at the end of the week, which I achieved, and this kick-started a story that had been in my head for a long time but that was in real danger of never getting onto the page!
I appreciated the way she listened – really listened – and her insightful suggestions and probing questions enabled me to see my situation, not as a negative and paralyzing roadblock, but as an opportunity to explore new paths, grow as a writer and, most importantly of all, follow my heart. Thank you so much Sonia!
Working with Sonia has allowed me to explore who I am and who I want to be, as well as what I want to do – which is a refreshing and constructive way to improve in both your personal and working life. Before working with Sonia I didn’t really acknowledge the way who you want to be, and how you are in your personal life, impacts on your work and decisions about your future.
We spoke over 6 months over skype and I found her personal and patient approach extremely warm and welcoming, and allowed me to explore areas I hadn’t previously planned to. She offered useful practical tips as well as recommending further reading, and overall provided me with a personal and tailored way to explore my own personal approach to work, and improve and build on my hopes for the future.
Cassie Eades, Campaign Project Manager, Oxfam
Thank you so much for the time you spent with me – it was immensely valuable (and life changing)! I felt and still feel very much on top of the world.
I felt I learned a lot about how to look at myself and realise what was in and out of control … and have a methodology to ease into that control. Lots of listening, but also throwing in challenges.
Because you are so empathetic (and it works on a spiritual level) it felt we were already on the journey together and the trust and confidence just kicked in immediately and effortlessly”
John Buckley (Global Lead for IT Business Relationship Management)
Sonia is a deeply insightful coach, who actively listens, empathises and challenges your thinking. My approach to life has changed and I am hugely thankful to Sonia for allowing me to see what is possible. I am lighter, more positive and at last I’ve got my sense of humour back. Thank you Sonia!
Career Coach, Trainer and Workshop Creator
I have had the great pleasure of receiving some sessions with Sonia Duggan. From the outset, I felt that I was the most important person in the world.
This is a time of new discovery for me. Sonia was there for such a time as this, to guide, support and hslp me to access, put into practice, and launch out into uncharted areas, which have lain largely dormant.
Sonia has a kind, yet authoritative manner. She has helped me to think about and use other ways of verbalising. For example: to avoid saying “I should”. This brings a freedom of personal responsibility.
I thank you Sonia Duggan. I am now launched on a new voyage of discovery.
Sue Wetherall, Richmond
Being coached by Sonia was a fabulous experience. She is a wonderfully insightful coach and helped me to look closely at areas of my life that have been affecting my decision-making and ability to move forward which I’d previously left unchallenged. Highly recommend.
Angela R, Surrey
If I think about what has changed as a result of our coaching relationship, I guess it is me being braver in articulating my own needs and giving myself more time. And that means a lot!
I really appreciated your gentle and supportive style and felt that i was allowed to explore my emotional state as opposed to just finding practical solutions
H Taylor, Surrey
Before my sessions with Sonia, I felt very confused and unable to be honest with myself about what I wanted. It seemed hard to access the truth.
Sonia asked some pertinent and challenging questions to stimulate a thoughtful response. Through this process I was able to access a deeper truth and honesty with myself. This honesty was made possible by the trust and support I felt throughout the session. It was a safe place to be honest. No judgement.
Sonia helped to question and distinguish between what I thought I knew and what I actually knew.
I would highly recommend Sonia to anyone who is feeling a little lost or confused or even stuck in a rut. If you know there is more and you want more - she can help you search it out.
Gemma Aston, Artistic Director
Sonia was able to help me find an imbalance that affected my entire life without me even knowing it. Once I recognised this and started doing something about it, I watched a new path unfold that has led me to a much more fulfilled and enjoyable place. I feel much more comfortable with myself and where I’m going. Thank you.
Gill Coleman, Surrey
Thanks to Sonia’s reassurance and subtle questions, root causes of my problems became evident. What I thought was a problem was in fact a reaction to one or several events many years ago. I am now able to look at events in my past more logically and give reasons for those events. This enables me to stop apportioning myself wrongly with the blame.
I now pay much less attention to ‘that voice’ which always knocked my confidence in one fell swoop. I am able to objectively assess whether it should be listened to or ignored. This has helped in day to day life as well as in my writing.
I have learned to create and maintain a healthy balance between work, family and ‘me time’. Being able to do this has helped immensely when work and family really get in the way of my writing time, which is ‘me time.’ I have lost all those feelings of guilt which crept in when I did spend time writing.
I feel a more confident person, more like the person I’ve always wanted to be. I’m able to cope with new challenges as they appear by drawing on all we discussed over the three months. I would most certainly recommend Sonia, especially if someone required distance coaching.
I came to Sonia full of fear and self-doubt in both myself and my creative abilities. With her supportive yet challenging approach, she helped take me out of my comfort zone and recognize how I listened to my inner “saboteurs” and indeed took them on as my identity, forming unhelpful habits and beliefs.
Within the safety of our face-to-face and skype sessions, we identified my destructive thought processes and I learned how to view situations from different perspectives. Through this, I formed complete self awareness of my negative thought patterns, which enabled me to break out of my rut and progress forward as a creative being with a more positive outlook.
Sonia genuinely cares about her clients and helping to transform lives. She was very understanding and flexible around my circumstances, always communicating and providing points of reference relevant to my personal progress, once even going that extra mile beyond the call of duty and dropping in a wonderful gift she felt would resonate with me at the time! Many thanks for your help.
Nicki Murphy, London
Having had life coaching in the past, I thought I knew what to expect, but with Sonia that assumption goes out of the window. She doesn’t deal with the problem you think you have but looks at your life as a whole. This was just as well for me as, early on, (and due to her very probing questions) I realised that what I had imagined to be my problem was nothing of the sort.