Feeling the fear and embracing change - Rachel's story

Feeling the fear and embracing change - Rachel's story

Published: 28th of March 2022

***A case study from a recent client I worked with at the end of 2021. Name changed to protect client's confidentiality***

I knew something had to change…..but I felt too trapped and scared to know where to start.

Working in law, my job had always been high-pressure with tight deadlines and demanding clients. I have worked so hard to get to where I am and coming back from my maternity leave after my second child, I felt left behind and overwhelmed by the workload, especially working part-time.

Even when I wasn’t working, I was thinking about work and constantly checking my emails and answering calls.

Add to that, with family living so far away, a challenging relationship with my partner and the impact of Covid on my support network, I felt totally unsupported.

When I started coaching with Jenny, I was so scared of change.

She helped me to see the whole picture of where I was, not just the issues with my career but my whole work/life balance.

We worked together to explore what was important in my career and personal life, to understand the fear of change and to make a clear plan to move forward.

Not only that, I also analysed my support network, made big steps to ditch toxic relationships, look after myself and actually have FUN again!

A few months on, I have firm boundaries at work so I’m properly present when I’m spending time with my children, I’ve chosen to end a long-term relationship that wasn’t making me happy anymore, I’m pursuing other career options and have invested in training to start the next chapter in my career. 

The penny dropped, I’m not scared of change anymore……and I’ve got ME back!


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I returned to work after maternity leave and felt a lack of confidence in my ability to juggle home and work life successfully. Jenny helped me to see that I was already doing what I feared I couldn’t do. Talking through my thoughts really helped me to relieve my worries and stress. I have also been working towards a small business venture. Jenny helped me to break down the steps needed to achieve my goals and motivated me with targets. Jenny is an excellent listener, who instantly made me feel comfortable. I would definitely recommend her services as a coach.

Amy Talbot, Funds Officer at University of the West of England

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A dad working as a Strategic Director

Jenny is calm, respectful and discerning. During my coaching sessions I felt that I was being coached in a safe space with a real person who was non-judgemental and had the intellect to understand how best to challenge me. She always showed immense care and emotional intelligence. I would not have started to move forward without her consistent and careful input.

Senior Female Higher Education Academic

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