If this sounds like you, then the real question is; do you carry on that way, or make a bold decision to do things differently?
By investing in your own growth through coaching, all of this is possible for you:
“I have found the coaching process useful, insightful, practical and fun. I have felt guided and supported… I have found the methods easy and instantly beneficial… After working with you I am now more aware of what I want in life and the person I want to be. I feel I know myself better and have a better relationship with myself and others.”
If you are ready to make a positive change in your life, take the next step by booking a free consultation call. I’ll answer any questions you may have and you can experience coaching for yourself to see how it can help you on your journey.
You’re a heart-led changemaker ready to overcome the blocks in your life and reach your potential, that’s what I’m here for! I am a transformative coach, trainer and facilitator on a mission. When people work with me 1 to 1 they experience major a-ha moments, grow and live more intentionally… which makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
It’s time for you to have a non-judgemental and open space to come as you are – with whatever challenges, hopes or changes you want to explore. I understand and appreciate that you are a whole person and that your family, identity, mind, spirit and body are all linked when it comes to making a meaningful change.
We will work in partnership to identify what you want to get out of coaching, explore your topic and draw it together into actions that you can take away into your life. Sometimes you’ll realise that one issue leads to another or your priorities change – that’s normal and welcome. I will coach you as the complex, beautiful and evolving human being that you are.
“Each time I came to a session, I had snippets of clarity. Now that things are clear, I have a sense of conviction and it’s all about how I develop my plans moving forward.”
Coaching is a nourishing, collaborative process which helps people like you to grow and flourish in all areas of their lives. In case you are still wondering…
Coaching IS for you if…
“Coaching works because it’s all about you. When you connect with what you really want and why – and take action – magical things can happen.” Emma-Louise Elsey
Coaching is NOT for you if…
“First of all, I stopped being on that auto mode. I started doing things which are important for me, and having those conversations; setting aside time to do the reflections. I took charge.”
Coaching works best when you make the time commitment to yourself and the change that you want to implement.
Invest in yourself and the life you want to create with The Best Life Package which features 5 x 1 to 1 coaching sessions plus additional post-session guidance and tips for you to continue the journey on your own.
Your investment = £200
DAVID: BEING WHO YOU WANT TO BE, RIGHT NOW
When David approached Gemma for coaching through The SLI, he was feeling unconfident and unsure. He felt like unhelpful behaviours were holding him back and that he was stuck in a rut. David wanted some fresh perspectives and tasks that could help him change his behaviours.
“We began our journey together by uncovering the insecurities and old patterns of behaviour that were holding David back. Once we had named these and generated new ways of thinking, he was able to monitor his behaviour and make more conscious choices. David really benefited from exploring practical action planning tools, reflective logs and models of identity so each month he could hold himself to account and make sure he was showing up as his best self in his work and personal life.” – Gemma Perkins
Since working together, David feels more aware of what he wants in life and the person he truly wants to be. He feels like he knows himself better and has a better relationship with himself and others.
“I found the coaching process useful, insightful, practical and fun. I felt guided and supported and I found methods easy and instantly beneficial. My biggest ah-ha moment was that I am master of my own fate, lots of the positive events that happened in my life were events that I created, and if I want a certain life or to be a certain person I can start now!
As a coach, Gemma is helpful, knowledgeable, patient and has the best intentions to help you improve your own life in areas that you would like. She is also incredibly knowledgeable and creative with tools that will help you.”
– David Buxton, Teacher of Chemistry at a Co-ed Secondary school in London
MUNA: NOW THERE'S CLARITY, THERE'S EXCITEMENT
When Muna snapped up Gemma’s offer of coaching, she was feeling overwhelmed by a lack of clarity. She had lots of packages and programme ideas all vying for her attention, but was struggling to see the bigger, more coherent picture of how they all fit together.
“We worked together over five weeks to explore Muna’s deeper sense of purpose in life. Once we uncovered what she really cared about and the impact she wanted to have in the world, the competing projects fell into place and we were able to use sorting and timelining tools to get the ideas organised – and always make sure to refer back to her personal mission.” – Gemma Perkins
Since working together, Muna feels like clarity has given her the enthusiasm to view things as, “How can we do it?”
“I got lots of clarity from coaching. I’d been doing so much over thinking; it kept lots of thoughts hidden. We’ve taken each project stream one by one, and that really helped. In my mind, I had seen what I was working on as different things. My biggest a-ha moment was when I realised that two projects I’d been tackling were not exclusive, they were intertwined. Each time I came to a session, I had snippets of clarity. That was the hook that kept bringing me back. Now that things are clear, I have a sense of conviction and it's all about how I develop my plans moving forward.”
- Muna, Programme Leader in the 3rd Sector
SAGAR: GETTING BACK ON TRACK AND IN THE DRIVING SEAT
When Sagar came to Gemma for coaching, he was feeling like he was living life on auto pilot, without much reflection. That life had begun to feel quite monotonous and Sagar could see repetitive patterns. Sagar had struggled to put his finger on what was missing in his life and was quite overwhelmed by the thought of trying to make changes on his own.
“In just three sessions we were able to dig into some of the competing voices that were holding Sagar in the status quo. From there, we came up with some tools that Sagar could use to challenge himself each time he felt he was slipping back into old habits. By clarifying the kind of goals Sagar was aiming for and the kind of person he wants to be in the world, he now has a motivating vision to keep working towards.” – Gemma Perkins
Since working together, Sagar says he has stopped being on auto mode. He started doing things that are important for him; he took charge and got back in the driving seat of his life.
“I thought that if I could identify these patterns and what's causing them, and work on it bit by bit - without overwhelming myself - there'll be more energy, there'll be more enthusiasm in my life and of course I'll be more contented with whatever impact that I'm creating.
I liked your presence, your listening skills and that your powerful questions offered me the insight I needed. I think when we started, I gave you a tough time, I was everywhere – I used to bring in so many things, and you were very patient and made me choose ONE thing to work on. That really helped me to better focus and narrow down what I needed in that moment. You also gave me that freedom and liberty to choose, instead of deciding for me. All of the conversation was centred upon me and what I want to do.”
– Sagar Gangurde, Programme Director at Seeds of Peace
What can I expect in a coaching session?
Every coaching session looks a little bit different depending on what you want to achieve and how far into the coaching process you are.
You can always expect a friendly, non-judgemental space to have a powerful and constructive conversation. We will start by outlining your topic and what you want to get out of the session. The bulk of the session involves using coaching techniques to help you unpack your topic, identify challenges, gain awareness, challenge thinking and ultimately move forwards. If appropriate, Gemma may share useful tools and resources with you to help you meet your goals. You’ll then wrap the session up by considering what you are taking away, what actions you will implement in your life and any further work to be done (together or separately). People are often surprised at how much of the session is dedicated to them doing the talking, and often comment that this is refreshing and gives them a much needed space to gain clarity.
Do not expect advice. The role of a coach is not to tell you what to do or make recommendations – you will come to your own decisions because you are the expert in your own life.
How long are coaching sessions?
These standard coaching sessions last up to 60 minutes.
If you are finding that 60 minutes is not long enough for you then it is possible to invest in 90 or 120 minute sessions.
How often are the coaching sessions?
You choose! Some people benefit from weekly sessions to keep up the momentum of positive change. Other people prefer monthly coaching so that they have plenty of time to work on their plans. When you book your sessions, you can share how often you would like your coaching sessions to be.
How do you meet with clients?
Most clients book their sessions as a video conference on Zoom. This allows us to work together from the comfort of our own spaces without the need to spend time travelling. Coaching sessions can also be done over the phone, or in person for clients in the Sheffield area.
What are the payment options?
You can pay by bank transfer or paypal and an invoice will be provided for your records. All payments must be received before your coaching begins.
How do I book a session?
Once your payment has been received you will be given access to a digital diary link. This lets you see all of Gemma’s available time slots and select a time that works for you. (It even calculates time zone differences!)
How long does it take to achieve results?
That’s up to you! The Best Life 1-2-1 coaching package is 5 sessions long because many people benefit from this time commitment to fully understand their change and then create a well-formed action plan. Having said that, clients usually feel a sense of clarity and lightness right from the first session because they have the time and space to think out loud and begin moving forwards.
If at the end of the five sessions you feel that you would benefit from more coaching, you are of course welcome to continue your journey - simply let Gemma know.
Is there homework?
Yes. Sometimes your topic, challenge or change may benefit from a handy tool or some prompt questions to think about outside of the coaching session. You’ll get a say in any post-session tasks and any deadlines. Completing things outside of the session maximises the time you have to pick Gemma’s brains during your sessions.
Even when no specific tools or resources have been set, you will always be doing ‘the homework’ of working on the goals that you have set for yourself.
What are your qualifications?
Gemma holds a Diploma in transformative coaching from The Animas Centre for Coaching, recognised by all three coaching bodies (ICF, EMCC & AC).
She also holds a first class degree in psychology, a PGCE in Teaching and has 15 years of experience of working in the personal development field.
Do you offer coaching for organisations?
Yes. Many organisations like to provide group or 1:1 coaching to staff to help them develop their skills, lead with purpose and work towards goals. Please [get in touch] to discuss your bespoke needs.