WHAT CLIENTS SAY
I have been thinking about you frequently as I am in a very happy space in my life which you played an important part in enabling. I am due to marry later this year a man who fulfils everything I could want in a life partner. You helped me understand what I want from a relationship, both type and purpose, and without having done this I would not have achieved such happiness. You do a wonderful job and are very gifted. Verity, London
Thank you again for the wonderful coaching session yesterday – it was quite extraordinary, poetic and integrating. You are so amazingly skilled and talented and bring so much of yourself into your work. – Sarah, London
I made an amazing breakthrough with Karen. I have tried several times with others (and continually by myself), to unpick my problems and resolve them and this is the first time I have understood how to actually make a genuine change. Thank you so much for revealing that – it’s so important; a seismic shift. – Clare, London
I still fall from time to time, but now I pick myself up easier and help myself to recover quicker and I really enjoy time just by myself. I am more aware, I enjoy whatever I do and my choices and how I communicate are much clearer. I developed clear habits or routines and one of them is regular walks to Richmond Park to observe deer. Thank you Karen, without your help I would still be a lost soul! Now, I actually love my life. – Kate, London
Karen has had a profound and positive impact on my life in just a few coaching sessions. She is very insightful and has a wonderful way of helping you get to the heart of what really matters. Karen’s unique approach to coaching – which involves walking and talking together outdoors – makes the whole process feel natural, relaxed and enjoyable. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking to make positive changes in their lives.
Mark Williamson, Director, Action for Happiness
I wanted to tell you again how appreciative I am of the time we spent together and how much you helped me start to understand what’s important and to start to learn to know myself. It’s been life changing and my outlook on my future has changed for the better.
I found Karen’s gentle questions and reflective empathy extremely helpful with identifying and expressing the issues and conflict I found myself struggling with. She listened effectively and with sensitivity. Karen gave me space to reflect during the session which supported further processing of thoughts and feelings. This allowed me to gain perspective. I would have no hesitation in recommending her and will certainly consider further sessions should I need them.
Karen’s approach is refreshing. It is like taking a walk with a well informed friend. You almost forget that you’re having a session until suddenly you have an ‘ah ha’ moment, and Karen makes it feel like you came to it by yourself; which you did because you were given the tools to make the discovery which is far more meaningful than being handed the answers on a platter!
Thank you so very much for your coaching. It was a wonderful experience and has really stayed with me. You seemed to strike the perfect balance for me, of providing plenty of space and asking just the right question when needed. And I am very excited by the experience of coaching outside. It has given me much food for thought. The dynamic is different, for example, to face to face, because we are not facing each other. But the thing that really struck me was in having the conversation, while very present, in a huge open space as opposed to a small contained one. It really makes a difference.
Ending a year focusing on the needs of someone else (my baby daughter), my time with Karen provided a space to think creatively about my own needs and wishes. It helped me to identify different priorities in my life and ways to incorporate these into my career and life plans for the future. I was able to stand back and assess my current and future position in a more objective way. As I look back now, I realise that the sessions marked the start of a journey as I became more focused on my ambitions and life priorities. I have since taken practical steps to realise these ambitions and feel like I continue to move forward.
Karen Buchanan-Bird, London
Our talks included a discussion of broader goals and values but Karen quickly identified central themes. We developed these ideas as we improved my resume, created a cover letter, and developed talking points for an interview. By the end of four sessions I knew what type of work I wanted and I had the tools I needed to apply. I was a little worried that career coaching might dissolve into psychological counselling or something. But Karen was great at helping me identify what I wanted and needed while keeping it focused on work.
I just wanted to give you a brief update on my progress. I had a second interview for a great job working for a small not for profit organisation last week. The interview went well and I was offered the job. It ticks all the boxes (i.e. friendly people, decent pay, varied and flexible). I remembered all the techniques we explored together and the role is perfect. Thank you so much for all your help and support. I feel I learnt a lot from our sessions.
I read about Karen’s green spaces coaching in the Metro one morning on the train. I hadn’t really considered life coaching before as it seemed a bit too much like ‘therapy’ which I felt I didn’t need, but the idea of talking to someone about everyday life problems while in an open space really appealed to me and I decided to give it a go. I wasn’t miserable with my life at all, I just felt that something was not quite right and that I could be happier. In my first session with Karen we explored how I felt about both my work and the long-term relationship I was in. The questions she asked really had an impact on me and after the first session I did a lot of thinking on my own – something I had done before, but this time it was in a structured way.
I realised that the source of my dissatisfaction had nothing to do with my work, but was related to my relationship with my boyfriend which in turn affected how I felt about everything in life. I took a break of about two months until my second session in which time I thought a lot about the questions Karen had asked me. At the end of the second session I was elated as I finally realised what I needed to do to make me happy and I am now single, living with a friend, and feeling a passion for life and my work that I have not felt for years.
All my friends are amazed at the transformation. I couldn’t recommend Karen highly enough. I always felt that friends were there to help solve these questions which come up in life, but talking to Karen for two hours achieved far more than I could have thought possible. I am a huge convert to life coaching and am very grateful to Karen for giving me the tools to make a tough choice in a considered, heartfelt and respectful way.
Claire M, London
Karen has me talking about things I would never normally bring up. Soon I’m finding my own solutions for problems I didn’t realise were brewing.
Vicki-Marie Cossar, Metro Newspaper, London