I contacted Silvia during a very low time. I was worried sick about my daughter who was suffering from recurring low mood (probably undiagnosed depression) and feelings of worthlessness. Nothing we did or said seemed to help her and her condition was affecting our whole family. I felt a complete failure as a mother.
I was initially sceptical that life coaching could work for me as I am a resourceful person, but to be honest, I was at my wit’s end and would have done anything to help her. From the first session I found Silvia to be calm and understanding, but more than this she asked the right questions to enable me to look at our situation in a new way. I had six, hour-long Skype sessions with her over a period of three months and now four months on, I am pleased to report that our situation is very much different. My daughter is undergoing therapy, but coping well with her everyday life, our relationship is much more positive and I feel I have taken more control over my own life. The effect of the coaching not only improved our family relationships but enabled me to let go of some of the guilt and blame I had heaped on myself.
Silvia is a warm and kind coach, and I immediately felt at ease with her. She understood what I was going through but she also knew the right questions to ask to enable me to break out of the destructive cycle that I was caught up in.
Although I didn’t feel that I needed help, I realise now that I did and this enabled me to cope much more effectively with my daughter’s illness. I would have no hesitation in recommending Silvia to anyone who is worried about their child’s emotional health and well being.
Talking with Silvia over a period of 2-3 months for an hour each time has been challenging but really helpful. I was able to reach within myself and find strength to make changes I had thought were out of reach. My issues were to do with family relationship problems with adult children not able to move out due to enduring mental illness. The life coaching sessions showed me in 3D as it were the fact (which I already knew but hadn’t experienced) that if I change, others around me will inevitably also change. In this case for the better. Discussing deep personal issues with a stranger is not for the faint hearted but it has given me more hope than I have had for several years. I now know that the power for betterment is within me. I have seen a shift in several situations in my life and intend to continue to be proactive in the way Silvia coached me so doggedly yet sensitively.
When I approached Silvia about Life Coaching I wasn’t sure Coaching was the answer but I was getting frustrated and desperate and didn’t know what else to try. Silvia’s style is brilliant; she encouraged me to look at my issues in ways that I hadn’t thought of before. Silvia explained that Life Coaching is about only looking forward and working on where you want to be. She quickly found out about my strengths and helped me understand how to use them in the Coaching and in assisting me to achieve my desired outcome. Silvia’s style is encouraging but calm. She allows you to go at your own pace while making sure you get as much from the sessions as you can. From someone who wasn’t sure that Life Coaching would work, I’d encourage anyone to give it a go and to approach Silvia to be their coach. I’ve applied the principles of it to other aspects of my life too.
The fact that I was not facing this issue alone, but had Silvia who was empathetic and encouraging yet objective and professional, was reassuring. Also, the fact of being accountable to Silvia and feeding back on progress was motivating. Although I am still working on my issue, I am thrilled that I have taken significant steps towards where I want to go.
When I started work with Silvia I was confused unable to separate what I thought I had to do for others as to what I wanted to do for me.Through our time together Silvia supported me to think about what I wanted to change and how to break the change down into achievable steps. By helping me to understand that I had choices and that I was in control of those choices I was able to start making the changes to make me feel happier.It was easy to talk to you and the techniques you Silvia shared with me on how to STOP the self-doubt thoughts were really useful and I continue to use them every day. Angie C
Being coached by Silvia was a wonderful experience. She challenged me to challenge myself and we were successful in achieving the goals I had set, in a very short space of time. Her calm, friendly, focused and professional manner made me feel totally at ease in the sessions. I was delighted with the results and would highly recommend Silvia.