I had some preconceptions of what coaching was about (high performance coaching, intensive and lots of goal-driven homework). I wasn't in that place of looking to reach for the stars. What I was looking for was someone to help me find my way back to a stable base.
I was fairly skeptical, yet willing to try a new approach to sorting through my own areas of my life that I've wanted to work on for many years.
I signed up for a programme of coaching and we began looking into my main areas of frustration as well as the areas of my life in which that I knew that I wasn't getting the most out of.
This involved creating more awareness of the thoughts and internal dialogue that was contributing to feelings and understanding how some of my existing behaviours weren’t working for me.
We then worked on identifying those thoughts and by consciously intervening with them to change the way I feel. We then worked on changing how I perceive myself; what I believe is true about me and my potential.
Ani has an impressive range of tools she's able to bring to my situation & coaching and we used a variety of techniques such as visualisation, affirmation, emotional freedom therapy, meditation, and techniques from the NLP toolset.
I've found the coaching sessions themselves to be very enjoyable and I felt immediately at ease and at home in Ani's company.
At the end of the programme I can honestly say that I felt great and so much more relaxed, positive and optimistic, and so more confident and resilient than I had done for quite some time.
Ani was massively supportive, empathetic, insightful and full of hope, possibilities and leads to follow up on.
HERE'S TO THE FUTURE
Since working with Ani I definitely feel more comfortable talking about my own struggles (we all have them, we're all human!). She's someone to talk to, who listens, who is very perceptive (so many observations resonate) and helps me to find my own ways to work on problems as well as helping me out when I can't see a way through.
Her own experiences are inspirational and shows so much more is possible than we take as read or accept as 'the only way'.
I've been surprised by the breadth of her knowledge of different avenues of self-development and willingness to use what works rather than being tied to any specific school of thought.