General Manager, Johnson & Johnson, Ireland
"I started working with Abby at a time in my life when I felt like I was on a high-speed train to some sort of career greatness, yet I didn't know if I really wanted to be on the train in the first place. I came straight out of university wanting to be a Vice President of a large corporation and 10 years later as I was getting within touching distance I thought "hey what about the rest of my life?" I chose Abby above a number of other coaches for two very simple reasons, firstly because she seemed really "normal" and down to earth and secondly because she had a really warm smile. I can appreciate that some people may think I'm a little nuts for not basing my choice on something a little bit more scientific/evidence based but for once in my life I let the chimp on my shoulder (what some might call gut instincts) decide and it didn't let me down! Abby and I quickly formed a strong bond and she seemed to understand me almost instantly. Her nonjudgmental yet thought provoking questions got me thinking about the core of the issues/challenges that I was experiencing. A coach will obviously never tell you what they believe you should do, but what I can tell you is that through my sessions with Abby I found the courage to step off the train, sit on a bench on the platform, sip my coffee, munch on a sandwich and enjoy watching the world go by for a little while..."
Area Sales Manager, Amadeus GTD Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd.
"Working with Abby has helped change my life in the most incredible way, both personally and professionally. My expectations of what I had hoped to achieve was superseded in the most incredible manner. I met with Abby with the idea of working on one concern in my life, but ended up tackling deeper, more challenging areas. This brought about extremely rewarding life changes, which allowed me to build a strong foundation to become a more whole individual able to tackle anything that comes my way. I am extremely grateful for the time I spent with Abby and value what I have learnt and will continue to use these tools for many years to come."
Investec Private Bank, South Africa
"Abby is one of the best things that's ever happened to me! She is bright, funny, honest and most of all, sincere. We connected immediately. There was no doubt that I could trust Abby and that she had my best interests at heart. She gave me clear direction and opened my eyes to new ideas, without pushing in me in any one direction. Our time together was definitely a collaboration; we were a team, working towards my goals. Looking back on our time together, I appreciate Abby even more. There are lessons learned that I continue to find myself using, in my professional life, and even more so as a mom.”
Training and Human Resources Manager, The Clothing Bank, South Africa
"I would like to again express my thanks for this opportunity. I think the best way to explain the development which has occurred for me is to use my metaphor for growth, the Blossoming Baobab Tree. Before I was this harried little engine lugging tons of baggage (a lot of it not even mine!) across the countryside of my life. Some of the baggage was so old that I couldn’t even remember why it was in the carriage. I was so busy ‘doing’ that I didn’t even stop to refuel at times and was constantly racing for the goal and the reward/recognition at the end. Only there was no end and sometimes no recognition. I felt betrayed, disappointed and had lots of self-doubt. As the Blossoming Baobab Tree I have found renewed vision and certainty of who I am and what I have to offer. I have found this ‘new way’ so much better – less stressful, lest frenetic. I have learnt to assess where I am, what I am able to do and what I need. It has changed the way I do things – more for my own contentment and sense of achievement, and less to please others. It has also changed the way others view me and interact with me. So as I enter this new phase of development, this 44-year-old Blossoming Baobab Tree is surveying her domain, checking the shift in the winds and preparing to bear fruit – when she is ready! Lol!"
Rhythm Based Therapist, Counsellor & Facilitator, South Africa
"The coaching sessions with Abby changed my perspective about myself and my life's work. I felt grounded and 'seen' on a very deep and congruent level and the work that we did together has set a foundation and grounding that has been highly beneficial. Our journey together was extra-ordinary and has started a processes of me finding my rightful seat in the world and grounding myself with beauty, with wisdom and with a deep understanding of who I am and what I have to offer. Abby assisted me to find this wisdom within and explore creative and inspiring ways to allow it to flow and be shared with the world. Her presence and coaching style is warm and engaging, offering a integration of mind, body and spirit in a very refined way."
Marketing Director, South Africa
"I unfortunately only had a few sessions with Abby but it was still enough to have a great impact on my life. I felt truly understood and very safe in Abby's space, she is a very sincere and down to earth person. As I started the program I expected to have to ask myself some big questions and relook at my career path, what I didn't expect was a complete exploration of myself and way of being. Our sessions were incredibly thought provoking, deeply challenging and at the same time completely refreshing. I believe that our time together lead to a very powerful shift in my life and I have no doubt that I will continue to reflect our our conversations."
Marketing Director - Retail, South Africa
"Sometimes in your life you just need to talk to someone who has no agendas for you or your life - someone who is not family, or a friend, or a work colleague. Someone you can trust to help you make sense of where you find yourself in life and how you can navigate the path ahead in order to become the very best person you can be. Abby has been this someone for me – gently nudging me towards my authentic self – the person I know I can become if I do not allow myself to get distracted by the busyness of life. Abby’s coaching has helped me to define what is important for me, and to consciously and courageously start walking towards it."
Senior Finance Manager, South Africa
“I was very anxious with the idea of having a coach. Being quite a reserved person, I thought it would be very difficult to open up to someone I barely know. What a pleasant surprise it was, meeting Abby for the first time, she has a friendly, warm presence that immediately puts you at ease. Abby’s coaching has helped me put in perspective what is really important in my life and in so doing, to achieve things that I thought would ordinarily be too difficult. She has this great skill of summing in one sentence issues I was battling with and asks thought provoking questions. I still today reflect on the conversations we had. Thank you Abby, I am very grateful that you were my coach.”
IT Executive, South Africa
“They say in life things happen for a reason and I think that Abby came into my life at exactly the right time for a specific reason – to see things more clearly for myself! While I had been coached before, and that too was successful, Abby’s combination of coaching skills, her psychology background and her innate intuition made this coaching experience a really remarkable one. She has an amazing insight to ask just the right questions and steer you in your thinking to your own solutions. I couldn’t believe how much I could think through myself. One of the greatest benefits of my ‘chats’ with Abby was her own personal understanding of the challenges of being a mother and career woman and her deep spiritual sense. Her offerings of mindfulness and more importantly how to get there were extremely useful and continue to be part of my journey forward. I would like to thank Abby for her time, her advice, her guidance and most importantly for really listening to me. I would encourage anyone looking for a coach to engage with Abby as I am certain she will be beneficial to you on your journey."
Stockbroker - Investec Wealth and Investment, South Africa
“Abby is extremely professional and connects with her clients on a level that makes you feel comfortable and able to talk about any issues, distractions or stalling blocks you may be having in your work environment or life in general. She opens your mind to new thought processes, and helps you to view things from a new perspective. She made me feel comfortable that there is no judgment from her, and that you are in a secure, safe environment for discussion. Abby enabled me to start looking at everything in my life differently, more optimistically, more accepting of others and more able to own my mistakes and achievements."