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I've been very pleased with Sarah's coaching. She listens 'between the lines' and addresses issues that are driving my less than effective mental states. Whatever I bring up (and sometimes it's a repeat of something we've discussed previously) she has a strategy for me to try. She's also very relaxed when I don't think her suggestions will work for me, which I appreciate. I never feel like I need to be on the defensive in our sessions. Sarah is really smart and cares deeply about my well-being. I feel that she is rooting for me every step of the way, and her positive regard for me is improving how I feel about myself.
I reached out to Rachel to receive some coaching because I had a strong feeling that I was not leading the most joyful and purposeful life possible for myself. I wanted to connect with someone who could help me explore that feeling and figure out some concrete strategies to move towards my full potential in both my personal and professional life. During just my initial discovery session with Rachel, she used several wonderful and effective tools that really challenged me to think about what might be holding me back in life from this joy and purpose that I was looking for. When we got to the bottom of this, it turned out to be something totally different than what I thought I wanted to explore with her! Rachel helped me to set one very practical and attainable goal after our discovery session to start my work towards realizing my full potential in life. Coaching has been so helpful, and I'm well on my way to feeling happier and more fulfilled!
I worked with Sarah once a week for about 8 weeks. I went into this with an open mind about coaching, but also feeling really pessimistic about my own situation and my ability to change it. Sarah was very kind and encouraging and helped me to believe that I could, in fact, make some changes that I would feel good about and which potentially would lead to more change. Throughout the process, I always felt heard. I very much appreciated that a couple of times when there was something I didn't feel comfortable with or felt like would not be helpful to me, Sarah was flexible enough to work with me in a different way. I never felt pressured and it really did feel like Sarah was working with ME and understood who I am. I had been worried that this would be a one-size fits all sort of "canned" set of prescriptions or processes, but that was not the case at all. I felt that Sarah truly saw me as an individual and was open to working with me within a framework that was comfortable for me. This was a very positive experience and I would definitely do it again--indeed, might do it again, when circumstances permit.
Rachel has been a phenomenal coach. She leads with grounding exercises which help open me up to new ways of thinking. During sessions, she is attentive and encourages me to sit in my power. Not only does she hold me accountable but she allows space for grace and reflection.
Sarah Schmidt of Joyful Valley Coaching helped me when I was feeling stuck, frustrated, and pessimistic. Through a combination of active listening, reframing, and the assignment of concrete action steps & tools, Sarah helped me move through my issues and reminded me of all I have to offer. Sarah is patient, insightful, organized, knowledgeable, and has a gentle touch when talking about difficult topics. Plus she has a great sense of humor! I heartily recommend Sarah to anyone needing support, with work or life!
I will be the first to say, I never imagined myself as the type to receive “life coaching” or even consider it. To be honest, I thought it was kind of silly. Then, out of mere chance with nothing to lose, I began coaching sessions with Rachel Martins because, why not? Little did I know she would help me unravel a web of personal conflict that would eventually lead me to the most successful chapter of my life. Our sessions were always comforting, easygoing, targeted, and straight to the point. At the end of each session, I walked away with an action item that kept me on track and a clear path forward so I never had to question where we were headed next or why. If you’re skeptical of life coaching don’t worry, I was too. But keep an open mind and heart, and try it out with Rachel Martins. She’ll give you the guidance you didn’t know you needed, achieve the success and clarity in your life you’ve always wanted, and won’t regret it!