I have told friends about working with Gemma and my exact words were “Gemma changed my life” and “Gemma is a magician”. I honestly don’t know what it is that you do, but whatever it is – it works. It doesn’t feel like traditional coaching. When we speak, it feels like a conversation with a very wise friend.
My hesitations have always been around whether a therapist or coach would “get” me. I have always dreaded having to “explain myself” to someone, but I think we clicked from the beginning.
Before I started working with Gemma I felt pretty overwhelmed with no end in sight. I was taking on far too much and small things were making me spiral a bit. Since working with her I feel a lot more prepared and feel like my emotions are more regulated. People talk about having an emotional toolkit and I never knew what they were talking about, but I genuinely feel as though I’m better able to cope with life now. I also feel like I’m getting better at merging my work and personal lives in a healthy way. I’m getting better at taking a step back and seeing other options. Rather than just powering through, I feel like I’m a better problem solver a lot of the time now. I have had realisations through our work that have made me a different person.
Estée Lalonde, Content Creator and Founder and CEO of MIRROR WATER
“Coaching was new to me so I didn’t really know what to expect. What I did know is I’d had been feeling really unhappy, small and stuck for months and needed something to change. I was ready to start living differently, but every time I tried, I kept falling back to my old patterns of stress and insecurity.
The first call with Gemma was such a joy! She instantly made me feel comfortable and important, despite the initial awkwardness of opening up over zoom to practically a stranger.
The biggest change between before and after working with Gemma is that I saw how change can come in tectonic shifts. I can’t say exactly what happened between our first and second session, but what felt like overnight I was able to create distance to the things that used to send me to chaotic stress spirals and pits of anxiety. As a result, I feel much more at ease with myself and more confident professionally, and it’s made a huge difference. It’s hard to explain but my my brain feels more spacious as a result of working with Gemma, and that space is incredibly filled with joy and calmness. Trial and error and it’s something I’m working on, but life has got much more fun after our sessions.
I have actually already recommended Gemma to someone I don’t think he’s ready yet but my words were so thing like ‘she was what I needed to shake myself out of the spiral of stress and feeling of being stuck. I was ready to start living differently, and she helped me to get started.I’m actually getting a bit emotional writing this! Makes me realise just how much has changed between early august and now. Thank you and thank Stack.world for the impeccably timed article. ”
Jannika Aalto, Sustainability Consultant and Author
“I had no concerns working with Gemma, but mainly a concern about speaking with someone. I was worried about opening up a ‘Pandora’s Box’.
Before I worked with her I was anxious, unconfident, stressed, and out of control. Since working together, I am better equipped to handle situations that would have previously stressed me out and affected my day to day living. I am calmer and more thoughtful in my approach.
I have become more aware of how I perceive things and the ability to review situations in a less emotional manner (when required). I have gained a better understanding of me and how I react in situations and how to try and manage them. I feel like I am growing as a person which, even though I came to Gemma to help me from a career perspective, is actually having an impact on my whole life in general.
Working with Gemma is of the best things I have done. You need to really let yourself go for this to work. Once you are able to do this you almost immediately benefit from the tools and processes you work together on. Thank you for everything. “
“After 10 years of living with anxiety I was ready to make a change. I didn’t expect that I would be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel so quickly. Gemma has given me some incredibly valuable tools to manage my own anxiety whilst being such a supportive figure to me.
Gemma has helped me to own my anxiety, she has taught me how to accept the good parts of what the anxiety has taught me about myself whilst also letting it go. I was in a constant battle with anxiety and panic before I saw Gemma and in such a short time she managed to show me how to let go of it. It now no longer dictates my days. Gemma was also able to support and coach me around a huge decision in my life, a decision I know I needed to make but fear was stopping me.
I have been able to see the anxiety and panic for what it is, and been able to let it come and go without affecting me to the point of a panic attack. I have learnt how to stop the anxiety before it gets unmanageable. I made the decision I needed to and it’s been the best thing to happen for me in a long time.
I’d recommend anyone who needs some clarity, or guidance around listening to what their body/gut is trying to tell them but are unable to make any decisions to work with Gemma . For anyone who suffers with anxiety or panic. She’s so wonderful. “
Lindsey Holland, Podcaster, Influencer and Author of ‘Things you can’t ask yer Mum”
Before working with Gemma, I had never openly discussed anxiety before, and generally avoided talking about it because talking about anxiety makes me anxious. I was struggling with the pressure of being a 30 something woman surrounded by super successful, hyper competitive people and the expectations of me. I felt a tension, like a weight of heaviness on my chest that I was semi conscious of most of the time, but worsened when feeling low.
Since working with Gemma, I have learnt more awareness of how anxiety manifests in my body and how to get to my happy state through really helpful visual practical tools that I use frequently that bring me calm and strength. I now understand the link between the body and anxiety and how I’m carrying it, and crucially how to unwind it. I feel so much greater ability to be happy and relaxed now I have the tools to get there.
Amy Thompson, Strategy Manager
Gemma is highly effective and able to induce almost immediate, yet lasting behaviour change. I found her approach smart and considered and really helpful towards achieving goals and objectives.
Joe Wade, Co-Founder of Don’t Panic creative agency
Working with Gemma has helped me understand my anxiety more and the reasons for why this behaviour started. It has also been helpful just talking through my feelings with Gemma – often I enter a session not having anything particular to discuss and then by the end Gemma has helped uncover and overcome a mental block.
Gemma has made me realise that anxiety is a part of my bodies flight or flight mode and that it often has protective positive intentions which has helped me to accept it as part of my life. This helps me deal with it in a more positive way as I now see it as a positive aspect of my personality and how I process situations.
I am able to take time out when anxiety overwhelms me using the breathing techniques and have also been able to heal myself from past situations through visualisations. Most importantly I’ve been able to open up more to others and am slowly working on removing mental and emotional blocks that I didn’t know I had.
I would recommend Gemma for anyone with anxiety especially those who have tried CBT and found it unhelpful for them.
“After my first session with Gemma, I felt like a weight had been lifted. Gemma is both professional and adaptable: it was clear she knew exactly what she was doing every step of the way, guiding me through the NLP process, meanwhile while she was incredibly responsive, adapting to what I said and tailoring the process. As someone who typically doesn’t give myself the space to validate and feel my own emotions, I was surprised by how much I managed to open up during the session. I addressed trauma from years ago which – I realised – had continued to have a profound effect on me, my daily thought patterns and my behaviour. With Gemma’s help, I was able to acknowledge and, latterly, release myself from that bind – something I never would have been able to do by myself – which has had a lasting impact long beyond our session. I feel unburdened and calmer going forward.”
Francesca Spector, journalist, podcaster and author of “Alonement”
I was blown away by working with Gemma. I’ve had different therapies before but this was so unique, I really felt like she tapped into something that no one has ever tapped into before. It really brought out the emotions, and allowed me to understand myself, forgive myself and find compassion and even love the parts of myself that have been painful. It was so interesting, I love how she tapped into my spirituality, she could really read and feel my energy. I had something in my life I needed to deal with, and now I feel so empowered. I feel so confident and so calm after working with Gemma.
Whitney Valverde, Influencer and Creative Director of Teeka Atelier
” I was so surprised about how informative coaching was about my understanding of self. I thought it would be more practical like CBT, but it freed me in a way that therapy hasn’t and has so helped me. ”
Heydon Prowse, BBC Comedian, Director and TV presenter.
“It’s been amazing working with and learning with Gemma. She’s so passionate about making a positive change in the world and it really rubs off. I received some amazing support in a major mental barrier i was working to overcome in my life and she quickly and compassionately helped me work through it. Highly recommended!”
Arthur Kay, CEO and Founder of BioBean and SkyRoom
“I met with Gemma as, like many people, 2020 has left me feeling more anxious than ever and I was interested to see how NLP could help me approach this more constructively. From the end of our first session it was clear that Gemma has not only created a space with her clients that is safe and supportive but that she is invested in providing you with practical resources and exercises at the end of each session to help you deal with stress, anxiety and, well, anything life has to throw at you. Gemma was such a reassuring presence and I’m incredibly grateful to her for the tools she has given me. I feel much more equipped to tackle moments of crisis going forward. “
Amy Cooper, Head of Content at Bauer Media
“Gemma is an amazing coach and leader – she has a naturally calm, intuitive manner, that puts you at ease from the start. I saw Gemma to help manage my anxiety after a lot of personal life changes, and she made me feel so much calmer and more grounded through helpful practical exercises. I would recommend her coaching to anyone who feels a little lost and in need of guidance, she helps you get back on track with yourself and feel more supported.”
Angelica Malin, Editor in Chief of About Time Magazine
“My session with Gemma improved my mental health more than I could have hoped. I did an initial session to deal with issues surrounding anxiety, which provided me with coping mechanisms to take forward, and a second session after I lost my job which I also found enormously helpful in rebuilding my confidence. I’m very grateful for Gemma’s help and would recommend her to anyone who want change.”
Rebecca Reid, Journalist and Author
I received coaching from Gemma when I was at a changing point in my career and I found it very useful to be challenged in thinking about the mental and practical steps I needed to take, from an angle that I would not have thought of myself. We developed together a reference scheme which encouraged me to consider targets not only in terms of practical achievements but also in terms of gaining personal satisfaction and communal improvements.
Stefano Casalotti, Senior Lecturer in Bioscience, University of East London
“Gemma’s support allowed me to appreciate the nuances with all situations, assessing my personal situation from a different perspective. She taught me extremely powerful techniques, which has been greatly applied both personally and to my professional outlook.”
Benjamin King, Head Of Customer Services at Cubbi
“I admit that I was previously a little sceptical about NLP. But I learnt a huge amount from my session with Gemma, mainly about myself and the way I interact with the people around me. I now feel that I am better equipped to handle all sorts of situations, both professional and personal.”
Max Julius, Head of Content at Legal & General Investment Management
“Gemma provides a welcoming, safe presence when conducting a coaching session – having never done anything like this before I couldn’t have wished for a better first experience. Since the session the goals and problems talked about have felt a lot clearer – the next meeting can’t come soon enough.”
Jack Bailey, TV Producer
“My coaching session with Gemma focused on reducing my anxiety in relation to a particular work topic that has hindered my progress. I found the session invaluable and now have specific techniques which I am using consistently to help with this issue. I thoroughly enjoyed the session, Gemma put me at ease immediately and my confidence and wellbeing improved within one session. I am looking forward to further sessions to explore other issues”
Hannah Levy, Commercial Manager