Clare van der Spuy - Business & Personal Development Coach
A quick Intro:
Hi, I’m Clare. I'm a Business & Personal Development coach.
I believe we can all live a rich and successful life no matter the challenge, it’s just a matter of learning how. I will help you face down your challenges and succeed at the things that are important to you.
Do you want more from life, even head off in a new direction? You like to find your own solutions, but progress has been slow. Time is scarce and stuff keeps getting in the way. You don't like the track you are on. You are concerned where it will lead... You recognise that in order to change things you need to approach things differently. You are ready to work with someone to help you achieve your aspirations.
What I do:
I help you succeed. A sports team wouldn't be without a coach, so why should you? Take a moment to imagine what it will feel like to have the life you truly want. I will help you achieve that. Your success is my success - that fuels me.
As your partner I will:
- Help you clarify what needs to be done strengthening your belief that you can achieve it.
- Help assess in detail what change will mean for you and identify the many ways you can achieve it.
- Act as a sounding board to help you make sense of the choices available to you, enabling you to make confident, well-informed decisions that you feel comfortable with, that are right for you, your family and your finances.
- Act as an independent check on your thinking.
- Help you set goals & create a detailed roadmap to reach your final destination.
- Help you think & act differently so that the path to change is not littered with obstacles.
- Help you set up manageable actions that will keep you moving forward.
- Support you and act as an accountability partner to help you implement your action steps, strategies & new habits.
By the end of our time working together you will have honed your mindset, developed a set of habits and behaviours that support your success. You'll also have a toolkit of skills, techniques & strategies that you will be able to use in your life going forward.
I love what I do and I would love to hear more about you, your life and your Aspirations.
How do I find out if you are the right coach for me?
The best thing to do is to have a chat with me. I guarantee by the end of our call you will have a clear understanding of what your next steps should be with regards to your health, life or business-life, even if that's not working with me.
More about me:
I'm married with children; I enjoy being outside in nature - especially on the water and under sail! I love travel and the experience that travel brings...
I trained as a Chartered Accountant, initially working in accountancy private practice and then in industry. I gained experience locally and internationally running small to medium sized businesses, (including my own) across many industries including French couture fashion, physical energy trading, aviation, and property. For me work satisfaction has always been more than hitting the numbers. The people I worked with were equally as important - when operating in busy and lively market environments across international time, geographical and cultural boundaries you often have to harness a multitude of cultures, values and outlooks to row in the same direction and this requires listening, communicating, respecting and being respected. You soon learn that the aspirations held in common are more difficult to define than defining what we are against. Relationships built on finding common goals can arise from different approaches, they require real effort and a willingness to invest in some discomfort, but to see people happy, striving and thriving as a result is hugely rewarding.
Through my many interactions and conversations with my colleagues I developed strong bonds with them and increasingly became many peoples' confidant on non-work related matters. They came to me to talk about their health, their happiness, and their aspirations, often feeling they couldn't go anywhere else with their concerns. Other times they appreciated me simply being a neutral sounding board. I always gave them my time and listened to them. I felt honoured that so many people trusted me and placed their confidence in me. We explored the options available and blue-skyed about best courses of action to take. I acted as their anchor (not brake!) and gave them encouragement when things got tough and helped them to see - and celebrate! - their successes. Somehow, this natural gravitation of people continued outside of business life. So, when an email landed in my inbox explaining how coaching changed someone's life, I read on... It sounded awfully familiar and remarkably like what I had been doing naturally already, yet offered the prospect of a structure, discipline and building blocks to validate what I had been doing instinctively all along. I made some enquires and in 2018 I took the brave step of embarking on the journey of retraining as a coach - and have never looked back.
Now what I was doing behind the scenes in an unofficial capacity has become my career. I am proud to say that I now have seperate qualifications in Health, Life and Transformational coaching, as well as being a DiSC behaviour and personality assessor. I'm so grateful that each day I get to combine my business experience and natural coaching instincts with the skills, knowledge and tools that I have gained from my various trainings to enable people to act to achieve their aspirations in life.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Psychological First Aid: Supporting Children & Young People - Public Health England
- Certified DISC Psychometric Testing & Personal Analysis - Ruth Kudzi Coaching & Training
- Master Transformational Coach - Health Coach Institute
- Certified Life Coach - Level 3 - Health Coach Institute
- Certified Health Coach - Health Coach Institute
- Certificate in Nutrition and Health
- Certificate in Natural Sciences - Open University
- Diploma in Anatomy & Physiology
- Diploma in Reflexology Level 3
- Professional Exams - Institute of Chartered Accountants
Areas of coaching I deal with
Other areas of coaching I deal with
- Business - Coaching
- Small Business Coaching & Mentoring
- Career Coaching
- Personal Development Coaching
- DISC Psychometric & Personal Analysis
- Transformational Coaching | Mindset | Strategy | High Performance Habits
- Life Coaching
- Health Coaching
- Wellbeing Coaching
- Confidence Coaching
- Work/Life Balance
- Low Energy
- Burn Out
- Self Esteem
- Imposter Syndrome
Coaching & Mentoring
I offer a bespoke coaching service tailored to your needs. Please get in touch for an informal chat about how I can help you achieve your aspirations.
DISC Psychometric Testing & Personal Analysis
I offer DISC Psychometric testing & Personal Analysis for individuals and teams within organisations. Please get in touch to find out more.
Please follow this link to see my availability
What some of my clients say
“I had been feeling very “stuck” for a long time in a worn out groove – unable to make changes even though part of me was desperate for positive change. I was lucky enough to have a mutual friend who introduced me to Clare and the concept of Life Coaching. Clare is very kind, thoughtful and positive – she used her skills to help look at my life and my possibilities in a different light. I learnt to reframe my thinking, let go of painful issues from my past and believe in myself. I laughed and cried and thoroughly enjoyed the process. I am still “rebooting”, still learning but now I have a new tool kit to work with and hope in my heart. Clare is a wonderful guide to the possibilities of transformation.”
“I have had the pleasure of working with Clare now for over a year. She has helped me many times to gain a new sense of perspective and energy to try new habits and push through on things I’ve been putting off! Her warm, kind and understanding nature and approach helps me to feel comfortable and to open up. She is deeply knowledgeable and passionate about all things health and I’ve learned so much from her. I would highly recommend working with Clare.”
“Clare was very professional and had great listening skills, I just knew we would work well together.
Life coaching has helped me with different areas of my life, business, relationships, health and nutrition. Every session was different and very productive. Coaching has helped me believe in myself and my abilities. It enabled me to push myself further and go outside my comfort zone. I cannot recommend Clare highly enough, she will help you achieve all you wish for yourself and more!”
“A phone call from Clare each Thursday evening became a real highlight of my week last summer. Juggling being a single mum of a busy teenager, looking after my elderly mother and working (albeit part-time) was taking it’s toll on my health, both physical and mental. Having overdone the exercise on a weak knee in the past also means that I can no longer walk well and have put on a lot of weight in the last few years. Although generally quite happy, I was resigned to me being the lowest priority in my own life and felt there was nothing I could do to change it. Clare listened, really listened, and helped me to step back and look at the big picture, then broke it down into areas which we could work on that felt achievable. Each week we focused on different things but always with a review and a challenge to keep the big picture in focus. Clare has such a lovely manner, you feel you can truly open up and tell her anything; she will never judge, just wants to help. She also has a wonderfully hypnotic voice which transported me to a very happy place when she helped me visualise how I would like to see myself in the future. I would highly recommend Clare as a Health Coach. She is knowledgeable and caring and helped me put my life back on track.”
“When I started with Clare I already had a good knowledge around food choices but someone to talk about how hard it is and where the barriers are is crucial. Support from someone who is knowledgeable, friendly, open and understanding is invaluable. Clare explained things in a way I could relate to and set goals I could acheive, so little by little she helped me change some of my unwanted habits. ”