Susie Morrison Life and Career Coach

Susie Morrison Life and Career Coach

About me

I coach women who want more balance, purpose and fulfilment in their lives, or to create a more meaningful and fulfilling career path.

You may have a sense that you've somehow lost touch with who you really are, what's important to you and what lights you up. Perhaps your self-belief and confidence have dipped over the years, to the point where you're no longer sure what you're capable of. You might have been pulled off track by challenging circumstances, or maybe you've just found yourself too busy with everyday life.

What I've found is that many of the challenges that can leave you wanting more from life revolve around the themes of balance, time, purpose or identity:

  • Perhaps you're struggling with the balance between work and home life, between your needs and everybody else's, or between responsibility and fun.
  • You may be finding it hard to carve out time for yourself as you rush from task to task, or you may have a sense that time is racing by and it's now or never if you want to make big changes.
  • Maybe you're lacking a sense of purpose or meaning in your work or your day-to-day activities, or you feel you're drifting through life with no clear direction or goals.
  • Or perhaps you're wrestling with issues of identity - who are you in your forties, in your fifties, in your work, in your relationship, as a mother, or after your children have left home?

What happens during coaching?

Coaching with me is a safe, supportive space where you can step off the hamster wheel for a few hours to explore who you are, what really matters to you and what you want for this next chapter of your life. We'll identify beliefs that may be holding you back and consider alternative perspectives, get clear on your strengths, values and goals, and develop a plan to put you back in the driving seat.

Just allowing yourself the time to slow down and be heard, understood and supported can be very healing. And whilst you may be wanting to create big changes in your life, it's not always about wholesale change - sometimes even a small shift can be enough to set you on a different path.

How we work together

We work together initially for a minimum of six fortnightly (or weekly) sessions: a 90-minute "discovery" session, followed by five one-hour sessions. This gives us time to really explore what you want to be different in your life, set some clear goals and take meaningful action towards them. I also offer email support in-between sessions.

For career transition coaching, I offer a ten to twelve session programme, with calls taking place either weekly or fortnightly. This can be tailor made to suit your specific needs.

We usually work by telephone (or Skype or Zoom audio) - my clients are often surprised by how powerful working in this way can be and how quickly a strong, intuitive connection is built. We can also meet face-to-face at my home between Maidstone and Tonbridge if you live locally.

If you'd like to find out more about what coaching with me is like, I offer a free 60-minute conversation to talk about what challenges you want to focus on, how coaching can help and whether we're a good fit for each other.

About me

Before becoming a coach, I worked for many years in the headhunting industry, recruiting senior managers and directors in the commercial and financial services sectors. Then I worked part-time as a freelance copywriter and CV writer, before spending several years as a full-time parent.

Coaching has reconnected me with the most inspiring part of my earlier headhunting career - seeing people growing, thriving and reaching their full potential. Helping my clients move from self-doubt, confusion or inaction towards greater balance, purpose and happiness is what I love most about this work.

Website

Please see my website to find out more: https://susiemorrisoncoaching.com

Training, qualifications & experience

  • CTI trained Co-Active Coach
  • Licensed Firework Career Coach
  • Member of the International Coach Federation

Fees

  • Free 60-minute introductory/taster call
  • £75 per hour - 10% discount for full payment on sign-up
  • Life coaching - minimum six sessions, usually fortnightly
  • Career transition coaching - ten to twelve session programme (weekly or fortnightly); tailor-made packages also available

Further information

What people say about coaching with me:

"Susie has brought an unexpected but wonderful new perspective to my life. Stuck in a rut having spent years making sure everyone else was ok following a difficult turn of events, I'd forgotten myself and lost sight of who I was and what I want and need from life. I knew things had to change to restore my balance and happiness around my family and busy job, but I had no idea how to make it happen. I was afraid of stepping out, but more afraid of staying stuck.

Susie has a very calming and reassuring manner that encourages you to open up even when talking about the most difficult situations and feelings. Very quickly she understood me, from what makes me tick to what makes me uncomfortable - it was incredible. She has helped me understand myself again and challenges me to explore my reactions and emotions and turn them into something positive and empowering. I now often find myself channelling my 'inner Susie' and using this to deal with whatever life throws at me!

The results have been, quite literally, life-changing. Emotionally, she's helped me think differently about things that have been weighing me down, allowing me to let go of a painful past and focus on the future positives and possibilities. At work, she's reignited my self-belief and confidence, I'm once again thinking about where I want my career to go, rather than simply surviving day to day. And, I've rediscovered my mojo - I'm now doing the things that I've wanted to do but until now, have been too cautious to embrace. In a nutshell, Susie has helped me bring out my inner Wonder Woman - and, most importantly, in a way that has allowed me to stay true to myself and my values."

Berenice

"Coaching with Susie is a breath of fresh air. As a self-employed woman of a certain age who works 6 or 7 days a week and cares for a disabled husband, the pressure is often suffocating. I was so stuck 'busily doing' I had no time to even consider how I was feeling or what I wanted.

I admit that carving out time for coaching, at first, felt impossible, but I have come to gasp for the space, time and perspective it gives me. Having an hour to focus on ME has been transformational. I have realized that I am doing ok - in fact, more than ok. Susie helps me see - and acknowledge - my achievements and the big and little 'wins' I tended to brush past on my way to the next task. I feel more confident, capable and inspired as a result.

Susie is calm, empowering and empathetic. Her highly intuitive nature, combined with her experience in business and as a mother, give her a unique and wonderful quality I trust beyond measure. I'm excited now to work with Susie to breathe new vitality into my dreams, goals and desires in the other areas of my life."

Kathy

"I sought Susie’s help to overcome some challenges I was facing in my life, including my career and a few other areas. Not only I felt overwhelmed by these issues, but I was feeling incapable of “sorting” them out somehow and that really knocked my confidence. I was often in tears or feeling negative about my life, which really went against my natural disposition of being happy and positive. I knew I was living a very small existence, that I wasn’t fulfilled, even if on the surface everything seemed fine.

A few weeks in, and I don’t recognise my old life. Susie has taken me on a truly inspiring journey of self-discovery. I learned aspects of myself that I didn’t know existed and with Susie’s help I’ve worked on my resilience and inner strength. She’s taught me practical tools to use when I find myself in difficulty again, let’s face it life isn’t a smooth journey! My confidence has been boosted massively since starting our sessions and I now feel that whatever life throws at me, I’d be able to rise above it. What I wasn’t expecting about the coaching is how quickly you can get from A to B – sometimes we reach a life-changing conclusion or “aha” moment in one session.

I love Susie’s way of coaching, she’s gentle but knows when to push or challenge you and if she needs to be tough on you, she will! This comes from her incredible sense of intuition and emotional intelligence. She encourages and champions me, and I feel very safe in her hands. It’s her genuine desire for her clients to lead more fulfilled lives that really drives Susie. I couldn’t ask for a better coach and I can’t recommend her highly enough."

Sara Whitehead

"If you are interested in getting some coaching and like me are considering a career change, then I would recommend working with Susie. I wanted to focus on a better work life balance, as I was feeling quite lost, needing direction and not fully in control of a lot of things.

Initially I was a bit concerned about exploring this avenue. I lead a busy life as a working mum and time to focus on myself is not something I often afford myself. I was also a little concerned by the cost of "investing in me", not just from a time point of view but financially too. I need not have worried.

Having completed my sessions with Susie, I am much more focused on recognising the things I can control, as opposed to worrying tirelessly and trying to change the things that ultimately I know I can't. I have a more positive mindset and am more aware of how to manage my emotions. I have more in my armoury to deal with life. I'm also a lot more self-aware. I recognise that I need to look after myself if I'm to successfully look after those around me and this has been a real shift.

Coaching with Susie feels like a "safe place" and you can be open and honest, as she listens without judgement. She is brilliant at playing back to you "what she is hearing", which may not be what you think you are saying. I loved the sense of being on a journey together and not feeling like you're on your own - and I love that I can reach out to her as and when I may need to. A wonderfully insightful experience."

Kate Hearn

"I wanted to find a coach because I felt stuck. Stuck in my personal and professional life. I really look forward to our sessions and find having my hour once a fortnight very therapeutic. It gives me time to breathe, reflect on how far I’ve come and where I want to be heading. I think the value is far greater for me personally and professionally than I thought it would be. It gives me a regular check-in with myself.

Susie’s style is a fantastic fit for me. I feel incredibly comfortable with her and find it very easy to say whatever I feel. I feel stretched as well as gently held and she has the perfect way of asking the right questions and allowing me to grow through finding the answers within. She often asks hard questions, quietly observes, makes suggestions and gently guides me, and at the same time holds me accountable.

Susie is empathetic and truly listens to the subtle messages that are already there that I may not have been aware of. She has a gift at seeing the bigger picture and the blocks you may have, as well as helping you see the insights and lessons learnt along the way.

I now feel excited about myself in the true sense of the word. I feel that everything is coming together that has always been there, but now I can see things far more clearly. I have a clear understanding of my values, my passions and my vision, as well as what I want to accomplish. My future is one of excitement and creativity. It’s all in my grasp and I feel that anything is possible now!"

Rachel Stacey-McKay

"I started coaching sessions with Susie for two reasons. Having recently re-trained as a careers adviser I had touched on coaching in my professional training and wanted to experience it first-hand. The second reason was to address confidence issues about returning to the workplace after a long break and also some anxiety issues from childhood, which I recognised had held me back and which I was determined would not do so going forward!!

The experience has been liberating. Susie has helped me develop simple strategies, using imagery and visualisation, to use in situations that cause anxiety, I have a tendency to think negatively and she has helped me turn around the way I view situations, which has been transformative. I am excited to see how I have progressed in my work, tackling challenges I really thought would be impossible.

Susie is highly intelligent, intuitive and a very good listener. The experience of being listened to exclusively is a very powerful one, particularly as I don't always take myself seriously enough! She quickly identifies the main issues, allows a little time for reflection but at the same always helps me find positive ways to make progress, so the session ends on a motivational note. I can highly recommend her and coaching as a way to move forward and overcome barriers."

Liz Taylor

"Prior to my coaching with Susie I was at a crossroads, but I wasn't sure why. My eldest was looking at universities and my youngest was moving into the grunting stage of teens. I felt lucky, but I felt trapped. I was flat, demotivated and questioning if this was all life had to offer? I knew I had to take some control back of my life and try and fathom a way out of my rut.

Since working with Susie I've been able to clear my fog. I'm able to make decisions without dithering, I'm much more organised with my time (I see it as my most valuable resource now), I have a plan and that's given me focus. I would say the most positive change I've noticed is I have become effective again and with that my energy levels have increased.

Being coached by Susie is like catching up with a friend (though we've never actually met, all our work was over the phone), but with a structure to keep me on track. When Susie talks to me my thoughts just seem to flow, I fix my own challenges just by answering a simple question posed by her. I am coming up with my own forward path and it seems so clear to me.

If you were considering coaching with Susie, I would urge you to JDI (just do it!). I can't fully explain what happens or how it happens - but it does and it has had a positive impact on my life and my future is now much clearer. As I look forward to the next stage of my life I feel no fear, I know I'm going to be OK - more than OK! My children moving into their next chapter is a point to celebrate not fear. It's my time now."

Linzi Brocklesby

"Before I started coaching with Susie I was going round in circles and feeling really frustrated - I wasn't enjoying life to the full, but I lacked the direction and confidence to do anything about it. I had got myself into a kind of paralysis. Looking back I probably thought doing nothing was less scary than failing at something.

The biggest change I've noticed since working with Susie is that I have renewed self-belief and feel much more like my old much more confident self. I am kinder to myself and less self-critical. I no longer fester or take things so personally. I can literally laugh now at things that used to drive me mad.

I am also much better at living in the moment. I now focus on what is important to me and my well-being and have jettisoned the other stuff. Where that has not been entirely possible, with Susie's guidance I have been able to set in place some effective coping strategies for difficult people and situations.

Coaching with Susie is like watching yourself from above. Sometimes we just can't see the wood for the trees. I now see myself for the confident and capable woman I am, with lots still to offer the world and the people around me. I feel ready to give things a go. To get out there again. I feel optimistic and really rather excited at the thought of where I may end up."

Jennifer

Maidstone, ME18

Type of session

Online life coaching: Yes
Telephone life coaching: Yes
Face to face life coaching: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: French, German

Accessibility

Wheelchair access: No