Wendy's Personal Statement
I am an experienced, passionate and solution driven coach and I approach every session with wholehearted energy. I believe that we all have the resources we need to be the best version of ourselves and my role as a coach is to create a safe and dynamic space for you to think clearly. I listen deeply, question and guide you from a place of objectivity and my focus is on getting you to where you want to be. If you are considering a life or career change, want to increase your confidence or you just feel a bit lost, I can help you.
Take a look at my video below and you will hopefully get a better feel for what I can offer people in their sessions.
Online Zoom Coaching
I continue to work with people close to me in the country as well as nationally and globally, as the online coaching space is incredibly effective. The coaching relationship develops as it did face to face and outcomes remain just as powerful.
Because of the restrictions, I have developed a new coaching service of Walking Coaching, either in person or on the mobile phone. Imagine leaving the confines of the office or home and as you walk and talk you see things from a different perspective. Some of the best sessions have been whilst climbing up a hill or walking along a canal where a client has had the head space to think differently.
For organisations looking to enhance their employee well-being I offer a bespoke service of “Open Road Thinking”. The interactive, energised and thought-provoking workshops give individuals a new insight into how they approach work and home life. Sparking creativity, improving communication and team spirit and encouraging accountability are just some of the outcomes.
Choose U Coaching Services
Would you like to:
- Enjoy high self-esteem and self-confidence
- Tackle a work related issue causing you distress
- Feel more fulfilled and motivated in your life
- Try something new but not sure what
- Move past any fears and barriers that are holding you back
- Improve personal and/or professional relationships
Call Wendy or visit www.choose-u.com for more information
Teenagers and Schools
I have worked with children and teenagers for 25 years. As a physical education teacher, sports coach and personal trainer, I enjoy building good relationships and rapport with this age group. Motivating and inspiring our youth is a particular passion and seeing them learn to believe in their own ability, to take control and grow is wonderful.
For more information about how I help young people find their way forward please take a look at my website
Training, qualifications & experience
- Barefoot accredited coach
- NLP practitioner and life coach
- Director of training for Macclesfield Samaritans
- Volunteer listener and mentor at the Samaritans
- Life coach in STYAL prison for CIAO and Trafford Council
- Mentor coach for Barnardos
- Resilience and emotional health coach in schools
- B.A. (Hons) in Physical Education and Biology
- Qualified personal trainer and nutritional advisor
What my clients say about me:
Choose U Coaching has really been life changing for me to be honest, it has surpassed all expectations and I was honestly taken a back how quickly I could start to make some real changes to help improve what I get out of my life, have more fun, and worry less. Wendy is an absolutely great support, a great coach and just really gets it – everything she says is spot on. She is very easy to talk to, and really draws out how you are really feeling/what your fears are very quickly so you can start to work together to develop a plan. It can be quite hard and potentially embarrassing at times to talk through your fears and anxiety but Wendy has a very special way with her so you can be completely honest and work together on something very achievable.
I would recommend Wendy to anyone who really wants to make a change in their life I will continue with on-going coaching with Wendy – it’s one of the best investments you could ever make.
Senior Project Worker | West Region Emotional Health and Wellbeing Service | +: Barnardo's
“Life coaching with Wendy has been absolutely life changing – literally! I was surprised at how core beliefs affect the way I think and live and I’m so glad I set aside time exploring mine.
We’ve worked together on ‘mini challenges’ which feels so much more do-able for me than looking at the mountain ahead of things I want to achieve. Wendy is so easy to talk to and I really feel that I can just be myself and talk about the things in life and my career that I want to excel in. Professionally and personally, I’ve noticed a huge difference and I often get compliments about my work which is a direct result of me taking time out to focus on the important things in life rather than missing out on a world of opportunities. Thank you Wendy for encouraging me to be the best version of me that I can be”
Kiera: National Swimmer
‘I was a body length behind at the last turn and my sessions with Wendy gave me the belief that I could win - I won the race on the touch’
Mentor | West Region Emotional Health and Wellbeing Service
Wendy is such an inspirational lady and a motivator, Wendy’s support has helped me to focus on the important things in my life and work towards achieving goals. Wendy has made such a difference to my life helping me to plan and overcome difficulties which before seemed to be a barrier and held me back from achieving.
I look forward to meetings with Wendy she is such a positive and genuinely nice person, anyone would benefit from coaching sessions from Wendy as she provides unique coaching sessions which will help you in both a personal and professional capacity.
Sophie Cooper-Smith (18yrs)
The coaching sessions I received from Wendy have honestly changed my life for the better. I believe that everyone should do this; even if you don’t have anxiety or stress, because it transforms how you think and gives you the life skills to be a happier person all round. Wendy was lovely and made me feel at ease, she was fun and very easy to talk to. The things she has taught me have changed my life and I can't thank her enough.
THANK YOU X
Although I am not usually one to make New Year’s Resolutions, always feeling that I was setting myself up to fail, this year is different, this year I have made the following promises to myself....
I will live in the moment more and stop focussing on the future (because the future never comes!) I am going to continue to make more of my time outside work in a bid feel more fulfilled I am going to focus on appreciating what I have, instead of always striving for something "better"
These may not seem mind blowing decisions but they are important to me and I was only able to make these resolutions following my sessions with Wendy. She helped me to focus on what was important and what was missing from my life and how to go about achieving these things without getting stressed.
Her friendly, down to earth approach helps to create a relaxed yet productive session. We just had 2 sessions in the end but I know that should I need help to re-focus then another ad-hoc session will be absolutely fine.
I came to you when I was having a difficult time in a new job role. When one is in a high level role, there is an expectation in that you know everything and can resolve everything.
I found myself floundering and my self- esteem plummeted; something that I was not used too. I turned to Wendy who listened ,supported and advised in a way that allowed me to understand myself better. Seeing what I could do rather than only seeing the things I couldn’t do at that time.
I had a number of weekly sessions in a confidential surrounding that allowed me to re- evaluate myself and my capabilities. The sessions were non- confrontational, but probing with the right level challenge and practical ideas.
I would recommend Wendy to any colleague who may have lost their way professionally or otherwise.
In the words of someone else
“I moved my chair back into the sunlight”
"As a man, you don't always have the network of friends to explore the solutions to problems. Wendy is such a positive and purposeful coach. I benefited a great deal her strategies and common sense."
I just wanted to thank you for the help you have given me through life coaching. It has helped me to deal with the problems of my son Sam and provide him with more effective support. He has a very long way to go before he sorts himself out and I feel that I am better equipped to cope with the problems that he presents to me and the rest of my family.
I didn't really think that I needed life coaching as I've always managed to get along through life and ride its ups and downs without too many problems. However I went in with an open mind, primarily as I was at my wits end with Sam. I suspect that had I not worked with you I might well have done something regrettable to resolve the situation. For this I can't thank you enough.
On a personal level I found you to be incredibly understanding and non-judgemental. It's clear that you are passionate about helping others, which comes through with your enthusiastic and incisive approach to helping identify solutions to problems. I found myself looking forward to our sessions to see if more progress could be made, which invariably happened. I always left a session more buoyant than when I arrived and there is a part of me that is a little sad now that they have ended.
Brittaney Rushworth (17yrs)
Before I found out about Wendy and her incredible life coaching, I had been having counselling from the age of fourteen. I struggled with anxiety during my later years in secondary school and began to find myself on a downwards spiral. My main passion in life is dancing however at my lowest points I didn’t see any future with in dance purely due to me not believing in myself. After deciding that counselling wasn’t for me, I began to just try to get through each day and eventually pushed myself to start dancing again. Although I still didn’t feel like I had enough confidence to really progress. It was then that a dance teacher of mine recommended Wendy’s ‘choose you’ programme. From the very first session with Wendy I came away feeling uplifted and inspired to start working on my self-confidence. I have seen a huge difference with in myself but also with my ability to take on new challenges and find the good with in every day. I am so grateful to have met Wendy and I am very thankful for the techniques and inspiration I now have, giving me determination to feel even better within myself and to reach my goals. The sky is the limit. I would recommend Wendy to EVERYONE I know.
Manchester High School for Girls - Head of year 11 and Well Being
“I approached Wendy to work with the girls across the school (Years 7-13) within our Well Being Programme to help them to manage their emotional health in a positive way to try to cope with pressure, work through stress/anxiety provoking situations and empower them to achieve their goals. Wendy and I spoke about the needs of each of the year groups she would be meeting with and about the wish to provide the students with specific coping strategies which they could use. The older students were naturally more able to convey their needs and Wendy worked closely with them to tailor the sessions accordingly. She was genuinely interested in what they had to say and worked to address their concerns and offer helpful tips on managing themselves and supporting each other. Wendy already has an excellent insight into the thought processes of the teenage mind and her sessions were fun, engaging and interactive. Through working with different age groups, Wendy became very in tune with the students and which strategies would be most beneficial to them. These strategies can then be supported and revisited by the form tutors throughout the year so that they become embedded. We would not hesitate to recommend Wendy as a speaker for other schools.”
After having a baby, I lost quite a bit of confidence and was finding that there were lots of barriers, preventing me achieving some of the things I wanted. I was also finding it difficult to maintain a good balance between work (which I love) and being a good mum.
My experience coaching with Wendy has been lifesaving. I have found tools to rebuild my confidence and taken steps forward in achieving some of the things that were important to me. I now feel much more energised and have taken on more work. Because of this I am happier in my home life, which rubs off on my daughter and husband.
Thank you Wendy!
My sessions with Wendy made me realise that I can change my life and if I take small steps then I really can achieve things that are important to me. I was stuck in a rut and aiming for things that weren’t going to happen straight away – basically setting myself up to fail by setting the bar too high.
Wendy helped me feel more positive about the future by assisting me to set more realistic goals and on an achievable timescale to reach them!
I feel like I am on my way… and I am enjoying the journey! Thank you Wendy.
“After 10 years of working in the yachting industry, I am at the beginning of making the adjustments of living on land, with a new life and career ahead of me. The relaxed and comfortable atmosphere Wendy created helped me to bring some ‘floaty’ ideas and dreams in to a constructive, realistic and achievable plan.”
Teaching and sports coaching
I have also taught P.E. and biology to all ages and been involved in coaching children and teenagers to achieve their fitness and sporting goals, often to County standard. I believe that I can motivate and guide most people to achieve what is important to them.
I am also a listener at the Samaritans which I love and I have also taken on the role of trainer where I am involved in the training of all new Samaritans joining our organisation. The Samaritans has given me a great depth of listening skills which I feel is invaluable to my coaching career. Active listening and questioning being one of the most vital skills for a any coach.
Life Coach for CIAO (coaching inside and out)
Working within Styal prison but also outside the prison, helping clients to move forward in their lives.
Call Wendy for more information
As individuals we all have a unique story to tell, we have different needs and expectations of coaching. If you want to find out more about Wendy's experience and how she can help you, please call her for an informal discussion.
Visit Wendy's website at www.choose-u.com where you can get a clearer idea of the other services that she offers at Choose U.
Areas of coaching I deal with
Other areas of coaching I deal with
Teenage anxiety, exam stress
Fear of public speaking and presentations
Work life balance
Mindful of living in the moment
Free initial telephone or online session
Face to Face and Online
Because coaching is a unique and special experience for everyone, Wendy provides different levels of support that come at different prices. Please get in touch and Wendy and she will talk you through the different services available depending on your particular needs.
Call Wendy for an informal chat about how coaching works and whether you think it is right for you.
Teenagers and Young Adults
I work with teenagers from the age of 12 and if they are under the age of 16 I usually ask that a parent or a responsible adult is present. This is because understanding strategies is very important and support and encouragement from home, in between the sessions, is very beneficial to the young client.
During working hours and some weekend and evening appointments available