Kind words from our clients
Karen Chalmers, HR Director - Winckworth Sherwood LLP
'Sandie has really helped many of our employees plan a successful "maternity leave" strategy, giving them confidence to address the challenges returning to work can bring. She has also worked with people to help them cope with bereavement within their team which has been invaluable to them and to those facing an uncertain future.'
Anon, Senior Vice President - London - Maternity Coaching
'I found the Return to Work coaching sessions with Sandie incredibly helpful and reassuring. While on maternity leave I put off thinking about returning to work as I was anxious about how I would juggle childcare arrangements with my demanding job.
However, the sessions with Sandie gave me a safe and supportive forum to think about my return and an opportunity to discuss how I could continue to progress in my career while still being an active part of my daughter's life.
During the sessions we talked about my fears regarding returning to the workplace and Sandie was helpful in challenging my thinking about certain concerns. An area that was particularly useful for me was our discussion on boundaries - she encouraged me to think about my personal boundaries for when I returned and to put them in place from day one. The one-on-one sessions with Sandie were invaluable for discussing my personal situation and helped focus my thinking on what I wanted to achieve in my career on my return.'
LR, Head of Database Marketing - Hidden Hearing Ltd - In-Work Coaching programme
'Sandie was an amazing help to me. Before meeting Sandie I had begun to lose myself, I couldn't figure out who I was and would replay every uncomfortable conversation in my head, mainly when I should actually be sleeping.
The answer now seems simple, the most important person is yourself, without that nothing else works. I learnt very quickly that I shouldn't feel guilty about things that no-one else worries about and that I need to reduce my expectation of people. I can't control every aspect of my life and we are not all alike. Once I had begun to accept that I felt a lot lighter. She helped me face up to the fact that not everyone deals with losing a loved one in the same way. Opening up to those around me was a big step for me and I wouldn't have been able to do that without Sandie's support and encouragement.
Part of what you get out of this process is a personal connection, Sandie is very compassionate and patient - we are not all the same - so what works for one person may not work for others, so exploring different methods with Sandie's help was a big factor. I would totally recommend her to others in a similar situation.'
KS, Senior Associate - WFW LLP - Maternity Coaching
'Sandie was a huge support both during my maternity leave and upon my return to work. She guided me through difficult career decisions and helped me look at things from a different angle which made certain decisions easier to make. She gave helpful advice but was always a good listener and was never overbearing – she always ensured that all decisions were ultimately left up to me but after a session with Sandie anything that had been playing on my mind relating to work suddenly seemed much clearer and less worrying.
Sandie’s programme is very well structured and thought out and Sandie herself is such a genuinely lovely coach who really cares about you and your life / career.
Sandie has made me realise that it is possible to successfully combine being a mother and having happy, thriving children with a rewarding career and has made sure I have lots of tips and techniques for achieving this juggle and even making sure I look after my own wellbeing along the way!
I think it is so important that the firm are investing in Sandie’s programme and recognise that returning to work after having a baby is a real transition period where support is needed and is so appreciated. It was so nice to know that Sandie was looking out for me during my maternity leave / return to work and was there for any questions / queries that I had at any time.'
Anon - CAE (UK) Plc
'I was fortunate enough to spend some time with Sandie, before having to face a very daunting & stressful situation. She empowered me with many tools to help overcome the many doubts I had in myself. When I faced this challenge, as difficult as it was, I was able to do it with a sense of self assurance and belief way beyond my expectations. She had instilled a deep faith in me, which carried me through. I felt a deep connection with Sandie, and will be forever grateful to her and will always carry her words with me. Thank you!'
Becky King - HR Partner at CAE (UK) PLC
'I cannot recommend Sandie and her services enough. Her one on one coaching skills really made a huge difference to our employees, allowing them to feel supported and equipped when facing challenging times. The employees were extremely grateful for what she did for them. I have no doubt I will work with her again in the future and will be highly recommending her to my other HR contacts. Thank you Sandie!'
Alice Bushell - Associate, WFW LLP - Maternity Coaching
'I loved working with Sandie and have been singing her praises to everyone. She had many bespoke and practical suggestions for managing what can be a really tricky time and she immediately made me feel at ease. An absolutely wonderful service.'
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LP - Senior Associate, Winkworth Sherwood LLP - Maternity Coaching
'The most beneficial thing I learnt during this process was that speaking about your feelings and issues you are facing often helps-it's good to share!! The coaching helped me in a practical way especially when Sandie helped me negotiate the terms under which I would return. The support gave me a chance to review everything. I learnt that even when I had 'a year off' (!) I still learnt new skills. The positive changes was that I became a mother and then a working mother! The external support gave me more confidence to return and Sandie is very approachable and understanding. Thank you for all your support Sandie!'
JC - Deputy Manager, Kent - Bereavement Support
'I was very fortunate to be offered bereavement/return to work counselling sessions by Sandie, from Confidence to Return, which my employer kindly funded. Sandie visited me at my home which for me was great, as I had been feeling very reluctant to venture away from home.
Having lost 2 very close members of my family 6 months apart, and then my husband suddenly in May this year, I found these sessions to be extremely beneficial to me. The first thing Sandie pointed out was that I had actually had 4 losses. The fourth being my life, future and how I can deal with this.
I learnt to think more about myself, I had not really allowed myself any 'me' time. I have always looked after others before myself, worrying about them, and how to help them.
Shortly after my husband passed away, and with some advice from family/friends I decided that I would go back to work a couple of days a week on reduced hours. 'A focus would do me good' . After the first session with Sandie, during the following week, I spent a lot of time considering my employment and the affect it was having on my well-being and health, and my two daughters.
After session 2, I decided to take some time away from work, and I handed in my notice. My Owner and Manager, were extremely sympathetic and understanding, and I left work at the end of the week (they waived my notice period). I also made a huge decision and bought a PUPPY ! Feeling confident to do this and the fact I have my puppy for company has given me so much pleasure, and I am able to actually think a little about my future. I do not believe I would have been able to do this without the counselling.
I would definitely recommend Confidence to Return to any employers and I have already recommended them to a couple of my friends.
Sandie is an amazing, compassionate lady, Totally professional and from her own experiences, she is able to give honest, sound advice and help. She has also given me a lot of diagrams and techniques which I refer to often to help me cope when I am feeling really down. Thank you so much.' JC - Deputy Manager, Kent
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AK - Administrator, Hidden Hearing Ltd - In-Work Coaching (Bereavement Support)
'As soon as I spoke to Sandie on the phone my mind was put as ease. I felt complete relief that finally someone understood. She was calming and I looked forward to meeting her. Understanding my grief, where I was in my journey and that what I was going through was "normal" has made a huge difference to me. The support I received from Sandie has greatly helped me accept my grief and see that my future can be positive and happy again. I regularly use a couple of the coping techniques and I don't feel that I need to hide away. I am able to talk about my situation when I want. I have learnt to recognise an achievement, no matter how small and which would normally have been difficult. I realise that I have other things in my life that I am grateful for, which make me smile. I would recommend "Confidence to Return". Sandie is welcoming, understanding, knowledgeable and I cannot thank her enough.' AK Administrator, Kent
Senior Associate Lawyer, Winckworth Sherwood LLP - Maternity Coaching
'The most beneficial thing I learnt during this process was about what was important
to me and to manage my expectations of myself. The skills chart was insightful
and also helped to boost my confidence. Initially going back was hard but going
back to the same job made it easier and I was surprised of how quickly I
adjusted. Sandie was very supportive and also good at being probative and
helping me to look forward and reflect. I would recommend Confidence to Return
to other employers and employees.' Winckworth Sherwood LLP. London
Danielle - Associate Solicitor, Winckworth Sherwood LLP- Maternity Coaching
'It was really useful to have someone to speak to who had knowledge of the Firm but who was also independent. I really felt comfortable speaking with Sandie and used her as a sounding board throughout the programme.
I felt that Sandie was very supportive both on a professional level and a personal level. I also felt that Sandie helped to improve my confidence.
There would have been more distance between me and the Firm and I would not have had the reassurances Sandie provided. I now feel much more confident in my abilities and in managing my work life balance.
Sandie was really supportive, empathetic and positive. I would definitely recommend Sandie.'
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Fiona - Legal Secretary, Winckworth Sherwood LLP- Bereavement Support
'Sandie has been what I can only describe as incredible, totally amazing. Sandie has listened, provided tissues, asked the awkward questions, kind and caring, guiding me through what I can only describe as my darkest days. She had the patience to help me understand what I was feeling/going through, to understand that there is no time limit, everyone is different. Sandie gave me encouragement and support, even just for the little things which most people take for granted but to me seem like mountains. I can honestly say that if I hadn't had the support, I wouldn't be here at work full time today. Talking to someone who isn't family or friend, who isn't there to judge you, just listen and rationalise things out, who is there for me, to support me and doesn't have an "agenda" at the end of the day has been so amazing.
I would have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending Confidence To Return to anyone. The help, support and understanding has been incredible.' ociated with this employee: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse...
Ben - Director, Boyer London. Client
'I can strongly recommend Sandie to any business that wishes to provide positive assistance to its people when they are in the process of returning to work. She is utterly professional and brings a great deal of insight and thought to the business. While she helped us to retain staff and ensured that they were fully equipped and happy to return, she also gave us a lot of invaluable advice on how to manage the team better, and her contribution was therefore magnified and sustained. We will undoubtedly work with her again.' Ben Simpson - Director at Boyer
Charlie - HR Director, London - Client
'Sandie is an amazing, and very user-friendly operator providing benefit to HR teams, by supplying external Return to Work programmes that enable employees to be fully supported through having a baby, after illness or through a personal bereavement and successfully back to work. I can recommend her unreservedly.' Charlie Keeling, Interim HR Director at HFW LLP
Kate - HR Advisor, Kent - Client
'Sandie has been able to provide an invaluable service to our employees, enabling them to adjust back into the workplace with confidence through 1-1 coaching and mentoring.We hope to continue to work with Sandie for any employee's returning to the workplace after maternity / paternity leave or a long term absence.I would highly recommend Sandie to any other employer wanting to provide this unique service to their employees.' Kate, HR Advisor Ferdinand Bilstein
Ian - Director, Associate and Collaborator
‘Sandie is a valued member of my associate team and has provided some vital return to work coaching services for one of my key clients. The results have been amazing, with the coaching support offered by Sandie helping employees return to work following maternity leave and making the necessary adjustments with the new-found knowledge.
This is a specialised area and Sandie's approach and expertise are second to none and my client will be extending the return to work coaching with other employees in due course. The additional value that Sandie adds to my clients is extremely measurable and I would not hesitate to recommend her services to other clients.’ Ian Barrett, Learning & Development Director, Mind Strengths
KF - Lawyer, London - Maternity Coaching
'Having Sandie was really helpful in helping me transition back to full-time following my maternity leave. It made the process much smoother and I was grateful in having someone who was independent to discuss any matters which I encountered and wanted to discuss.' KF, Winckworth Sherwood LLP
Emma - Finance Dept, Kent - Maternity Coaching
'Confidence to Return enabled me to visualize what I wanted to achieve on my return and enable me to find the right work/home-life balance.' Emma Castle, Ferdinand Bilstein
Kristel - Business owner
"Sandie has a very uplifting vibe when you meet with her, her dedication to support and help her clients is evident as she works through what's in your best interests. Her insightful and honest guidance means that she provides frank advice helping you push past mental blocks and barriers, yet does so with enough empathy, care and encouragement that you feel energised to take the next step forward." Kristel Valaydon, Founder of KV Communications
"Sandie changed my perspective of a coach, she was very warm, encouraging and empathic – not how I imagined a coach would be at all."
Julie - Business owner
"When you meet Sandie you'll find she is very calming, confident and enthusiastic, and very knowledgeable on a wide range of subjects. She's also very inspiring, having come from an enterprising background herself.'
"Above all else, Sandie has a willingness to go the extra mile. Initially I was only looking for a sounding board, but without asking or prompting she started sending me regular emails and texts'
"Sandie is highly approachable and very friendly, and she has a lovely manner to her. When I think of a coach I think of someone quite serious, but Sandie is calm and collective, and gives you confidence in your own abilities, to make you feel more assured that you're following the right path."
Theresa - Business Owner
"Sandie is a really good listener, displays a lot of empathy and is able to tune into people on their level. In my experience she is able to find the solution quickly and frame it based on the problem. Her skill is in making people take responsibility for the way they feel, and creating action plans to move forward in their lives.
"More than anything Sandie is able to talk through your problems without passing judgement, while communicating with you on your level and at all times maintaining a calm professionalism. Sandie has such a warm, open, friendly and compassionate personality. She's the whole package."