“A friend recommended having some debriefing, and I made contact with Helen. From the first phone-call and initial ‘assessment’ I found Helen very supportive and insightful and it was comforting to know she understood what I was going through! I wasn’t sure what to expect but knew I wanted to feel clearer about the new direction my life was heading in. It was great to be able to talk through some problems I had been through and also identify some stress symptoms I was suffering. The sessions were also incredibly helpful in redefining and reaffirming who I am, what I want to do and practical ways to get there! I have never been clearer or more confident about the direction my life is going in. It’s great to be able to identify what drives me and realise the skills I have been acquiring overseas are a great gateway into a better future back home.”
“I would highly recommend Helen’s debriefing process for those who have recently repatriated. I’m certain that I am going to be experiencing benefits from the insights I gained during my debriefing for months to come.”
“Helen is a professional and experienced debriefer and coach who has been of significant help to BMS during a time of staff shortage. Mission personnel have commented on how much they appreciated being debriefed and coached by her giving them the opportunity to open up to someone who was experienced, insightful and understanding. Helen’s reporting and feedback has always been swift and punctual with mission personnel commenting on the accuracy of her reports. We are very happy to recommend her.”
“Arriving back in the UK after 19 years abroad was a daunting experience. Helen asked me probing questions to help me understand some of the transition process and how to move forward into this new season. I found the enneagram particularly helpful in understanding myself and some of my experiences and feel confident that I am now much more self-aware and able to successfully manage new situations. Helen was brilliant at tailoring the coaching to my individual needs and resourcing me with materials to help me transition successfully back into life in the UK.”
“The coaching times I had with Helen were a chance to bring some focus into a hazy chapter of my life. With a young family we had returned from 7 years in Asia without much of a plan for the future. Helen was both able to affirm me in my muddled state and also nudge me to take small steps to re-order and re-think priorities and plans.
Coaching with Helen brought some disciplined thinking into my life. The tools and exercises she used helped me get to know myself better and understand my present situation, motivations and feelings more clearly. In particular, working with the Enneagram provided insights I hadn’t consciously registered before and I continue to benefit from a new level of self-awareness it brought about.
It was helpful to talk to someone outside of my immediate situation, but who had had similar experiences. I could let my guard down and experiment with thoughts and ideas with an attentive listener. But also knowing that there would be some action or step to be taken at the end of it all helped me to move forward.”
“I sought out coaching with Helen because I was having a lot of stress and difficulty making sense of my transition back to the culture of my birth after living overseas most of the past 15 years. I felt unmoored and unsure how to settle well into my new life. The coaching process with Helen was instrumental in opening my eyes to my true identity which gave me direction and confidence for making steps toward how I want to build my life. She provided many activities and worksheets that helped me figure out what my priorities are, how God has wired me, what my values are, and how can I best contribute in the world.
She was a sounding board for conflicted feelings and confusing thoughts, and, unlike a counselor, she did not direct me in those things but helped me ask myself what was going on in some of those muddy places. So there was this deep formational stuff happening, and she also made a space for me to set practical goals for myself in some of the specific real-life categories of stress, which has been an ongoing excellent tool I use when I’m feeling down in part of my life.”
“I was overwhelmed and stuck in the transition to life the UK after 25 years overseas. I needed someone to help me focus, regain perspective and control of my life, and get me moving forward. Things began to change immediately I started coaching sessions with Helen Watts. I came to see clearly the steps I needed to take to get life under control and, through resources such as the enneagram, I came to understand myself better. Helen’s passion is to help people through the struggle of transition to find their own unique pathway. Her coaching is of the highest standard, based on excellent training and the challenges she herself faced through transition. I recommend Helen and her coaching unreservedly.”