Hello! I’m Shona

Experienced. Certified. Supportive.

Hi, I’m Shona and I am a Certified Life Coach, NLP Practitioner, Master in Mindfulness, Inspirational Speaker and Author. I practice as an Executive Coach, based in Portishead, North Somerset. I am also a spin Instructor and I was a qualified Lawyer for 20 years.

I am also proud to say that I am an Award Winning Coach, having won The Inspired Award for my achievements in nutrition and fitness presented by Future Fit Training in 2019 and Best Mental Health Provider in Somerset in 2021.

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Why I became an Executive Coach

I became an Executive Coach, because I get YOU.

I started practicing as a Lawyer in 2001 and until 2012 I absolutely loved my job. I specialised in several areas of law and was highly respected by my peers, colleagues and clients.

Cotswold Classic Tri – 5.8.18

Unfortunately in 2012  I found myself in a very stressful situation at work, also a single mum to a toddler and one day it all became too much and I found myself being rushed to hospital in an ambulance. I was in crippling pain, unable to breathe and found it difficult to move.

After many tests I was diagnosed with fibromyaligia, although I now know that this was an incorect diagnosis and my symptoms were due to work related stress and burnout. I changed my job to a less stressful one and made changes to my lifestyle and my symptoms disappeared. 

Having been an Employment Lawyer for many years, but also being on the other side, understanding what it’s like to go through a workplace conflict and how this can affect your health, both mentally and physically, I can use my experience and empathetic nature to support you and help you to be the person that you want to be and become resilient. I understand what it’s like to lose your confidence and lose connection with yourself – basically to reach burnout. 

Skiing 12 months after my accident

I am now happier than i’ve ever been.  I believe life is too short to be doing the things that make us unsatisfied, so I always look for new challenges to do. Since making the changes, I have been skiing for the first time, learnt how to paddle board, started climbing, taken part in several half iron man events and learnt to play the guitar with my daughter – there’s more to come!

For years clients, friends and family have been telling me that I am a great listener, I am empathetic and always have a solution to their problems. What better way to make a career out of this!!

Remember this – You can Give Up, or Get UP!