What Our Clients Say About Us
“When the thought of wanting a life coach crossed my mind I was in desperate need of help. The type of help that would lead to long-term positive changes and learning ways to better manage my emotions. Years of traditional counselling and sessions with psychologists, thousands of dollars spent on different therapies and yet I was feeling once again isolated, afraid and no knowledge of how to implement the tools I have to overcome another drastic life change. Talking about my problems and feelings is an important part of processing and healing, but the cycle of counselling was not helping me move forward. It would temporarily address a situation but then something else would happen and I would find myself again, in a position of struggle, unsure how to cope, and back talking about how stressed and sad I was feeling. Mary does this different by using a solution-focused approach. I am more than my thoughts and feelings and I wanted to start living the life I have always dreamed of. Achieving my goals in realistic ways, taking inspired action and knowing that this all starts with believing in myself, loving myself, trusting my intuition and following my heart. Mary has guided me to see how I can empower myself. She facilitated my growth using my own light and intelligence to build the foundations for decision-making on my own. Nobody can fix you but there are people who can support you. Mary is a very kind, caring and approachable person. I am forever grateful for the support and care she has given me. Although my 12 coaching sessions have ended, I have tools for life and will continue working with Mary in the future. Thank you.
Mary, What a positive end to the year in all that you have helped us to achieve! All those back-breakingly difficult and impossible hurdles, you just nipped them in the bud and made us see that they were all within reach! I can’t thank you enough for the help you have made to our lives and the mental shifts Eddie and I both feel in all avenues of our lives! It’s without a doubt our scores are similar as we have both felt the pressure release significantly drop over the last few weeks, by making the impossible – possible!
I was very apprehensive in what I would actually gain from Coaching sessions. Coaching? That’s not for me! (my wall was up) but after making the decision to take that step out into the unknown, I realised how blessed I was to have been given the opportunity to work with Mary.
Working with Mary has brought me huge personal growth, helped me find strength within myself, allowed me to find my voice and most of all find myself!
I’m able to see things objectively and not take things so personally.
I’m more relaxed with my kids – we have more time together and have fun!
I spend more productive time while I am at work, which has led to growth within the business.
Mary, you truly have helped me change my life and helped me grow into the woman I always wanted to be!
A truly amazing journey! I will always be so grateful – Mary you are truly inspirational!
I have just recently finished my last session with Mary. As I drive back to my office I feel both excited and nervous. Nervous because I am thinking “what if I forget everything I have learnt” and excited because I know I wont and that Mary has equipped me with the “tools” to stay on track. Mary once said to me that her role is to eventually make herself redundant in her role as life coach and I could tell that rather than be saddened by this prospect, she is genuinely happy about it because it means she has helped someone enough that they feel they are more in charge of their life. This has been my experience. As a 47 year old wife, mother of 3 and successful business owner I am finally finding myself and gaining more enjoyment out of life. The fact that I called myself a “successful business owner” is evidence that Mary has taught me to be proud of what I have achieved, learn how to give myself a pat on the back for a job well done and take enjoyment out of the small things in life. I felt very directionless, consumed by the daily grind of endless chores. Now I have clear goals, a plan how to achieve them and learnt that these goals aren’t going to be reached by sitting in a draw somewhere. I actively devote time to myself, goal setting and planning what it is I want from my life. I feel more balanced now as I am looking after my own wishes and dreams, not just that of my family and the business. It is worth realising that it is never too late to start this process! I find that I am more decisive and procrastinate less because I have learnt to process everything in relation to how this fits in with my core values. If it doesn’t fit I ditch the idea/ invite/demand/request and I feel better for it. There is less guilt in refusing the demands of others and I have learnt that a firm decisive ‘No” is a complete sentence. I would highly recommending Mary’s coaching to you. Considering I was initially apprehensive about the cost of coaching, I am now relieved I made the commitment and view this as a small investment for the huge rewards that have followed since completing my life coaching sessions.
Director of Neo Settlements
Mary, I would like to take this opportunity to pass on a very heart felt “Thank you” for your patience, wisdom, expertise and professionalism in helping me to see a way forward through the fog I felt I had been running around in. I honestly don’t think my marriage would have survived if it hadn’t been for the time that both (of us) have spent with you. And for this I will remain forever grateful.
I can strongly recommend undertaking Life Coaching with Mary Argese. It allows you to step back from the urgency of the moment, to look at your strengths and weaknesses, and take steps to improve your overall performance. Mary offers an impartial, non-judgemental perspective which is incredibly valuable.
From what began as a meeting to see if I could improve my work habits, started an unearthing of a range of emotions and false beliefs- it was an amazing experience in itself. Thank you for helping me understand those emotions with trust, care, empathy and without judgment. When I started I couldn’t imagine a world where I could not see light at the end of the tunnel. Now I have an un-interrupted 360 degree view…and I gotta tell you it is a very beautiful world out there! The investment in you Mary was worth its weight in gold and I will be FOREVER in your debt for making me believe in myself again.
When I attended my first appointment with Mary I was a little reluctant in discussing my life and apprehensive that anything Mary said could make it better. Mary came across as a caring and understanding person who is there to assist me in making my own changes in life, which enabled me to open up and show trust in her. Mary helped me see my problems in life differently and like a light house guided me away from the rocks. I deeply appreciate everything Mary has done for me.
It has been an absolute pleasure in meeting my mentor Mary and what a perfect match it was. We clicked instantly and I found myself telling her things I never thought I would. Mary has been an inspiration and has had an enormous impact on my growth and development. She provided a key to unlock all the uncertainties I had in my life. She has helped me respect myself and believe in myself and let my soul shine. I can honestly say I have never been so comfortable with another human being as I have with Mary. I am sure she will always remain a great friend because I believe she is one in a million.
Mary I am so thankful for all that you have done for me. You made me BELIEVE. Meeting you has been so life changing in so many ways. I now and forever will continue to use what I have learnt in our sessions in the rest of my life’s journey. This is something I will always treasure and be so thankful that I did to make my life richer. You’re a special person who will always be a part of me.
When my husband was diagnosed with cancer in late 2011, we had clear plans for our life together, his diagnosis and prognosis meant that our plans were dramatically changed and we both finished work, to travel and spend as much time together as we could.
Unfortunately my husband passed away in 2013 aged 55.
After my husband’s death, I found myself without any clear direction in my life and simply ‘going through the motions’ on a day to day basis whilst handling the overwhelming sadness and guilt as best I could and trying to be strong for those around me.
After about 4 months, I sought traditional counselling through my GP but after a few session, it became clear that this was not the right approach for me. I needed more than being told everything I was going through was normal and it was just a matter of time.
About 10 months after my husband passed away, Season Funerals sent an email advising of a coaching service provided by Mary which would be able to help me in a number of areas including providing the tools to enable me to establish some direction and goals and to come to terms with a new ‘normal’ for my life. The timing couldn’t have been better, it was a particularly difficult time for me and I called Mary immediately to book in.
The sessions with Mary were fortnightly and over 16 weeks. I was cynical but hopeful when I arrived at the first session but when I left I was certain that this was going to help me get my life on track.
The sessions provided a forum for clear future thinking whilst addressing situations and emotions as they arose. Mary was friendly, empathetic and non-judgemental. She was also very flexible and, if necessary, adjusted the planned sessions to discuss any specific issues which may have occurred in the previous fortnight. Mary provided the forum and the tools to help me deal with each situation as it arose.
The sessions provided me with the opportunity and the freedom to assess my life as a whole and gave me permission to work through and to feel my emotions and to move forward with life and begin to establish my new normal.
Whilst my sadness and grief is still with me every day, the coaching sessions have provided me with the tools, strength, freedom and confidence to review what’s important to me and to begin to make a future for myself with this in mind. My goals are still changing and developing and I expect this to be an ongoing process.
In my opinion, anyone who has lost a loved one and is feeling ‘lost’ themselves or feeling that their life has lost direction and is unable to sort through it themselves would benefit from these sessions.
Thank you very much Mary.
Having met Mary has changed my life. I have been involved in Coaching in various forms from various National and International presenters over the years and believe me THIS WAS IT!!! I HAD FOUND A REFRESHING APPROACH ON LIFE COACHING. With the one-on-one quality time together, Mary’s confidence, training and professionalism helped me realise I was not understanding my potential. I lacked confidence in meeting new people because I felt I had to be prepared all the time. The outcome, from several sessions was for me not to be such a serious business woman and to be able to say –I don’t know but I will get back to you on that!! Mary helped me see that I was working too hard on getting other peoples approval of me. I really have overcome so many of my challenges and learned how to work through them best – so they don’t overwhelm me. I really cannot recommend Mary enough in a short paragraph; what a great listener and coach and such a big heart of gold.
Bladon W.A. (Promotional Products)
I recently had the pleasure of using Mary Argese’s Life Coaching skills. Not only is Mary delightful to know, but she has one of the most perceptive minds out there. She was able to easily identify and home in on key aspects of the work we were doing. And here I was thinking I was complicated! Mary is an extraordinarily good listener and explains things very clearly. I’d thoroughly recommend Mary to anyone who is seeking to improve communications, relationships, team-work, both personally and professionally. I’d be pleased to discuss further should anyone wish to call me.
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Dear Mary, I would like to thank you for helping me in my journey in finding happiness and a clear direction in my life. I look back in the beginning when I first started coaching with you. I was lost, unhappy and found it difficult to deal with my former wife. Now I am more confident and no longer putting up with the things that make me unhappy. This has empowered me and I feel I have full control in how my life is unfolding. Your approach and coaching method has made me feel secure and respected – the type of values I would expect from a true friend. It is great to be around inspirational people like yourself, not only in your professional life but an inspirational Parent also, well done. I would not hesitate to recommend your coaching services to anyone in need of a life changing experience. Thanks once again J Kind Regards