Hi I’m Ruth
I set up Ideal Balance Coaching after going through an unexpected journey of my own. After completing a Psychology degree, I went to work within a local authority children’s social care department. My role was to support the social workers with using the computer systems required for recording their data. I loved working with the social workers, and helping them understand a system that was completely new to them (and frankly very confusing), but didn’t feel this was a role I wanted to continue in, so went back to Uni. I completed further training as a Speech and Language Therapist. I loved the learning and helping people with their communication and swallowing needs.
During this time, I met my now husband. After a couple of years of doing the long distance thing we were eager to move in together, so when I graduated I joined him in London. I was ready to start pursuing my career as a Speech and Language Therapist. I volunteered at a local service and started applying for job after job. For those of you who don’t know (and I am guessing that is most!) the Speech and Language Therapy market is currently a tough one. Many qualified therapist competing for a dwindling number of roles within the NHS. Not only are there not a lot of jobs, but services are often subject to decreasing budgets and lack of resources. I saw this in my volunteering roles – the therapists’ role was to assess and write a plan, but then the assistants would be the ones who implemented the plan. I became disheartened.
Alongside the volunteering I had gone back to the computer support role and this was booming. There was endless job offers and the money I was earning kept growing. I started my own, successful consultancy business. As time progressed feeling disheartened changed to feelings of disillusion. Why was I subjecting myself to gruelling applications and interviews for jobs that most likely wouldn’t allow me to do what I loved? What did I even love anymore? What would I do instead? I felt overwhelmed. Unsure about what I was doing. I didn’t enjoy going to work but didn’t know what else to do. The unhappiness with my job spilled out into every area of my life – I gained weight, stopped exercising and socialised less and less.
Then I started seeing a Life Coach on the recommendation of a friend. IT. CHANGED. MY. LIFE. I achieved more clarity in my sessions working with a coach than I had had for years. It started the ball rolling and I was able to make a number of big changes. I love helping and supporting people, and life coaching is such a positive way of doing that so I went back to school again! The training allowed me to apply skills from both my psychology and speech and language therapy backgrounds to support life development in my clients. It has also allowed me to stop working in the job I hate, move out of London to the countryside and live an all-round more exciting and motivating life.
So I set up Ideal Balance Coaching to help you do the same thing. Get in touch to have a free Discovery Session and find out how you can become excited and motivated with your life. Or visit our blog to follow my continuing journey of ideal balance.
- BSc Applied Social Psychology – University of Kent
- MSc Speech and Language Therapy – University of Essex
- Diploma in Transformational Coaching – Animas Centre for Coaching
- Certificate in Health and Wellbeing Coaching – Animas Centre for Coaching
- Certificate in Relationships Coaching – Animas Centre for Coaching