"Hello and Welcome!
I am Louise Otton, a post graduate qualified and ICF accredited Executive and Personal Coach. I set up Louise Otton Coaching in 2018 as I wanted to bring my professional and personal experience of coaching and development to help others make impactful changes to their lives. People often ask me why I am a coach and my answer is because I know that it makes a difference!
I have experienced first hand the power of coaching and how it helped me to make big and sustainable changes in my life and opened up my eyes to how others see me, which has been game changing.
My Personal Story
I discovered coaching because I hit rock bottom and needed to re-evaluate how I was living my life. On the surface everything looked rosy, I had a great corporate job in London in an investment bank and was travelling the world, living the high life. I was about to get married, had a fantastic social life and was super fit from training for a marathon. However, behind the scenes I was starting to burn-out and one day my body made me notice how much I was struggling, as I physically could not stand up and ended up spending the next three years in bed.
Eventually I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome / ME. After many tests and seeing endless medical professional for a whole host of strange symptoms, I was told there was nothing they could do and I just had to rest.
I started to question myself. How come I wasn't able to cope? Why had my body failed me? How will I keep working? What if I never get better? So many self-sabotaging thoughts came mind mind, amongst the fear of what if something more serious was going on.
However, I was determined to not just sit back and wait and see if I got better. I did a lot of research into CFS, as at the time it will still shrouded in mystery and had the stigma of it not being real, or that the patient was a bit lazy. Fortunately, it is now recognised as a psychological illness that impacts the immune system creating real physical and mental symptoms.
As a result of doing the research and trying out many different forms of treatment and holistic therapies, I finally came across NLP and Coaching and was introduced to the life changing benefits that come from doing this impactful work. Through the support of my amazing coach, employer, family, friends and lots of self-compassion and perseverance, I recovered and more!
I still work with coaches and mentors to continue in invest in my personal and professional development and am always learning and adapting. This helps me to maintain a balanced life whilst running my business and busy home life.
This is a large part of my WHY and the reason I so passionately believe in doing this work to support others to be at their best both in their professional and personal lives.
Prior to coaching, I spent 15 yrs experience working in corporate marketing, communications and events in investment banks and management consultancies including, Deutsche Bank, Oliver Wyman and Ernst & Young.
During this time, I worked with executives, senior leadership teams and their clients across multiple businesses, managing complex projects, stakeholders, personalities and team dynamics. As a result, I bring a deep understanding of the challenges faced from working in these high energy, high pressure, fast-paced worlds and how important it is to invest in yourself and others, in order to be able to maximise performance and stay resilient.
I also bring my personal experience of overcoming chronic ill-health, redundancy from job I loved, becoming a mother and starting a new business. Through listening, asking insightful questions, being a thinking partner, positive psychology, NLP, coaching knowledge, mindfulness and self-reflection, I inspire my clients to find fresh perspectives, unlock their personal blockers to growth, identify and achieve their goals so they can thrive and make the impact they want.
As coaching is still an unregulated industry, it is important to me to be connected to the accrediting bodies in order to give my clients the highest standard of care and confidentiality.
Our clients come from a wide range of backgrounds including business owners, entrepreneurs, CEOs, senior leaders and their teams, across multiple sectors including; law, technology, finance, banking, media, utilities and charity.
'Currently, I live in Kent near Sevenoaks with my husband and two young children who keep me very active! I am also a keen runner and a fan of Pilates. I crave time outside and am always dragging the family out for walks in the woods. Recently, I have become a fan of cold showers and the Wim Hof method of deep breathing which gives me a big burst of energy in the mornings!
I am an avid reader of any personal development book or podcast and I am always on the look out for a new Netflix boxset to binge watch.
Those who know me well, know I am partial to a good gin and tonic, eating out and love getting together with friends and family. I also love to travel and spend time in the sunshine, boosting those vitamin D levels as much as possible!"
We believe everyone has the ability to reach their full potential and that ability innately sits within each and every client. Through powerful and insightful coaching, we are able to help individuals and organisations, unwrap and discover their true self. We offer a supportive and yet challenging style of coaching which explores your values and beliefs and unhelpful limiting assumptions. By taking a person-centred approach to our coaching, we hold our clients in a safe, confidential space by building a strong trusting relationship, which we know is the key to success and lasting transformational change.
We offer a flexible approach by drawing upon a variety of models, tools and exercises to raise self awareness, remove blockages and define goals and actions. Our approach is backed by the knowledge of positive psychology, neuroscience and behavioural change theory, with a focus on the mind-body connection.
Our clients' trust is held in the highest regard and all our coaching is conducted in full confidentiality. We are bound by working to a strict code of ethics through the International Coaching Federation, delivering a high professional standard.
We hope that you will find coaching with us an insightful journey of self discovery and we know that a strong client/coach relationship is the key to successful lasting change. As part of this process we offer an initial complementary call to discover how we may fit working together.
"I was coached by Louise during quite a challenging period at work. During our sessions Louise was able to help me gain focus and establish what my priorities were. She provided me with a calm space to think and also be challenged on ways to move forward. By really listening and asking the right questions, she helped me address the challenges, find my own solutions and design my own action plan. I would recommend her as a coach and the approaches she brings with her."
Partner and Consultant
Having experienced first-hand the power of great coaching in enabling people to make amazing changes in surprisingly little time, we thrive on being able to help clients in the same way and love watching them grow in confidence and self-awareness.
We bring a sense of calm, creating a safe thinking space, whilst also challenging clients to work on their issues and always remaining professional and approachable. This is underpinned by research and our interest in the psychology of human behaviour. We are fascinated in how and why we may, or may not, change our behaviour in response to our environment both at work and in our personal lives.
We can draw on a wealth of experience from the challenges of working in complex corporate environments with senior executives, redundancy, overcoming long term ill-health, maternity leaves, raising a family and setting up a small business. Through listening, asking insightful questions, being a thinking partner, positive psychology, coaching tools, exercises and self-reflection, we inspire clients to find fresh perspectives, unlock their personal blockers to growth and identify their own solutions.
Our passion is to coach individuals and organisations with a focus on these three areas;
We live by our values every day and help our clients to identify their true values to live an authentic and meaningful life. Understanding and living your values is the key to feeling balanced and at your best.
Our core values are: