About Helen Watts

helen watts

I am a life coach who specialises in transition. After a (brief!) career in Automotive Engineering, I became a mum to two children. I spent many years as an expat in a remote corner of Central Asia with my young family.

My main roles during this time were child-care, home-school tutor and keeping home. I also mentored short-term workers and ran parenting courses for young mums. In our last few months in Central Asia, my family and I lived through a revolution which overthrew the government.

The upheaval that ensued gave me a real desire to listen to people and to help them to capitalise on their learning from the challenges they have faced.


On my return to the UK, a friend suggested life coaching, which I had never heard of before.

I attended a weekend course by The Coaching Academy in London and loved it! I retrained as a life coach and a debriefer, and am particularly focused on those going through the transition of returning from living overseas.

Having been through re-entry ourselves – once as a couple, once with our young family – I know how disorienting it can be and how much of a roller-coaster ride. I love being able to support others through the turbulence they encounter, and help them find meaning and positive pathways through it all.

As I have developed in my work, I have coached others through different life transitions those stuck in a job that they no longer love but who don’t know where they need to go next; those who have fallen into a place of all work and no play and want to find a way out; and mums who have more independent children, who would like to be more involved in life outside the home again.

“Providing understanding and accompaniment to people in transition, enabling them to grow and to thrive.”

It is amazing how similar the issues are in these different transitions, how much identity comes into play and a loss of confidence in who people are and what they offer to the world – as well as where to find fulfilment.

I work with my clients with a self-awareness tool called the enneagram, which helps them find a growing sense of identity and see how to move beyond the patterns they find themselves in. I come out of a mission context, but am happy to work with people of any faith, no faith, or struggling faith since I am used to asking big questions myself!

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Helen operates a good structure to each session, and can also adapt with ease and flexibility to an individual’s needs and pace. Having lived abroad herself for many years, she has a broad understanding of some of the challenges thrown up when living outside of the UK, which was my particular situation.
Working through what it is that’s unique to me that I can contribute to the world – my “core process” – brought about a significant shift in my outlook on life.

With great insight, Helen draws off the wealth of various sources of learning that she judges suitable to each person she works with. If anyone is seeking an astute and empathetic guide for direction at any stage of life, I would recommend Helen Watts without any hesitation.

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