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Testimonials

“I have more time to myself and more opportunities to carry out my own work”

As a busy self-employed, at home mum that also has a highly time consuming passion for dressage. I was finding it almost impossible to take care of the business tasks that I needed to do for the development and maintenance of my company, plus get a little down time for myself. I was finding that as soon as I seemed to have time to work or get away something or someone was robbing that time from me. My work load was growing and without realising it I was cracking under the pressure.

When I met Orla I was exhausted and nearly sick with anxiety, it had become so normal for me that I didn’t really recognise it. Orla helped me to see what was happening to me and with her coaching helped me to see what I wanted to achieve and how I could achieve it. Through a great deal of guidance and discussion she helped me see where I could change things for myself and begin to carve out time to carry out my tasks. Orla helped me set goals that were very well structured and sometimes, very simple short-term goals.

Before now, I was rushing from one thing to the next and always partially present, I was trying to find the ‘end’ to whatever I was doing – just to make time here and there.  However, now I have more time to myself and more opportunities to carry out my own work. I feel less stressed as I can still make time for all my priorities. Now that I am more organised and have everything under control, I can fit more into my day and am able to enjoy more devoted time to my family and dressage.

Thank you Orla, you have really changed my thinking and I cannot recommend you highly enough!

  • Avril

“Orla was very professional, easy going and easy to open up to.”

I recently had six weeks of Life Coaching sessions with Orla Dempsey who I would recommend to anyone. Orla was very professional, easy going and very easy to open up to and chat with. During the six weeks, Orla gave me some useful tools to help push me to my goals and dreams. During every session, I picked up something and learned a lot to move forward in life. I can’t thank her enough for her guidance and wish her every success in the future.

  • Noel

“Orla highlighted my strong points”

Orla was super friendly and knowledgeable. She highlighted my strong points and gave concrete examples when writing the application form. Definitely recommend Orla for advice when searching for a teaching position.

  • Claire

“I discovered where I am in life and where I want to be.”

When I first started my sessions I was not exactly in the mood to examine myself and go on this journey. I am so glad I did. I found Orla an amazing person to take this journey with. She has a wonderful manner and warm energy.  I felt very at ease from the beginning and was gently guided through my self-discoveries. I was surprised by how fulfilling it has turned out to be.

I have discovered so much about where I am in life and where I want to be, the values that are most important to me, how much I am already doing and how to accomplish my goals in every area. I would highly recommend Orla to take you on this journey as it has uplifted my life hugely.

  • Cathy

Her attention to detail, helpful suggestions and advice were exactly what I needed”

I would definitely recommend her service to anyone who needs to update and improve their CV/Application form. Her attention to detail, helpful suggestions and advice were exactly what I needed. I am now far more confident and proud of my CV in particular. She highlighted for me skills I have but that I was previously undervaluing. This has given me a different perspective and more self confidence. Thank you so much Orla.

  • Marie

“Orla has a great personality to effectively aid people”

Her advice and coaching has been invaluable to me as I am starting a new job and becoming accustomed to everything that that involves. Orla has provided me with the tools and knowledge I need to make the most of this situation, I now feel much more confident that I can achieve and grow in this position. Orla has a great personality to effectively aid people, I’m certain she would be hugely helpful to anyone hoping to improve any aspect of their life.

  • Máire

“I was surprised by the growth I experienced”

I found the coaching sessions really benefited my personal development and I was surprised by the growth I experienced in such a short period of time. Orla was great, gently probing with questions and focusing me on my preferred outcome. I am going forward more self aware and I am confident I will continue working towards reaching my goals. Thanks for everything Orla!

  • Kate

“I would recommend coaching to any teachers feeling that they need a change”

Before I met Orla at Orla Dempsey Coaching I was feeling stressed because I was finding it difficult to find the balance between my busy life as a mother and the never-ending tasks I need to complete as a teaching principal of a small school. I was struggling to find any time for me.

Orla coached me and asked powerful questions and I realised that putting a few boundaries in place meant that I could re-prioritise some tasks and find more time for me, leave some school work behind and spend quality time with my family.

I knew that if I didn’t take action now I would face burnout. Orla provided me with the support that I needed.

Now I have a wider perspective about my life and career. I feel more equipped to find the balance in my life in the future. I would recommend coaching to any teachers feeling that they need a change. Thank you, Orla!

  • Lorraine

“I would highly recommend Orla to stressed out teachers!”

Before I met Orla at Orla Dempsey Coaching, I was overwhelmed by all the paper work I had to get through at the start of the term. It was daunting and I honestly thought there weren’t enough hours in the week to get it done. After working with Orla, she helped me break things down into small manageable steps through gaining new insights into how I can change existing behaviour patterns. As a primary school teacher herself I really felt Orla understood where I was coming from. Now in a typical week I feel I can achieve a good work/life balance which was my goal at the start of the coaching. I would highly recommend Orla to stressed out teachers! Especially those who desire to gain back control of their weekends for themselves and their families. Orla is adorable and extremely empathetic. I thoroughly enjoyed our talks together.


“I have modernised my CV, pushed myself further than I have in years and opened myself to new opportunities”

Orla has been guiding me for only a few weeks. Already I have begun to change the way I think about my career. I have modernised my CV, pushed myself further than I have in years and opened myself to new opportunities. Orla is dedicated and really knows her stuff and got to know me. I wasn’t even sure what a career coach was one short month ago!

  • Gillian
“Booking the session and meeting with Orla felt like a weight lifted and helped me focus on the important things to me that I was otherwise putting on the long finger”

Orla is extremely hardworking & passionate about what she does. Before I booked in for a coaching session with Orla I felt stuck in one or two areas due to the ‘busyness’ of life and work. Booking the session and meeting with Orla felt like a weight lifted and helped me focus on the important things to me that I was otherwise putting on the long finger. Having the accountability was key to help move me forward. I am looking forward to my next session. I would highly recommend anyone thinking about booking a session with Orla, to do it.

  • Elaine