A SINGLE mum who suffered from depression has set up her own business to help others with low self esteem.
Julie Hampshire, 45, from Brampton Bierlow, went through a divorce and suffered from post-natal depression following the birth of her son Jack.
After seeking professional help, she decided to quit her job and establish her own life-coaching business to help other people turn their lives around.
Reflecting on her darker days, she told the Times: “I have been very low at certain times in my life.
“My parents were separated, I went through a divorce and I suffered from post-natal depression after I had my son.
“But I went through counselling, which is all about coming to terms with your past. Life-coaching is about drawing a line in the sand, and moving forward.”
The next step for Julie was to take voluntary redundancy from her job at Aviva and form her life coaching business ‘All Things Learning’ in April last year.
She added: “Being faced with redundancy was hard and I know what it’s like to look in the mirror and not really like that person.
“But I’m a determined single mum who has found the confidence to make a living from my passion - which is helping people.
“It’s all thanks to expert advice from my great Rotherham Enterprise coach Julia Millea who enabled me to gain that business acumen I needed.”
Her company, which she runs from home, focuses on building self esteem by running groups and one-to-one sessions based on personal needs.
Julie’s consultancy work with clients can range from presentations to ice breaker exercises, and she now hopes to bring her coaching sessions into the education system.
She said: “For me it is women who really benefit from my sessions, particularly young parents.
“I hope to go into schools to help provide them with the skills they need to get by in life besides academic qualifications.
“It’s an exciting time for me and I’m 100% glad I set up alone.”
Rachel Clark, of Rotherham Enterprise, added: “Julie is an admirable lady whose kind nature is reflected by her passion for helping others and encouraging them to become the people they want to be.
“We wish her every success in the future.”