I worked with Philomena at a transitional stage of my career where I was seeking new employment. She helped me to realise my strengths and values as a person and as an employee and supported me in establishing my desired career path. She guided me with her empathetic, encouraging and professional nature and I would highly recommend her to anyone seeking a career coach. She worked with me on methodologies for developing an effective CV, interview preparation techniques and on establishing my personal goals, values and work ‘style’. 

Dr. Ciara Moran, Co. Kildare.

She opens up valuable new perspectives no matter what the complexity of the challenge is. With her, every meeting has a purpose and I am always able to view my situation from a completely new angle, together with the road to my ultimate goals and solutions. Having Philomena’s expertise, wisdom and kind character it is a vital advantage that I highly recommend to those interested in lasting changes and certain paths towards their success.”

Vladimir Ivanov, Business Manager

The course was very structured and organised. The tools and techniques were excellent, really practical and usefuI. It was very interactive and Philomena was very engaging and professional. I also picked up quite a few tips from the other participants on the course. The atmosphere was relaxed and the classes flew by which is always a great sign.

Susan McInnes
Bray, Co. Wick

Philomena was engaged to design and deliver two workshops to all the staff of our school on the topic of values.  The brief was to explore and identify our school values and our personal work values.   Philomena put everyone at ease with her professional, warm, positive and engaging approach.  This approach yielded very interesting and positive participation. Above all Philomena facilitated a very safe environment in which personal values could be openly discussed.  Philomena applied her extensive experience in business to the school context.

Mairéad Ryan B. Ed., M. Sc. 

Principal,  Scoil Maelruain Junior

An excellent programme to make you really think about all the relevant issues.  Philomena created a safe, fun atmosphere – really facilitating group interaction and bonding.”

Una Hearne 

I was stuck in a bit of a rut when I contacted Philomena. She opened my eyes to a number of different things, both professionally and personally, and helped me through a difficult time onto a new chapter in my life. She is friendly and kind, is a great listener and always had practical and useful advice, from preparing for interviews to dealing with self-criticism. I feel that I am in a much better place now to identify and deal with future ‘ruts’, but know that I can contact Philomena again if I need any extra guidance or support

Niamh Connolly, Research Lecturer at College of Surgeons, Ireland

The course was very structured and organised. The tools and techniques were excellent, really practical and usefuI. It was very interactive and Philomena was very engaging and professional. I also picked up quite a few tips from the other participants on the course. The atmosphere was relaxed and the classes flew by which is always a great sign.

Susan McInnes
Bray, Co. Wick

Excellent, very enlightening, inspiring. Fantastic insight into how the mind works – excellent research based information.  I would love to delve deeper into all the concepts covered.

Karen Gibney

Although Philomena and myself I would say had a good connection, it was the redirection back to the connection with myself that makes Philomena so good at what she does.  She helps find what is already within and it has made such a difference in my life. I find I am looking to the future with less fear both at home and in work.  I give attention more to what’s important than trying to change things which are none of my concern.  Thank you Philomena for sharing your insights which perhaps only comes through experience”

Mark Callaghan, CEO, VIP Taxis

I engaged Philomena at a midpoint in my career when it was time to make a number of decisions about direction. A key part of our program was to identify the areas of personal development that would help me on my way to achieve these goals and in particular with a view to taking on more senior leadership roles. Philomena’s first-hand experience of working in a large organisation was invaluable when I was discussing particular scenarios that impacted me.”

 Stephen Lambert, Director Global Services, ServiceSource   

Feedback from talks

Really insightful and great food for thought.  Thanks. Linda McKenny

Very interesting.  Patrick Meenan

Very helpful. Good references. Sean Farrell

Thank you – very informative. Damien Keogh

Excellent session. Deirdre McDonald

Great reminder to be more present. Margaret Burke

Excellent. Paul Cleary

“Having worked in Diageo Ireland with Philomena over a number of years and finding myself looking for employment post redundancy, I decided to consult with Philomena in her capacity as a Career Coach. I got excellent advice on compiling my CV and invaluable help with Interview preparation and Elevator Speech. Philomena’s drive and attention to the end result, is second to none. Would highly recommend Coaching Matters to anyone who needs guidance with Career direction and job search. Philomena’s approach is pleasant, personable and highly motivating.”

Lesley Stout, Administrator. 

 “I did a number of coaching sessions with Philomena which were invaluable. She listened and asked insightful questions which really helped me understand my situation and decide on a path forward. Through my interactions with Philomena I developed my confidence and clarified my values, ultimately leading me to set up my own business. I cannot recommend Philomena highly enough.”

Jen Trzeciak (She/Her)  Occupational Therapist at Way Ahead Therapy

I found Philomena’s coaching technique were excellent for providing clarity and focusing on a task orientated list of goals that you found yourself effortlessly doing. If you’re looking for clarity and focus to push forward in your career or business I would highly recommend Philomena McCabe of Coaching Matters.”

Orla Madden, Artist. 


I consulted Philomena as a career coach earlier this year. She is a brilliant listener and she perfectly structures conversations so you can clearly see what behaviours and attitudes may be blocking and not serving you. She’s great at helping you to draw conclusions to confidently position yourself as an active agent for change in your life. A reinvigorating experience. I would highly recommend!

Christina Meehan, Acquisition Marketing Executive, Concern Worldwide

 “I have worked with Philomena twice; and she made an invaluable contribution towards my personal and professional growth. She inspires a new perspective on situations, through her approach to coaching, with lasting impact on ways of thinking. Highly recommended.”

Rebecca Oketcho, Programme Director, Concern Worldwide, Lebanon

Philomena has facilitated a number of sessions on resilience for job searching in the vocational training programme I lead for survivors of brain injury. These have been evidence based, informative and delivered in an extremely professional manner. Philomena is a very engaging presenter and very personable in all her dealings and I would have no hesitation to recommend her!”

Caroline Earley C. Psychol., Ps.S.I.  Specialist at Headway Brain Injury Services & Support

Justin & Philomena complemented each other very well – good format. Info and humour delivered in a professional and interesting way.  Deffinitely recommend and would love a follow-up.  Good luck & thanks.

 Maria O’Roarke

At the end of each meeting it was like she waved a magic wand of clarity over me.  Thoughts and previously unanswered questions were concluded and answered by me, but through Philomena’s guidance and probing.  I would highly recommend Philomena.  She is professional, trusting, warm and friendly.”

Angela Whyte, Head of Donor Marketing, Concern Worldwide.

I was at a cross roads in my career and reached out to Philomena at the end of a career break. Initially, I wanted help with my job search, but as we worked together she challenged me to explore what I was really looking for out of work. She acted as that sounding board, which allowed me to hear myself articulate what I wanted to do. It was an absolutely rewarding and engaging process. I intend to maintain contact with Philomena, to support me through future work and life challenges”

Mary Buckley, Project Manager, Microsoft

Philomena is the first ever life coach I ever used and with her high level of professionalism and expertise, I gained invaluable insights and practical knowledge. I can confidently and with so much appreciation say that some of the ease that I am experiencing in my life today lends a lot of credit to her. Her services are at very high standards and the code of ethics which is imperative in the life coaching industry. Without any hesitation, I recommend Philomena for all life coaching needs and you will receive an experience that will stay with you for a very long time.

Annette Young, General Manager at Elite Lifestyle Management.


 “I have been fortunate and have enjoyed coaching-sessions over several months from Philomena for two different reasons. I have found this extremely helpful and empowering and would strongly recommend her. She has also given me strategies to continue now that my sessions with her have unfortunately come to an end. I believe that even a few sessions can really make a difference in a way you would not expect beforehand. Philomena: thank you for everything!”

Mascha Murphy, HR Manager Overseas, Concern Worldwide  

Philomena delivered four sessions to our youngsters (16 -21 years old) on CV making and interview skills. Her professional and positive approach was outstanding. She definitely has a great knowledge and experience regarding mock interviews, interview techniques and CV making skills. She engaged with our youth group very well and her interactive presentation and different games presented during the sessions provided a great learning environment where everybody felt included.  Philomena to deliver this kind of workshop in any youth club.”

Anna Peplinski, Manager, Blanchardstown Community Training Centre

Every session with Philomena has resulted in tangible, actionable and realistic benefits to myself personally and to my company. The tools Philomena has developed or guided me through have helped give a renewed purpose and direction to achieving results. Philomena herself is welcoming, warm and professional, with a wealth of business experience to pull on. Highly recommended. “

Ruth Rowan, Head of Digital, Concern Worldwide

“I liked the approach of the programme, all presented in a clear and concise manner combined with group discussion covering topics and issues associated with retirement. It allowed me to develop my goals and action plans.”

Harry Doyle, Bord na Mona

“I really enjoyed the course which was delivered in a calm, relaxed and focused way. I found the course fulfilling and stimulating allowing time for reflection as well as exploration of my ideas for creating the life I want in my early retirement”

Brid Kennedy

Philomena and Justin facilitated their workshops entitled “Everyway Wellbeing” over a period of 4 weeks (October/ November 2016) in Leixlip Library. From the start their dedication, enthusiasm and professionalism was evident. The sessions were full to capacity with a waiting list. Interestingly there was minimal fall off in the numbers attending over the 4 weeks. All participants appeared to enjoy the workshops, and feedback to the library was very positive. I have no hesitation in recommending Philomena and Justin and their gentle approach to Everyday Wellbeing. They have a unique interpretation of self improvement, one which appears to be accessible to all.

Lorraine Daly, Manager Leixlip Library