Our Story

We created Empowered Self in 2018 with the vision of bringing a Wellbeing culture to business environments in all sectors and throughout the UK. Based in Gloucestershire, we work with clients in Gloucester, Cheltenham, Bristol, Bath and London and the surrounding areas.

Having both worked in the field of supporting, growing and developing people, we felt our mix of skills, knowledge, expertise, creativity and innovation had the potential to benefit and reach a wider audience. With one in four people suffering from mental health issues, we wanted to create something that would help businesses support their employees and build the resilience that is needed when faced with challenges.

We believe that making Wellbeing a priority is fundamental for the growth of society and the environment. We are faced with challenges, uncertainty and instability in our current climate and this has an impact on our Wellbeing. 

Our philosophy is simple, when we’re positive, our brains are more motivated, engaged, creative, energetic, resilient, and productive.

At Empowered Self, we believe everyone has the potential to be the change, they want to be.

Emma Clout


Emma has more than 15 years’ experience as a coaching psychologist and executive coach for businesses. Her expertise is in coaching people through a range of issues, from career progression and communication, to managing conflict and improving confidence and resilience. Emma works with groups and individuals.

Emma’s first degree is in Arabic and Islamic Studies. After moving to the UAE, she became qualified in the field of Business Psychology, and  began working with large corporates in the oil and gas and banking sectors, on assessment and leadership development.  She has a Masters in Coaching Psychology, is a full member of the Association of Coaching, UK, a certified Executive Coach and an accredited Level A and B Occupational Tester, registered to use a range of Psychometric tools.   

Before co-founding Empowered Self, Emma was with London Business School as an executive coach, working closely with students enrolled on the Executive MBA Programme and Executive Leadership Programme.

In her spare time Emma enjoys yoga and golf, and she also volunteers for the mental health charity Shout.


Atlanta Rayner

Atlanta’s first career was with the BBC, working largely on medical-based documentaries. She wanted the freedom to gain a deeper understanding and to offer more help than she could as a filmmaker, so retrained as a counsellor.

Atlanta specialises as a relationship and bereavement counsellor and is also a trained psychosexual therapist with more than 12 years’ experience in this field. She has a BA in culture and media studies, postgraduate diplomas in couples’ counselling and psychosexual therapy and a Masters in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes.

Before jointly founding Empowered Self with Emma, Atlanta worked for 15 years with relationship counselling service Relate, at the same time running a private counselling practice. Atlanta also facilitates a creative writing project in her local community.

When she’s not working, Atlanta enjoys yoga, wild water swimming, creative writing and pottery, and she helps at Stroud Foodbank and her local community café.

If you would like to learn more about how Emma, Atlanta and the team can help you look after your employees’ wellbeing through our empowerment programmes