I get a lot of emails from people enquiring about what kind of coach I am, and how I intend to help. I love these emails! They give me a chance to lay out the ground work, because while I’m good at what I do, I’m not actually for everyone. And since I always want the best for my clients, let me slap the facts on the table: I don’t sugar coat shit. Moving forward means no-holds-barred honesty, and I pinky promise that getting underneath the excuses and digging into the real stuff is the ticket to helping what’s hurting you. Pleasantly nodding along would be doing you a huge disservice, right?
I’m a certified coach, accredited and recognised by the International Coach Federation and the Association for Coaching—which basically means that two of the leading regulatory bodies in the professional coaching world know that I know my stuff. My coaching draws from an integrated range of psychologically-grounded coaching frameworks, philosophies and techniques such as Person-Centred Coaching, Transactional Analysis, Narrative Coaching, Rational Emotional Behavioural Coaching, Cognitive Behavioural Coaching, Rational and Mindfulness. This means that I don’t use any questionable manifestation techniques and will never, ever guarantee you an overnight six-figure income from working 2 hours a days on a beach in Bali. (Remember how I promised I’d never lie to you? I’ll never lie to you.) I’m hopeful, but not delusional. This just means I work with reality, and if you’ve got a mortgage and 3 kids, I won’t tell you to quit your job to become a full-time knitter of tiny hats for squirrels. Instead of expecting you to shake it all up, throw out stability and dive into the centre of a volcano to find yourself, we’ll work with what you’ve got and make changes that’ll put you back in charge of your life. Beyond the qualifications nailed to my wall though, I’ve learned how to help other people lead better lives through the lessons I’ve learned by living my own. From wanting to stick pencils in my eyes while sitting at the desk of my 9-5 in a corporate career that stifled me, to running ultra-marathons, to moving to a country I didn’t speak the language of—with a 4 month old baby in tow—I know that daily life can be fucking hard. But I also know that we can do hard things.
Also: I don’t edit myself. I swear when I write and I sometimes swear during coaching. Bottom line? I’m the same person online, offline, and in a karaoke bar. (And who doesn’t love karaoke bars?!) You’ll get all of me, all of the time.