The coaching and mentoring options that I present to you on this website are based on journeys that I have taken and continue to take.
I am a lifelong explorer. Professionally, I have been a guide, a coach and a supportive change agent since my early 30’s.
I look forward to accompanying you on your path for a time, using my skills, expertise and life experience to guide you to a greater vision, an expansion of possibility, to a healing of your broken heart and to the most aligned expression of your love and gifts into the world.
My introduction to coaching and my foundation for working with clients on questions of meaning, purpose and value in their careers and lives began when I ‘jumped a fence’ from my Executive Selection and Management Consulting job with KPMG into Career and Outplacement Consulting. This was an exciting business to be in during the late 80’s and early 90’s when companies were downsizing and reviewing ‘job for life’ practices.
Prior to working as a management consultant, I had been in HR, in the UK manufacturing sector with the Chloride Group (batteries) and then ICL (computers).
I was passionate about my career and about being successful as a woman in business. But, close to burnout, I experienced an early mid life crisis (at age 35) and left my corporate job for self employment and a personal journey.
As many women in corporate positions have discovered, I realised that my success in the workplace was based on my thinking, my creativity, my ability to deliver to deadlines and the responsibility I was prepared to shoulder. In line with the demands of the workplace, I had well developed ‘masculine’ skills. But their more ‘feminine’ counterpart had not been developed. In particular, I had been ignoring signals from my body, until I couldn’t any longer…..
Corrective training and rebalancing began with yoga and psychotherapy in the 90’s (when neither were mainstream). I also studied Gestalt and Psychosynthesis applications to leadership. A few years later, I co-founded a leadership training company. Spiral Consulting offered workshops on leadership skills for uncertain times of change and transition, which require a more ‘feminine’ approach.
During this time of change, I had a baby, which was another ‘baptism by fire’ as I deepened my understanding of the impact of patriarchal culture on women’s lives. Four years later, my marriage broke down and I moved from London to Surrey to begin a new life as a single mother. (You can read more about this on the Relational Mastery page.)
Shortly after, I began learning about energy, initially through a study of chi kung. Ancient Taoist philosophy, which taught of yin and yang (feminine and masculine) as being complementary rather than conflicting, provided a new template for my life and work.
I trained in the Universal Tao system (including chi kung, meditation, shamanism and taoist healing practices) for 5 years in the early ‘noughties’. This was supplemented with complementing trainings in Women’s Shamanism and tantra. Subsequently, I looked specifically for a female teacher from whom I could learn more about the Feminine tantric traditions, which I had read about in Miranda Shaw’s book, Passionate Enlightenment and in Daniel Odier’s book, Tantric Quest.
I found what I was looking for in the Indian meditation traditions, which I had encountered originally via hatha yoga. Since 2007, I have been a student of yogini Uma Parvathinath Saraswati, a teacher of Kashmir Shaivism and Sri Vidya, traditions that value the contribution of women, the ‘householder’ path and the opportunities for spiritual growth inherent in every day challenges.
A few years ago, I realised that I needed a new structure for my coaching and teaching work. I entered into an intensive period of training at coaching’s leading edge. I now hold certifications in Awakening Coaching and Deeper Love Coaching, gained from training and mentoring with Arjuna Ardagh, the founder of Awakening Coaching. I’ve also pursued a ‘love affair’ with an approach called Tribal Marketing and received direct training and mentoring from the developer of this method, Jeffrey Van Dyk. I find that the 2 approaches plus my energy expertise are a ‘hot’, transformational combination!
My work addresses real life problems for clients who long to achieve full potential and make a fulfilling contribution. I no longer polarise the material and spiritual aspects of life. They are two sides of the one coin. My unique approach includes deep spiritual support and guidance.
Are we meant to work together?
“The doors to the world of the wild Self are few but precious. If you have a deep scar, that is a door. If you have an old, old story, that is a door. If you love the sky and the water so much you almost cannot bear it, that is a door. If you yearn for a deeper life, a full life, a sane life, that is a door.” ~ Clarissa Pinkola Estes
- B.A. – Geography (that’s how my lifelong interest in maps of all types was expressed at that age)
- Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development (although you won’t find me listed as I no longer pay the annual fee)
- Diploma in the Inner Craft of Leadership (Re-Vision)
- NLP Master Practitioner (Richard Bandler and Paul McKenna)
- Women’s Shamanic Healing Practitioner (Shamanka)
- Independent Funeral and Wedding Celebrant (FOIC)
- Certified Soul Alchemist Practitioner (Ascended Relationships)
- Certified Qigong and Meditation teacher (by more than one school)
- Certified Ipsalu Tantra teacher
- Certified Awakening Coach in all aspects of Awakening Coaching
- Certified Deeper Love™ Coach (Awakening Coaching Institute/Arjuna Ardagh)
- Tribal Marketing Coach (Jeffrey Van Dyk)