Wholistic life coaching
Hi, in early 2020 I started providing wholistic life coaching and career development advice for people in Perth, after living in Melbourne and Adelaide for 17 years. Focusing on wellness for life and work, my service draws on experience in existential counselling and stress management practices. The foundation of my practice model is an ecological approach.
I started life coaching while a PhD student in applied philosophy in Melbourne. When we moved to Adelaide I explored on-line businesses for time while completing studies in counselling and career development. The career advice studies provided the basis for a workable method to help anyone with the often vexing question of what niche to start an online side-hustle as a way to gain more control over your life.
Wellness for life and work is enhanced by identifying your strengths and making sure they are serving you in all elements of your life. The one thing I wish I had discovered much earlier was a focus on strengths. After running two small businesses in my twenties I chose to focus on sales jobs in other peoples businesses for a time. Sales had been a weakness for me and it is clearly a vital skill for successful solopreneurship. A great deal of angst would have been avoided if I’d known what strengths to use as a foundation for a sales skill set that would serve my clients and me.
Many people are held back from pursuing their own small business because of a fear of sales. That may have been a valid concern in the past but things have changed now. With new technologies and the approaches to business they have engendered, it is easier for you to be successful in sales. No longer do you have to run the risk of burn you out because you are using tactics that are not compatible with your values, personality and strengths.
Career counselling should be about gaining a conscious understanding of the skills and values you can use to build an income. Understanding something of career strategies is also gold. Outcomes like that can make a substantial improvement to your income as you build a business or professional career.
To me career development needs to be an investment that does much more than spit out a list of jobs you might be suited to. That might work for someone in high school or uni but not if you’ve been around the block a few times. If you are going to pour your heart into creative work, including your real world understanding of the difficulties of living in an uncertain economic times needs a more nuanced and individualised approach to career guidance.
An avid learner my education includes:
- a Bachelor of Arts and Honours degree in Philosophy from Murdoch University.
- 5 years of PhD research in Applied Philosophy and Creative Writing at the University of Melbourne.
- a Graduate Certificate in Career Development from the University of Queensland
- a Diploma of Counselling from Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors
You can see more about my experience and qualifications at Linkedin.