Who am I?
I have had many challenges in my life, as we all do, and so bringing humanity to my work is part of who I am. Life for me has been a journey of coming home to myself, becoming all I can be, and aspiring to have a positive impact on the world.
I enjoy walking in nature with my dog, singing, dancing, travelling, having the craic, writing poetry, cooking and sharing a meal with friends and family.
My clients tell me I am warm, empathic, open, supportive, curious, reflective, professional, expressive, calm, authentic, challenging, wise, playful, honest, tenacious and vulnerable.
I have had a number of defining moments in my life, all of them challenging me to grow, to listen to my own wisdom and discover the diamond within. Like others the challenges keep coming and I keep learning! My cumulated learning to date which will likely sound corny, is that love is a vital ingredient for us to feel whole. Essentially, being compassionate with ourselves, and with others. Also seeing the gifts and opportunities in the challenges, laughing and having fun, being kind and giving back to others, and aspiring to learn, grow and become all that we can become.
I had a portfolio career before it became fashionable, working in jobs ranging from selling encyclopedias, being a croupier, medical sales rep, manager of a charity, leadership and management training specialist, lecturer in personal development and group dynamics, and currently running my own business for the last 10 years.
When I was 24 I travelled overland on a four-ton army truck with a group of people through Africa, Middle East, Asia and the Far East, and yes this was one of my defining experiences. I always wanted to give something back and so with Self Help Africa I raised money and visited a project in Zambia, twice in the last 4 years providing leadership training and coaching. I also co-founded Connect A Coach in March 2020 at the beginning of Covid19, which provided free coaching for frontline staff so that they could reach out for support during that challenging period.
What I believe
- Each of us have within us the resources for self-understanding and change and with the right conditions we can tap into those resources and reach our full potential.
- We all have our own wisdom, and to access it we need to connect with our head, heart and gut
- As human beings we all need to give ourselves permission to ask for help, and to see this as a strength, not a weakness
- Our best growth happens when we feel safe, have fun while we learn, and are accepted for who we are and how we are in the moment, and a willingness to be vulnerable
The interesting things I have jumped into learning and have enjoyed!
MA in Coaching, Diploma in Coaching, Coach Supervision, Team Coaching, Integrative Arts Therapist, Stress Management, Reiki Master, Massage Therapist, Myers Briggs Type Indicator, Deep Sea Diving, Neuro Linguistic Programming, Multiple Brain Integration Techniques, Conversational Intelligence, Emotional Intelligence, Emotional Capital Self and 360 Reports, Positive Neuro Plasticity, Positive Intelligence, and I am currently learning the piano!
I am a Master Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation, the largest global body for coaching (highest credential with over 3,000 hours of coaching) and I have won the Ireland Chapter Awards; Coach of the Year (2016), Trainer of the Year (2017), Supervisor of the Year (2020) and the President’s Award for Social Enterprise (2020)