What is

Integrative life coaching

In my work as a coach, I see too many people trying to move forward towards their goals while they're still burdened by their past. It's extremely discouraging to put your heart and soul - not to mention your time and money - into trying to make positive changes in your life, work or relationships, only to find yourself back in more or less the same place without understanding why.

As we imagine, and take steps to create, the life we long for, we often uncover unhealed wounds and patterns of relating to ourselves and others. These can't be resolved simply through willpower, positive thinking, or spiritual practices: we have to engage the body, emotions, thoughts, and soul (or higher self) to rebuild healthy connections with our self, with others, and with life.


My life coaching approach combines my training in body-based coaching and learning through the Academy for Coaching with Horses, the principles and practices of Non-Violent Communication, and Sarah Peyton's work on the power of resonant empathy to rewire our brains and nervous systems, restoring self-love and well-being.


It's "integrative" because it connects body, emotions, mind, and spirit, and because it creates powerful new neural connections that enable us to move towards calm, creativity, and wholeness. It's a simple, powerful, trauma-informed approach that supports a wide range of growth and healing processes that are essential to making sustainable change, including:

  • healing self-hate, anxiety and depression

  • learning how to feel safe, grounded, and at home in your body and in life

  • learning how to have a good relationship with your emotions

  • building confidence and self-esteem

  • developing healthier relationship dynamics - for example, learning to trust, set healthy boundaries, acknowledge and ask for what you need, and hear "no" without shutting down

  • developing communication, conflict resolution and leadership skills; and

  • grief and major life transitions.


I offer individual coaching sessions either in person, in Christchurch or Rangiora, or via videocall. Appointments are available on Mondays, and Wednesday to Saturday, including some evenings.


Some clients choose to combine these coaching sessions with equine-led learning.

1 hour session: $100 (incl GST)

1.5 hour session: $140 (incl GST)


Note that fees may be negotiable if finances are an issue for you - please contact me to discuss.


I've been supporting women to step into their own authentic power - and learning how to step into my own - for thirty years.


So if you 

  • struggle to be assertive or to set good boundaries

  • want relationships in which you are really seen

  • long to heal a pattern of self-hate or self-criticism

  • would love to feel truly at home in your body and your life, or

  • want to connect more deeply with your divine feminine energy

and you'd like to be part of one of our regular group programmes, please get in touch.

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