How can I be so confident that our coaching sessions will unlock answers to questions you’ve held deep within you?
I’ve been where you are! I, thankfully, found my way out with the help of my very own coach. Let me cast your minds back to a few years ago…
At the age of thirty, I hit a fork in the road.
I had accomplished everything that I thought I needed to and had followed every path set out for me by society. I was educated, had a good job and was well-respected by my peers and friends. I seemingly had it all. And yet, despite all of my accomplishments, I didn’t feel fulfilled. I felt frustrated and confused.
Were the decisions I’d made in line with what I really wanted out of life? Did everyone else feel a sense of emptiness once they’d ticked everything off their metaphorical to-do list? Had I been searching for validation in all of the wrong places?
I persevered but the nagging questions at the back of my mind grew louder and louder still. It got to the point where I could no longer ignore my inner monologue. I was scared of all of the pent up energy I seemed to have.
Was I too old to re-evaluate my path and set out on a new adventure? Could I realistically alter its course whilst still being mindful of my responsibilities?
After a period of introspection, I realised that I could harness said energy and channel it into a much more positive force. All I needed to do was work out what was missing. And so, I began working with a coach.
Our sessions made me realise that whilst I was busy searching for answers in job titles and societal expectations, the answers all lay within me. In doing what I thought was expected of me, I suppressed my free-spirited nature. In being reintroduced to my authentic self, however, I discovered what motivated and fulfilled me as a human being: helping other people.
All I wanted to do was help others in need – not by doing something for them but rather by empowering them to do it for themselves. And so, my coaching journey began.
My personal story
How did I get to that point?
Originally from Slovakia, I travelled to Amsterdam back in 2010 as a wide-eyed 24-year-old exchange student. Inspired by the international community thriving in the Netherlands, I chose to complete my Masters in Dutch Studies from there and I have been calling Amsterdam my ‘base camp’ ever since.
After spending 10 years working in a corporate environment, I decided to follow my true passion and pursue a career in coaching.
I first started to use my coaching skills whilst still working in finance, supporting my colleagues who were facing challenging situations in their life or career. Armed with testimonials and a whole host of clients, I then left my corporate job behind and focused on coaching full-time on a freelance basis. This decision, whilst terrifying at the time, gave me the freedom I had been looking for and witnessing the impact that my work had upon clients filled me with gratitude and a strong sense of belonging.
I studied coaching at the Co-Active Training Institute (CTI) and I hold credentials as a Professional Certified Co-Active Coach and Associate Certified Coach. As a Co-Active coach, I support CTI as an assistant on Co-Active coaching courses in various locations and I’m also a proud member of the International Coach Federation (ICF).
I have a wealth of experience working with expats, young professionals, creatives and students, supporting my clients on their journeys of both personal and professional reinvention. I’ve worked with many open-minded individuals to help them transform their challenges into opportunities for growth, teaching them how to successfully follow their own fulfilling path and acquire the tools to make the right choices.
When I’m not helping my clients achieve transformational change, however, I focus on the things I’m passionate about. I’m a voracious reader and can often be found with my head in a book reading at lightning speed. I also love to watch films, hold meaningful conversations and challenge myself every once in a while.
Travel is also something that I hold close to my heart, having returned home following a stint living as a digital nomad in South East Asia where I embraced new cultures and cuisines as I worked remotely with clients.
You can read more about my coaching and travel adventures on my blog.