I began Life Coaching in 2006 and almost immediately found my niche helping clients with career advice. My career services business, provides holistic assistance with career counselling and career management. As a career coach the focus is often how to develop your strengths in ways that support the work life balance you desire. This usually involves a personalised program to meet your needs and career goals.
My first life coaching services started during my 4th year of PhD research at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics. That research program began with the question “how we can live an authentic way of life in the face of cultural obstacles,” and ended with learning how philosophy can help us live with life’s challenges. The problem of what authentic living means is a challenge for many of us, and I have pondered the ramifications we face from creating a deeply individual solution ever since. In personal development a common paradox we have to address is our need for fulfilling relationships, and on the other hand, what matters for each of us is often very different from even those closest to us. Contributing to the depth of this paradox is the certainty that our starting position in life – everything from our individual strengths and limitations, our personality, to what was going on in our family and community when we were particular ages – can have a profoundly singular effect on the values we form; on our understanding of who we can be; and what we decide will be the essential elements that characterise our life as good.
Formal Career Advice Training
After finishing my research on authenticity I completed a Diploma of Counselling, with a study major in Career Advice. Later, acknowledging just how much career issues had changed in the first decade of this century, I returned to university to complete the qualifications for Career Counselling, and joined the Career Development Association of Australia. In 2018 I became a professional member of the CDAA. This helps to better provide guidance on what continues to be one of the more vexing issues we have for an authentic life in twenty-first century Australia as technology, China and Silicon Valley work culture influence and transform our society and our lives.
My holistic life coaching practice is grounded in the scientific realities of the ecological approach developed by the anthropologist and psychotherapist Gregory Bateson; and the Chaos Theory of Careers (aka the dynamic complex systems theory of careers). My knowledge and skills in working with these ways of understanding have been tempered with, and complemented by creative praxis; and a deep engagement with key works of literature. Especially the work of 20th century modernists, History, and Philosophy. My academic study includes a multidisciplinary B.A. and Honours degree in Philosophy from Murdoch University, and 5 years of PhD research in Applied Philosophy and Creative Writing at the University of Melbourne.
Before career guidance I was initially interested in personal development by books on management. By the late 1980’s my focus had shifted to holistic modalities that evolved out of the Human Potential Movement. Many of those modalities had a component of alpha-rich mental states: including Float Therapy, Super-learning, Silva Mind Method, Meditation and Tai Chi.
Engaging with the Ancient Chinese Philosophers of Tai Chi opened my mind to the potential value of Philosophers from the Western Tradition. Of these, the contemporary philosophers Nancy Cartwright, Martha Nussbaum and Charles Taylor have greatly informed my understanding of the world and it’s challenges to living our lives authentically
You can find a comprehensive listing of my qualifications at Linkedin.