I began Life Coaching in 2006 and almost immediately found my niche helping clients with career challenges. Articulating Talent, my life coaching and career services business, provides holistic assistance with career development and career management.
I started life coaching while in my 4th year of PhD research at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics. That research began with the central question of “how we can live an authentic way of life in the face of cultural obstacles,” and ended with learning Philosophical Counselling. The problem of what authentic living means is a challenge for many of us, and I have pondered the ramifications we face from deeply individual solutions ever since. Because what matters for each of us, is often very different from even those closest to us. Also, our starting position in life – everything from our individual strengths and weaknesses, our personality, to what was going on in our family and community when we were particular ages – can have a massively formative effect on who we can be, and what we decide will be the essential elements of life so we thing of it as having been a good life when we are laying on the beach in retirement.
While a holistic and ecological focus on identifying and applying your strengths is the bedrock of my coaching method, philosophy is still foundational to my life coaching. The philosopher Seneca, working in the Stoic tradition created a body of work that remains accessible to us in the twenty-first century. His letters and system of thinking are not without problems when we use them as a guide to a way of living 2,000 years after they were written. However, for us, they remain so useful because they are free of some of the more egregious faults of contemporary culture, and in many cases actively target ways that helps us manage contemporary obstacles to an authentic life. With a sensible guide, Seneca’s framework can be a viable life coaching resource that enables us to refine what we really value in life, and supports us through the trials and tribulations of everyday human living on this planet.
After finishing my research on Authenticity and Philosophical Counselling I completed a Diploma of Counselling. Later, acknowledging just how much career issues changed in the first decade of this century I returned to study 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 me provide better guidance on what continues to be one of the more vexing issues we have to come to terms with for an authentic life in twenty-first century Australia as technology, China and Silicon Valley work culture influence and transform our lives and society.
My holistic life coaching practice is ground in the ecological approach developed by the anthropologist and psychotherapist Gregory Bateson, and dynamic complex systems theory of careers (formerly known as Chaos theory). My knowledge and skills in working with these ways of understanding have been tempered with, and complemented by a deep engagement with key works of literature, especially 20th century modernists, history, and philosophy. Both from extensive reading and a multidisciplinary B.A. degree and Honours in Philosophy from Murdoch University, and 5 years of PhD research in Applied Philosophy and Creative Writing at the University of Melbourne.
Initially interested in personal development through corporate works like In Search of Excellence, by the late 1980’s my focus had shifted to the 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, Superlearning, Silva Mind Method, meditation and Tai Chi.
Engaging with the Ancient Chinese Philosophers of Tai Chi opened my mind to the potential value of Ancient Philosophers from the Western Tradition. Of these, the ancient Roman Philosopher Seneca has been a valuable source for thinking about how to live a good life since 2004.
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