A Professional Certified Coach, Certified Counselling Therapist, and Certified Stress Consultant, Kathleen draws on her specialized training and experience to work in partnership with clients to generate meaningful outcomes.
Services for Individuals
"Professional coaching brings many wonderful benefits: fresh perspectives on personal challenges, enhanced decision-making skills, greater interpersonal effectiveness, and increased confidence....Those who undertake coaching also can expect appreciable improvement in productivity, satisfaction with life and work, and the attainment of relevant goals." (The International Coach Federation www.coachfederation.org)
Kathleen is an ICF Professional Certified Coach. She's an objective, attentive listener who provides honest feedback and thoughtful support. As your coach, she commits to being your personal strategic thinking collaborator, trusted advisor and accountability partner. She will help you examine your current situation, aspirations and goals, and encourage you to think beyond your usual range of ideas. She will challenge you to listen to your true Self as you design a unique career-life that is personally meaningful.
Contact Kathleen @ 780-752-4015 to make an appointment for a 30 minute complimentary phone consultation. Together, we will explore your career needs.
Strategic Career Management
Taking charge of your career requires personal intention and commitment to ongoing action. In simple terms it’s your career, therefore, you alone get to decide how to advance, change and/or measure success.
Consider how you could benefit from exploring the following with your career coach:
- Alignment and authenticity - personality, natural talents, motivators, interests, values, knowledge, skills and experience, are intentionally aligned so you can live and work true to your essence - the core of who you are.
- Make fully informed decisions and meaningful choices - to ensure your authentic self fits with organizational goals.
- Manage your brand – cultivate a management/leadership style that handles change and transitions with ease. Effortlessly apply adaptive coping strategies. Build relationships that matter. Make yourself as indispensible as possible within the organization.
- Take responsibility for your growth and development - to remain exceptional, take responsibility for maintaining and enhancing your potential.
Through the supportive process of personal and/or executive coaching you will discover the value of taking a strategic and proactive approach to managing your career journey.
Coaching for Career Transitions
Are you feeling boxed in by your current role? Making a career transition can feel overwhelming. Some people think they're too old to train for a new field, or not smart enough to take on a post-secondary program. Or they're afraid to let go of the financial security in a current job even though they desperately yearn for change. Even promotions within the same organization are career transitions.
Regardless of false barriers put in front of us, the truth is when we really want something bad enough, we find a way to do it. Having a professional coach in your corner can be a significant benefit.
As an experienced career development expert, Kathleen is able to guide the individual through a program designed specifically to meet each unique situation.
The career planning process uses in-depth reflection and discussion and a variety of current psychometric assessments to help you answer the following questions:
- Who am I? Exploration of personality traits, natural talents, motivators, life vision/purpose, interests, values, priorities, competencies, knowledge, training and experience.
- Where Am I Going / What is the Work I want to do? Exploring occupational fit for the highest level of satisfaction and success based on the factors that matter most to you.
- How will I get there? Exploring the strategies you will implement to reach your desired career goal(s).
Work / Life Integration
The reality for many people these days is that the boundaries between work and personal roles have become increasingly permeable.
A role is a comprehensive pattern of behavior that is socially recognized, providing a means of identifying and placing an individual in society.
There are behavioral expectations for every role we carry in life – both our own and other’s expectations. It’s these expectations that can lead to the unhealthy guilt experienced by overloaded and overcommitted individuals. We check our emails in the evenings and weekends. We delay or miss family events because we won’t leave the office. And when we do, we take our communication devices with us.
Rather than worrying about how to balance your commitments, coaching can help you implement strategies to integrate your priorities based on current commitments and goals within each of your roles. Work / life integration coaching can help you develop the good boundaries that will keep you feeling happy and healthy for years to come.
In today’s complex world, stress overload has become the leading contributor to chaotic living, diminished productivity and high dissatisfaction.
More than 25 years of clinical studies research at the Hans Selye Foundation/Canadian Institute of Stress in their Body Age program, shows that when stress runs out of control it saps vitality and weakens the immune system.
The Institute’s research on more than 3,000 individuals demonstrates how stress overload not only undermines health over the long term, but also increases the aging process. The long term negative effects on the immune system and hence one's health, are insidious.
An individuals’ response to stress is determined by his/her personality and mental attitude, along with the situation. Stress resiliency is unique for each individual. Stress overload and its’ implications are both preventable and reversible.
Stress coaching requires your commitment to implementing new lifestyle habits to mitigate stress. The stress coaching program includes the Canadian Institute of Stress Personal StressType© Assessment, the development of a personal wellness action plan to build stress resiliency, intentional commitment for making lifestyle changes with ongoing support from your coach.
Kathleen is a Canadian Certified Counsellor registered with the Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Association. She offers counselling therapy to help individuals be more productive and satisfied in their careers, resolve problems interfering with their emotional health and to build healthier relationships.
Counselling Therapy and Coaching are discrete professions with separate skill sets. Coaching begins in the present and focuses on moving the client forward to identified goals. It is about designing the future not getting over the past.
In contrast, counselling therapy is more in-depth, focusing on resolving issues/problems that may be a result of the person's experiences, learned behavior, family of origin patterns, and/or self-limiting beliefs. Historical information may be used to better understand and resolve current issues. A general rule is that while a therapist may sometimes use coaching techniques, a coach does not provide psychotherapy.
What does counselling therapy address?
In counselling, we can talk about any topic that is troubling you. We can address the symptoms you are feeling (anxiety, anger, frustration) as well as the underlying issues that may be contributing to those symptoms (such as core beliefs, boundaries, self-image, or distressing work-life situations).
Kathleen's counselling clients are most often experiencing high levels of dissatisfaction as a result of overwhelming or debilitating work-related or personal issues. [Work/Career encompasses all of one's work, leisure and learning activities]. Kathleen approaches counselling from the premise that there are always innovative options and strategies to be explored and implemented that can improve the situation and/or resolve the problems or issues.
What's Kathleen’s counselling approach?
My worldview, as a counsellor and a coach, is that each of us has been blessed with free will, the capacity to reason, and the ability to make choices about how we want to live. This is the basis from which I view the person's story in the counselling room. It is not my place to try to "fix" but rather to serve.
As a counselling therapist I believe that life consistently presents us with challenges, and that in addition to one's emotional state, a person's belief system, thinking process and attitude are key areas to explore for helping one cope and move toward healing.
The theoretical models which inform my counselling work include family systems theory, solution-focused counselling, and cognitive behavioral theory with a feminist foundation. I use a strength-based approach, supporting and empowering the individual to create the change s/he needs to make.
To determine whether counselling therapy may be helpful to you, try asking yourself these questions:
- Have I experienced unwanted life changes and found my usual coping skills are not working?
- Am I consistently feeling anxious, stressed, dissatisfied, unhappy?
- Have I tried to help myself but the problem is still there?
- Are my issues too intimate to discuss with friends or family?
- Do I think it's time to work through (rather than around) past hurts, relationships, or negative life situations?
- Do I need to get an objective and professional point of view to help sort out my problems/difficulties/decisions?
It is important to remember that sometimes a personal, one-to-one, non-judgmental approach is needed and a caring professional counsellor can help you find the solutions that will work best for you.
Services for Organizations
Professional coaching is intended to help people draw on their strengths and develop and maintain behaviors that allow them to fully meet their obligations and responsibilities. Organizations who sponsor professional coaching for their employees can develop their high potential people, ensure that all their people perform at their optimum, and minimize costly turnover.
The following coaching programs are designed in collaboration with the organization with their most valuable asset [people] in mind. You can expect to see a positive change in a person's behaviour within just a few months following commencement of a coaching engagement.
Coaching for Engagement / Advancement / Career Satisfaction
Professional coaching helps high potential employees stay engaged and energized, move into new management roles with increased responsibilities or simply feel greater career satisfaction. The process typically takes place over a 3 to 12 month period.
Objectives may include identifying and leveraging strengths, recognizing barriers and blind spots, and closing the gaps, while serving to enhance potential for success. Working with the coachee and supervisor, objectives and expectations are clear and well defined. This is achieved by:
- Understanding job expectations and required capabilities; to do this, we use your organization's success factors and management input.
- Involving the manager of the individual (and other key stakeholders) so that the coachee has the right support, feedback and guidance as the person practices new skills.
- Giving high potential employees "stretch assignments" in order to learn; placing the emphasis on practical experience. Simply put, boundaries will be pushed and the person will be challenged.
- Including measurement in the coaching plan to evaluate progress.
- The coach acting as a trusted sounding board while providing focus, feedback and guidance.
In today’s complex world, stress has become the leading contributor to absenteeism and diminished productivity in the workplace. More than 25 years of research at the Hans Selye Foundation/Canadian Institute of Stress provides research-based evidence that when stress runs out of control it saps vitality, weakens the immune system and rapidly increases the aging process. The impact is pervasive—affecting one’s personal and professional life.
Most employers understand the hidden costs of employee stress overload: decreased productivity, interpersonal conflict, sick leave; even long-term disability. Addressing stress-related issues before they impact the bottom line is a sound investment for any organization. Stress resiliency is unique for each individual, as an individuals’ response to stress is determined by his/her personality and mental attitude along with the situation.
As a Certified Stress & Wellness Consultant trained through the Canadian Institute of Stress, Kathleen uses assessments administered on an individual basis and includes coaching of a personal wellness program. Stress coaching pays for itself in increased productivity and higher employee satisfaction rates.
Struggling employees need help to improve performance. Coaching starts with a comprehensive assessment of the situation. This includes discussions with management, use of individual assessment tools to identify strengths and development areas, and if necessary, includes stakeholder feedback.
Coaching activities are tailored to enhance performance. These may include individual assigned readings for discussions, role-plays, and in depth coaching work. Facilitated meetings are used to share feedback between and individual and manager. Those who participate are held accountable for actions taken to generate meaningful change. This process requires the involvement of the individual and manager from the onset, with progress checkpoints along the way to ensure the desirable results are being achieved.
Kathleen uses a direct approach while supporting and maintaining the wellbeing of each client.
Speaking & Training
Kathleen is a gifted and entertaining speaker. She delights audiences both large and small, while sharing her conviction for how to achieve greater career satisfaction with reduced stress. Her lively approach, including a touch of humour, make her a powerful presenter at conferences or for special groups.
Many of Kathleen’s topics are available as keynote speeches or as half-day workshops. Popular examples of keynote speeches include Preventing Work-Related Burnout; Work/Life Role Integration; Your Career: Who's in Charge; Women Redefining Career Success in the 21st Century.
If you have a particular career development topic, a keynote speech can be created and customized for your group. See two examples of popular topics below:
- Women Redefining Career Success in the 21st Century
Are you a woman seeking to live a high quality, meaningful life with greater levels of career satisfaction? Consider what it means to be guided by purpose, principles and priorities. Examine the freedom when essence, not ego drives career success, decisions and choices. Understand the value of strengths-based leadership.
You will reflect on your career journey and learn the importance of leveraging a feminine perspective with its advantages of new ways of working in today's complex work world. Audience discussion and engagement inspire and enhance the learning process.
- Preventing Work-Related Burnout
Mental health problems cost Canadian employers $20 billion annually and account for 75% of short-term disability claims. One quarter of working adults today describe daily life as “highly stressful”. Employers lose productivity to stress and burnout through absenteeism, reduced output and increased disability claims.
This training helps individuals understand both occupational stress and burnout, risk factors involved, and recognizable signs and symptoms. Both stress overload and burnout are preventable and reversible. Participants will learn practical prevention and intervention strategies. The content is applicable for helping professionals, supervisors, managers or anyone feeling at risk for burnout.
Seminars & Workshops
Satisfied, engaged employees contribute to successful business operations. Organizations who recognize their people as an important resource regularly invest in training. The benefits speak for themselves: increased energy and engagement, better outcomes, enhanced health and well-being, and reduced absenteeism—good news for employers and employees.
With a focus on understanding personal competencies and strengths, Kathleen's captivating training motivates both individuals and teams toward their best selves. The result is increased energy and productivity and enhanced interpersonal effectiveness. Half or full day workshops are custom-designed to address unique organizational needs.
Workshop topics include:
- Conversations That Matter: Training for Supervisors - explore the role of the supervisor with its complex range of responsibilities and the importance of communication and relationships with direct reports.
- Preventing Workplace Burnout – understand the warning signs of burnout and learn strategies for reversal.
- Personality And Relationships – understand your personality type and learn to build tolerant, understanding relationships.
- Leading From The Inside Out – explore the leader within: purpose, philosophy, principles, values and goals.
- Success not Stress: How to Thrive in Chaotic Times – learn the health risks from stress overload, complete a stress assessment, identify current coping strategies, and learn strategies for building stress resiliency.
- Assertiveness: The Most Powerful Communication Skill – learn the difference between assertive, passive and aggressive behaviours and how to consistently apply assertive skills.
- Identifying Strengths – use Gallup's Strengthsfinder 2.0 assessment to explore natural talents and how to leverage strengths.
- Managing Workplace Conflict – discover your personal conflict style and learn strategies to manage conflict in the workplace.
- Work/Life Role Integration – learn strategies for effectively merging personal and professional lives based on current priorities.
- Your Career: Who's In Charge? – examine purpose and values, explore interests and motivation; create a plan for career satisfaction.
- Supervisor/Manager as Coach - introduces the basics of how to develop and apply a coach approach to the role of supervising and managing.
- Discovering and Communicating Your Brand - introduces participants to the increase in career satisfaction and improved engagement at work experienced by envisioning, communicating and managing a strong personal brand.