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I’m Oana, a mum, freelancer, business owner, and coach. With a background in history and 14 years in the pharma industry, I transitioned into coaching after becoming a mother. My passion lies in helping others find happiness and balance, drawing from my own journey and experiences.

My passion for coaching started after becoming a mother in 2021. Feeling lost and overwhelmed, I reflected on what truly made me happy—helping others and connecting with their stories. This realization, combined with my experience in teaching and team interactions, naturally led me to pursue coaching.

The most helpful aspects of the ICF Certification were the structured training and mentorship. The comprehensive curriculum provided a solid foundation in coaching principles, while the mentorship offered personalized guidance and feedback.

Additionally, the emphasis on practical application and ethical standards ensured I was well-prepared to support my clients effectively and professionally.

Developing my business involved leveraging my skills and experiences from the pharma industry and freelancing. I focused on identifying the needs of freelancing parents and those experiencing parental burnout, creating tailored coaching programs. Continuous learning and networking with other professionals were crucial in refining my offerings and approach.

Outside of coaching, I enjoy spending time with my family, particularly engaging in activities that bring joy and balance. I also collaborate on projects like “Between Us,” which supports individuals and organisations dealing with the tall poppy syndrome.

Additionally, I love exploring new technological advancements and integrating them into my daily life.

I am a coach and a deputy head teacher. My journey began with a degree in psychology, followed by a career in teaching that led me to the role of deputy head teacher. I discovered coaching through a friend who trained with Become, and I found it to be a powerful tool for personal growth and development.

My interest in understanding people’s behaviour drew me to study psychology. While teaching, a friend introduced me to coaching, and after experiencing its benefits firsthand, I decided to pursue it professionally.

I found the practical elements of the diploma and advanced training most beneficial. The live classes and immediate application of coaching with others provided valuable learning experiences. The supportive environment created by facilitators allowed me to gain confidence in my coaching abilities.

I started by enrolling in training with Become, appreciating the integrative approach of the diploma. Balancing my coaching work with my role as a deputy head teacher, I offered coaching internally within my organization and to other school staff.

Additionally, I established a business focusing on coaching busy professional women, offering one-on-one sessions and hosting coaching retreats. 

I also mentor leaders and school staff members to incorporate coaching principles into their leadership styles. 

Outside of coaching I love to be in nature and stay active. You’ll find me hiking in the hills with friends or out in a forest with my kids getting muddy. 
 
I also love researching and trying out all things self development related. I love to read neuroscience backed strategies around feeling good and getting the most out of life. This helps me enjoy my life and also helps me to signpost interested clients to a toolbox of resources that they can dip into too. 
 
Feel free to connect with me on Instagram or LinkedIN

Certainly! I’m Samia Elyakhlifi, a mother of two lovely daughters aged 13 and 8. For nearly 18 years, I’ve dedicated myself to the pharmaceutical industry, primarily in research and development. However, the urge to explore beyond the confines of pharma has been brewing within me, especially after recognizing recurring challenges that transcend industries. This realization fueled my desire to spread my wings and delve into new territories, both professionally and personally.

In 2022, I have equipped myself with the ICF coaching diploma and took the leap to found my own training & coaching company with a mission to help many more organisations & their people to thrive. I am a life-long learner, now into 2023, I am continuing to educate myself, to become an organisational Psychologist.

My passion for coaching began several years ago, although I didn’t fully recognize it at the time. Colleagues often remarked on my people-oriented leadership style, and I found myself naturally drawn to leadership programs and courses centered around human behavior and culture. It wasn’t until later, after leading teams and assuming roles like Chief of Staff, that I truly embraced coaching.

Through these experiences, I discovered the power of guiding individuals through introspection and self-discovery, which eventually led me to pursue formal coaching certification.

The ICF Certification provided invaluable insights into the essence of coaching, particularly in terms of active listening and client-centered approaches.

It challenged my preconceived notions of coaching, shifting my focus from advising and cheerleading to empowering clients to uncover their own solutions. Embracing the coaching mindset has transformed my approach, allowing me to facilitate profound growth and development in those I work with.

My journey in developing my coaching practice has been an evolution, guided by my experiences and ongoing learning. I began by identifying my niche—working with individuals who feel incongruent or misunderstood in their environments, whether personal or professional. This focus emerged organically from my own journey and resonated deeply with the type of support I wished I had received earlier in my life. Additionally, I’ve expanded my scope to include organizational coaching, aiming to foster inclusive and healthy work environments where individuals can thrive.

Outside of coaching, I prioritize activities that nurture my mind, body, and soul. I am an avid reader, constantly seeking new perspectives and insights from a diverse range of books. Music also holds a special place in my life.

Nature has become a newfound source of solace for me, as I find joy in simple pleasures like taking walks and marveling at the beauty of the natural world. These activities not only rejuvenate me but also inform my coaching practice, enriching my ability to connect with clients on a deeper level.

I specialize in life coaching with a focus on grief and life coaching. This combination feels like my sweet spot, where I can truly make a significant impact in people’s lives and help them navigate through challenging times.

My journey into coaching started unexpectedly back in February 2019 when I attended a motivational speaker event at my daughter’s school. Little did I know, it would spark my interest in coaching. Seeing the impact it had on my daughter and her struggles made me realize the power of coaching, and I knew I wanted to explore it further as a career.

Following recommendations from colleagues, I opted for the Level 1 coaching certification with Become. It provided me with a non-directive coaching approach that felt right for me. What I appreciated most was the freedom the Integrative Approach it offered, allowing me to develop my own coaching style rather than conforming to a specific modality.

Throughout the ICF certification program, I found the emphasis on non-directive coaching and client-focused approaches to be invaluable. The concept of awareness as action resonated deeply with me, and I appreciated the flexibility to explore various coaching styles until I found what truly aligned with my coaching philosophy.

To develop my business, I initially explored team coaching qualifications but soon realized the need for a more aligned and accredited certification. Following recommendations from colleagues, I pursued the Level 1 coaching certification, which provided me with the foundation and flexibility to shape my coaching style. I focused on creating a unique approach that resonated with me and allowed me to effectively support my clients. Additionally, I honed in on my niche of grief and loss coaching, seeking to create a safe and supportive environment for individuals to navigate through their struggles. My business development strategy revolves around continuous learning, refining my coaching skills, and building meaningful connections within the coaching community.

Outside of coaching, I’m focused on growing my business, particularly in the realm of grief and loss coaching. My goal is to create a safe and comfortable space for men to explore their emotions and navigate through their grief and loss cycles. It’s a passion of mine to help others find healing and growth in their lives.

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I’m a 38 year old Turkish ex-Londoner now permanent-living in Barcelona, after moving here in the 2020 pandemic to pursue more joy! I am also the founder of The C Coach.

I’m a passionate advocate of happiness and a resilient mindset to live forward with purpose and fulfilment…. and I’d describe myself as someone willing take risks, ambitious, driven, someone who follows their gut and heart and always for more joy, love, playfulness and self-kindness in life!

Whilst moving to Barcelona, I quit my job and turned my back on 15 years of corporate life, to finally just focus on myself and enjoy some time off in my sabbatical. I realised during this time that my personal purpose and path was greater than an organisational purpose. I had been conforming to societal and external expectations for a long time and although I loved my job, I knew that at the heart of who I am is to support people. Coaching felt like a natural transitional step in both my career and my personal life.

I see the ICF Coach Certification as the equivalent of a driving licence when you want to get yourself onto the roads. There’s a responsibility to others and in essence a great privilege to hold a coaching space, like driving a car in the open road.

The ICF Coach Certification helped me to build the foundation and understanding of ethical practices as well as the structure of coaching sessions in themselves. I went into the training thinking about how I could share my experience with others and came out focused on being client-centric – that’s what differentiates coaching.

I try to practice as much as possible a growth mindset, so I’m always learning and expanding my knowledge with different ways to support clients. I know that my business starts with me – so by developing my coaching skillset, my knowledge, my coaching skin, and passion in this industry – then everything else will follow. I have taken a few years to really dig deep into the kind of coach I want to be, why people choose me as their coach, and what type of coaching services I would like to offer. Clarity of who you are and what your brand represents – is key.

I am a lively person with a playful, energetic, creative approach to life! My motto is focused on joy and self-care. If I don’t feel good from within, it flows into all aspects of my life. I am a lover of Reformer Pilates and swimming, as well as baking and cooking. You’ll find me colouring in mandalas every Saturday morning watching all the cooking programmes and painting by numbers on a Sunday! Living in Barcelona, I love to get out to the sea in the summer and really enjoy being out in nature hiking or just walking in the sunshine.

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I work as an authentic and energetic ICF Executive Coach following the Diploma in Integrative Coaching with Become. I specialise in providing the optimum environment, tools and support to nurture individuals and teams to get to where they want to be.

After completing the Diploma I created Destinations Coaching. Through this I deliver high-quality, customised workshops and coaching programmes, and every programme is developed and conducted by me. Prior to starting Destinations Coaching I had over 20 years experience in people management, coaching leaders, inspiring teams with a vision and driving departments through change whilst bringing up two amazing children. I am passionate about helping people to be the best they can be whilst remaining true to themselves.

My passion for coaching started well before my business. As an ICF trained coach I adhere to their values and ethics which place paramount emphasis on ethical behaviour and confidentiality.

When I’m not coaching you might find me walking in the Lake District, or enjoying a BBQ in the garden with friends and family.

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Hi, I’m Harry, founder of HDH Wellness. I’m a fully qualified Physical Education teacher and Personal and Wellness Coach originally from London. For the past seven years, I have been living in Dubai, where I have gained extensive international teaching and coaching experience. With over 10 years of working with students and athletes from diverse backgrounds, ranging in age from 3 to 18, I have established a strong foundation in promoting holistic development and fostering student and athlete health and well-being.

I have always held a deep fascination for psychology and a strong desire to empower others to reach their fullest potential. As I explored various avenues for personal growth and the opportunity to assist others, coaching aligns well with my current circumstances of working abroad and teaching. Its flexibility and focus on personal development resonated with me, presenting an ideal path for me to pursue while continuing my professional endeavours overseas.

Through extensive research into various coaching industries and their target audiences, I identified an opportunity to establish a coaching company tailored specifically for young individuals and athletes. My aim is to provide specialised guidance and support to empower young people and athletes in unlocking their full potential and achieving their goals.

I found the study of theory and various frameworks helpful, but being given the opportunity to apply this knowledge in real-life sessions was extremely helpful. Through practice, I not only gained confidence in my ability to utilise the frameworks and skills but also experienced personal growth with each passing week. The feedback and guidance provided by my mentors were invaluable, as they were adept at delivering constructive insights that facilitated significant progress.

I am also a full time PE teacher. When I am not teaching or coaching you can find me on a golf course or doing something active!