♥ I invested in coaching with you because I hoped to get some perspective on what is holding me back, why I felt so stuck. I didn’t really know what to expect as I hadn’t been to a life coach before, but I did get clearer about what holds me back. And it was great to have someone outside myself help me analyse this, and about what the next steps are to move toward more peace and contentment. I didn’t really identify a concrete ‘goal’ – as in what I want to be or train in next, but more identified an internal goal – to feel better about myself, and take care of myself, and that this would provide the stable base that would allow me to better explore what I want to be or create professionally. So I guess I came into it expecting to focus more on my professional goals, but the work turned out to be deeper than that – and I think that is a lot more useful for now. I liked that you are a mother dealing with a lot of the issues many of us are at this stage of our lives, and that you shared about that. Sometimes as Mums we are very busy and don’t get to talk about this deeper stuff with many people. Also, you have a very warm and professional but not too professional approach. Professional for the pay set up, the appointment setting etc was great, but your casual and warm approach was a perfect balance. Even though it’s a BIG investment, it was worth it. I got a lot out of our coaching. One thing that was very valuable was getting your email round-ups of the sessions – this is so good. I would definitely recommend you to other women looking to create some inner psychological space and freedom. Sarah, Montréal
♥ Coaching for Clarity program: When old, destructive thought patterns creep up and try to pull me down or prevent me from taking a step forward, I now have strategies to thwart them. In identifying and acknowledging critical thoughts, and in probing and addressing the source of the negativity or questioning the truth of the thought, I am able to unburden myself of demoralizing self-talk and see situations in a more balanced light. I felt that you respected my pace of uncovering and discovering my truths. I never felt pushed in opening up, only encouraged. You would raise questions and issues when they were time-appropriate – I never felt out of my depth or pressured to advance if I weren’t ready.
I certainly would recommend you as a life coach (and have already). Your sincerity and perceptive insight are the perfect combination to help support others move forward in life. Your genuine and authentic drive to connect with and help others provides the right foundation in which to build trust, and your intuitive understanding and interpretation of a person’s circumstances draws out pertinent questions that lead to many meaningful ‘aha’ moments. As I have briefly mentioned before, I feel that mothers facing extraordinary hardships (mothers with special needs children, post-natal depression warriors) would benefit and appreciate your services. I feel that such mothers are in challenging situations where they could be feeling acutely lost, confused, fragile and overwhelmed, and in desperate need of someone to talk with who can help them identify meaning and purpose in their lives. And what’s more, I feel that you, Marieke, have the compassion to connect meaningfully with these mothers, and the integrity to provide them the level of support that they need. I guess what I am trying to say is that you are the ‘real deal’ and others will feel this and believe in you, which is why you would be successful in helping them. Jodie, Montréal
♥ Coaching for Clarity program: I would absolutely recommend Marieke to anyone who is looking to challenge what they think is their limiting truth. It’s crazy how ingrained these thoughts are and in being able to dismantle them piece by piece, the rest crumbles and a new more genuine truth takes its place. Not only were there many techniques that I learned through our coaching, but there is a new mind-body connection that I am definitely more aware of now. I am now able to take a step back and really connect with my heart to see if a decision is the ‘right’ one for me. This shift has enabled me to approach future challenges from less of a ‘victim’ perspective and am instead, looking at new opportunities from a more empowered place. Marieke has a special talent in listening and really hearing what people are saying. She then pushes through the static, always asking the right questions. I never felt any negative pressure or judgments at any time. Overall these sessions absolutely rocked! Every time I left her office, I felt so empowered, joyful, and focused. My day to day now finds me moving forward with a clearer perspective. I consider myself so very lucky to have had the chance to work together. Thank you Marieke! Jen Lepage, Montréal
♥Since working with Marieke in her Transformational Mentorship Program I have becomemore aware of “me” in my life’s equation. I now understand how vital it is to take care of myself to benefit everyone I love. I am learning to trust my feelings and not be scared of them. Now that I have a clearer picture of my unique, very emotional personality I can celebrate it! Alone it would have taken me years to weed through and face thoughts and feelings I held on to. She guided me to realizations that I would have NEVER figured out on my own. I now see that asking for help is so empowering! Marieke has an amazing talent of listening and guiding. I was always extremely pleased and impressed by her ability to help uncover new thoughts and feelings as I gained more awareness. After every session I was reminded over and over how it feels SO good to get outside help to move through bad and confused feelings as opposed to avoiding them. I would recommend Marieke without hesitation or doubt to any one that is stuck or lost. While you need to be open and honest, don’t be afraid, she is very gentle about helping you look into those dark, sad, scared places we all have. Katka Hubacek, Artist, Montréal, www.katkahubacek.co
♥ Marieke is an incredible listener. I found her at a time when I was at a cross roads in many aspects of my life. She is able to parse through all the stuff you are saying to find what the real obstacles are in your life. And then she gives you a set of tools that you can use to work through these obstacles to eventually break them down and live a more authentic life, but one that you were truly able to get to yourself, with her help. She has a warm, calm, gentle nature. After a session with her, you walk out feeling confident that everything will be alright. She is a fantastic coach and I cannot recommend her more.Vivian Doan, Photographer, Montréal, http://blog.viviandoan.com
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