Testimonials

I am so filled with gratitude that I am able to work with such interesting, complex, kind, intelligent and varied people. Here is what some of them have had to say about working with me:

 

 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 becomekatka2016more 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

  After coaching with Marieke in her Coaching for Clarity Program, I have much more clarity around what I want to do and what my barriers are. In realizing I feel things first (often physically), I am now able to focus on what is driving those feelings and reactions, which is a big change from the reactive state I would often reside in. Marieke is kind and gentle but firm. She had a gentle way of guiding me through reflecting on some tough questions, yet I never felt forced as she didn’t let me off the hook too easily which is important when delving into aspects of myself that I had avoided or did not even know were driving forces in how I lived my life. I never would have been able to do that on mykaren_bwown without her supportI also deeply appreciated the ‘outsiders’ view in that Marieke had nothing to gain or lose by giving her opinion. Strangely, it helped that there was distance between us, rather than sitting face to face. Lastly, I liked having a regular appointment that scheduled time for me to work on the overarching ‘stuff’ in my life. And the email follow-ups are really helpful too! I will refer to them in the future as a reminder of the ground we covered and use them as a personal guidepost. I may even turn them into the beginning of a journal. It was a really great experience and I would recommend Marieke to anyone! Karen Oikonen, MDes., Design Researcher, Service Designer, Educator, Toronto
♥ Marieke’s life coaching sessions with me were grounding, inspiring, thought provoking, challenging and supportive in all of the best possible ways.Spain 2015 190-2 I’m a social worker and therapist by training. I came to Marieke at a cross roads in my life – nearing 42 I wanted more of my personal priorities to be part of my every day and wanted my job to be more of an organic part of my life and not an overwhelming part of it; I also wanted to be reunited with my passions. The work I started in life coaching gave me the jump-start I needed to discover more balance, gain hope, and be connected with what’s really important to me. Candice Peggs, Social Worker, http://www.candicepeggs.com, Washington, D.C.
 
Your Coaching for Clarity Program is excellent and I would recommend it to anyone who is ready to see her life in a new light! I gained so much from our meetings. Our coaching together was the beginning of a new chapter of deliberate self-care in my life. I was able to move beyond some painful ruminations and see some of the boldest moments of my life in a positive, truthful light. This truth felt like the gentle light before sunrise over the ocean; not the harsh light of an interrogation spotlight, but rather a light that allows you to focus, feel calm and experience self-acceptance on a deep and loving level. Thanks to our coaching, I experienced a huge shift in how I view my divorce andIMG-20140701-00654-2now feel freer from the time consuming, energy consuming negative feelings I was having. Overall, I’m putting less pressure on myself, and accepting what I can accomplish. I’m able to relax more too. The summaries you wrote up were very valuable as well. The meetings were a lot of emotional work and I did not always remember each important topic we covered. You did a great job summarizing and made observations that allowed for continued growth, so thank you! At first I hesitated about working over the phone but it turns out we got so much accomplished. And it made meeting so much easier. All I have to say to anyone considering working with you is: “Get ready for some feel-good truth about you!” Tamara Schmidt, Clinical Herbal Therapist and Health Coach, Montréal  atelier-fleurbain 

  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

 

 I am so glad that I have had you to talk to and run ideas past, Marieke. Above all you have been a great listener and encouraged me to be gentle with myself which I realise was my primary need … you hTamsin-1ave honed in on the crux of the matter and been consistent with your follow-ups as well as with your insights.You have the ability to guide and support without applying pressure and without judgment. Also I would say that you have a real propensity to talk on a level with someone that feels honest, genuine, open, and meaningful in a friendly way. I have always felt completely safe in my conversations with you. Your approach also is defined by an intuitive and skillful way in arriving at practical ways which to clarify and implement self-support, this in turn has guided me to prioritize with a clearer view. I would recommend you to anybody looking for an intuitive, compassionate and empathetic coach. Tamsin Hayes, Massage Therapist, Seattle, WA

 

 Working with Marieke has given me greater perspective. She has a way of getting me to slow down and take a more careful look at the challenges I am facing, helping me articulate them so they become less overwhelming. She makes practical suggestions for analyzing a situation or planning step-by-step, and proposes ways of shifting one’s attitude. Her approach is always positive, non-judgmental, and places emphasis on a bodily-felt awareness. I am so grateful to be working with such an empathetic, attuned person!  V.S., Artist, Montréal

 

 Six months ago I experienced a life-changing event affecting my relationship with my partner.  The worldMartineI knew was totally turned upside down and as a result my life was filled with sadness, anger and bitter disappointment. Marieke’s approach helped me tremendously to deal with the situation: Her ability to bring well-thought suggestions and useful tips to my often drastic decisions guided me to better approaches to the problem. She gave me “homework” to better reflect on the problem and my feelings towards it.  I felt that Marieke was genuinely concerned about my well-being and my being happy again.  She diligently worked with me to lead me to a brighter spot in my life. Thank you! Martine Dolmiere, Educational Services, Montréal

 

♥ I was not convinced of the need of a coach for personal reasons when I started with Marieke, however, I felt that it would be of use in my career development. As we began working together, I quickly realized the size and scope of how she could help and the ease in which the help could have an impact, even in myHeadshotpersonal life. After my very first phone session, I felt a weight had eased, and shifted and did not feel so pervasive in all my thoughts, work, family interactions and health/happiness. Marieke’s approach is primarily to listen and probe but also to provide actionable tasks that can break down the “pain points”. She is relaxed, so easy to talk to and extremely knowledgeable about her practices. I have already recommended her to a few close friends and will continue to do so. Michael Griffiths, Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP., New York  https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-griffiths-79b7a5

 

♥ My personal and professional life were spiraling out of control and I was so unhappy and not the person I wanted to be. Marieke is not only a caring and compassionate person, but a great listener and I felt extremely comfortable talking with her about my feelings and emotions. With her training and experience, she asked the right questions to make me really think about what values are important to me.  She didn’t try to change me, but provided me with the tools so I was able to make the changes myself.  I recently experienced a conflict and was able to handle the confrontation immediately. In the past, I would have just ignored it and let it fester as I didn’t have the confidence to deal with this type of issue.  It was at this point that I truly realized and appreciated all the tools and support that Marieke has given me.  I feel confident that I will be successful if and when I have to deal with any future painful situations and conflicts.  I am indebted to Marieke for all of her support, compassion, and genuine caring.
M. G., Educational Services, Montréal
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