“In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true.” (Buddha-like saying)*
Many clients do indeed present with entrenched mental models and perspectives without even realising this! A revelation, or even been made aware of this current mindset, could create a shift in thinking and open a wide range of new possibilities. Certainly, this habitual thinking can be unlocked and, instead of thwarting their advancement, the changed thought process can allow clients to move towards becoming a better version of themselves.
“It’s a process. It’s a slow and care-full forward movement.
It’s a joint mastery, it’s a developing whole, it’s churned up and re-formed into fragrant smelling potential…. It’s something …. It’s someone to become…
It’s my work and I love it”. Ann Werner - August 2017 (www.annwerner.com Blog)
I am a registered industrial / organisational psychologist and registered Life Transitions, Business and Career coach, running my own practice in the southern suburbs of Cape Town.
I use a variety of modalities, such as coaching, counselling and consulting which provide the mechanisms to engage whole heartedly with clients wishing to shift something in their personal lives, their careers or their life at large. I also have great experience with a range of psychometric assessments, which I will only use when this empirical information can be combined with narrative research, face to face dialogue and history. This allows for a holistic summation, diagnosis of direction and thus more realistic goals setting and expectations.
I draw great satisfaction from working together with clients towards finding and creating clearer, more meaningful and sustainable approaches to life and work.
I co-create, facilitate, coach and counsel:
- school leavers needing degree / course clarity; and
- university graduates;
- those experiencing quarter-life and mid-life transitions;
- parents who are struggling with “empty nest syndrome”;
- business and corporate clients; and
- retirees attempting to come to terms with the end of their working lives.
Increasingly many young men and women experience life shifts and career dissatisfaction in their 20’s and 30’s. This often upsetting and confusing time is commonly known as the quarter life crisis, and it usually arises when life events seem to crowd in on work dissatisfactions, leaving a host of seemingly unanswerable challenges. As this transition often first manifests itself in the work place, I coach around possible changing career needs without losing sight of important personal shifts.
Corporate employees who feel stuck in their positions and who might be struggling with a strategic move, a change of scope within the organisation, difficult salary negotiations or simply how to climb that corporate ladder all need coaching. Likewise, so do parents, particularly mothers who feel that they have lost their role in life when their children leave home - the so-called “empty nest syndrome” University training, additional training and years of experience have equipped me to handle these difficult transitions.
My approach is individual, holistic and integrated, with a strong commitment to co-working towards reaching the desired shift.
I encourage clients to approach different perspectives with an open mind and to see their selves within a system, rather than parts that have perhaps become a little misaligned. Fresh insights allow for a deeper knowledge of themselves and their interactions with the world.
Practice Number: 086 000 030 9087
HPCSA Number: PS 0099953
COMENSA Number: 4709
*(The Buddha did use sky metaphors, but the second part, about creating distinctions in the mind and then believing in them, didn’t seem typical of the way the Buddha is recorded as speaking. The original source appears to be from a book called “The Teachings of Buddha,” which is a Gideon Bible-type publication by a non-profit organization called Bukkyo Dendo Kyonkai, which puts copies in every hotel room in Japan).