Perspective: Quick-And-Simple Support
This program consists of an exploratory conversation, an analysis, and a steps-forward conversation, and is also suited for “check-ins” for former clients to refresh their focus.
As a certified Integral Professional Coach™ I have the creativity, intuition, skills, and capacities to help you on your journey. I keep your unique needs, objectives, and aspirations in mind, and support you as you make the change you know you want. As a developmental coach, I help you start fresh, recommit, improve, transform, or simply get unstuck.
The word “turas” is from the Scots Gaelic and means journey, which describes what developmental coaching is all about. TurasLife, therefore, is the “journey of life.” I am called to help others find the path to their truest self, so this name feels remarkably fitting.
The Triskele or Triple Spiral is a complex ancient Celtic symbol that represents the motion of action, cycles, and progress.
You’re experiencing change and uncertainty, reassessing what’s important, or wondering what might be next. A new path calls you. Developmental coaching supports you in identifying what you want and taking the steps to achieve it.
Right away, you begin to:
• Work toward something positive in a proactive and consistent manner
• Use key insights to make transformative changes
• Practice useful new behaviours and actions
Developmental coaching is practical, personal, and empowering. A developmental coach helps you refine your goal and co-creates a plan of action.
Whether your topic is personal or professional, a new interest, or long-held dream, developmental coaching leads you on a path to build your capacity and take strides forward.
Your topic is likely to fall into one of four broad categories.
Coaching is positive and pro-active. It is not therapy, but can work well as a complementary activity to therapeutic counselling. We look forward in a way that is transformational, creative, and effective. The Integral Coaching™ method is a tested, rigorous system that helps you identify ways that your current thinking, actions, and beliefs might block progress. Integral Coaching™ helps you achieve brand new insights and build capabilities that allow for lasting change and a more integrated path forward.
I coach from the belief that we are creative beings with tremendous inborn capacity to bring about change.
I live, work, and play in Kingston, Canada (Katarokwi), on land that is the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, and Huron-Wendat Peoples.
I’m interested in creative exploration of the big questions: Why am I here? What is my purpose? How do I live my most authentic life? Though still a learner, over time my worldview has expanded; I am more aware of my position of white privilege, and mindful of the need to nurture and protect the environment and all living things, and to create safe and equitable space, particularly for women, Indigenous people, Black people and people of colour, and members of the LGBTQ2S community.
I practice mindfulness meditation and yoga, am fascinated by neuroplasticity, the remarkable ability of the brain to form new thought pathways in response to new ideas, experiences, and insights, and through continuing education, I am learning more about how people function and grow. As I continue my personal journey towards greater understanding and increased capacity as a human being, I hope to better serve my clients.
I am a creative: I love to write, to act, to make art and music. I am deeply connected in my local arts community, and spent 12 years administering a literary festival, including seven as artistic director. Family and friends are precious to me.
Read what some of my unique and valuable clients say about me, below.
If you’re curious about what it’s like to be coached, I have just added a “quick and simple” coaching experience (see the Perspective: Quick-And-Simple Support program, above.) This program is quick, inexpensive, and includes:
If you’d like to know more, please contact me:
Working with Barbara caused me to think about the concept of myself and the goals I aspire to with the creative parts of my brain where wonder and bravery live. Today, I have committed to pursuing my dream of working in the costuming/garment industry by accepting an offer into a full-time fashion design program. I probably would have agonized over the decision for a long time if it were not for the work I had done with Barbara. She is compassionate, perceptive, creative, authentic, and a great listener.
Barbara is an extraordinary life coach. She has a deep understanding of others, huge compassion, and remarkable wisdom. She is unfailingly supportive, professional, and understanding. I emerged happier, more relaxed, more focussed, and better able to say yes to the things I want to pursue, including work and friendships, and no to the things that aren’t as relevant. I view my experience with Barbara as one of the most profoundly positive, helpful, and transformative experiences of my life.
Coming into the process, I wasn't sure what to expect. After a session or two, however, with Barbara's support, I found my stride and ended up gaining much from the exercises and general self-reflection. As a coach, I found Barbara to be insightful, receptive, and an all-around pleasure to work with.
Barbara is incredibly kind and thoughtful. I felt the practices she gave me were tailored to my individual needs. Barbara provided a safe space and a set of tools that allowed me to deeply explore my topic in each practice and coaching conversation. I now have the opportunity to take these tools into the world, supported by all the new abilities that Barbara and I built through our collective exploration. Barbara is truly a great life coach, whom I would highly recommend.
As someone who is not naturally assertive, I found Barbara’s encouragement helped me to trust in my own capabilities and develop the confidence to take the lead and accept increasing levels of responsibility. Never directive, but always able to find the humour in things, and warmly professional, Barbara is someone whom I trust and respect. If you are ready to do the work, Barbara is exactly the kind of coach you want to support you along the way.