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Coaching

Helping you make more of your time and talent

As a journalist, Christina has interviewed Nobel laureates, rock stars, artists, scientists and politicians. As a coach, she believes we all have the potential to hone our skills, develop new ones and do work we find fulfilling.

Coaching is a creative partnership. It’s a process that inspires people to make the professional and personal changes they want to make. It’s not therapy. It’s not mentoring. It’s not advice.

There’s plenty in life we can’t control, but there’s also plenty we can. Christina can help you understand more about what’s stopping you from getting the things you want and what you need to do to move closer to your goals.

As your coach, she will ask you powerful questions, act as a sounding board and challenge your blind spots. She’ll encourage you to think deeply and find fresh perspectives, but you’ll focus on the future, not the past. Coaching is about moving forward. We can all talk for ever about our problems, but meanwhile the clock is ticking, the world is burning and life can pass us by.

Her coaching style is a mix of empathy, warmth and gentle (sometimes sparky) challenge. One of her former bosses once took a bite of a tangerine and said: “mm, sweet with a tang, like Christina!” That’s about right. Do you want to change or do you not want to change? In the end, it’s up to you.

Christina is suspicious of those company websites that list their values. So many sound like a mix of Mother Theresa and Nelson Mandela. But here are some of the things that matter to her: beauty, truth, integrity, kindness, creativity, courage, fairness, contribution to society, curiosity, laughter, coffee, cake, art, books, wine and crisps.

If you want to make changes in your life, you need to know what matters to you. If you don’t, she’ll help you find out.

Christina has a certificate in professional coaching skills, is a member of the International Coaching Federation and upholds their code of ethics. You can read more about it here.

All coaching sessions are on Zoom. If you agree to work together, she’ll offer you a programme of six sessions, with the option of a further batch or ad hoc sessions at the end of it.

She works with bright, thoughtful, interesting people who want to make life better. If that’s you, then get in touch.

Find out more about Christina's coaching here.

People Say:

I worked with Christina on a number of issues, mainly around work. I found our sessions to be invaluable. At the end of every session, I was able to identify actions which I could then implement in my day-to-day life. I always felt that Christina really cared about what we'd been discussing. I'm really delighted with the progress I was able to make after only six sessions.

Abigail Dombey Sustainability Engineer and Board Chair

Christina is a kind and compassionate coach. She is a great listener and took the time to understand me. She then helped me identify and value the things that were unique and special about me, which really boosted my confidence. She also helped me remove mental blocks that were stopping me from moving forward in my project. She asked the right questions at the right time to help me come up with a structured plan while always leaving me in the driving seat. I would recommend her wholeheartedly to anyone who may feel stuck, and needs help clarifying their goals as well as the practical steps needed to achieve them.

Aurore Lacabe Mezzo soprano, singing teacher and language coach