Trust is important for every coaching, and you should feel confident that you want to work with me. You can thus find some information about me and my qualifications here. Should you wish any further details, I am happy to answer them.
My background is in science and I hold degrees in social and legal sciences, including a PhD from the University of Lausanne. As a researcher I have worked on communication and discourses, (self-)regulation and accountability, and competencies of and within organizations.
My work as a scientist also includes teaching, and I have served as an instructor at several Swiss universities (University of Zurich, University of Lausanne, Federal Institute of Technology Zurich). Teaching is more than holding a lecture. To me it means supporting and encouraging students to make their own discoveries, especially when dealing with challenging topics.
Working with students and young researchers also got me interested in coaching in the first place. I realized that even the tiniest support can have such a big impact on another person and his or her motivation and success.
Intrigued, I learned more and more about coaching and finally looked for formal training based on solid scientific insights and theories. I was trained in coaching and coaching-related topics (such as stress management) by Dr. Sebastian Schmitter, Dr. Klaus Konrad, Dana Krisch and Yvonne Aulmann, and I continue to attend seminars and workshops regularly.
I started to do coaching in 2018 and got my certificate in 2020. As of 2021, I’m offering my services to the public. In the beginning, I was mostly coaching (young) academics. Nowadays I work with people from all walks of life, such as engineers, managers, designers, lawyers, sales experts, teachers, public administrators, all sorts of specialists, but also job seekers. Meeting all these different people is actually one of the privileges of the coaching business.
My coaching is based, on the one hand, on person-centered approaches. Central to these approaches is the belief in human potential and our desire and capability for self-development and self-realization. A metaphor that is often used to describe person-centered approaches is that of the acorn, which can grow into a mighty oak tree if properly nurtured and cared for. My job as a coach is to provide nurture and care for your growth.
On the other hand, I have also adopted many techniques and methods from solution-focused approaches. The goal of those approaches is to identify and activate our resources, which enables and empowers us to develop and reach our goals. My task is to help you to find and formulate your solution, and pave the path to reach it.
These different approaches are not only connected, but amplify each other. The efficiency of solution-focused approaches is backed-up and driven by the commitment and dedication of person-centered approaches. A very powerful combination indeed.
Apart from that, there are many other intriguing traditions and schools of thought in coaching. In the future, I want to explore narrative approaches in greater detail. So much of our (self-)assessment depends on the stories and myths we tell. Narration thus has a great potential to be used in and for our development.
My quality control
The quality of my work is important. To ensure it, I rely on training, supervision, membership in a professional organization, and direct feedback from coachees. You can contact me if you have any questions, doubts, or comments.
I have received and still receive formal training in coaching. Being mentored and taught by credible and experienced coaches has helped me to develop my own coaching skills. Mentors and teachers also offer their own unique insights and perspectives, meaning there is always more to learn. This is why I think a coach can never truly finish his or her training.
The coaching community has developed several tools to ensure the quality of its services, one of them is supervision. During supervision, a coach will present a case to other coaches, who in turn will then offer criticism, feedback, and suggestions. This is a great opportunity to learn and acquire new skills, and I participate at supervisions several times a year. Note that I will treat my coachees and their cases confidential at all times, even during supervision. I will never disclose details and thus protect the identity of my coachees and the nature of their concerns.
I am also a member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council, an international coaching association. Membership allows me to stay informed on the current developments of the coaching business, and to exchange with my fellow coaches. The Council promotes networking and scientific research. Furthermore, it has developed and published a voluntary code of conduct, which you can find here. I am fully convinced by the merits of this code and committed to it.
Lastly, I listen closely to my coachees’ feedback. It helps to understand how we made progress and what interventions were the most helpful.