Frequenly Asked Questions
What fields do you specialise in?
My clients have ranged across tech (e.g., software developers, hardware coders, UX designers), the arts (visual artists, musicians, writers, actors), the corporate world (lawyers, start-up CEOs, real estate developers, executive coaches), academia (engineering, sociology, law) and the less immediately categorisable (death doula!).
I love coaching people in diverse fields, but the fascination is partially in the way that the core issues of hiding and chasing turn up in different guises but with the same underlying structure, whether we're talking about producing a song, programming a printer driver, building a business, or figuring out to what to do in early retirement.
Do you coach only women?
My individual coaching practice includes men and women and my clients have been divided pretty evenly. The intake for my group programme is for women only at the moment, primarily because I haven't figured out how to coach men successfully in a group yet! If you're a man who wants to work with me, please email me directly.
What are your coaching qualifications?
The most important one is: I'm can do it. Between 20 years of mentoring not to mention my own trajectory, I've created a complete framework for dismantling hiding and chasing at the root, and I've taken lots of people through it successfully.
Coaching with the rigorous, granular method I practice calls for a weird combination of intense empathy and abstract conceptualisation, and that is pretty much my wheelhouse, in terms of what I'm extra skilled at and what I find super compelling. When I'm doing this work, there is nothing in the world I'd rather be doing,. And that means I bring every bit of my intelligence, inventiveness and commitment to every bit of our process together, every time.
So in sum: the proof is in the pudding. If you'd like to see for yourself, you can sign up for free consult.
Jane showed me a way forward with my creativity —and almost immediately, I'm enjoying writing again
Novelist and UX designer
Why don't you put your prices on your website?
This is something I've thought about a lot. There are pluses and minuses on both sides. I came down on not doing it for a few reasons. Any price I put on my website (whether it's well within someone's price range or not) gives people's brains a great reason not to take any further steps. Brains don't like change, even when (sometimes especially when) the status quo is fucking terrible. So having a number gives people's brains a very easy, seemingly iron-clad reason to seek no further: See, I told you it's not worth it.
Plus, many people who come to my website have never even considered coaching as something that could be relevant to them. If talking to me for 20 minutes gives them a sense of what a good coach can do for them, even if that coach turns out not to be me due to price, I think that's time well spent on both sides. If people have made it as far as considering hiring me, I want them to get a feeling for what it's like to have someone skilled on their side helping them deal with this shit before they make any decisions. If someone can't afford to work with me, I will always recommend someone else whose coaching I rate if at all possible. It's much easier for me to do this well if I've spoken to the person.
What happens on a consult? Will it be weird and sales-y?
It will NOT be weird and sales-y! It's basically just a 20 minute chat where we both to ask questions and get a feel for what it would be like to work together. I'll start out by asking you some questions so that I have a sense of where you're at, which means that when we turn to your questions I'll be able to be much more concrete and specific with my answers.
If it feels like a good fit personality-wise (if we communicate easily, get each other's jokes, the usual stuff), then the other key question is really whether we both think my coaching can get you where you want to go. If you've resonated enough with my stuff to consider booking a consult, the answer is usually yes, but talking in person (in zoom person) is how we nail it down for sure.