My curiosity about how we express and use emotions when working with others lead me to become certified to administer a psychological assessment called the Emotional Quotient Inventory, the EQi. It is a self reporting tool that represents a snapshot of an individual’s social and emotional well being. Click here for the benefits of understanding and improving emotional intelligence.
My studies at Ryerson University (psychology certificate – 8 degree applicable courses) have provided me with a broader perspective on human behaviour, particularly related to stress management, motivation, resilience and physical environment. Most applicable to coaching was my course in positive psychology – a relatively new area of scientific study. This examines wellness and life satisfaction, rather than the traditional focus of psychological problems.
Mindfulness & Mindfulness Mediation
I very much enjoyed taking University of Toronto’s Foundations of Applied Mindfulness Meditation certificate program. These five courses explore philosophies and history of mindfulness, contemporary applications, neuroscience and experiential embodiment.
Mental Health First Aid
I have also completed a Mental Health First Aid course. Described by the Mental Health Commission of Canada, MHFA is help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. As a coach, I am not permitted to provide any counselling or therapy, yet I can assist a client with determining if they require this kind of help. Being aware of mental health issues provides a guideline for me to assess if a client may need other or additional help beyond coaching services.
Professional Organizers of Canada is the national association for organizers of physical space. POC provides training on a variety of topics ranging from home decluttering to office time management assistance. After completing 12 courses, members write an exam and become a Trained Professional Organizer. For five years I was a member of the Toronto chapter, I worked with other organizers in physical spaces, as well as I offered my own in-home and office sessions, with the goal of learning about various challenges and habits. Today in my coaching practice, I still employ strategies for prioritizing projects, managing digital communication and storage, and how to effectively use time and schedule activities.
For five years I wrote about minimalism in the blog Minimalist Self. As my coaching practice grew, I turned to combining minimalism and wellbeing in the blog Peaceful Home, reflecting decades of personal experience, combined with all my professional learning. Occasionally clients seek me out specifically to guide them through a process of living through the lens of minimalism, to declutter mentally, emotionally and physically. This is consulting over quite a long period of time, utilizing all my skill-sets, working through various areas in life to clear out and establish new behaviour regarding objects, relationships, habits and more.