At the time, I was working in three part-time jobs as a clinical neuropsychologist.
I had landed sought-after positions in paediatrics, and I thought I was where I wanted to be. I had a good job and fancy title, a loving husband, a beautiful home, and living in a wonderful city in the greatest country in the world. However, I was experiencing a sense of unease in my work. Whilst I loved working with children and young people, and I was enjoying the intellectual challenges of my job, I wondered if there was more I could be doing to help others.
I was also uneasy in my personal life. My husband and I had been trying for several years to start a family. We’d been through the rigmarole of medical testing, and the problem was me. My body was not doing what it was supposed to. There was no medical explanation for what was happening. My blood work was perfect and scans were clear. I was fit, healthy, and active. I was told that medical intervention would be needed… and I was mentally preparing myself for that journey.
And then, one day in July 2013, as I was idly flicking through a book, the words “life coach” jumped out at me. I’d read those words before, but this time they stuck in my mind. I contacted a few schools in my area, and TCI was the clear stand-out. Within a day of signing up on the TCI website, I received a call from the wonderful Fiona Mangano. We had several conversations over the subsequent few weeks – conversations unlike any I’d had before. Her enthusiasm and spirit were infectious, even over the phone, and I found myself becoming increasingly excited about the prospect of coaching. I received the starter kit and I realised that coaching might be the way forward, not just professionally, but also in my personal life.