Impact

What kind of impact can I expect from working with Cheryl?

Here is what landed for Cheryl’s Coaching clients

I was experiencing some acute dissatisfaction and frustration in my professional life. I felt I had been given the opportunity to really access my talents, expand my abilities, and I knew that the work I was doing was important. I could see I was being limited by my own ideas and patterns of behavior and I wasn’t sure what to do about it. From the start, I felt like Cheryl recognized where I was at on my journey and had the capacity to jump into the boat and help me figure things out. I felt respected, listened to, guided and supported. The sessions were based on real-time situations I was dealing with and I got to practice/implement the ideas and behaviors we discussed right away. I am certain the personal progress I made in 2 months of working with Cheryl would have taken me years to figure out on my own. I have been able to identify that some of the strategies I’ve relied on to be successful up until now have become limiting. I have gained the confidence to negotiate for what I need and want to continue producing good work. I’m also starting to buy into the idea that being my most authentic self is what will make me, not prevent me from being, an excellent leader. Cheryl has helped me get clarity around what I want and reassured me that I can carve out my own path.
Andrea
Employment Partnership Lead
At each coaching session, Cheryl provided exercises to make me more aware of my actions and responses. Heightened awareness over the course of a week or two, helped me to see the impact of my thinking and my behavior on others and on my life. With this new awareness, I am now in a better position to choose my approach and get the results I am seeking. Cheryl takes great care to develop metaphors for current and future state. I reread this many times over the course of our time together. This helped to keep me clear on desired outcomes and see the progress we had made along the way. I explored coaching because I wondered if my life was way off track and if I was not being true to myself. One of the unintended consequences of life coaching was that I grew to appreciate how many of the career decisions I had made were in integrity. Rather than reinventing myself, I simply had to fine tune a few things. Life coaching helped me to trust my ability to make good decisions.
Senior leader
public/non-profit sectors
I did not really know what I wanted to gain from the coaching experience initially. I knew I wanted to live my best life, and evaluate my priorities and put in place strategies to help me keep on track with the goals I would identify as important. I believe the biggest gain was being provided with a platform, sounding board and process to reflect on what I needed. Cheryl pointed the flashlight in every corner of the room of self-reflection. I saw the big picture and then compartmentalized things so I could purge what I did not need and nurture and cherish the things I valued. I have lightened my load considerably and now have more focus and energy to continue my journey to be the best me I can be.
Myrna
Business Owner
Engaging in a coaching practice allowed me to make more confident decisions in both my personal and professional life. Coaching forced me to reflect and make choices based on what I value and what makes me happy, rather than just going through the motions and accepting all challenges, projects and requests made of me.
Elizabeth
President
Our work was vital to my healing, and being able to take the next step in my life. What I feel like has been a “stepping out” again – out of the cocoon and back into the world. I would like to be able to send an email saying I have it all figured out now, but then I know that I will never have it all figured out, and that’s delightfully okay! The practices you designed for me, the caring with which you listened to me and the openness of your spirit…all incredible.
Valerie
Yoga Teacher and Mom

Somatic Coaching clients

Fall mitigation has been my goal for the last 2 years. I haven’t made much progress with it. I do everything that people tell you to do, stay strong. But I still have issues with balance. We have addressed more in these few weeks in the class, than I have working the last couple of years with trainers and the walking process. You have to have balance when you’re moving. It is ok to work on balance when you are standing but that’s not when you fall. That was my goal.

I’ve learned what trips me up. I am learning to make that trip up less catastrophic. About half way through the series I fell while walking outside on some ice. Nothing I could do to keep from going down but I went down so softly. I had a really soft fall from something that could have been a much harder fall. I need to know when that happens, I will go down as lightly as possible.
Marlene
Learn to Fall Well Class
I fell a few times catastrophically after having chemo. Working on my journey to regain the muscle mass and a lot of strength I lost at that time. I had been inches away from disasters a couple of times now. And I take people with me which is worse.

What I was surprised with – the outcome was different than the goal. My goal was to be better balanced. I met my goal – but that became almost secondary. I needed to be more aware of how I was moving. I became more aware of the fact that I need to become more aware. As we age and have co-morbidities and run into trouble, joint pain, medications – it becomes even more important. This has become for me, some me-time, an hour just to focus on learning to slow down and move properly. I didn’t realize how important the me-time was until I started investing in myself. If you’re going to fall, fall well.
Dawn, BN, Participant
Learn to Fall Well Class
I am working through a medical diagnosis for a chronic condition. I feel uplifted and hopeful after working with Cheryl. She has this way of offering possible paths of relief while accepting my physical reality. Using a wine metaphor, I’d describe Cheryl as “hopeful with an aftertaste of pragmatism”. She respects my need to be in charge of my life and my abilities to handle the situation. Together we explore what might be possible. This is really helpful to me – it is easy to feel powerless, to believe my condition may only get worse. I may have what I have, but I feel like it doesn’t get to have me.
Sharon
Somatic Coaching Client
I had stopped going to aikido because of pain in my both wrist joints near my thumbs. The surgeon said my thumbs were partly out of socket which I assumed were a result of the pulling in practice; arthritis had formed causing pain. Because of my love for aikido, I investigated other ways of healing other than the possible surgery. A highly skilled physical therapist had worked extensively with my shoulders and arms which greatly helped. The work with Cheryl (as part of her trainee practice) then helped me learn to move in a more conscious way with my arms and other parts of my body. Both facilitated my return to aikido, and I have found the Feldenkreis work with Cheryl to have continued impact on my practice. It has allowed more awareness of movement, and I experience more flow and groundedness in practice. I am grateful for the work
Pamela
Somatic Coaching Client

Workshop Clients

Cheryl’s session provided us with a nuanced exploration of the ways in which group and individual differences are experienced and conceptualized. With illuminating theory, responsive demonstrations from her aikido training, and active group exercises, this session worked on many levels. I think it will make a real different to how we deliver inclusive service to our community.
Dan, Library Director/Director of Learning Enhancement Projects
Concordia University of Edmonton Library
At each coaching session, Cheryl provided exercises to make me more aware of my actions and responses. Heightened awareness over the course of a week or two, helped me to see the impact of my thinking and my behavior on others and on my life. With this new awareness, I am now in a better position to choose my approach and get the results I am seeking. Cheryl takes great care to develop metaphors for current and future state. I reread this many times over the course of our time together. This helped to keep me clear on desired outcomes and see the progress we had made along the way. I explored coaching because I wondered if my life was way off track and if I was not being true to myself. One of the unintended consequences of life coaching was that I grew to appreciate how many of the career decisions I had made were in integrity. Rather than reinventing myself, I simply had to fine tune a few things. Life coaching helped me to trust my ability to make good decisions.
Christina Misquitta, Union Representative
Alberta Union of Provincial Employees