Jen Burkholder,  Communications Consultant , Toronto

Jen Burkholder, Communications Consultant, Toronto

 

When I first started coaching, I was incredibly unhappy in my day-to-day life and desperately needed a change. I wanted to feel motivated, challenged, and valued in my work. I also needed to balance work with self-care. Since then, I have learned a lot and made many positive changes, including leaving my job, launching my own business, and working on other fun projects. I gained more faith in my skills and abilities, and my actions reflect this. Nicola helped me realize that I did have the courage to cultivate change. Saying that Nicola is a pleasure to work with is an understatement!


Amy Cross, Program Manager,  The Schad Foundation,  Toronto

Amy Cross, Program Manager, The Schad Foundation, Toronto

 

I know a number of Life Coaches. It is a profession currently seeing growth. Anyone can claim to be a Life Coach after taking a brief course. But not all are suited to guide, lead, and encourage others. Nicola is the only Life Coach I refer anyone to. Nic will be in your corner not only during your sessions, but will forever be your coach. She is a gifted, trained, and qualified professional. If you are reading these testimonials and are not sure... just book a session. Trust me.


Josina Vink, Associate Professor, Oslo, Norway

Josina Vink, Associate Professor, Oslo, Norway

Thank you, Nicola, for coaching me through the final stretch of my PhD. You helped me finish on time and with new skills for cultivating focus that will last a lifetime. Working with you taught me so much about myself and helped me get over walls that I have beating up against for over a decade.

I have become so much better at creating clear, purposeful boundaries to help me cultivate focus and creativity…and ultimately, to make space for some of the most important things in my life.

My favourite part of my coaching experience with Nicola was her incredible instincts. She knew exactly what I needed at each session and always seemed to intelligently match my evolving needs and emotions. She gently and wisely challenged me to follow through on my own visions.

I would absolutely recommend Nicola’s services without hesitation. Life can be so chaotic: having a coach like Nicola can help cultivate the intentionality needed to navigate major transitions amid the complexity.

Coaching is definitely worth the investment in both the short and long term. Working with Nicola is a dream. Her wise reflections will propel you in the direction of the places you wanted to go, but never quite seem to get there on your own.


Katina Watson, Registered Psychotherapist, Clinical Supervisor, and Consultant

Katina Watson, Registered Psychotherapist, Clinical Supervisor, and Consultant

I first began working with Nicola when I was feeling very ‘stuck’ at work, both in terms of being fully effective in my role and thus having the desired impact, and in being fully ‘myself’- bringing joy and calm to work each day.

I found from the beginning that I was in good hands and fully heard and understood. Nicola has a keen sense of themes and notices the core convictions and stances that block one’s inner wisdom. Her blend of being clear and thorough, skilled at going deeper easily while following my specific path, and challenging my thoughts with humour and compassion as needed, helped me to find clarity and direction quickly.

Working with Nicola has led to radical shifts in my thinking and the kind of work I am now doing. It has been a critical investment in myself and my ability to be aware of and connect with who I am and what I most value in work and life.


Coaching has left me with a wealth of supports to come back to...
— Kim M, Social Justice Sector, Toronto

 

When I started meeting with you, I felt lost and frustrated with myself. Working with you has helped me to see my life and the world through different eyes, and opened up my heart and mind to new and wider ways of feeling and thinking. Coaching has left me with a wealth of supports to come back and re-visit. Nicola, I think you are doing what you are called to do. Thank you.


Cheryl G, Small Business Owner,  Southwest-Northeast , Toronto

Cheryl G, Small Business Owner, Southwest-Northeast, Toronto

 

The first time I met Nicola, within seconds I felt at ease. She not only hears you, she reads all your cues to better understand and relate. Nothing feels better than sitting down with someone whose strengths are empathy, resourcefulness and genuine enthusiasm. After a session I feel so attuned to my instincts and potential- it's a powerful and lasting response. I feel incredibly privileged to be designing the life that I want with a coach fully invested in my journey. I can't imagine working with anybody else.


Kym Maclaren, Associate Professor, Toronto

Kym Maclaren, Associate Professor, Toronto

 

 

Through coaching, I managed to find the time to set straight some financial matters (which had been languishing for about five years) and completed some home projects that provide more order and beauty to our lives. I have really increased my ability to be calmly, joyfully, compassionately present to my family and friends. I feel more centred in 'real living' rather than feeling like the ghost of who I ought to be. With Nicola's support and presence, I gained a totally new and radically empowering sense of resolve about my life projects.


Victoria Mlynko,  Blossom Psychotherapy

Victoria Mlynko, Blossom Psychotherapy

Nicola, your gifts and abilities are unique. Take it from me: I have now worked with, trained, mentored, and been mentored by many coaches for many hours; the combination of your deep empathic listening, compassionate belief in the good of people, and incisive critical thinking skills is RARE and GAME CHANGING.


I definitely got what I came for.
— Elena W, MBA, Marketing Professional, Toronto

I started out feeling quite lost, scared, overwhelmed, stuck, and incapable of making a change or improving my situation. Now things have improved all around and I'm on my way towards achieving my life goals. I feel quite positive, I made a lot of progress, and my husband also notices the changes. I definitely got what I came for: to gain greater peace of mind, to handle my career path and the demands of graduate studies, to find a way to tell my story, to get out of a negative pattern, and to connect well with people. I got all of that. I also got a new outlook on my life, perspective on my story, a way to break my negative thought patterns, some new daily routines I enjoy, and more confidence (especially when talking to others and speaking about myself). I have had a really great experience working with Nicola and I would recommend her to anyone. She has a true gift for helping people.


Diogo Campos, Account Executive, Inside-Sales, FedEx, Montreal

Diogo Campos, Account Executive, Inside-Sales, FedEx, Montreal

 

 

At the beginning, I was lost and didn't have a plan to get out of the maze. Now I feel that I know where I'm going and that I have the tools to help me get there. Coaching gave me support, guidance, understanding, and useful resources. I've taken a few very important steps toward career change, financial balance and wellness, and health.

You helped me understand that the emergencies, losses, and difficulties that life brings will affect our plans and progress, but that I can always learn with these curve balls. Your flexibility, honesty, organization, and professionalism made our experience together very valuable.


Charm Torres,  Professional Astrologer , Toronto

Charm Torres, Professional Astrologer, Toronto

 

 

My decision to pursue life coaching was one of the most worthwhile and wise decisions I have made to care for myself. Nicola has excellent capacity and skilfulness and held me wherever I needed to be during the coaching process. She brought awareness without judgment, compassion where fitting, and guided my own wisdom to help me transform my pain and turn my inspirations into actual realities. Nicola is a gift and I highly recommend her to anyone who is ready to move forward and live an authentic life full of creativity, compassion, possibilities, and love.


I highly recommend Nicola’s adept life coaching.
— Alison, Communications Leader, Toronto

Nicola was able to help me untangle the cobwebs and confusion I was experiencing to get in touch with my priorities and goals in life to help me make better choices. I was able to move into work that was more motivating and aligned with my values, which has made me more fulfilled. I never felt that Nicola was pushing me in a direction, but rather guiding and helping me to find my own answers about what the notion of success meant to me. I highly recommend Nicola's adept life coaching.


Natalee Burns, Project Coordinator, Real Estate Development,  Babcock Ranch , Florida

Natalee Burns, Project Coordinator, Real Estate Development, Babcock Ranch, Florida

 

When I started, I felt very 'stuck' and overwhelmed with finding a career. I was very fearful about the future, and in making decisions that would affect my future. I had trouble prioritizing my daily and long-term goals. Now I'm no longer so overwhelmed and my self-doubt has eased up. I have greater peace of mind and a more optimistic view about the future and my career, and I have exercises to help me complete my goals more efficiently and with less procrastination. I make decisions more easily and more effectively. After each session, I felt more energetic, positive, and motivated about my current work and a future career.


Sylvia S, Freelance Writer / Yoga Teacher, London ON

Sylvia S, Freelance Writer / Yoga Teacher, London ON

 

 

 

Dear Nicola- your guidance and suggestions are bang on. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate your energy and support. I have really drawn strength from channeling you and your tools this past summer. It was as if you were on my shoulder, urging me to stand up and keep moving, however small the steps might be. I am so grateful. Thanks so much for being there.


If I had a bank account full of money....
— MM, Health Care Professional, Toronto

 

I so appreciate our time together, and if I had a bank account full of money, I would hire you for the rest of my life.


Cassandra Rizzotto, Co-founder,  Earth + City , Toronto

Cassandra Rizzotto, Co-founder, Earth + City, Toronto

Nicola is an absolute treasure. Over the past many years, I have had the honour of receiving Nicola's extraordinary gift of skilful and compassionate coaching. Her capacity to integrate deep listening and reflection with the co-creation of emerging insights and wisdom is a rare ability. In our sessions together, I experience profound inner shifts and gain practical tools, leaving me stronger and more capable to navigate life's transitions and challenges. What strikes me most about my experience of Nicola is that she exudes a quality of innate coaching that is fluid and instinctual; her orientation towards true empathy, authentic connection, and clarity of thought, feeling, and speech is her natural brilliance. Receiving this genuine orientation in our coaching sessions continues to transform and inspire the flourishing of my life.


Sasha Padron, Founder of  Centre for Growing Families , Trenton Hills & Toronto

Sasha Padron, Founder of Centre for Growing Families, Trenton Hills & Toronto

When I hired Nicola, I was full of vision (surrounded by a million sketches and notes) and completely lacking in structure and a pathway to bring my ideas into form. She was able to meet me exactly where I was and be the bridge from my vision to the form and structure I needed to create the training program I was working on. She has the incredible gift of helping you articulate your vision and goals, of tapping into your unique way of creating and then guiding you on a clear pathway towards what it is you are aiming to create.

Our sessions felt deep, rich, fun, and always succeeded in helping me feel heard, seen, excited about my work, clear about what I needed, clear about what my next step was, motivated, inspired and fully anchored in getting what I wanted to get done, done! Nicola was also masterful at helping me clearly see what was going well, what my creative strengths were, how to harness those strengths and weave them into my creative process. This is a gift that I know I would not have discovered on my own and which completely transformed and accelerated the unfolding of my project. So grateful to you, Nicola! You are fantastic at what you do. The energy and enthusiasm you brought to our sessions was intoxicating and uplifting. I will never hesitate to reach out to you for support and coaching on future projects. Thank you!


I am very grateful for doing this work.
— Daisy T, Toronto

When I started coaching, I was just preparing to leave work that was no longer a good fit for me. Through this process, I have clarified my ideal work environment and conditions and begun to set effective goals that are moving me forward on my career path. I have also learned a lot about my strengths, interests, and I am ready to pursue a career path where I feel I am swimming with the current, instead of constantly trying to swim upstream, often feeling unsatisfied. If I had to think of one mantra that reflects how I hoped coaching would help me, it would be 'positive momentum.' I am very grateful for doing this work, because it definitely got me into that energy, mindset, and productive flow. 


Anna Milner, Public Affairs and Communications Professional, Toronto

Anna Milner, Public Affairs and Communications Professional, Toronto

 

 

When I sought out coaching, I was frustrated, tired, stuck and experiencing low energy and motivation. Now I have more energy, I keep a healthier routine that incorporates exercise, I experience less frustration, and I am more motivated and forward thinking. I shifted from a negative and pressured outlook to one that is more positive and energized.