About me and my theoretical background
A French-born, English-speaking Accredited Professional Executive Coach, based in Paris, I help leaders and their teams to achieve successful changes using a systemic approach inspired by the Palo Alto School.
As a counsellor, I also help private individuals and families to solve relational problems using the same approach, also known as « brief therapy » or « family therapy ».
The systemic approach to coaching and counselling has five main characteristics which make it particularly powerful.
It understands behaviours in a relational way.
Individual behaviours are a way to adapt to an ongoing context. This interactional view, according to which relationships prevail over individuals, empowers those who want to change a situation they don’t always feel accountable for. I work with those who most want the situation to change.
It focuses on attempted solutions.
In most cases, when someone seeks help, solutions have already been tried, or the situation is stuck. The problem often lies in what has been attempted… and doesn’t work. Let’s find together an alternative pathway to reach your goal.
It is present and solution-focused.
The systemic coaching and counselling doesn’t delve into your past to find a “why”. It focuses on “how” things work here and now, and helps you find alternative ways to reach your goal if necessary.
It works with gradual experiments and checks its efficacy through the feedback provided by the environment.
At the end of each session, we agree on an experiment you are going to make until the next session. If the outcome leads you closer to your goal, you can make it a permanent resource; if not, we try something different. Used as a compass, feedback is an indispensable change tool.
It is brief.
At the beginning of a coaching or counselling program, we agree on your goal and the measurable outcomes you want to achieve. After a few sessions, you are likely to see or feel the needle starting to move. It is then time to plan together how to reach your final goal. If first signs of change cannot yet be observed, we agree on specific change indicators and a trial period.
This approach has proved successful for all relational problem-solving, at work or at home. As a matter of fact, I firmly believe that the traditional work / life boundaries are no longer relevant: most of our lives encompass both environments.
My principles help you SEE the world through a different frame.
The helping relationship entails moments of trust and doubt, breakthroughs and obstacles, pleasant and unpleasant emotions. These moments provide as many opportunities to review the opportunities and risks of change. Sharing my feelings and questions helps me walk alongside my clients throughout their learning journey
I listen to learn, not to reply. I am entirely present for my clients, making sure I have turned off all sources of distraction. I adapt my coaching or counselling style to their specific expectations and their own personal style, I adjust the pace of the sessions according to my clients’. Always curious about them, I don’t make plans for my clients: I serve their purpose, including clarifying it in the first place.
I don’t give advice, I create the conditions for my clients to identify solutions to reach their goals and potential blocks to overcome in their specific context. To that end, I suggest experiments that help my clients reframe their views in an way that makes a positive outcome reachable.
I am an AoEC Accredited Professional Executive Coach, and I do 50% of my business in English.
I usually offer a first meeting to the people I work with. This moment allows us to get acquainted and to start building a working relationship dedicated to your purpose.