I am a sound artist, songwriter, and professionally qualified coach. I like the term 'Slow Coach' because I make spaces to pause the pace and pressure of modern existence and focus on the important stuff beneath the distractions and noise.
There are many little things we can tweak in our environments, routines, and approaches that can make a world of difference to exploring our potentials (and to help others do the same).
Focus on songwriting with my library of prompts and One-to-One coaching. Whether you want to start, improve, or pivot a songwriting practice, I can help you take your next steps. Are you ready to Write The Song?
Join me at The Fireside for six months where we will weave together three universal strands of human creativity (spirit, sound, and voice) to help you successfully navigate the big change or project you are ready to face. The program includes complimentary Haven membership.
The Return to Serenity Island is a self-paced course designed to stimulate playful reflection, creative planning, and meaningful action. You will move with a rhythm that suits you as you come to view your life through the lens of dynamic maps, which emerge, grow, and expand WITH you.
“After a coaching call with Andy I feel listened to, understood and befriended. It’s rare for me to find someone I can spill my dreams to in all their muddled glory, and be met with such multi-leveled and helpful questions. I found insight, clarity and more curiosity coming to me as we spoke and long after. I appreciate his acceptance, encouragement and how he honours the experimentation inherent in our unfolding journeys. Andy is a relief, a kind soul, and a skilled coach.”
– Lindsay Celeste (Canada)
"When you can’t see the wood from the trees, it helps to have another person's perspective. Andy helped me make sense of things as we talked through my business and creative work. His kind and patient approach was exactly what I needed to get clear on what matters most to me so I can put it into practice. If you need someone to see things from your point of view, and who won’t lose focus, Andy’s your man. He was attentive, grasped the complexity of my situation, and posed wise questions that helped me find clarity."
- Mark (United Kingdom)
"In my session with Andy I experienced what it is like to have someone deeply listen to me, sit with me, and help me sort out my brain. It was such a gift. I came to the session feeling overwhelmed with the many thoughts and ideas that were swimming around my mind and Andy had this ability to reflect back to me what he was hearing and with poignant, gently delivered questions, guide me to a point of clarity I hadn’t experienced in a conversation for a long time. Andy clearly has a rich body of training and knowledge that he draws on."
- Sharon (Australia)
My Coaching Approach/Process
I am an accredited and fully insured coach, and a member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF). I qualified through The Coaching Academy in 2020 and have experience working with highly sensitive individuals from different backgrounds worldwide since 2014 when I launched The Haven, a private community space for HSPs to meet, learn, and grow together. You can view my credentials and commitment to the ICF Code of Ethics here.
Coaching is a partnership, so the effectiveness and quality of the relationship between the coachee and coach is vital. It is important for you as the coachee to have confidence that the partnership will help you accomplish your objectives. This is why I always focus on building safety, trust, empathy, mutual respect, and confidentiality. This is a fundamental foundation for a non-directive (I don't tell you what you "should" do), strengths-based (I help you recognise the power you already have at your disposal) approach to achieving the outcomes you care about.
Creating a spirit of rest and openness
I start sessions with space to slow down and reflect. Creative options and good decisions don't arise from urgency and pressure. I ensure a relaxed and open conversation so that you can develop self-understanding around motivations, values, strengths, weaknesses, and the things you might be gripping onto without realising.
I see every coachee as fundamentally resourceful. In other words, you have the strengths, creativity, and adaptability to identify what you need for the next step in serving your bigger objectives. As a coach, it is my role to help you become aware of and draw on that resourcefulness so you can identify and take simple steps with clarity and power.
I work with you to support your needs when it comes to challenging you and providing accountability as you move forwards. This is something we figure out and agree on together in light of your personal preferences and needs.
Flexible Structure For Deep Processing
I also work with you to design rhythms that allow space for different levels of processing to occur. For example, I offer a mixture of in-person calls, written prompts for reflection, and asynchronous video/audio exchanges. Everyone has different needs, so we decide together the best approach for you.
"Andy shows up with a remarkable calm, peaceful and authentic presence which powerfully projects through the screen and directly into your heart. He's facilitating a safe space where insights and fresh ideas may easily occur. Even for someone with trust issues like me, it was easy to feel safe and comfortable in his warm presence already from the beginning of the first conversation."
- Elin (Norway)
"Big thanks to Andy for an excellent ‘slow coaching’ session and all the great questions that got me thinking about my path and joy! Definitely recommended for sensitive souls."
– Amy (Australia)
"In my time with Andy, he helped me to realign my business with my values as an authentic expression of me. This process has given me the confidence to realize that the business I am building is actually possible, and that I can do it in ways that feel good to me!"
- Anna (United States)
"My call with Andy helped me sort out my priorities and realise which goals are most valuable for me in my music career. His insights were very helpful and I learned new ways to protect my creative energy throughout the process."
- Robin (Germany)
"Andy asks great questions and actively listens, organizing my ramblings into coherent thoughts and helping me find the courage for a career change along with a plan for how to get there. Meeting over the course of six sessions kept me accountable in taking manageable steps toward my goal. I’m grateful to have found someone who makes the hard work of self-discovery feel like a chat with a wise friend.
- Lex (United States)