I am a certified coach and mediator who works with individuals and groups.
British (born in Wales) I graduated in Human Sciences from Cambridge University and completed my PhD at Université Paris II where I conducted research on what it is to belong to different cultures, and how our identites develop. In trying to understand whether we could build supranational identities, I delved deeply into the subject of how we become who we are, how our different histories, genders, cultural, social, and linguistic identities all play a part in the people we become. Having lived and worked in France for twenty years, I experienced first hand how difficult it can be to become yourself in a culture different to the one in which you were raised. Teaching at Sciences Po gave me insight into the challenges young people face today but also into the intelligence, sincerity and courage they have to reflect on themselves, their place in society and how to make our cultures, whether it be within our families, workplaces or in wider society more inclusive and human. Through my research, work and personal experience I realised that there was one question that I was being called to try to understand and address: how can each person develop the confidence to become who they are and accept difference in others, letting them also become who they are?
The desire to dig deeply into this question led me to undertake training in coaching and mediation. The two-years’ training that I completed at International Mozaik, Paris and year-long training at the CMAP in Paris (Centre de Mediation et de l’Arbitrage) gave me new insights and tools into how to work with people who are facing this question in one way or another, either individually or as part of a group.
Every coaching and mediation process that I have been a part of has taught me two things. The first is that as coach or mediator, the conflicts and situations that cause people to suffer need to be taken with very serious inquiry such that the person can discover the true causes of what they are and the best ways to address them. The second learning is the essential value of humility: of knowing that it is the person in question who is the best equipped to understand their thoughts and ideas, know what they need and discover the most suitable ways for moving forward.
</p> <ul> <li>MA in Human Sciences (Psychology) Cambridge University (thesis on the development of confidence: internal or external locus of control).</li> <li>PhD Human Sciences (research on identity, communication across cultures and building common values), Université Paris II.</li> <li>Certified and registered Mediator, CMAP (Centre de Médiation et de l'Arbitrage de Paris)</li> <li>Certified Professional coach, International Mozaik.</li> <li>Member of International Coach Federation.</li> <li>Languages: English (mother tongue), Welsh, French and Spanish.</li> </ul> <p>Find helena on linkedin
is to foster awareness and appreciation of cultural difference and to further intercultural work by contributing to a better understanding and reduced confrontation among people of different cultures.<br /> In our work our objective is to foster:</p> <ul> <li>A structured and creative approach to mediation and coaching.</li> <li>A pragmatic and problem-solving mentality geared towards achieving the objectives set out by the individual or group.</li> <li>The respect of each individual and their differences.</li> <li>Respect of confidentiality and adherence to <a>the CMAP and the International Coach Federation’s Code of Ethics and deontology.</a></li> <li>Intercultural understanding as a powerful tool to deal with situations that include an intercultural element.</li> </ul> <p>Contact-us
is to foster awareness and appreciation of cultural difference and to further intercultural work by contributing to a better understanding and reduced confrontation among people of different cultures.<br /> In our work our objective is to foster:</p> <ul> <li>Intercultural understanding as a powerful and productive tool to embrace differences.</li> <li>The respect of individuality, we work with not against difference.</li> <li>A pragmatic and problem-solving mentality. We are proactive and geared towards achieving the objectives set out by the individual or team.</li> <li>A creative and innovative approach to coaching and learning which puts interactive learning at the centre.</li> <li>Respect of confidentiality and adherence to <a>the International Coach Federation’s Code of Ethics and deontology.</a></li> </ul> <p>Contact-us