“Abandon the urge to simplify everything, to look for formulas and easy answers, and begin to think multidimensionally, to glory in the mystery and paradoxes of life, not to be dismayed by the multitude of causes and consequences that are inherent in each experience – to appreciate that life is complex.”
– M. Scott Peck
Melissa Katz is a professional coach, certified and accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF). She holds a Master of Science in Coaching Psychology from the University of Sydney and is a qualified solicitor. Melissa is fascinated by the human experience and the developmental journey of life. She specialises in career coaching, personal development, executive and leadership coaching, and life transitions.
I am dedicated to supporting and educating individuals and organisations to navigate the complexities of modern life and learn how to tolerate the inevitable bumps along the way. I seek to help my clients develop self-awareness and gain a deeper understanding of themselves and the systems the operate in, in a way that enables meaning-making, and facilitates sustainable behavioural changes that lead to optimal functioning, well-being, career and life-satisfaction.
My approach is what I refer to as “managed eclecticism”. I draw from a wide range of evidence-based theory and practice grounded in Systems, Complexity, Developmental, CBT, Solutions Focused, Mindfulness, ACT, and Positive Psychology methodologies.
I work collaboratively with my clients to holistically facilitate coaching conversations and design creative and innovative strategies to suit the purpose. These conversations explore and consider the complexities of each individual situation, taking into account the internal and external dynamics, and endeavor to seek alignment between the expected outcomes and values of the individual or organisation.
How you benefit
My diverse coaching and commercial experience in the legal, education, family and commercial sectors, assists me in offering a multi-dimensional view and a broader perspective in understanding each client’s unique experience. Similarly, my personal experience of changing careers, relocating and weathering many challenges, pressures and transitions in my own life, enables me to genuinely empathize and appreciate the feeling of “walking in someone else’s shoes”. Research shows that the rapport created through empathy and a shared understanding enhances perspective taking capacity and enriches the coaching relationship, which can increase goal striving and well-being.
How I get results
I work collaboratively with my clients to holistically facilitate coaching conversations and design creative and innovative life and career solutions. These conversations explore and consider the internal and external dynamics, and complexities of a client’s particular situation, while simultaneously striving to seek alignment between the client’s expected outcomes, the system and their personal values.
Currently I live in Sydney, though my odyssey began in South Africa, twenty odd years ago, where I qualified as a solicitor. I married young and left my entire family to immigrate to Melbourne, where I knew no-one. I went back to University to convert my law degree to Australian standards and practiced as a commercial solicitor for a few years. A life-changing business opportunity necessitated an urgent move to Sydney three years later at short notice. This decision was one of the turning points in my life as there was a slight complication: I was thirty-one weeks pregnant with twins and only had a small window in which to travel. We took the risk and I gave birth prematurely at thirty-four weeks. The twins are now flourishing teenagers.
Though these transitions were painful and difficult, they opened up pathways to self-discovery and enhanced my personal awareness. I developed courage and resilience and learned how the values of acceptance, mindfulness and flexibility could help me to cope with uncertainty. My mindset changed and I became driven to learn more and discover my real purpose in life. Years of learning through specific study, practical experience, life’s trials and tribulations, setbacks, and experimenting with various careers, eventually led to reinventing myself as a coach and finding meaning in my personal and professional life.
Master of Science in Coaching Psychology
University of Sydney
Associate Certified Coach
International Coach Federation
Conversion of Law Degree
University of Melbourne
Bachelor of Laws
University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
Bachelor of Arts
University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
Licences and Certifications
Emotional Intelligence Certification
Certified to administer Genos EI Assessments
Strengths Profile Accreditation
Certified to administer Strengths Profile
Mental Toughness Certification
Certified to administer MTQ 48
Hogan Assessment Certification
Certified to administer Hogan Suite
Personality Inventory, Development Survey, Motives, Values, Preferences Inventory,
Hogan 360 Multi-Rater feedback tools
Mental Health First Aid Certificate
Certificate in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Act Mindfully (Russ Harris)
The Art of Developmental Coaching
Gottman Couples Therapy Level 1
Relationship Institute Australasia
Coaching with The Enneagram Certificate
The Enneagram in Business
Brain Based Coaching Certificate
Certificate in Archetypal Coaching and Matrix Therapies
Certificate in Passion and Purpose Coaching
Evolve Now Mind Institute
International Coach Federation (ICF)
University of Sydney Coaching and Mentoring Association (UCSMA)
Association for Coaching (ACC)
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