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Why is coaching for doctors important?

Coaching for doctors can improve a range of skills and capabilities and it can have a positive effect on our wellbeing in general. 

It can enhance the quality of our lives and patient care.

We know that doctors are a very resilient group of professionals that work with systemic challenges. The workload is huge, we feel the pressure and ultimate responsibility for our patients, and we often feel unsupported and unappreciated. Clinical roles are often combined with formal or informal leadership roles. 

Working in the medical culture of toughness can make it hard to ask for help. There is also little time. We have many, often conflicting, demands put upon us at work and in our private lives. There is  little time to take a step back and reflect. To know what we truly want and what our next step should be.

We wish for every doctor that they allow themselves to have some time set aside to focus on themselves in a safe and supportive environment. 


Dr Ira van der Steenstraten is a founding member of the 'Doctors who coach Doctors' directory. The only online directory for doctor coaches in Australia and New Zealand.

For more information:

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What is coaching?

Coaching is a non-therapeutic intervention. It is intended for coachees who wish to enhance their performance or improve their work or personal situation. Coaching is not the same as counselling or psychotherapy. It is future oriented - what would you like to happen in the future-, whereas psychotherapy tends to focus on how your past is hindering you. 


How can coaching help you?

Coaching can help you finding your OWN answers. Uncover what YOU would like to happen in your life and how to get there.

Coaching is a collaborative process. It is important that you feel you can talk freely and openly, that you are understood, and listened to without feeling judged. It is focused on your personal process and your strengths. This can generate new thinking.

Having a professional that helps clarifying your thought processes and goals can shape your future much quicker than when you have to do it all alone. Reaching out can be hard and it is definitely not a sign of weakness. It might actually be the bravest thing you can do. Remember that many professional sportspeople have their own coach to help reach their goals, so why not you?

We offer a safe, judgement-free and confidential space to reflect on and explore areas of your life with the support of a trained professional. 


Can coaching be used for personal and/or professional development?

Definitely! There are many different models of coaching that can be used to further your personal and professional development. We believe in a person-based approach, using science-based tools. This is tailored to your individual needs and context. 


How do I find the right coach? Coaching is an unregulated industry... 

How will you know that you are choosing the right coach for you? Coaching is a rapidly growing, unregulated industry which means there are no formal requirements for education and ongoing training for coaches. Knowledge and expertise can vary greatly between coaches. Dr Ira van der Steenstraten has extensive training and experience in coaching, along with expertise in the practice of psychotherapy.  She has also worked in a variety of settings and in various leadership roles across the world. 

It has to feel right when you are choosing your coach. We might have come recommended by a trusted source or be completely new for you. 

You can book an initial Introductory Call here, with a maximum of 15 minutes which is free of charge. If you would like to talk longer (between 15-30 minutes), the cost is $100.

This introductory call provides an opportunity for us to get to know each other, discuss your goals, and determine if our coaching is the right fit for you. It allows us to explore your needs, clarify expectations, and address any questions or concerns you may have. This call is complimentary and provides a valuable foundation for our coaching journey together.


How do I book a coaching session?

If you decide to proceed with personal coaching sessions, the 1:1 coaching sessions are just the thing for you. At Vitae Wellbeing Leadership we offer tele coaching sessions via Zoom or Teams for convenience, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness, without limitations on geographical location. To book your session, click HERE

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Anna, CEO

“She is trustworthy, always encouraging, and a patient and insightful guide through life experiences. She can pinpoint the crucial point of a situation and does not fail to leave me with helpful insights, ideas, or questions to ponder. “


“She is trustworthy, always encouraging, and a patient and insightful guide through life experiences. She can pinpoint the crucial point of a situation and does not fail to leave me with helpful insights, ideas, or questions to ponder. “