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 Successful Leadership starts with the Person within.


Vitae offers a safe space for women in leadership roles, or those aspiring to lead, empowering you to thrive in your leadership roles.

Our coaching can empower you to establish healthy boundaries, be kinder to yourself, manage stress, and cultivate a fulfilling life both inside and outside of work.

Stereotypes and gender bias can still be a challenge in the workplace. Women can encounter many, even conflicting expectations placed upon them. And apart from systemic challenges, you might also be confronted with personal barriers, such as self doubt.

There are many ways to define leadership styles and some characteristics might come more natural to you than others. Everyone's journey is unique and we understand the challenges you can face. We are here to offer coaching that is tailored to your personal situation.


Do you struggle with organisational challenges?

Navigate challenges with confidence;

In this fast-paced world where time and resources are increasingly scarce, you cannot escape challenges. Our coaching can empower you to have greater clarity and confidence about how to approach these challenges. To transform obstacles into opportunities for personal success.


Is leadership all about people management?

If only we could make others do want we want, all the time! Today’s successful leaders must be more 'person-focused' and able to work well with people who have a variety of personalities and behaviours. Our coaching can help to navigate even those energy-draining interpersonal challenges, build strong professional relationships and master the Art of 'Empathetic Leadership Communication'. Effective communication is key to leadership. 


Is it hard to work out what your next step should be?

Do you struggle to find time and energy to reflect on what YOU want to happen and how to get there? Our coaching offers a safe space and time to help generate new thinking. To find your own answers and transform problems into opportunities for growth and sustainability. Our coaching can help you find your purpose.


Do you sometimes feel guilty about making tough decisions? 

Are you someone who prefers to keep the peace? What happens when you have to make a tough decision, knowing people won't be happy with it?

Is it hard to strike the right balance between work and your personal life? We know this is crucial for sustained success but that is easier said than done. Women often struggle with expectations regarding traditional gender roles. Balancing leadership responsibilities with personal obligations can be particularly challenging, leading to added stress and scrutiny.


Are you ready to overcome your leadership challenges? Let's embark on this empowering journey together.


To book a coaching appointment click here

Take the first step toward your leadership success and download our free tool to obtain a comprehensive overview of your current position in the most important areas of your life. Click here

To contact us for a complimentary 15 minute introductory call click here


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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What do others say about working with us?

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. “