Artist, Art Therapist,
ICF ACC Transformational Artist Coach
Coach Mentor & – cert. Coaching Supervisor
Reveal the Art of You !
“Self actualization is the oxygen for the soul.”. Brian Johnson
“The Creation and revelation of your Art is synonymous to the process of Breathing”
Imagine this for a moment; you are deprived of oxygen, how does that feel?
It is usually not a very nice thought. Now, can you imagine the connection between humans discomfort, pain and suffering by their soul when deprived of it’s oxygen -self actualization? Just like a lack of oxygen causes the body to die, we deprive our soul of it’s life force, causing aches and pains in our lives.
In my work, I believe wholeheartedly, that the answers to every challenge and every dream lies within the clients ability and need to self actualize. Your soul expresses itself through your uniqueness, through your art. Your art is the most wise, it is your teacher and your tool to self actualize.
Most people in the world have suppressed their most natural part of who they are – their soul and therefore are on an ongoing process to suppress their power of self actualization, not fully owning who they are, with their values, needs and desires and not speak and acting on their truth.
Your art is the most essential gift you have been given, being the cause, channel and the tool for self actualization, yet it seems like the ‘hardest’ thing accept, or even the one thing people fear and ignore the most, seeing art purely as a hobby or a luxury some don’t feel they can afford.
As a result, rather than drawing from their ability to self actualize, people look outwards, comparing themselves, talking themselves down, blaming others or the circumstance, feeling powerless, have overstepped boundaries, feelings of invisibility, fears of rejection, fears of not being good enough, financial issues, relationship problems, being overwhelmed with burdening emotions, the list goes on.
Because of that unconscious suppression & outward focus, most people also don’t realise the immense impact not expressing their truth and engaging with their art has on them, stealing them from opportunities, courage, confidence, a healthy constructive view of the self, innate trust towards the self and the laws of the universe, inner calmness & good relationship to money, fulfilling relationships and, careers and business.
This is why self actualization, like the oxygen we need to live, is the essence needed for the soul to be present in our lives, to truly live this life to it’s maximum potential and not just survive on autopilot. It is the unfolding of becoming more and more what one is, to become everything that one is capable of becoming. It is the process of honouring your very own, unique to you inner wisdom & creative expression and acting on it, no matter what people or your voices in your head tell you. It is you becoming the purest version of you, with your talents, your interests, your curiosities and all that makes you, you! That is pure freedom.
Are you ready to live powerfully?
I help aspiring and emerging artists, create art they are proud of and uncover, explore and build their very own art practice, allowing them to grow into the fearless, confident & prosperous artist they were born to be and live the life they love.
What are you looking for?
Art Therapy can help you process recurring and burdening emotions, embark on a healing & grieving process, resolve pain & old Trauma, relieve stress and anxiety.
The most effective way to achieve your Artistic, Life & Career Goals, manifest your Vision & Create an authentic to you life is through Coaching.
Coaching serves you by providing you with accountability, action taking and meaningful progress through confident decision making revealed through the process.
If you are a certified coach and are looking to deepen, develop and own the coaching skills you have learnt, while bringing your authentic self into the space, Coaching Supervision is made for exactly that.
If you are here to check out my Art, click on the link below to be taken to the page where my Art is displayed.
When I found Maria I had already started my transformational journey. I had quit my job 6 months before, had been doing more fitness and was taking time out to really figure out what I wanted to do with my life. My husband and I couldn’t have children and for several years I felt incredibly lost and sad and then my job didn’t fulfill me anymore and I was sinking into a dark place wondering where my life was headed. Then I made a decision that has changed my life. I decided I wanted to become a life coach but felt I didn’t have the courage or belief that I could do it. My self-confidence was at an all time low. I approached Maria via a referral and having met for a coffee I felt that she could definitely help me along the next part of my journey. I wanted to be able to handle my fear and irrational anxiety and the belief I wasn’t good enough. The truth was I needed Maria’s help to help me take the steps towards a more fulfilling life and to feel alive again. We had an amazing journey together. I will never forget my coaching experience with Maria and I can’t imagine ever having another coach. After 10 sessions together I now have started my Transformational Coach course and have 6 clients of my own to practice on and have experienced being observed by my peers and supervisor. Something I could not have done 6 months ago!! Thank you Maria!! I will cherish our coaching journey forever!
Melanie Stahl, Transformational Coach, Hamburg
Working with Maria has been an experience of real growth for me. When I started working with Maria I wanted to get myself to the stage of selling my Art, I wanted to better understand how to approach commercialising my Art in a way that was true to me. During our weekly calls, she gave me lots of insights into different approaches I could take to selling my Art. As part of this, she gave me access to her online course which is full of knowledge and insight. She also helped me develop my confidence as an artist as well as creating structures for approaching selling my works. As a result of working with Maria, I am now close to finishing the first body of work. I look forward to continuing to work with Maria
Farouk Alao, Multidisciplinary Artist, Ireland
I was recommended Maria as a Supervisor by a highly respected Coach when I told him about my requirements for 1-2-1 Supervision. He felt that Maria was not only a good fit for me as we both have an art background but her working style, depth and bredth of Coaching experience would be invaluable to me. This has totally been the case. Maria and I have worked together approximately once a month for 6 months. From the outset Maria was friendly, approachable, open and very easy to communicate with. Maria has walked with me along my supervision journey and has been flexible and willing to meander with me but still keeping me on the Supervisor-Coach(ee) path. This has been invaluable for me as my learning style is one of seeing a fragmented whole, I need to see the bigger picture as well as the fine details all at the same time, zooming in and out and many stops in between. Maria has been confident to stay with me and been open when I have asked her direct examples of exercises, theories and methods that may help me with my clients. I was not looking for definitive answers but I was looking for discussion points to reflect upon and learn from, Maria was open to that, never rigid, brittle or closing off avenues of discussion. Some of these exercises changed me as a person and as a coach and has inspired me to want to learn more about the methods we used. I have thoroughly enjoyed my sessions with Maria and learnt a great deal from her and our working relationship. I have gained insight through discussion and observing Maria in her quiet, professional yet warm approach. Thank you so much Maria for you time, energy and support I have learnt and grown so much.
Rebekah Sunshine, Sex Coach, Counsellor & Artist
Working with Maria has been enriching for my coaching practice. Maria not only brings a wealth of experience but creates the space for me to reflect on my own work as a coach and I continue to learn more about myself as a practitioner with every session. Maria is a warm and calm presence, yet challenges me where necessary. Her creative approach, as well as therapeutic experience really allows for a dynamic learning environment and a safe space in which I can continue to serve myself and my clients effectively.
Nina Mitchell, Integrative Therapist & Transformational Coach
I’ve been having supervision with Maria for the past six months and I can honestly say it’s made a huge difference to my practice as a coach. Maria is great at holding space & helping me explore my practice with clients. I love the way she works; she is creative, attentive and nurturing. I feel she has helped me understand myself with greater clarity - she’s great at helping unravel the tangled balls of wool in my brain! I also see more clearly how I show up as a coach for my clients. I’d highly recommend Maria as a supervisor
Ruth Haslett, Transformational Coach
"...8 months ago I had no clue about my potential. Today I know it! Thank you Maria and Art of You”
...In only four sessions I was able to move forward from a financial issue that has plagued me for years, literally..."
Maureen, Trader, London
... Oh, yes!! She is so refreshing and gives totally valuable tips to create your own life's masterpiece... Easy, easy, easy!!!"
Insha Berger, Artist & Transformationscoach
...her unconditional love, support and guidance is something I'll be forever grateful for..."
Hollie Sky, Sky Spa Owner, Personal Trainer & Health Coach Wales
"The thought -provoking questions gave me insights I was lacking about how to specifically move towards my goal of making a business with my art... as a commission based artist and art teacher. Very recommended!!!"
Andrew Carson, Artist & Art Teacher, San Francisco
"....Maria is so inspiring and extremely creative and loving. As a coach and art therapist, she guides you to find your true north. Big treasure for those who find themselves stuck in all areas in life. Maria challenges you with extraordinary outside of the box thinking, intuition and tools which give you directions to live your life the way you really want to live!"
Before I started working with Maria, I felt like I was out of balance, I felt like I needed a space to lay out all my conflicting thoughts and feelings, and sort through them with someone who offers a different perspective. I had problems with connecting to people on a personal level (which I desired to do, but didn’t feel like I have the courage to do so) and it effected my career as well, where I felt like I’m not progressing as fast as my peers who can strike up work relationships easier than I do – and hence they have access to better opportunities. I had problems with my self-esteem, I didn’t feel enough (professionally and personally), so I was desperately looking for the MEANING of my self and how I can express it through my work. Maria and I started working on what causes the confidence issues and where do my self-sabotaging beliefs originate from. We clarified what my ideal outcomes would be, how would my ideal self act and feel like and how would I know if I got what I wanted. All these questions brought me closer to the true self I wish to always stay connected to. Working with Maria has shifted my thinking to be more present and future-oriented and instead of indulging in past bad memories, I now feel more capable of using the past as a map – I still can visit those memories but now I can also choose other ways to get where I want to be. That change of focus gave me a huge boost in confidence and a peace of mind that what felt like hard, endless work of self-reflection is now finally coming all together and paying off. I feel much more grounded and connected to myself. Maria is exceptionally good in connecting with people. She has a great sense of finding the language-system to effectively communicate with her client. She was versatile with the methods she was using to break the negative cycle that kept me from moving forward – we tried different things until one of them really worked. I would definitely recommend Maria as a coach, she has been guiding me through my process with kindness and wisdom (both were much needed when I felt lost and confused). Her constant questions of ‘how would I know if I achieved what I wanted’ and ‘what stops me from getting that’, successfully shifted my focus from problems to solutions and kept me empowered – the answers I would give depended on me. How I view my life is fully in my control.
Alex Mill, Film Director, Writer & Sexuality Coach
Maria is such an empathic coach and she holds a very caring space during each session. I felt completely free to explore what I was working through and not once did I feel judged or misunderstood. Maria offered her own valuable insights, which were often 'lightbulb moments' for me as a coachee.
Claire Husselbee, Musician & Transformational Coach
I have tremendous respect for the work that Maria does. Things I learned from her coachings. I can just say that her coachings are awesome, and are helping me understand myself, thank you Maria!!
Maria has beautiful energy, she's authentic, very warm, compassionate, open- minded and open- hearted. As a coach, she is very supportive and encouraging. She helped me to gain clarity and focus in different areas of my life. Conversations with her helped to open my mind to different possibilities and perspectives. She strikes a good balance between being emotionally supportive and being practical and action- orientated. Using art as a way to process feelings and move through challenging experiences was really useful and it is a tool that I'll continue to use. I am very grateful for the wonderful coaching experience I had with Maria.
Phillippa Lennon, Certified Transformational & Relationships Coach, Holistic Wellbeing, Sound & Energy Therapist