My Work

As a Professional Certified Integral Coach™, I draw from a rich tapestry of methodologies to develop a customized approach for each unique client.

With formal qualifications in psychology, mental health and business I have, over the past 17 years, focused my professional development in Coaching and Facilitation and have studied with both Integral Coaching Canada and the Tavistock Consultancy in the UK.

Examples of current and recent clients include Investec Private Bank, Coronation Fund Managers, British American Tobacco, Red Cross Children’s Hospital, University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business, Old Mutual, The Clothing Bank, Tourvest Travel Services, and Johnson & Johnson International. I coach on a number of Executive Development Programmes and Women in Leadership Programmes with clients in South Africa and other African countries, the Middle East and Europe.

My preference is to coach individuals in leadership roles who are at a point in their career and personal life where they are asking questions of themselves that can be addressed in a coaching relationship. I am inspired by the growth and change I facilitate in individuals. My clients respect me for creating a safe and open space that enables them to achieve outcomes that deeply matter.

Rooted in my own commitment to living with personal integrity and authenticity, as a coach my aim is to enable people to grow and advance the health, meaning and integrity of their lives, in and outside the workplace.

I am originally from the West Coast of Canada and have been a permanent South African resident living in Cape Town for the past 15 years. I am a mother of two young daughters and am married to a South African. In my free time I enjoy trail running, mountain biking, yoga, reading and writing. And lately I’m learning to play guitar! My intention is to, as much as possible, maintain a healthy balance in my life.

My Education and Training

  • 200 Hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training (2015)
  • Certification with Integral Coaching Canada (2012)
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) (developed at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre) (2010)
  • Certified Enneagram practitioner, Adfen International, South Africa (2010)
  • Certificate in Executive Coaching, Tavistock Consultancy Service, United Kingdom (2005).
  • Masters in Business Administration, Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town (2002). Abby completed a thesis entitled “Are the International Coach Federation Professional Standards Appropriate for South Africa?”
  • BSc. Occupational Therapy, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada (1998). As an Occupational Therapist Abby focused on adult mental health and has worked in clinical, private, educational and community settings in Canada and the UK. Abby was a faculty member at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
  • BSc. Psychology, University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada (1995).
  • Registering member of International Coach Federation (ICF)
  • Member of COMENSA – Coaches and Mentors Network of South Africa

My Life

I grew up on the west coast of Canada and have been living in Cape Town, South Africa since November 2001. I’ve been married for 14 years and am a mother of two young girls. I’ve run my own coaching business for 12 years. Before that I was an Occupational Therapist working in mental health in Vancouver, Canada and with kids with learning disabilities in London, England. I’ve been successful at leading a happy and balanced life that has included plenty of exercise, personal and professional development, and the opportunity and fortune to travel regularly. My interests are varied, from reading to music to travel to general health and well-being (healthy eating, exercise, alternative therapies etc.).

I’d say I’m a down to earth, all natural, what you see is what you get, no bullshit kind of woman. I feel fulfilled by deep and ‘real’ conversations. I’m an introvert – I’m energized by my alone time but I’m good socially albeit a bit shy at first – rarely do others know that groups exhaust me. I was born to New Yorker parents who migrated north into Canada during the time of the Vietnam War and then west to British Columbia. I was raised in a gorgeous artsy bohemian town on Kootenay Lake on the west coast of Canada called Nelson – a place I feel very proud to say I come from. When I was sixteen my parents and I spent 3 months traveling from Canada to Australia. This trip included a 2-week journey across the Indian Ocean (with only one sighting of land) aboard the Brigantine Soren Larsen, a 140 foot sailing ship. I’ve lived on 3 continents and in 5 countries and have traveled and explored in many more.

As my teacher and colleague once said to me, I am a ‘textured woman’. I’m an earth-child at heart; I feel most at home in nature, at outdoor music festivals, and on my yoga mat; I eat tofu, falafels and salads and I juice regularly: I love Tracey Chapman, John Lennon, Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell (plus many others); I love yoga, hiking and trail running; I’m most often found wearing sandals and comfortable clothes; and I love rain storms, fog and the smell of the ocean. I have a strong and rich academic background and 13 years of experience in the field of organizational development. I’m a wife, mother, daughter and friend. I don’t like to miss out on anything, I try to do and be everything. I’m ambitious and sensitive and I have strong opinions. I’m fun and I’m naughty but only if you’ve got a good eye for naughtiness (!) and I enjoy being different. I have big dreams and aspirations and I work hard to make them happen.

My greatest joys in life include time with my family, being in nature (mountains, forests, oceans, lakes, rivers and beaches), long trail runs, sunshine, early mornings, dancing and doing yoga to rockin music (thank you Mariah!). Oh yes and I love margaritas!