What inspires you to be an assistant teacher?
Having gone through two years of training at the ACC, I know it is a self-discovery and empowering journey. I hope to be able to assist upcoming coaches and counsellors during this beautiful journey. It is also a great learning experience for me to sit in the classroom playing a different role. I believe I will learn a lot through this process.
I come from Malaysia originally but I have lived outside my home country the last 25 years, first in Australia and now in the Netherlands. Currently, I work as a social worker in a Dutch foundation, where I work and interact with people from all walks of life. I enjoy working with people and very often I get inspired by their unique stories. I live in a village on the outskirts of Rotterdam with my husband and two kids, who are also my biggest teachers in life.
Why have you chosen the ACC and what did the training bring you?
I decided to study coaching and counselling after feeling stuck on how to better guide certain clients to get out of their vicious circle and emotional traumas. I felt that coaching others towards positive behavioural change was an incredibly useful skill to have for my work. It was one of the best decisions I have made. My teachers at ACC have decades of experience in the field and are very willing to impart their knowledge to their students. All the coaching sessions, intevision, supervision, and sharing were valuable for my learning. In hindsight, this training programme has brought me closer to myself and helped me see my own blind spots. I have grown not only professionally but also personally.
Who is my hero and why?
I have a lot of respect for people who do their work with passion and dedication so I can think of many names. In the field of psychology and positive change, I find the work of Gabor Mate and Virginia Satir inspiring but I also admire the teachings of Wayne Dyer and Irvin Yalom. In my professional work, I find the spirit of many of my clients, who despite so much adversity and setbacks but never give up and keep going forward with courage, to be truly heroic.