Janet Maunder is one of the coaches that we found this month and we did a little interview with her. She impressed us with her holistic approach to coaching.
She has been through a lot in her life, but as she says, you can see the positive in it and learn from it.
And from her vast life experience, studies and education, she learned to help people in all dimensions of life, from reducing stress and anxiety, to changing thinking patterns, from living healthier, to aligning with your best self and true purpose in life.
She is truly a holistic coach in every sense of the word. Here is what she said.
Meet Life Coach Janet Maunder:
Name: Janet Maunder
Pillar: The Spirit, The Mind, The Body, The Heart
Who is this coach for: Anyone who wants to reduce their stress, anxiety, change to more positive thinking patterns, align to their true selves and be a healthier versions of themselves.
How they can help: Through various techniques and tools using her experience and knowledge as a qualified nurse, hypnotherapist, NLP and ESI practitioner, reiki master and energy healer.
First of all, how are you and your family doing in these Pandemic times?
I and my family have been coping well with the pandemic.
l am a resident of New Zealand for over 14yrs now, so our rules over behaving during the pandemic have been different to that of my family who all live in the UK.
Also, my experience of the number of cases affected and dying of the coronavirus during the first wave, was very different from that of my family who were probably exposed to more stress and anxiety than l was.
How does the coronavirus pandemic affect your clients? Did it affect you at all?
The coronavirus affected not only my clients in New Zealand but also my clients in Australia, and North America.
Because l am a healthcare professional l had to reduce some of my coaching hours to facilitate the hospital needs of my nursing skills.
This had an effect on my availability for current and new clients that were desperate for stress and anxiety relief.
Most of the clients l was supporting with zoom calls, felt frustrated and overwhelmed with the constant bombardment of the government pandemic new reels, being streamed at the bottom of the television during adverts and constant news flashes interrupting program viewing.
This was the reverse for my clients and family in other parts of the world, they got news that was either sparing or confusing, which caused feelings of stress and anxiety because they didn’t know what was happening or what to do.
For my clients here in New Zealand and especially those in Auckland who experienced more and longer periods of being in lockdowns. Their mental health and the need for my particular coaching skills to help them relax, empty their minds of negative thoughts and find new ways of handling the sudden change in family and work dynamics was quite challenging.
I found with most of my clients the pandemic changed their normal time management and prioritising skills.
Many of them were either trying to juggle working from home and their family, or sorting childcare if they were an essential worker and the added stress of their risk of contracting the virus.
A lot of stress and frustration became apparent in March 2020 when Aucklanders were put into lockdown because 2 cases couldn’t be linked to the border.
This was supposed to be a lockdown for a week, but that turned out to be for several weeks.
Aucklanders were not allowed to mix socially with other family members or friends, they could only go to work if they were either essential workers or needed to seek medical help or get a swab test testing.
The lockdowns continued mostly for Aucklanders as that was the main area where the isolation hotels were and the main airport.
It was frustrating for me and my clients to keep having to stop treatments just as we were making progress either mental or physical.
In 2022 things are very much back to normal concerning the virus, we were lucky that our government reacted as it had.
Compared to most of the world we saw very few cases and minimal deaths from the delta strain that claims so many lives in other parts of the world.
However, we are now experiencing significantly large numbers of new Zealanders contracting the omicron variant.
As a healthcare professional l did have to increase my working hours in this field, which brought with it some personal stress and anxiety, as l worked in one of the larger public hospital in New Zealand, l saw and was involved in some positive patients coming through theatres for treatment.
Despite taking all the precautions to keep me safe from contracting the coronavirus, especially when a patient came in with the delta strain, it still caused me a lot of stress and anxiety.
What are the biggest lessons that you learned in this pandemic?
Live, for now, don’t be afraid of failure because at the end of failure is a lesson.
If you have a dream don’t dismiss it, embrace it, work towards it, give it your all.
There is someone else always worse off than yourself.
Tell us about you, your career, how you started with your coaching career?
I had my first taste of working in healthcare at the age of 7 when l joined the St John Ambulance.
l had a passion for learning how to help people and using those skills, it was a joy to see the gratitude on another person’s face for the help l had given them.
I left school at 16 and got a job in a nursing home for the elderly my passion was to become a nurse, it took me years to fulfil this passion, l had to attend night school and do several NVQs while carrying out my care work.
But l got there, l got excepted to train as a student nurse in my local hospital which was St Richards in Chichester and attend Guilford University at the age of 39.
I loved my nursing work in threat as an anaesthetic nurse and post anaesthetic care (PACU) nurse for many years it helped me fulfil another passion of living in another country and learning about different cultures.
That’s how my move to New Zealand took shape, it was to be a new start for me after the long breakup of my 25 year marriage.
I moved to New Zealand in 2007 alone not knowing a soul, the culture here was quite different from that what l was used to in the UK, but if l was to make this my home l would need to adjust which l did.
After 4 years of being a PACU in NZ, I decided l really missed the anaesthetic side of my career, so l did a 3 year university course to become an anaesthetic technician.
Going back to learning became a passion l had a thirst for knowledge especially for helping others, this took me on the journey to setting up my holistic therapy business, l trained to be a Reiki healer a Reflexologist and a massage therapist which led me to more courses for treatments that could assist a whole range of clients.
My turning point towards coaching was when l trained to be a hypnotherapist l loved the mindset effect clients went through during the initial questioning, they came up with their own answers and solutions l just needed to teach them how to put themselves in a deep enough state for their subconscious mind to kick in.
It was during my training be become a hypnotherapist that l found out more about coaching, and realised that l was already using most of the tools l needed to be an excellent coach.
As l am a believer in being sufficiently knowledgeable and undergoing training if it’s available, l enrolled in a diploma life coaching course with the New Zealand Institue Of Business Studies, and graduated with Excellence.
What was your biggest obstacle that you had to overcome in your life that made you who you are today?
I think the biggest obstacle I had to overcome was to accept the fact that my marriage was over, and that l didn’t love my husband as much as l used to.
It was excepting that it was ok for me to fail as a wife and partner.
That realisation took me a long time to come to terms with.
Probably because l had been brought up to believe in the sanctity of marriage and the old saying of “till death do we part”.
It wasn’t till l looked at the fact that my authentic self had died, that l had become a version of a person l didn’t recognise or really like, to live l needed to stop repeating old actions that didn’t bring me happiness, self confidence self worth or peace of mind.
The Coaching Style:
How do you innovate with coaching your clients?
I help my clients to find their own ways to change the things in life they no longer want or desire.
My coaching program is designed to help clients look at their lives as a whole, and what their body mind and soul require to bring in the balance needed for a happy fulfilled existence that allows them to live their best life.
A life with reduced stress and anxiety, one that they have control over, where they have the tools to change out of date beliefs or values that no longer hold true for them.
I offer my clients the skills to calm their body and mind when it’s in a state of anxiety or when they need some relaxation and peace, as well as tools to enhance their energies their mindset, their self confidence self worth and self belief.
I teach them breathing techniques for deeper relaxation, how to reset their mind and banish negative thoughts, and how to set their trigger switches to get out of physical or emotional pain.
They learn effective thinking to be able to set and plan goals that will assist them to move their life forward.
I use my hypnotherapy, neuro linguistic and executive state identity my life coaching, reiki, meditation and visualisation skills to assist clients to change their life into the life of their hopes and dreams to start living as their authentic selves.
What’s unique about your coaching approach?
I use a totally holistic approach that takes into account the client’s body mind and soul by using all my knowledge experience and skills as a qualified nurse, hypnotherapist, NLP and ESI practitioner, reiki master and energy healer.
And my wealth of personal life experience of dealing with a great number of stressful challenging such as divorce after 25 years of marriage, bring up two young boys on my own for several years, starting a new life in a new country, the loss of a parent during the pandemic and not being able to say goodby in person.
What benefits do your clients get after working with you?
My clients benefit by taking control of their lives which in turn helps them improve their health and wellbeing by addressing any issues or problems that might be causing them stress and anxiety depression or even worst total burnout or irreversible health problems.
They often find new meaning and purpose and the confidence to move forward to achieve their dreams or create newer bigger dreams, they create more freedom by allowing themselves the right to be who they want to be, to break the model of trying to be who they think others expect them to be, they become their true authentic selves.
Do you use any specific tools to be efficient with your clients?
1. Written Coaching instructions for homework relevant to the client’s requirements eg, Time management task record, then an analytics form to see where they could find better ways of using any wasted time.
2. Audio recorded meditation sessions.
3. 5, 15 or 30 minutes long 1 on 1 zoom coaching session.
4. Visualisation recordings specific for a client.
5. Access to my Online program course with lots of helpful information and techniques covers subjects such as mindset, visualisation training, time management, goal setting, dealing with stress anxiety, imposter syndrome, self sabotage and much more.
If you had a super megaphone that, when you speak into, the whole world will hear your message, what would you say?
Be you, live your life as your authentic self, not as you think others see and what you to be!
What is the greatest lesson you have learned in your life?
I have learned that if you look for the positive in every situation issue or problem you will come out the other side with a more knowledgeable and happier outlook on life.
But if you only ever look at things from a negative viewpoint you are denying your heart the love it deserves.
Your final thoughts?
I see it as a privilege and honor to have been asked to write a piece about my story of coaching and my journey as a holistic therapist and to have it published on Life Coaching Code, thank you so much Dejan for this opportunity.
Where Can You Find Janet Maunder?
If you liked this interview and you would love to see how Janet can help you reduce your anxiety and change your thinking patterns to live a happier life, go to http://www.therapeuticangel.co.nz and discover the next step of your journey.
If you like to connect more personally with her, you can do that through LinkedIn. Or, you can follow her Facebook Account and join her private Facebook Group. It was an honor having this interview with her.