About Me

Hi! I’m Tanja

I’m a UK-based Integrative Counsellor, Accredited Therapeutic Coach, Author, Course Builder & Facebook Community Leadership Fellow.

I’m the Founder and community leader of The Creative Counsellors Club

The Creative Counsellors Club is a growing global movement of over 11500 counsellors and therapists from 99 different countries.

Collectively, we are inspiring change through The Power of Creativity and Community.

I am also the Founder of Confident Hearts, an organisation that has trained over 100 coaches worldwide to Inspire & Empower Youth through Creative Wellbeing & Mindfulness.

In 2018 I was recognised by Facebook as “One of the 115 most inspiring community leaders in the world”.

I was then selected to join The Facebook Community Leadership Fellowship.

I’ve been on my own journey of learning and empowerment and have delivered courses and training for more than ten years. I now love to connect with people through speaking, writing and community and I have worked with communities and charities around Mental Health & Community Leadership.

My journey is always evolving and as I grow and raise my own potential to thrive, I love to help you to do the same. 

My Story

I’m originally from South Africa and I grew up at the most incredible time, witnessing huge change and the true power of community as Nelson Mandela took the reins to heal our country and inspire the world.

In 1998 I moved to the UK with my family to start a new life.

I’ve trained and worked in many different roles as a Holistic Therapist, Playworker, Finance Officer, Human Resources Assistant, Health and Safety Officer, Reflexologist, Recruitment Consultant, Trainer, Marketing Manager, Counsellor and Coach.

Although I have been able to take strengths and grow as a person in every role I have taken on throughout my career journey, I never felt fully satisfied. I always felt boxed in. I would feel unable to be my most creative self and fulfill my potential to help others. This meant I would often feel disconnected from the work and felt as though there was a bigger purpose for me.

I’m also a mom and my Autistic son has been my biggest teacher and is one of the most authentic and strong people I know. He has changed my life and been a huge part of my story!

In 2012 his mental health crashed and as a result of supporting him, mine crashed as well.  Our lives became entangled in pain, anxiety, burn out, chaos and mess. I knew that this was the time for me to find my life purpose and to heal from our past trauma.

I decided to empower myself so I could be a good role model for my son. I left my toxic marriage, left my job and moved to Cheshire so that I could retrain and start to explore what my Life Purpose truly was.

I re-trained as an Integrative Counsellor, and gained experience working within the NHS, Rape Crisis and supporting women, parents and carers through my signature empowerment programs. During my time as a counsellor, I started to recognise the Power of Community and Creativity in healing from trauma and pain.

This led me to hit the create button and start two Facebook communities which I still lead today. I fell deeply in love with this work and know that I have found my life’s purpose and mission.

This mission – to “Empower Everyday Leaders to Empower Others” – required a more creative and metaphysical approach in the work that I was doing.

I trained further in Coaching, NLP, Hypnotherapy and Energy Healing.

I can now offer a unique integrative approach to Therapeutic Coaching specifically to Empower Everyday Leaders and people who are making a difference in the lives of others.

I have a specialist interest in stress, burn out, trauma and compassion fatigue recovery. 

My Story

I’m originally from South Africa and I grew up at the most incredible time, witnessing huge change and the true power of community as Nelson Mandela took the reins to heal our country and inspire the world.

In 1998 I moved to the UK with my family to start a new life.

I’ve trained and worked as a Holistic Therapist, Playworker, Finance Officer, Human Resources Assistant, Health and Safety Officer, Reflexologist, Recruitment Consultant, Trainer, Marketing Manager, Counsellor and Coach.

I found that in every job, I never felt satisfied. I always felt boxed in. I would be criticised for “being too kind to employees” or “not being tough enough on people”. I always felt disconnected from the work and felt as though there was a bigger purpose for me.

I’m also a mom. My Autistic son is one of the most authentic and strong people I know.

In 2012 his mental health crashed and as a result of supporting him, mine crashed as well.  Our lives became entangled in pain, anxiety, burn out, chaos and mess. I knew that this was the time for me to find my life purpose and to heal from our past trauma.

I decided to empower myself so I could be a good role model for my son. I left my toxic marriage, left my job and moved to Cheshire so that I could retrain and start to explore what my Life Purpose truly was.

I re-trained as an Integrative Counsellor, and gained experience working within the NHS, Rape Crisis and supporting women through empowerment programs. During my time as a counsellor, I started to recognise the Power of Community and Creativity in healing from trauma and pain.

This led me to hit the start two Facebook communities which I still lead today. I fell deeply in love with this work and know that I have found my life’s purpose and mission.

This mission – to “Empower Everyday Leaders to Empower Others” – required a more creative and metaphysical approach in the work that I was doing.

I trained further in Coaching, NLP, Hypnotherapy and Energy Healing.

I can now offer a unique integrative approach to Therapeutic Coaching specifically to Empower Everyday Leaders.

With my support, you can grow fierce confidence, increase your self-love practice and nurture your mind back to balance.

How I’ve Helped My Clients

“We regularly commission Tanja to deliver her signature six-week Empowerment Program for parents and adults on the autism spectrum.

Tanja combines coaching tools, NLP, creativity and Mindfulness, and her empowering approach has been incredible and life-changing for many of the parents who attended.

Tanja and her team are superb coaches and they understand the needs of this group who have extraordinary amounts of stress and trauma in their everyday lives supporting a child or adult with autism.

Consequently, many parents have extremely low self-esteem as a result. This coaching has turned lives around!

I personally now feel capable of dealing with my challenging children (aged 25 and 14) emotionally.

Before this coaching, I was completely stressed and burnt out. I now use the techniques Tanja has taught me and whenever I am struggling, I will practice the tools and remind myself of this incredible learning that I have been blessed to take part in.

I cannot recommend Tanja highly enough.

– Jo Garner: Founder and Managing Director for Cheshire Autism Practical Support

You’re an everyday leader if you lead from the heart

Everything in life is energy and if you’ve not found leader-life balance, then you run the risk of leaking energy, burning out, experiencing stress, trauma, anxiety & struggling with low self-esteem.

In my “Heart-Powered Life” video, I talk you through the importance of extreme self-love and self-care for healing yourself.

I give you the tools so that you can start to heal your own wounds and keep shining for others. The world needs you to be the best you can be!

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