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
Creative Counsellors 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 180 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.
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. This wasn’t an easy move as I had to leave everything that I knew and move to a place that I had never been before! I was terrified, missed friends and had to learn to adjust to a new life.
I quickly started to find my feet and tried my hand at many different roles over the years. Working as a Holistic Therapist, Playworker, Finance Officer, Human Resources Assistant, Health and Safety Officer, Reflexologist, Recruitment Consultant, Trainer, Marketing Manager and now 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. I was home educating my son while trying to balance being a working mom and living in a toxic relationship. Our lives became entangled in pain, anxiety, burn out, chaos and stress. I experienced a time in my life that I would label as absolute exhaustion and struggled to even get out of bed. I knew that this was the time for me to follow my heart, find my life purpose and to heal from our past trauma together.
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 and 1:1 work. 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 Heart Powered Givers and Leaders” – 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 parents, givers, 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.
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
As a Heart-Powered Giver, you help others to be the best that they can be…
Heart-Powered Givers and leaders are everywhere in plain sight. From the counsellor who supports clients to the woman who brings moms together to drink coffee and talk about motherhood to the parent who is exhausted and doing her best to take care of her teen son who is struggling with anxiety..
It doesn’t matter whether you are a parent, a community builder, leader or counsellor, the one thing that you have in common is that you are sharing your heart, your thoughts, your time and your energy to help others to be the best that they can be. Caring for others while not finding balance and offering healing to ourselves can sometimes leave us experiencing burn out, lack of joy, anxiety, vicarious trauma, toxic relationships, compassion fatigue and a loss of self-belief. In this free e-book, I share with you the signs and symptoms of burn out and vicarious trauma and how to start to recover!