by Gretha
Coaching creates a safe and non-judgemental space, where you can address challenges and learn what needs to change in your life and in your business, so that you (and your business) can thrive.
“The word coach was first used in English in the 1500s. Coach refers to a particular kind of carriage. Hence, the root meaning of the verb to coach is to convey a valued person from where one was to where one wants to be” – Witherspoon & White

The you that wants to come out

by Gretha van der Merwe

CONNECT with me if you seek to:

  • Unlock meaningful work-life integration
  • Get clarity on the direction of your career
  • Cultivate leadership presence
  • Build new habits to improve stress management and avoid burn-out
“How can I be substantial without casting a shadow? I must have a dark side too if I am to be whole; and by becoming conscious of my shadow I remember once more that I am a human being like any other.” – C.G. Jung

I am a river

by Gretha van der Merwe

My approach is to INTEGRATE:

I am a certified Integral Coach. The Integral coaching programme is accredited through the International Coaching Federation (ICF). This discipline works on the basis that, in order for coaching to have a real and lasting impact, we must work holistically.

I see clients for who they really are, not only as part of who they are. Integral Coaching appreciates the fullness of a person and works with their inner and outer world, to facilitate lasting and meaningful change, helping clients bring their ‘whole self’ to life. Integral coaching helps clients become ‘who they are meant to be’ by integrating:

The process of integration is about interconnected cycles of renewal in:

  • self (head, heart, body, intuition, soul)
  • others (conversations and relationships)
  • environments (culture, rituals, nature)
  • spirituality (meaning and bigger purpose)

Co-creating the next cycle of becoming and providing support through the process of renewal that we are all part of.

“Integral Coaching is what arrives when two people develop a professional relationship that is grounded in mutual trust and respect directed toward a set of clear outcomes, guided by presence, and informed by broad models about what it means to be a human being. It is a methodology. It is an integration project. It is a moment when you feel deeply connected to yourself and others, with a deep acceptance of everything, and you take practical steps to move forward in life. It is both simpler and more complex than it sounds. And, at heart, Integral Coaching is not just an “it” we can see and hear from the outside but also the “I” that lives in our thoughts and emotions and the “we” that connects us to each other in language and culture.” – James Flaherty

Today I commit to truly live

by Gretha van der Merwe

I coach clients to RENEW in the following fields:

  • Executive Coaching (Development of leadership skills e.g. assertiveness, clear communication, delegation, capacity to influence others and cultivate inclusivity)
  • Somatic Coaching (Increase embodied self-awareness through Mindfulness, learn to listen to wisdom of the body, inner voice and gut instincts)
  • Career Development (career change or transition, promotion/advancement or opportunities)
  • Women Leadership (working with changing relationship with the Inner Critic, specific cultural factors that shaped the narrative of how women are perceived, female archetype)
  • Enneagram Coaching
“Coaching the human soul is about supporting people to be at their best in living, learning and working. Coaching the human soul makes good business sense, for when people are at their best, organizations benefit from their enhanced performance, productivity and creativity.” – Alan Sieler
My coaching approach is further grounded in the embodiment of my own lived experiences. It is also aligned with the latest psychology and neuroscience research that provide support for the physiological and biological understanding of the importance of drawing on the wisdom of the body, gut instincts, intuition or presence. Things that in the world of work may sound too mystical.
How we embody ourselves and behave or whether we speak up are influenced by our nervous system, feelings and sensations in our body that is rooted in our instinctual intelligence and ancestral knowing (“social background cultures” or “common sense”). – Gretha Cronje (with thanks to Blake, van der Kolk, Usatynski and Shotter)
“It may be our minds that govern us, our souls that guide us, but it is our bodies on which our histories are written, in which our stories are embedded.” – Fiffer and Fiffer