1. What would you like people to know about your coaching?
Hello! I’m Adina and it’s lovely to meet you.
Coaching is my professional way to celebrate LIFE and celebrate YOU. It’s a celebration where we co-create together a partnership, and a safe and non-judgemental space where you become the explorer of what is important in the moment for you. And I will be there for you so you can find your own answers and your own way to go forward.
2. What’s your background? (Coaching and otherwise).
Romanian born and living in the UK for more than 10 years, I consider myself a global citizen due to my love for diversity and humanity. I am a Professional Certified Coach (PCC), accredited by the International Coaching Federation. For the last 6 years, I have specialised in leadership and team development, providing over 900 coaching hours and consulting services for professionals, managers, leadership and teams from various industries.
As it’s important for me to be a reliable coaching partner for you, I strive for excellence. My coaching expertise and experience have not only a solid academic foundation (I hold a MSc in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology) but also an intensive and continuous training in leadership and team coaching (over 8 certifications and accreditations as I lost the counting, but I know that I will never retire from studying).
Before becoming a full-time coach, I developed extensive business experience working in a dynamic international corporate environment for 15 years, and where I loved leading global sales operations and change management projects in 60 countries. Through this experience, I became more and more passionate about people development, connection and culture. As soon as I realised that I want to work with people for people (instead of working with people for projects), I couldn’t find my place in my old corporate role anymore. And with a little support from the universe, I jumped into the unknown and started my second professional chapter, coaching and consultancy, which I fully embraced with passion and joy since 2015.
3. What would you like people to know about you that’s nothing to do with your coaching?
My friends know me as a “pilgrim of life”, because I love traveling, discovering new places and hiking long distances in nature. This is my personal way to celebrate life.
My favourite long walks are on the different paths of Camino de Santiago, completing 4 of them so far. The remaining 4 will definitely be walked after this Covid pandemic is over.
When I don’t walk, I love “getting lost” by watching or reading Science-Fiction. I read the Foundation series by Isaac Asimov, at least five times in the last 20 years. And I cannot imagine missing any episode of the Star Trek series (this is the only reason I pay for a Netflix account).
But I also love reading history, psychology or great literature, while eating chocolate (dark, raw, organic, vegan is my favourite).
However…, for the last four years, all these happen only when my little nephew is not around. Otherwise, every single free second is for him. Rediscovering the world together with fun and play (and chocolate of course!) is another new way of celebrating life for me.
4. What’s your mental health journey?
It took me 35 years of life before I finally learnt about mental health. And if I wouldn’t have chosen to go into coaching and studying Positive Psychology, probably it would have taken me another 5 years at least.
Only when I attended my first master modules on Wellbeing, I started to realise that I’ve been dealing with depression or burnt out through various stages of my life.
I finally understood why I couldn’t find my place in the world, and why my body kept giving me signals through different health challenges to stop and rest.
With the support of various resources (coaching, walking, reading, diet, Shiatsu, Tai Chi), I started a long journey of healing, both physically and mentally. But coaching is the experience that helped me most to finally “arrive at home” and fully celebrate LIFE.