Meet the person behind CarlenJ Coaching


My Story

Hi, I’m Carlen, a qualified life coach passionate about leading with love and being of service to women in midlife and beyond who would like to find their way back to themselves after a setback. Our journey together will allow you to be seen, heard and validated to start again in ways that are meaningful and exciting to you. Discovering the true essence of what you know to be true whilst aligning your values with life goals. My work is organic and holistic and comes with blending the enquiry of coaching with strategy and life experience, to get my clients the very best outcomes. I will guide you in transforming your life from survival mode into one overflowing with possibility, vibrance and genuine joy – the profoundly fulfilling way of being we all deserve.

Turning Point

I spent over three decades  working in healthcare to support my children.  After leaving my job and before starting a new position in another  healthcare facility I scheduled fairly routine surgery to my face to remove a micro nodular basal cell carcinoma. Nothing life threatening but it would have made a mess of my nose eventually. My routine procedure ended up being more complex and resulted, through no fault of the excellent care I had from my surgeons, in chronic neuropathic pain.  So began seemingly endless medical appointments and hospitals stays having treatment. I was really caught off-guard!

I consequently lost my job and went through my “Dark night of the soul” but can honestly say that it was the best thing that could have happened to me. It allowed me some space and time to figure out what I wanted from life. I began searching and kept coming up with life coaching. Then I met someone who had been supported by coaches during difficult times in her life and she spoke of how supportive and life changing it was for her.  So, I chose to follow these love taps from the universe and finished my coaching qualification with Beautiful You Life Coaching Academy a few months ago. It is honestly the best thing I have ever done.  I feel so truly blessed to support people to discover their light and live a life of clarity and purpose.

My Approach

As a trauma-informed life coach, I’ve melded professional expertise with the wisdom of experience. My approach is anchored in understanding, compassion, and unwavering support.

Life coaching, to me, is not merely a profession—it’s a profound commitment to witness and aid in the blooming of potential within each individual who seeks my support.

How I Can Support You

  • Personal Transformation: letting go of an old identity, old stories, and old ways of being, and coming alive to a newer, truer way of being in the world.
  • Career Transitions: Collaborating with clients navigating job changes, career shifts, or embarking on new professional paths.
  • Life Transitions: Providing a steadfast presence to skilfully support the emotional and practical complexities of major life events like divorce, relocation, or entering a new life stage.
  • Life Balance: Collaborating with clients to cultivate a state of balance and harmony across the various domains of their lives, such as work, personal commitments, self-care practices, and relationships.

Why choose me:

Experience is the best teacher…

Extensive Expertise: Beyond my life coach qualifications, I have experienced trauma, setbacks, and defeats. Let’s face it, life can be pretty shitty sometimes! It is through this life experience that I have developed resilience and the ability to move through the lows and rebuild again.

Empathetic and Supportive Approach: Finding your joy for life and a new passion or direction is difficult. It can create a lot of fear. By working with me you have an empathetic and supportive person in your corner.

Personalised Guidance: Your heart knows what you want from life and I sincerely believe that you have all the answers within. I will be your witness as you navigate what lights you up and gently guide you back when you lose focus.

Accountability and Motivation: I will walk with you every exciting step of the way. I will be your partner fostering accountability, responsibility, and motivation with a gentle, guiding hand. You’re not alone, I‘ll be there cheering you on and celebrating you!

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

My journey began over 27 years ago when I became the biological mother of two remarkable Black children. When they were babies, their differences were consistently pointed out to me and as they grew their differences were pointed out to them, sometimes without kindness or love. What initially began as an unwavering love for my children’s acceptance in society has evolved into a broader aspiration: to embrace and include all individuals, regardless of their differences, within our shared social fabric.

I am committed to embracing the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion in all areas of my practice as a life coach. You are welcome here regardless of race, nationality, religion, gender, physical ability, income, politics, or sexual orientation. I recognise that as a cisgendered white person, I hold certain advantages within the dominant culture-a privilege not shared by everyone.

My commitment extends to fairness and justice. I strive to create an environment where everyone has equal access to opportunities, resources, and empowerment. My coaching space is a haven for all. I actively listen, learn, and foster an inclusive atmosphere where everyone feels seen, heard, acknowledged, and valued. As we embark on your transformative journey, I honour your individuality and recognise the interconnectedness of our shared humanity. 

**I am dedicated to using my business for good and as such I am committed to ensuring that my work benefits a community that may not ordinarily have access to the coaching and wellness industry and completely deserve to! I offer a sliding scale and bursary places  to people on very low incomes. Please reach out via email if this is you. I would love to hear from you!**


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A qualified life coach helping you find your joy for life again