Vanessa Carstens

Career Coach
Johannesburg and Pretoria, Gauteng
Mobile Number: 071 371 9564
Address:
Johannesburg & Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa

Vanessa's coaching is grounded in Integral and holistic coaching principles (mind, emotions, language and body). She is passionate about supporting people to live to their true potential for sustained levels of internal fulfilment, high performance, personal growth and transformation. She defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximise their personal and professional potential. Vanessa has a special interest and cares deeply about the growth and development of talented women in Africa.

She is able to very quickly build rapport and deep trust during the coaching relationships that she forms in order to improve the possibility of a successful outcome for the person being coached. Her deep sense of compassion for her clients is exhibited in her clarity and structure, but also in her flexibility and preparedness to be creative.

She believes her clients are complex beings immersed in profoundly changing situations. Coaching them is seen as an integral part of her own development journey.

On a personal note, Vanessa enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She loves reading a wide variety of books and in her leisure time she travels abroad to experience different cultures.

Previous Background

Vanessa has more than 20 years of experience in the fields of Human Resources, Talent Management, Labour Relations, Individual and Organisational Development, having held senior HR positions in AVI (previously National Brands Ltd) and Estee Lauder Group of Companies. She consulted to leading organisations in Southern Africa and Africa such as Barclays Africa, CABRI, Multichoice Africa, BHP Billiton, Saab Grintek Technologies, Kumba Iron Ore, African Rainbow Minerals and ZolaniHBC.

Coaching Experience

Early 2010, Vanessa started her career in coaching. She provides leadership and career coaching as well as team coaching to open up new possibilities for her coaching clients. Where appropriate she incorporates psychometric assessments (e.g. OPQ, EQi, Saville Wave, CPP) into her work. Vanessa is a mentor for coaches in training and facilitates coaching circles for groups. One-on-one and phone coaching services are provided in English and Afrikaans. Additional telephonic and email support is available to clients as and when required.

Educational Background

Vanessa holds a M Comm Degree (cum laude) in Industrial Psychology from the University of Johannesburg and is a registered Industrial Psychologist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). In addition to the above, she completed an Advanced Diploma in Labour Law. More recently she has completed UCT's Professional Coaching Course. This programme is accredited with the International Coach Federation (ICF) and run in partnership with New Ventures West (USA).

Her passionate interest in human behaviour and leadership development ensures that she remains current in these evolving disciplines.

Professional Associations

Vanessa is a member of COMENSA, the International Coach Federation, the Society for Industrial & Organisational Psychology of SA (SIOPSA) and the HPCSA (Health Professions Council of South Africa).


If you are ready to make some positive changes in your life with the support of an accredited Integral Coach®, please feel free to contact Vanessa directly.