"Law, island life and transformation" - here's my story in an alum interview with Norton Rose Fulbright, a global law firm and my former employer.
I've been coaching since 2015. Prior to coaching, I dedicated 13 years to a legal career in project finance and M&A in the energy sector, working in London, Moscow and Singapore.
My transition from lawyer to coaching came from my own experience of life shifts – moving countries, trying not to lose myself while adapting to new cultures, career promotions, bereavement, and becoming a wife and a mother. These experiences shifted my perspective on what it means to be a human and happiness. They also gave me a passion for helping others who are going through change.
My family is a mix of Russian, British, French and Italian cultures. One day I plan to write a book on 200 mistakes in bringing up tri-lingual children.
My husband and I and our two boys live in London. When not coaching, I love to spend time with my family, go on long walks, watch movies, read fiction and play the uke.
Fun fact: My family took a gap year on Reunion Island. There I wrote and voiced the Russian audio guide for the Isautier Rhum Factory & Museum. If you are ever on Reunion Island, the museum is fascinating and the degustation is delicious!
my COACHING approach.
There is an old story about two salesmen sent to a foreign country to assess the market for shoes. Salesman One scouts around for a few days and reports back to the company headquarters: "Research complete. Absolute disaster. Nobody here wears shoes." Likewise, Salesman Two does his research and telegraphs back: "Research complete. Glorious opportunity! Nobody here wears shoes!"
We see the world through a narrative we tell ourselves. This internal voice shapes our feelings, fears, decisions, self-image and what we see more present in our life - anxiety or confidence, dissonance or balance, feeling stuck or seeing opportunities. I help my clients connect with the supportive voice, gain confidence in self and learn to use their internal resources. Such self-discovery and integration of internal resources become your powerhouse in meeting life challenges and creating a sustainably fulfilling and successful life. To learn more about my approach, continue reading here.
The first step is for us to have a chat (phone or zoom) to meet each other, clarify the challenges and map out how to approach them. You will get a taster of my coaching and if it feels like a resonant fit, we will agree on the next steps.
Qualifications & Accolades.
Qualified as a lawyer in Russia, 2005
Qualified as a solicitor in England & Wales, 2011
Trained as a Co-Active Coach with the Coaching Training Institute (CTI), 2015
One of 12 speakers at the Governmental round-table on improving UK's postnatal care (recommendations included in the NHS Long-Term Plan), 2019
Executive Coaching & Health training with the FRC and the Academy of Executive Coaching (AoEC), 2020
Member of the International Coaching Federation
Mum of two radiant boys
Executive Coaching, 1-1 Programme
"I highly recommend meeting with Anya […]. Her coaching style is extremely personalised and tailored. Anya does not impose or teach. Rather, she offers tools and guidance that help you set, frame and achieve your goals and find fulfilment in doing so."
- Mum of three, senior white-collar crime lawyer, global law firm