Meet Your Coach

Monica O’Brien

Personal Coaching, Career, Business and
Product Development

About Me

I help creative people to thrive in all stages of their career and life – artists, actors, singers, musicians, dancers, filmmakers, writers, directors, designers, innovators, entrepreneurs. I work with an incredibly varied cross-section of people: from professional creatives who utilize their artistic talents and unique way of thinking in their career or business, to imaginative individuals who enjoy their creative expression as a deep source of personal connection and fulfilment.

“It is a privilege to work with creative souls, to witness the magical unfolding of their gifts as they learn how to overcome blocks and express the power of their creativity to achieve their greatest potential.”

Before I commenced professional coaching, I worked in the publishing and music industries. I understand the ‘Creative Soul’ and the complex palette of experiences that this entails. I am deeply familiar with the joys and the challenges of balancing creative expression with the practicalities of ‘doing life’ – a prospect that can be overwhelming for many who possess the unique nature of the Creative Soul.

I work with creative individuals to help them reach their highest potential by enabling them to eliminate limiting beliefs and other mental barriers that are blocking their creativity, and overcome procrastination. I can also assist with the development of a carefully devised career path or business plan, when that is needed.

I have organized major events ranging in scale from national and state-wide conferences to community and musical events, facilitated small and large group gatherings, and worked in artist management and publishing. I own and manage two successful businesses, and I have worked professionally with thousands of people via personal and group coaching.

My own creativity finds its artistic expression as a songwriter, playing with paint and via creative writing. I also enjoy the challenge of ‘thinking outside the box’ to find innovative solutions in business and special projects.

I have a love of learning and I am committed to my ongoing personal and professional development. I hold multiple professional coaching qualifications, which means my clients have access to the latest coaching tools and methodologies available to help them overcome their struggles and achieve success. I also have a deep appreciation for and understanding of the creative process – notably, the way creativity enables insights and an ‘unlocking’ in situations where more mechanical theories and schemes often fail.

I am a lifelong student of mindfulness and conscious living, and I incorporate these practices with NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming), Meta-Coaching, Integral Theory, the Integrative Enneagram (a personality profiling tool for self-awareness and growth), as well as the creative arts in my work as a coach.

I am grateful for the many people I have connected with over the years – friends, clients, colleagues and advisors who have supported me and challenged me in my own creativity and business ventures. I am richer for those relationships and I look forward to getting to know you, too.

Feel Free to Drop Me a Line and Introduce Yourself

Qualifications & Associations

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Cert IV Life & Business Coaching, The Life Coaching Institute, Sydney

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Certified Master Practitioner of NS (Neuro Semantics) and (Neuro-Liguistic Programming) NLP

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Certificate IV Training, Assessment & Evaluation (TAE)

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Associate Certified Meta-Coach (ACMC) with the Meta-Coach Foundation (MCF)

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Conscious Coach Success Mentor Program graduate, Conscious Business Coalition

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Member of the International Meta-Coach Foundation

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Certified Integral Semantic Facilitator, Integral Semantics

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Integrative Enneagram Accredited Practitioner, International Enneagram Association (IEA)

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Member of the International Society of Neuro-Semantics

Testimonials

At the end of a music performance degree, I reached the point where I was wondering what my next steps would be. I had envisioned structuring a self-directed program of study, but the concept of bringing this together seemed daunting, to say the least!

Emily Edmonds

Opera Singer, London UK

I was surprised by the amount of creative thinking about ways to position my business, grow awareness and focus on key strengths. By this I mean that I think the way Monica moves beyond the ‘nuts and bolts’ of business development to a level of creative thinking about, in my case, everything from the basic identity (Rod Heard Studios), through ideas about how to target prospects with calls to action etc. that are very specific to my skill set, packaged in a business proposition that is unique to me. Rod Heard

Graphic Designer/Musician, Rod Heard Studios, Central Coast NSW

Imagine working with someone who listens and gets past all your fears, anxieties, monkey mind and resistances. Meet Monica!

Imagine brainstorming with someone who not only amplifies your dreams, but unpacks them step by step so they’re achievable. Meet Monica!

Trish Watts

Creative Director , Cambodia Sings! Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Would you like to know more?

Please get in touch. I look forward to speaking with you.