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What Is Life & Leadership Coaching?

The International Coaching Federation (ICF) defines life coaching as “a process where a life coach partners with his or her client with an objective of inspiring the client to maximize their professional and personal potential.”  At Habitual Phoenix Coaching, we will help you grow your potential by focusing on two areas of Life Coaching:  Life Transitions and Leadership – Discovering Your Values and Strengths.

Life Transitions

Essential Life Coaching – Children are often asked “what do you want to be when you grow up?” Now that you are an adult, do you feel that you have stopped growing? Do your goals no longer serve you? Learn how presence, a growth mindset, emotional and social intelligence, and your personal vision can get your life back on track.

Leisure Coaching – Are you a caregiver and feel isolated by your situation? Are work and family pressures stressing you out? As a recent retiree, have you come to the realization that there is more to life than another round of golf? Find out how recreation therapy can improve your quality of life through a holistic assessment of your values and strengths. Together, we can create a personalized wellness plan that will be your map to a healthier and more purposeful life.

Relationship Coaching - Navigating a relationship is hard work, requiring compassion, patience, tolerance, and friendship. Using John and Julie Gottman’s seven principles for successful relationships as a starting point, we help clients understand the danger signals that can undermine a partnership, and how to do the repair work necessary to ensure a solid relationship foundation.

We want to design workshops that are specifically tailored to suit your organization's needs! For further information on workshop design and pricing, please email us at

Leadership - Discovering Your Values and Strengths

Servant Leadership is a values and strengths-based approach that is centred on contribution, connections, and courage. Critically, servant leaders create success through a moral vision that prioritizes both client satisfaction and team well-being.

Habitual Phoenix Coaching offers tailored individual sessions and team workshops on the following topics that help you to discover the values and strengths that create servant leaders, and to gain the confidence to use these attributes effectively in your daily life:

Finding Your Ikigai – Are you uncertain about your career choice or feel that your life lacks direction? Then try finding your ikigai (ee-key-guy), the Japanese concept of meaningful daily living. Ikigai is found at the intersection of four essential elements – passion (what you love), mission (what the world needs), vocation (what you are good at), and profession (what you can be rewarded for).

Job Crafting – COVID and the need for a flexible workplace has created opportunities for leaders and their teams to redesign their approach to work. Learn about the possibilities – and some cautions - for job crafting in your workplace.

Mindfulness and You – Multi-tasking or single-tasking? That is the question! This workshop shows how a focus on attention (presence) is the foundation of an engaged and productive workplace.

Bouncing Back – This workshop on resilience gives an overview of how leaders and their teams can learn from and adapt to challenging or difficult situations.
life & Leadership Coaching

Habitual Phoenix Coaching

How does a life coaching session work?

There are two parts to life coaching collaboration – the time in-between sessions and the in-person or virtual session itself. Because client learning is often consolidated outside of scheduled conversations, Habitual Phoenix Coaching offers the Quenza app as your personal support. Connect with your coach if you have a question, and seamlessly get your homework assignments through the app.  No more fussing with texting threads or emails (with PDF attachments) clogging your inbox!   

In-person and virtual life coaching sessions can literally have a life of their own, depending upon the stage the client is at on their journey.  Especially at the beginning of coaching, a 60 minute in-person or virtual coaching session will typically move through four distinct phases (all times approximate):  

1. Rapport building (5 minutes)

An opportunity to check in with the client and to do a short relaxation exercise. The client can also give initial feedback on the homework that was assigned through the Habitual Phoenix (Quenza) app, or follow-up with a question or comment from the app's chat function.

2. Setting Client Goals and Intentions (10 minutes)

It is critical that both the coach and client are on the same page as to what the client wants to achieve during the session. The conversation may focus on an assigned task on the part of the client, a follow-up from the previous session, or a new issue that the client wants to discuss.

3. Coaching through the Client’s Goals/Intentions (35-40 minutes)

Typically a question and answer session designed to create insights into the next stage of the journey. It is often structured around positive psychology exercises and assessments.

4. Committed Action and Accountability (5-10 minutes)

The coach reviews the outcomes of the session with the client, particularly the ‘accountables’ – the actions that the client needs to take before the next session. After all, it is the client’s life journey, not the coach’s.
Successful coaching is rarely accomplished in a session or two. Clients need to be open to a process that may take as little as a few weeks or as much as several months. If the client finds that they ‘click’ with the coach, they may decide to maintain a standing relationship for a long-term commitment.

Setting expectations

What can I expect during a life coaching session?

Clients can expect a safe and empathetic environment where they can express themselves without fear of judgement from the coach, or other clients if in a group setting.  Good coaching is dependent upon three key skills on the part of the coach, namely (1) freedom from distraction (presence), (2) the ability to listen, and (3) the ability to move the session along by focusing on the question at hand.  This may include a judicious use of boundary setting.  The key is that the client must feel that there is value in the coaching relationship.  If you have any questions or concerns for the coach, please don’t hesitate to ask or express them.  After all, you are the one who is paying for the coach’s time.

Please note that individual, coupleship, and small group sessions can be virtual, at a work site or in person at our Ailsa Craig studio.  We are happy to design workshops and public speaking engagements to achieve each client’s specific personal, professional, and/or organizational growth goals and objectives.


John Mombourquette

About your guide

John has lived the coaching life through his 16 years of military service (first in the Canadian Navy and then as a Captain in the Army Reserve) and 35 years in publicly-funded education. As an educator focused on student success, John has been a History teacher, vice-principal, principal, system special education principal, school superintendent, and college associate dean. Throughout his leadership career, John was a “good boss” who gave his team members the autonomy to work to the best of their abilities. John is an engaging public speaker who can tailor a talk for your organization or business. A certified Mindvalley and (ICF accredited) Life Coach, John is also a graduate of the FEEL Certified Partners Program through Horse Spirit Connections. He has a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Western University.

What Our students Say

Testimonials about John’s Coaching:

John’s leadership style is relaxed and he consistently helped me to aspire towards achieving my goals.  He provided honest, constructive feedback and pushed me to find solutions to enhance my problem solving skills.  John inspired a desire in me to perform to my highest level and praised achievements and a job that was well done

M.N., College Leader

 John has been the most effective leader that I have ever worked with.  He uses coaching as a pillar of his leadership.  John’s coaching provides realistic solutions and supports that are both impactful and lasting pathways to live by.

D.H., Secondary School Principal

Anna-Marie Duffy

About your guide

Anna-Marie has over 25 years career experience in health care. As a Recreation Therapist, Anna-Marie made her reputation at Parkwood Hospital (London, Ontario) in veteran’s care and brain injury rehabilitation, before moving on as a professional practice leader for many years. She also worked in two major hospital systems (St. Joseph’s Health Care and London Health Sciences Centre) as a program accreditation specialist. Anna-Marie has always been open to new experiences and engaging with different cultures. The daughter of a Franco-Manitoban mother and an Irish father, she backpacked throughout Europe in her early twenties and spent nearly two years as an au pair with a Swiss family, then lived in Paris and Portugal. On her return to Canada, she moved to Montreal and studied at Concordia University for her Bachelor’s degree in Recreation Therapy. Anna-Marie is a Certified Mindvalley (ICF accredited) Life Coach, and completed training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). She has a Master’s Degree in Health Studies (MHS) from Athabasca University.

What Our students Say

Testimonials about Anna-Marie's coaching:

I felt lighter on the way home – physically, mentally, and spiritually! I had a kink in my neck for the last 2-3 days and it’s now gone!! What a great way to start the weekend!

C.P., Registered Nurse

This was my first FEEL experience. I felt Anna-Marie’s support and immediately connected with the horse. I would highly recommend this form of healing and self-exploration to anyone.

K.L., Systems Analyst