The founder and CEO of Compose Your Life Consulting, Valerie launched her initial long-term career as a professional violinist after graduating from the University of Toronto in Music Performance. A skilled communicator who loves teaching, she is also a certified ESL teacher and has taught both English and French as a second language. Employment at the Montreal Neurological Institute as a Research Coordinator in adolescent brain development sparked her interest in brain plasticity and transformation, while her experience co-leading a Mindfulness Meditation group brought her another understanding of training the mind.
Valerie’s deep curiosity led her to pursue training and certification in the Art and Science of Coaching through Erickson College International (2008-2009), as well as Professional Coach Certification with the International Coaching Federation (PCC). Her passion for learning has encompassed studies in Clinical Training in Mind/Body Medicine at the Harvard Medical School; certification as an NLP Practitioner; and certification in Positive Psychology with Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar through the Kripalu Centre and Wholebeing Institute in Massachusetts. In addition, Valerie and Anna Stowers co-founded a training company in 2009. The Coach Approach specializes in supporting the professional development of corporate managers and trainers, offering successful workshops internationally.
Valerie’s creative spirit is evident in her love of diversity and new projects. In addition to her experience living and working on 3 continents (Canada, Africa and Europe), she is an avid world traveler. When in Montreal, Valerie offers transformational coaching workshops at McGill University and for various corporate clients. The mother of two highly creative adults, she continues to embrace the unfolding process of composing a life. How might she support you in this journey?