Vinita combines skills gained from being a family lawyer with the qualities developed through her mindfulness practice in this award-winning coaching scheme.
“Vinita’s method is unique in that the sessions are tailored around how one works best. This holistic method immediately puts you at ease and unlocks hidden potential.”
– Silvana Tapia Tapia – Leverhulme Early Career Fellow
After a twenty-year career as a family solicitor, I took a leap and decided to pursue a long-held ambition to become a writer. I applied for an MA in Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths. One thing led to another and, over time, I left the law, obtained a doctorate in Creative Writing, qualified to teach in Higher Education and became an Associate Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Kent.
Alongside my career, I’ve maintained a passionate interest in personal development: as a solicitor, I qualified as a mediator to help separating couples address their emotional issues as well as the legal and practical ones; as a PhD candidate, I became accredited as a coach when I identified a gap in the support provided to PhD students and academics. In 2016, my academic coaching scheme won a Barbara Morris Prize for teaching innovation at the University of Kent.
My experience, both as a lawyer and a mindfulness practitioner, means that I bring a unique combination of qualities and skills to my coaching. I can offer strategies and targeted interventions as well as provide a gentle, supportive space for insights to emerge, depending on what a client most needs.
I specialise in coaching academics and creatives. See services offered below for further details.
I embarked on my coaching course in 2012 without a full understanding of what coaching involved. I imagined I would learn tips on setting priorities and avoiding procrastination and so on. Instead, I found the training – two sets of three full days with a month of coaching practice in the middle – to be rigorous, underpinned by strong ethical values as well as challenging on a personal level.
Many of the participants on my course went through major life changes: there were marriages, resignations, promotions and house moves. It was a revelation to me to discover that you do not need to mine someone’s childhood to effect real and meaningful change.
Coaching is a confidential and supportive conversation designed to help people achieve personal and professional goals. It is solutions orientated and focuses on the present (where are you now?) and the future (where would you like to be?). As such, coaching differs from counselling or therapy.
Time management, life/work balance, fear of failure/success and perfectionism are some of the issues addressed during the sessions with my clients, but anything that helps or hinders the achievement of goals is open for discussion.
My academic clients have, for example, set goals around health problems, relationship dilemmas, exercise and diets as well as the kind of things one might expect, such as deadlines, presenting conference papers and attending submission reviews and applying for tenure.
I am particularly experienced in helping people complete long projects such as monographs and PhD theses as well as dealing with rejection and re-submission; the ability to develop resilience is key to both.
I was accredited as a coach in 2012 by RD 1st through Culture at Work (ILM level 7 equivalence)
Member – Association for Coaching
The testimonials below are anonymous to protect client confidentiality. They are direct quotes from feedback provided for a coaching scheme I devised and ran for the Schools of English and Law at the University of Kent and which was awarded a Barbara Morris Prize for teaching innovation in 2016.