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Reference John Countryman

If someone asked me (and they often do) to recommend a coach, Wendy Drobnyk would be the first name that would come to mind. Wendy is a remarkable coach and extraordinary human being. Wendy has extensive experience as a ‘transitions coach’ or—I’m inclined to say—‘transformations coach’. Wendy has devoted her life to the field of occupational therapy as a practitioner, teacher, and scholar and is at her best when working with individuals about to enter the field or those who’ve decided to take their practice to the ‘next level’. But you don’t need to be an aspiring occupational therapist to avail yourself of her many talents. In truth, Wendy’s foremost gift lies in an ability to engage with individuals from any walk of life who find themselves at a crossroads, not only to identify and achieve their goals, but also to thrive.

The combination of Wendy’s strength of character, authenticity, generosity, sincere regard for others, and ‘big picture’ consciousness, not to mention her catalog of life lessons, credentials, and helping skills, position her as one of the country’s foremost change agents. Enlisting Wendy to join you on your journey from an ‘OK’ to an optimal life will be the best decision you’ve ever made.

Dr. John Countryman, CPC
Professor, Berry College
Fulbright Scholar and Visiting Professor
National University of Ireland-Galway


What is Coaching?

As coaches, we partner with our clients to maximize their personal and professional potential. We honor and respect each client—recognizing that he or she possesses unique talents and skills. Initially, we discover and clarify what the client wants to achieve. Thereafter, we work together to develop client-centered strategies to achieve weekly goals—holding the client responsible and accountable. Steady and continuous goal attainment over as little time as 3 months is usually sufficient to demonstrate sustainable and meaningful life changes.

IFC International Coaching Federation

What is Occupational Therapy?

As occupational therapists, we help people participate to the fullest of their potentials by using everyday, meaningful activities. Occupational therapists learn quickly that outcomes hinge on finding the just right challenge—the perfect balance that is achieved by pairing an almost attained skill with powerfully motivating activities—the process is as important as the outcome.

AOTA  American Occupational Therapy Association

What is an OT Coach?

An OT Coach is a professional with expertise in both occupational therapy and coaching—one who is uniquely suited to the following clients:

  • Individuals transitioning between life events involving career decisions/development
  • Undergraduates and new graduates who are considering careers in helping professions such as physical therapy, social work, psychology, occupational therapy, medicine
  • Occupational therapists who are entering the field and/or developing sub-specializations
  • Professionals who are developing private practice/business

What is Energy Leadership?

Energy LeadershipTM is the process that develops a personally effective style of leadership that positively influences and changes not only yourself, but also those with whom you work and interact, as well as your organization as a whole.

Before we explore the rest of what Energy Leadership may have to offer you, let's define the two key terms above.

  • catabolic energy is the breaking down of cells—it is destructive energy.
  • anabolic energy is growing, building energy—it’s the ‘good stuff’—the energy that our body seeks to maintain it’s energy system.

When we use these terms in relation to people’s energy, we are talking more broadly about the constructive and destructive forces within the entire body—individual cells as well as thoughts, beliefs, emotions, and behaviors. The highest level of energy is absolute passion and non-judgment. The lowest levels are victim-thinking and apathy. People’s energy level in all aspects of their lives fluctuate somewhere between these two extremes. Your level of consciousness determines how you interpret and derive meaning from each of life’s experiences.

Remember that there are no “right” or “wrong” levels of energy—they each have advantages and disadvantages. What is important is your level of awareness about each of the levels. Being aware of your energy level and that of people you interact with lets you chose consciously how you want to show up in any given situation. By living more consciously at higher anabolic energy levels, your work feels effortless and you tap into your inner creativity with passion.

Leadership is how you interact with everyone, including yourself. Leaders are quite visible within small and large businesses. We tend to think of them as business owners and CEO's and managers at various levels. Traditionally, leadership also extends into politics and other global affairs. However, parents, therapists and health care providers, solopreneurs, sports coaches, consultants, mentors, partners in relationship, teachers, authors, and others who interact with people on a regular basis are all leaders. EVERYONE is a leader either by choice or default.

iPEC  Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching