Jo’s credentials


Adler School
This accredited coaching program in Toronto, Ontario (sponsored by the Adler Graduate Professional School) combines sound theory and effective application required to become a professional certified coach under the International Coach Federation (ICF).
Along with 125 hours of coach-specific training, students are required to get a minimum of 100 hours of coaching experience working with clients to qualify to take the certification exam to attain ACPC (Adler Certified Professional Coach) which is equivalent to ICF’s Professional Certified Coach (PCC) certification. However, the PCC level also requires 750 hours of client experience so until that is reached, Adler graduates sit at ICF’s ACC (Associate Certified Coach) level.

Certified Coach
The International Coach Federation was founded in 1995. The ICF sets high standards (approves coaching schools that align with the ICF Core Competencies and ICF Code of Ethics), provides independent certification, and is building a worldwide network of credentialed coaches. Many hours of continuing education is required each year to maintain certification.
Click here for the ICF’s excellent overview of what professional coaching is (and is not), why you may wish to work with a coach, how is coaching delivered, what you can expect and how success of the coaching process can be measured.

Additional certification

My curiosity about how we express and use emotions when working with others lead me to become certified to administer a psychological assessment called the Emotional Quotient Inventory, the EQi. It is a self reporting tool that represents a snapshot of an individual’s social and emotional well being. Click here for the benefits of understanding and improving emotional intelligence.

I have also completed a Mental Health First Aid course. Described by the Mental Health Commission of Canada, MHFA is help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. As a coach, I am not permitted to provide any counselling or therapy, yet I can assist a client with determining if they require this kind of help. Being aware of mental health issues provides a guideline for me to assess if a client may need other or additional help beyond coaching services.


My studies at Ryerson University (psychology certificate) have provided me with a broader perspective on human behaviour, particularly related to stress management, motivation, resilience and physical environment. Most applicable to coaching was my course in positive psychology – a relatively new area of scientific study. This examines wellness and life satisfaction, rather than the traditional focus of psychological problems.

Currently I am enjoying studies at University of Toronto in the Foundations of Mindfulness Mediation certificate program. We are exploring the history and practices of mindfulness and mindfulness meditation, traditional and contemporary medicine, as well as case and research-based practice.


Professional Organizers of Canada is the national association for organizers and I belong to the Toronto chapter. POC provides training on a variety of topics ranging from home decluttering to office time management assistance. After completing 12 courses, members write and exam and become a TPO, Trained Professional Organizer.

As a coach, I accompany clients as they streamline their lives to achieve their goals. Particularly with freelancers, keeping home and travelling office space organized can be a challenge! As a minimalist and a creative type, I know how exciting and yet daunting it can be to take on many possible ideas and offers. When requested during a coaching session, I will put on my consultant hat and guide a client through strategies for prioritizing projects, managing digital communication and storage, and how to effectively use time and schedule activities.

I also offer personal space (home, office) organizing in a single, thorough, ‘do it yourself’ session. This takes place in the space, either in person or via video phone.


I have been writing on the topic of minimalism, first in the blog Minimalist Self for five years and now Peaceful Home, reflecting decades of personal experience, combined with all my professional learning. Some clients seek me out specifically to guide them through a process of living through the lens of minimalism, to declutter mentally, emotionally and physically. This is consulting over quite a long period of time, utilizing all my skill-sets, working through various areas in life to clear out and establish new behaviour regarding objects, relationships, habits and more.