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“If you are a full time Mum, you haven’t lost skills, you have gained them. You have developed resilience and commitment. As a full time Mom, you are working! It is love’s labor and it’s about building confidence.”
– Barbara Verner
It is often difficult for mothers who, having gone on maternity leave, now wish to return to their workplace. Our guest for today in the Winning Teams Podcast is a long-time friend of mine who is no stranger to this issue.
Barbara Verner is the founder of Mumstuck, which provides online career coaching to these women returners. She is also certified and trained in Reality Therapy, Choice Theory, Positive Psychology, and an E-therapist.
Barbara started as a career guidance counsellor and has a long track record in this profession. During those years Barbara has witnessed huge change and challenge for women in the workplace.
For 17 years in Ireland, Barbara was involved in the training of Career Guidance Counsellors and was a part-time member of staff on the Master’s degree, Career Guidance and Counselling program at Dublin City University. However, in 2014, she moved to the UK to live permanently with her family.
Barbara became a registered member of the British Associate of Counsellors and Psychotherapist. To continue working with her client-base network in Ireland, she added online counselling to her repertoire.
Listen to the full story here.
In this episode, Barbara talks about:
- The effectiveness of online counselling and creating the right type of online presence.
- Developing her website, Mumstuck, which gives career guidance counselling and helps women returning to the workplace to find alternatives.
- Her passion to address the societal attitude and assumption of mothers taking the backseat or letting go of their careers.
- Redesigning another website, Barbaraverner.com to give a blended approach and have both counselling and online career coaching to reach men and women alike.
Book Recommendation, Habits and Where to Get in Touch:
Barbara recommends two great books, Patrick Casement’s Learning from the Patient and Charles Handy’s Empty Raincoat.
In Learning from the Patient, the patient is the classical reference to the client. It teaches humility, willingness to be self-reflective, maturity and honesty to learn and the skill of listening to become more effective.
While Empty Raincoat, a classic and the metaphor for the empty organization that doesn’t have soul and heart. If the organization has soul and heart, it’ll be able to hear and listen to its own prejudices around this issue about women returners.
You can reach Barbara through her websites – Mumstuck or Barbaraverner.com
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Thanks to Jodey Smith, my podcasting technical genius, who does all the bits I don’t
like –the editing, the uploading etc. He is a gem and can be contacted at JodeySmith.com.
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