Dr Janin is a creative and imaginative companion for your biographical journey

Travel your story – past, present and future – with insight and enthusiasm

What is biographical coaching? How does it work?

Each person’s biography is a unique and adventurous journey. Following our path through life, we shape our own biography. We may not actually write our life story down – as in the original meaning of the word biography – but with the choices we make and the activities we undertake we leave the imprints of our life on the map of the world.

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Dr Janin is the only practitioner of biographical coaching in South Africa. Her unique brand of coaching combines organisational development, medical and industrial sociology and biographical counselling.
Academic Career Alert

I coach emerging researchers in qualitative research projectsThe Department of Research Capacity Development at Nelson Mandela University (NMU) offers my interactive training to groups of participants, but I assist also with individual requests. Ask me how I can help you.  


‘HELP! I want to do this qualitative research project, but I’m not sure how to go about it.’

Academic Qualitative Research Coaching

The researchers usually describe a comprehensive need for overall guidance in their research design: from pinpointing the focus and main research questions for their project, to choosing and applying methods and techniques, followed by how to describe and analyse the collected data. There is always the underlying need to come to grips with what is called ‘the qualitative paradigm’. Read more …



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New Year’s Good Intentions

Video Transcript: New Year’s Good Intentions To see the video, click here. Dr Janin: I had some time to read some philosophy, and I thought: Well, these philosophers, thinking about life for so many centuries … I wonder if they managed to stick to their good intentions. And I found this wonderful book which is about – not “boere troos”, but Die Troos van die Filosofe. The first one is Schopenhauer. 19th century. Lived in Frankfurt, of those days, in a house on the river Main. And he, with his good intentions, he had a very strict agenda. Working for three…

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