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 a creative and imaginative companion for your biographical journey
Travel your story - past, present and future - with insight and enthusiasm
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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Strategies of Hope

The pandemic’s distancing regulations have a strange effect: turning companions into strangers. We are not powerless and do not have to let this happen! Let us check the Latin dictionary: the word ‘socius’ actually means ‘companion’ and ‘social’ refers to the connectedness between people, sharing community spirit. A remarkable characteristic of the Covid-19 pandemic ideology is the naming of the human contact-safety behaviour as ‘social distancing’. For sure keeping apart, avoiding gatherings, hugs, handshakes and touch, sanitizing, wearing masks, speaking through a shield – are all foremost physical acts. They are not social as such. We can feel close to someone…

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