The Top 5 Life Coaches in Winnipeg
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The Top 5 Life Coaches in Winnipeg

When making major life decisions or improving yourself becomes too overwhelming, life coaching is a good way to figure out a way forward. Family and close friends are incredibly helpful counsel, but sometimes the expertise of a life coach can pave the way to clearer insight.

There are many practising life coaches in Winnipeg, but we’ve rounded up the best ones for you right here. Hopefully, one of them will be the best fit for your specific needs.

What is life coaching?

Before we dive into our list, let’s distinguish what makes a life coach different from a therapist and a consultant.

A life coach is a licensed professional who helps individuals improve various aspects of their lives, such as relationships and work. 

Meanwhile, a therapist focuses on mental and emotional healing by looking at past experiences and traumas. 

Finally, a consultant provides insight on a specific challenge within a business-related project. 

It’s important to know these differences so that you don’t waste time hiring the wrong expert.

The Best Life Coaches in Winnipeg

In our search, it was important for us to consider the following elements.

Virtual / Teleconsult Option. Given the shift to remote work and stay-at-home culture brought about by the pandemic, it is good to have the flexibility to have your session from the comfort of home as needed.

Proven Experience and Expertise. You want a life coach with a track record of helping others realise their potential. We’ve selected people and practices that have clearly demonstrated both.
Social Media / Blogging Presence. Sometimes, a good way to get an idea of a life coach’s perspective and style is to check out the kind of content he or she publishes on social media or on an official blog.
Insurance Coverage. Regular life coaching can be expensive for some, and this is where insurance comes in handy.
General Flexibility of Packages. Accessibility is important for any client, so we wanted to know if their packages and delivery methods can suit a variety of client types.
Discovery Call Feature. Because a big part of the coach-client relationship success is fit, a free trial call is an attractive option for potential clients who don’t want to immediately commit.

1. Ryan Anderson – Motiv8

Ryan Anderson - Motiv8
WEBSITEhttps://mv8.ca/
ADDRESS#4 - 580 Pembina Highway, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3M 2M5
CONTACT DETAILS Phone: (204) 479-0775

Email: [email protected]

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Our Rating:

Non-physical Session Options(Virtual/Video, Phone, Text, Email)★★★★★ (5/5)
Experience and Expertise★★★★☆ (4/5)
Social Media / Blogging Presence★★☆☆☆ (2/5)
Insurance Coverage☆☆☆☆☆ (0/5) / Don’t offer
General Flexibility of Packages★★★★☆ (4/5)
Discovery Call Feature★★★★★ (5/5)

What we like about Motiv8 is how it highlights the depth of athlete, businessman, and executive coach Ryan Anderson’s experience through focused coaching services. Interested clients can choose from career coaching, executive coaching, and general life coaching.

For the general life coaching track, we love Anderson’s openness in integrating goals from various aspects of life. Some coaches want to only focus on one, but he asks clients to articulate their financial, physical, relational, emotional, spiritual, and mental health goals. 

We also appreciate how Anderson’s coaching plans focus on the discovery of strengths and leveraging them to achieve goals. All sessions are 1-on-1, although there is also an option to avail team coaching for the workplace setting. 

Finally, we like that Anderson has made his life coaching services available worldwide. People outside Winnipeg may also schedule sessions with him via Zoom. 

It’s also a plus that his services are available 24/7, except for Sundays.

The only potential downside here is availability, as Anderson is currently also a practising Mortgage Consultant. With a different set of clientele also being handled on a daily basis, responsiveness may be affected. 

If you are someone who is keen on prompt communication, it may be best to ask Anderson about his present coaching workload before you fully commit.

Pros

  • Wealth of life experiences contributes to effective coaching
  • Video-based sessions available

Cons

  • Multiple clienteles may affect availability

Customer Reviews

Excellent track record

“Ryan Anderson and MOTIV8 Winnipeg are FANTASTIC!  The best Winnipeg life coach that truly knows what he is doing because he does it himself. I found MOTIV8 LIfe Coaching Winnipeg to be very well trained with every certification from major US and global life coaching experts including famed Bob Proctor.  I also liked the 1 to 1 aspect from Ryan as a life coach  which makes it very personal and dedicated to your success.  Motiv8’s track record is stellar with many of Winnipeg’s best names as clients including executives, community leaders, sports stars, etc.  For Winnipeg life coaching help, I would give Ryan Anderson and MOTIV8 Winnipeg 5 stars.” –Stefan Englander

Expertise from a place of experience

“Why are there only 5 stars? I would give Ryan 10! It is not often that you find a Coach that has truly lived on both sides of the fence. He has tasted what it like to fail and yet is tenacious for success and works hard to achieve it and achieves it! .Ryan is an A-list Coach period!  He will help you get the gold in the Olympics of your own life. He can’t do your push-ups for you but he will show you how to do it for yourself.

I measure by results and I can honestly say that he helped me achieve things I had only dreamed of. I had never met someone so willing to get in the trenches alongside me and dig so that i can win.His thirst for success, his compassion to give back and his passion for coaching are a rare combination. A true gem, an awesome coach and a great man!

I still use the strategies I have been taught and I continue to win daily.

If you are looking for the easy way out Ryan is the wrong coach. If you are looking for change and you are willing to work hard. Ryan is the perfect match.”

2. Thrive Counselling

Thrive Counselling
WEBSITEhttps://www.thrivewinnipeg.com/
ADDRESS200-254 Edmonton Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba
CONTACT DETAILS Phone: (204) 774-4184

Email: [email protected]

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Our Rating:

Non-physical Session Options(Virtual/Video, Phone, Text, Email)★★★★☆ (4/5)
Experience and Expertise★★★★☆ (4/5)
Social Media / Blogging Presence★★★★☆ (4/5)
Insurance Coverage★★★★☆ (4/5)
General Flexibility of Packages★★★★☆ (4/5)
Discovery Call Feature☆☆☆☆☆ (0/5) / Don’t Offer

Perhaps the most notable selling point for Thrive Counselling would be its impressive roster of therapists. Their services don’t just bank on one person, but a variety of experts in the mental health field. Clients can choose their preferred life coach and book them directly through the website.

We also like that the life coaches here are actually licensed therapists. They can integrate their therapy background in their coaching, and clients can benefit from this multidisciplinary approach.

Another thing we love about Thrive Counselling is that they are one of the few life coaching services that are up-front about their fees. Most life coaches schedule initial sessions with the client before sharing their rates, but this group’s fees are already published on the website.

Building on their mission to provide affordable therapy and coaching to individuals, sessions range from $75 to $95 per hour, depending on the chosen therapist.

While this is the only group we’ve found that has two branches in Winnipeg (one Downtown and another in Charleswood), only the Downtown branch offers life coaching services.

Also, not all available therapists are covered by insurance, so if finances are a key consideration for you, check with your preferred therapist first. 

Moreover, some therapists only do video sessions, so you’ll need to check their profiles for this before booking.

Pros

  • Affordable rates
  • Life coaching done by registered therapists

Cons

  • Not all therapists can be covered by insurance

Customer Reviews

Seamless scheduling, affordable rates, warm atmosphere, and great service

“My family and I have been fortunate to see a few different therapists at Thrive (depending on our needs at the time).

-Their scheduling system is painless (online booking is imperative when you’re struggling!)

-Their rates are extremely reasonable, and if you have insurance even more so – though, double check that the person you’re seeing can be covered.

-Their office is inviting, comfortable and warm: There is coffee, water, and even some snacks.

-They are great at what they do. We’ve had success and growth when working with the skilled therapists here.” –Bry Koehn

3. Jacqualynn Persona

Jacqualynn Persona
WEBSITEhttps://jackiepersona.com/
ADDRESS605 Des Meurons Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba MB R2H
CONTACT DETAILSPhone: (204) 333-9200 /

Email: [email protected]

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Our Rating:

Non-physical Session Options(Virtual/Video, Phone, Text, Email)★★★★★ (5/5)
Experience and Expertise★★★★☆ (4/5)
Social Media / Blogging Presence★★★★☆ (4/5)
Insurance Coverage☆☆☆☆☆ (0/5) / Don’t Offer
General Flexibility of Packages★★★★★ (5/5)
Discovery Call Feature★★★★★ (5/5)

What we like about Jacqualynn Persona’s approach is that she explains at the beginning of the process that her role is not to answer questions. Her coaching strategy involves helping clients discover these for themselves. 

As a life coach, her style is not to focus on just one aspect of life, which other coaches tend to do. We like this because she looks at the whole person to draw out areas to improve in terms of the mind, body, and spirituality.

We especially appreciate that she tackles present-day issues without dismissing any past trauma associated with them. The positive psychology framework she applies to her coaching helps her focus on her client’s strengths and desires, creating an empowering coaching experience.

Practicality- and convenience-wise, we like that she invites potential clients to go on a free 30-minute discovery call with her first before committing. We also appreciate the thoughtfulness of her 1-on-1 coaching plans, as they are offered by time period (3- and 6-month packages). 

For those who are just looking for a single sit-down, she also offers a 2- to 3-hour intensive. 

We also like her flexibility. She offers a variety of delivery platforms for her coaching sessions, from video and email to telephone and text, which clients-on-the-go may appreciate.

For the budget-conscious, Persona is also covered by some insurance programs. Of course, we would recommend that you check with your provider first before booking if this is an important factor for you.

Pros

  • Whole-person coaching approach
  • Good variety of coaching plans available
  • Free 30-minute discovery call

Cons

  • Might not work for people who prefer being given direct action points during coaching

4. Melissa Giller

Melissa Giller
WEBSITEhttps://melissagiller.com/
CONTACT DETAILSPhone: (431) 804-8769

Email: [email protected]

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Instagram

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Our Rating:

Non-physical Session Options (Virtual/Video, Phone, Text, Email)★★★★★ (5/5)
Experience and Expertise★★★★☆ (4/5)
Social Media / Blogging Presence★★★★★ (5/5)
Insurance Coverage☆☆☆☆☆ (0/5) / Don’t Offer
General Flexibility of Packages★★★★★ (5/5)
Discovery Call Feature★★★★★ (5/5)

Melissa Giller’s coaching services are specifically for female professionals (business owners, service providers or corporate), which we like. Her focus on the aspects of leadership development, business growth, relationship improvement, goal achievement, time and energy management, and overall well-being is suited to her go-getter audience.

Giller makes it clear on her website that although she is based in Winnipeg, her clientele is global. We find this exciting because clients are given the opportunity to connect to fellow women and expand their network outside Winnipeg.

Giller’s coaching packages range from 3- to 6-month commitments, depending on the client’s preference. We think that this is a good timeframe, as it captures women who are looking for both short- and longer-term arrangements.

One of the things we love about Giller’s life coaching services is the inclusion of community support. Part of the coaching package is lifetime access to her client community, which meets once a month for group coaching and keeps in touch through a Facebook group in between. 

This is a gamechanger for women who like to do and learn things together, and form new friendships along the way.

The package also includes access to her digital resources, which include video- and audio-based training, prior workshops, and a self-study course. We think that this is perfect for women who want to supplement what they learn from their coaching sessions at their own pace.

We’re not too keen on the 15-minute discovery call, though, as it may not be enough time to determine a good fit. Having said this, though, we’re happy that there is a discovery call option available in the first place. 

Pros

  • Availability of community support and group coaching
  • Fully-loaded coaching package

Cons

  • Discovery call is limited to 15 minutes only

Customer Reviews

Positive coaching experience

“I loved working with Melissa. I am so grateful I was introduced to her. She connected with me where I was at and helped push me past procrastination. She is pure positivity, kept me on task, believed in me and my business, and proved that by working with her I could make my vision a reality.” –Jacquie, Melissa Giller Website

Safe and compassionate space

“Melissa provided me with a safe, loving and compassionate space to dig deep into my thoughts and feelings and I never felt judged.  Her program allowed me to gain clarity on what was stopping me from living the life I truly desired.  Her program is a must if you want to get out of your own way and show up to the life you are really craving.” –Lori, Melissa Giller Website

5. Deb Dawson-Dunn

Deb Dawson-Dunn
WEBSITEhttp://www.getitdunn.ca/
CONTACT DETAILS(204) 220-0157
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Our Rating:

Non-physical Session Options(Virtual/Video, Phone, Text, Email)★★★☆☆ (3/5)
Experience and Expertise★★★★★ (5/5)
Social Media / Blogging Presence★★★☆☆ (3/5)
Insurance Coverage☆☆☆☆☆ (0/5) / Don’t Offer
General Flexibility of Packages★★★★★ (5/5)
Discovery Call Feature☆☆☆☆☆ (0/5) / Don’t Offer

What caught our eye when checking out what other clients have said about Deb Dawson-Dunn is her propensity for joy, which overflows in her coaching. We think that she would make a great choice for individuals who need an energetic voice to speak into their journeys.

We also like that she has a lot of life experiences under her belt, having worked with basically everyone – from children and teenagers to adults and senior citizens, even organizations. 

We think that this will add value to all of her coaching relationships, as she has a “deep well” to draw from. In this way, she will be able to identify well with different client profiles.

Dawson-Dunn’s individual coaching packages are available in 4- and 6-month arrangements. We like that each of these packages caters to a particular audience, with the 4-month plan designed as an intensive where she meets clients weekly.

The 6-month arrangement is perfect for clients who work better with a bi-weekly schedule. However, it may hinder more cautious clients who are looking for something more short-term and exploratory initially. 

There is also no option to schedule a free discovery call, so clients would have to be sure about booking her from the outset. 

Dawson-Dunn offers in-person and phone-based coaching sessions, but no video sessions. For individuals who prefer seeing their coach on a screen when they aren’t able to do an in-person session, this might be a deal-breaker. 

Pros

  • Experience in working with people of different ages and backgrounds
  • Individual and group coaching options available
  • Flexibility to choose in-person or phone-based sessions

Cons

  • No video sessions offered for people who prefer virtual “Face-time” with their coach
  • No complimentary discovery call

Our Rating: ★★★★✩

Customer Reviews

Great motivator

“Deb has great energy, anyone looking for boosting your enthusiasm would benefit from her perspectives.” –Kim Parke, Facebook Reviews

Inspirational speaker

“I was at the spring retreat!  I loved it!  Deb was inspirational there and her blog information continues to inspire me.  Thanks so much!” –Cheryl Lynne, Facebook Reviews

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