“I’ve read a lot of advice but your advice is philosophically superior – you understand people.”

~ Whetu Tirikatene-Sullivan, Former Minister of Parliament, New Zealand

Life coach training

“The one on one mentoring was what really sold me.”

“I have always been passionate about empowering and motivating others and when I learned about life coaching as a career I knew it was something I was being drawn to pursue. As you can imagine, a google search for life coaching courses brought up hundreds of providers all with their own content of what they believed life coaching to be.

I was lucky enough to come across Worklife Solutions and their Certified Life Coaching Course. I sent through an email requesting information as I had through other providers, but was pleasantly surprised when I received a response from Cassandra and not someone employed to help with enrolments/course advice, I found her to be very warm and helpful in answering all my questions. As a mum and student I was looking for flexibility, content that would really help me develop my skills and confidence as a life coach, a personalised approach and for me to be able to learn from someone who not only has the skills and qualifications in the field of Life Coaching but tons of experience too.

The one on one mentoring was what really sold me as I will not have to contend with a large group of other students. And will be able to use that time to perfect the skills I learn in a way that some online courses could never assist. I am confident that with this course alongside with Cassandra’s mentoring that I am on my way to my dream career as a life coach.”

~ Celesté Stephens, trainee life coach

“Tailored the training modules around my particular skill set”

I was looking for a credible trainer and a life coach training programme that was flexible, personalised and a base from which I could become accredited with the International Coaching Federation. Cassandra and the programme she offered ticked all the boxes for me.

Working with me individually, Cassandra was able to specifically tailor the training modules around my particular skill set. This resulted in less time being wasted in areas of my strength and more time being given to the areas of required development. I was able to work through the modules at my own pace and the sessions with Cassandra both cemented the learning and modelled to me the art of coaching.

Cassandra is an outstanding coach and her enthusiastic professionalism brought the theory of coaching to life. She walks the talk! She also respects the particular vision and values of her clients.

The training session that stands out most in my mind took place over a cup of tea in the Langham Hotel in Auckland. It was there that the name for my coaching business naturally emerged as the result of my answers to some very well placed questions. A ‘eureka’ moment was reached and the domain name was secured there and then.

Significant Lives was born; a coaching business that is a great reflection of who I am and my vision for the kind of coaching role I want to play.

I will always be grateful to Cassandra for giving me the perfect start and warmly recommend her to anyone wanting to explore life coaching as a career.

Clive Wilson, Life Coach, Blogger and founder of Significant Lives


“The material and training is a fantastic base”

The programme as presented by Cassandra was very self-paced and self-discovery oriented, with plenty of change to experiment and experience the exact learnings that potential coaches would go through as part of the process.

I have a firm belief that any form or training or learning should be a combination of styles – experiential, tactile, listening, talking, processing – and should also be relevant, engaging and challenging.

The coaching training I received was all these things.

There are really good resources in terms of both the coaching training manual and the Worklife Solutions workbooks.

The most enjoyable aspect was probably the challenge – having to constantly be ‘on-the-ball’ and prepared to respond, think and react in the moment, and demonstrate and explain the skills while simultaneously learning them. And it was also entertaining and at the right level of formality (or informality) to suit my own style.

There are really good resources in terms of both the coaching training manual and the Worklife Solutions workbooks.

The most enjoyable aspect was probably the challenge – having to constantly be ‘on-the-ball’ and prepared to respond, think and react in the moment, and demonstrate and explain the skills while simultaneously learning them.

The coaching sessions are stimulating and exciting – forward-looking. The reality (and skill) is to get to the right level of training before getting into some practical work, and in my experience, Cassandra has that balance just right.

The material Cassandra provides is a fantastic base, and the encouragement and positive energy to build on this is infectious. Make the most of all the opportunities – combine personal experience, natural skills and insight with the training programme, resources and toolkit..

“Manifest your dream of running a holistic business from home.” Learn more here >> http://www.worklifesolutions.nz/coach-training/


“I never met a beautiful soul who finally understood me.”

“In Maoridom for me, I will relate to you as a  Kaitiaki, meaning ‘guardian’. How I became to have you in my path was purely by spiritual contact a nudge an inner tiny voice directing me to you. Cass, you don’t realize the great healing you have in the pit of your soul and you were born to spread compassion. You have those who watch over you and mine in return and yet they all speak the same language to us who are willing to hear and feel.   In such a long time have I never met a beautiful soul who finally understood me who went within and helped me grow from our sessions.”

~ Victoria Rahiri


“Cassandra’s natural warmth and empathy enables her to establish client trust very quickly.”

“Cassandra’s natural warmth and empathy enables her to establish client trust very quickly and her core counselling skills (listening, reflecting, paraphrasing and summarising) are highly developed. Her questioning and facilitation skills reveal great perception, insight and self-awareness and empowers the client to reach a successful outcome. Cassandra has a great love people and is committed to helping others overcome adversity and positively move forward in their lives. She does so with compassion, hope and professionalism.”

~ Clive Wilson, Life & Workplace Coach/EAP Support Provider


Career and Life Coaching

“I know she understands where I’m coming from and gets results.”

“I’ve worked with Cassandra for more than ten years. When I feel I need some expert advice and guidance she is the first person I think of. I know she understands where I’m coming from and gets results. I always finish sessions with new ways of thinking about situations and feeling better about where I’m at plus achievable action items. Currently, I’m working with her while I’m outside New Zealand and although I know face-to-face is always preferable I still feel I get what I need to get on and reach my goals. It’s nice to know this distance coaching approach works as I really value the connection that I have developed over time and get a lot from working with her. Try it and see if works for you!”

~ Rob A. Melbourne, 2020

“I come away from our sessions feeling energised and empowered.”

“Cassandra has been great to work with. She’s flexible in her approach, but also keeps the coaching sessions focused and productive. I was unsure about having the coaching via Skype, but it hasn’t been a problem at all. I still feel a strong sense of immediacy and connection and come away from our sessions feeling energised and empowered.”

~ Jan, Communications Professional

“I got a lot of value from the coaching session, and, by cutting the travel time out,  it is also very economical on time.”

~ Melanie, 62.


“I have renewed hope for finding my way.”

“Thank YOU!  Our coaching was immensely helpful, and I have renewed hope for finding my way.  You are simply lovely, and brilliant, and wise.  So glad our energies aligned and I found you! I am also so enjoying your books and will give more feedback as I go as well as post reviews online.  And they will be GLOWING, I can assure you!”

~ Lisa Webb, artist, New York


“Manifesting my dream of running a holistic business from home.”

“A coaching session with Cassandra is like a light switch to a light bulb. My ideas were there but without that light switch I wasn’t able to see them and manifest my dream of running a holistic business from home. Straight away, Cassandra was able to get to the heart of my core values and how to put them into a dream business. I now have the sense of purpose and drive to achieve my business goals. Cassandra’s warm personality and positive approach make her a joy to work with. I recommend her to anyone who wants to unlock their personal and professional potential.”

~ Shelley, writer & Reiki practitioner, New Zealand


Akashic Readings/Soul History Readings

“While I had a tiny bit of knowledge about Akashic readings I was unaware of how deep this experience would be and how accurate the information would be. The whole reading was profoundly comforting as I felt during it, and have continued to feel, a sense of ‘coming home’ to myself. It makes sense of so many aspects about myself in the here and now and explains so much about me and my past 60 years. I woke this morning with a feeling of wholeness not experienced before and I am looking at my life with a whole new awareness. A wonderful experience, thank you so much.”

~ Catherine S.

“I have been buzzing the whole time after my Soul Reading, mostly I feel so different, I wake up thinking differently, I find myself just ‘being’ with people and finding my reactions so different. I have so much more energy. I am excited to be in the world.”

~ Eileen S.


“It was the first day at work today and I loved it! So good to be back in the industry 🙂 I read my husband out my Akashic Soul Reading, he didn’t say much—just what did I think of it. I told him I thought on the mark! It’s been a pretty crazy period in my life. It’s nice having time out from overthinking to be actually doing. As a result of the reading, I’ve experienced a movement of energy and am inspired again, finally!”

~ Terri D.


“Thanks so much for the reading.   I found it very interesting.   One of the things I thought after I sent you my questions was “aaargh”, I should have asked about my real passion: property and what I can look forward to there but it seems I didn’t need to ask as you hit on to that straight away.”

~ Lisa V.


Corporate Coaching/Executive Development

“You make it easy for us to give people a feeling of being valued, and help us to unleash some of their latent potential. In the long term, we gain rejuvenated and motivated employees who are playing with the whole racket.”

~ Terry McCaul, Executive Director HR, Statistics New Zealand

“For a number of years, I having been driven to humanise prisons. Rimutaka Pride is my vision to achieve this and in my own mind, I knew exactly what it looked like. Cassandra was able to coach me through the process of having a personal vision, to communicating and implementing the changes needed to make my vision the prison’s vision. Cassandra achieved this by coaching me through a number of different decision-making frameworks, the most comfortable (for me) of which was Beckhards change equation. Without Cassandra’s support and encouragement, my ability to lead the changes needed would have been severely affected. I am now able to link my personal goals and values with the strategic goals of the Department and this has created a win-win work environment.

The work that Cassandra has completed on both L5 and PCO level staff in the general competencies such as listening skills, confronting direct reports and motivating others has been invaluable and has enabled this site to step up to the changing environment. We are going to be facing a lot of change in the New Year and this site is not only ready but is welcoming of that change.

Finally, Cassandra has encouraged us to speak out about our successes. This may not seem that big a deal, but Rimutaka Prison gained a reputation a number of years ago that rocked its confidence and the site is very weary of sticking its hand up in the fear that it will draw negative attention. There are some who will always seek out the negative and I have already received some negative comments about some of the initiatives we are trying to implement, mainly because they challenge existing thinking and this can make people feel threatened. Cassandra has given us the strength to stand up to criticism and to emphasise the positive. Something we are getting very good at.”

~  Richard Symonds, Former Prison Manager, Rimutaka Prison



  • please note, some names have been changed to protect privacy – however, the feedback is genuine.



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