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ABOUT ME

I am a writer and a burnout and executive coach. I am a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC), and I hold qualifications in ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) and mBIT coaching. I am also an Insights Discovery Profile practitioner, and part of the amazing Performance Catalyst core team of coaches and facilitators. 

In my previous life, I used to be a Professor of Cultural History at the University of Kent, but I am feeling much better now. The truth is that I suffered a burnout in academia, and that I didn’t thrive in my job for a very long time. It nevertheless took me many years to dare to leave the university and to become a full-time coach and writer. I couldn’t be happier now, doing what I truly love, and helping others to make courageous changes in their lives. 

I am the author of Exhaustion: A History (Columbia University Press, 2016) and The Art of Self-Improvement: Ten Timeless Truths (Yale University Press, 2021). I have also written a novel, academic works and journalism. 

I am an introvert who loves people. In my spare time, I play the piano and do kick-boxing. I live with my daughter, partner and two Siberian cats in a quaint English cathedral town.

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My writing has appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, the Guardian, Psychology Today, PositivePsychology, AEON and PSYCHE. My research has been discussed in national and international media, including on BBC Radio 4 and WBUR, as well as in Vogue, the Atlantic, National Geographic, Philosophie Magazine, the TLS and New Republic.

My new book, Exhausted: An A-Z for the Weary (Profile) will come out in January 2024 –

watch this space!

TESTIMONIALS

​ “I sought out Anna’s help in aligning my actions with my values. She coached me through a series of challenges and helped me stay on the path I set out from myself. Her thoughtfully worded questions and comments helped me to accept challenging thoughts and also provoked me to action. I highly recommend her steady and insightful guidance and cannot thank her enough for all her help.”

Student

“I had 4 sessions with Anna during which she helped me identify strengths that were, at first, not obvious to me. Her calm and clear approach helped me move past my inner critic and see things about my work (and personal) history that left me feeling much more accomplished than when we started. With Anna's guidance, I was able to develop more agency in asking for what I needed at work and also in setting healthy boundaries between work/life. Anna is a wonderful, heart-full coach and I strongly recommend her, especially to anyone struggling with burnout in the cultural change/activism sphere.”

Philosopher and Social Change Activist

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