Who's behind FindYourWay and why coaching?
My name is Alessandra Patti, I am the founder of this coaching practice as well as a certified mental health first aid instructor. I was born in Palermo, Sicily. The southern Italian culture is extremely collective, and the group comes before the individual. In a culture that places a lot of value into the concept of sacrifice, putting your desires and wishes aside to please others first is considered normal. I have come to understand that if we put ourselves constantly aside, we can become truly unhappy.
My Story & Mission
I have observed the lack of healthy boundaries and the presence of taboo and fear in my own culture, and how these elements contribute to stress. I have made my personal and professional mission to change that, by promoting speaking up and mental wellbeing. To move towards better mental wellbeing, boundaries alone are not enough. We have to use clear and assertive communication.
Being born in a family of teachers, artists and scientists, I don't see the world in categories of science versus humanities. I treasure the marriage of them both. I love research just as much as I love the intangible.
I simply think that a good coach, teacher and artist needs to see possibilities where their clients might not see them, through the help of both empathy and research. Coaching is a great way to do that, because it focuses on the possibility of what is and what will be, rather than dwelling on the past.
I base my work on extensive research on the benefits of assertiveness for mental health and in coaching as a tool for mental illness prevention. I'm also the co-author of Amazon best-seller in Self-Help, "Activate Your Life".
About what I love: I have a great passion for reading, writing, dancing and cooking. I used to be a translator so I am constantly interested in the mysteries of linguistics and I love travelling.