The Coach with Heart & Purpose. 

My name is Tuğçe Koçoğlu-Hobden (pronounced Toochi) and I am the Founder of Coaching with Heart & Purpose and Host of Light Conversations.

I was born in the beautiful city of Istanbul in Turkey, I took my first steps in Warsaw and my earliest memories are of falling off a swing in Berlin, and watching tropical fish swim gracefully by from a glass bottomed boat in the French Virgin Island of St Croix. I went to kindergarten and first grade in Chicago before moving to London when I was 6. I now live in South West Hertfordshire with my husband and two children.

I was a curious child and developed an interest in people, culture and psychology at a very young age. I knew from early on that one day I would work in the field of Personal Development. Although my path has not exactly been straightforward!

Fast forward, many years later and I am still very curious and passionate about people and finally back on my path working as a Certified Transformational Coach*, specialising in Leadership and Life Coaching.

I am also a Certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher, having completed my 200HR YTT Teacher Training at Kundalini University**.  Kundalini Yoga is also often called the Yoga of Awareness.  It is a practice designed to give you the tools you need to attain consciousness.

I consider myself an alchemist and an explorer, blending the power of Transformational Coaching with the ancient Wisdom, Science and Technology of Kundalini.

Both Transformational Coaching and Kundalini Yoga are two powerful technologies, facilitating the development process of awareness, growth and change on a deep and long lasting level. I believe that blending them accelerates our growth and expansion exponentially.

I also teach automatic writing, helping turn journaling into channeling, by connecting with our inner wisdom, to receive guidance on everyday challenges.

It is my mission to help you re-discover what you are truly capable of, to reclaim your superpowers and unveil your master within. 

Over the years I have learnt to embrace my introvert, empathic and sensitive nature. I LOVE meeting new people, having meaningful conversations - I'm afraid I don't do small talk well! As much as I enjoy socialising it can leave me drained but I have learned to tune into to my body and know when it's time to say no, step back and recharge.

Creativity is one of my gifts. I love cooking (although not everyone may enjoy my creations as much as I do!), painting and drawing.

As well as having a daily practice of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation, I am a passionate off-road runner and I also coach my daughter's U9 football (soccer!) team. I believe that football/soccer needs support from the divine feminine! 

Prior to becoming a Transformational Coach, I gained my BA (HONS) in Psychology & Communications. After graduating I spent 18 months travelling our beautiful planet before feeling I 'ought to'  get a real job.

I spent the next 18 years working in Global Digital Media Planning developing integrated Digital and Offline strategies for many Fortune 100 companies: HTC, Vodafone, Sony CE, PlayStation, Hewlett Packard Inc and Apple.

As an Executive Director I managed and led multi-million pound Global accounts so I understand Senior Clients's business needs, how to effectively build teams, nurture and develop them through training, appraisals, mentorship and coaching. I also understand collective success, the power of diversity and how to empower people to work productively, collaboratively and build great relationships. Having worked on a global scale I know what it means to be empathetic to every person, no matter what their role and no matter where they are, by encouraging and inspiring them to align to a common outcome.

On paper I was "successful" but I was out of alignment. My work-life balance was non-existent, I was addicted to my phone, my people pleasing tendencies were on over-drive, the victim/blame mindset became my default mode, I suffered from awful mummy guilt, I sought comfort in food, I was permanently exhausted and developed a very weak immune system due to being in a constant state of anxiety and stress. My natural state of being had become fight, flight or freeze and I did not know how to get off this hamster wheel I was stuck on!

Until, finally, I woke up.

So, I understand what it is like to stray from your path, to suffer from burnout and to not listen to your body when it is telling you that something is wrong. I know what it is like to get stuck on the career ladder and be terrified about how you make THAT leap when you have a family to support.

But I now know we have to trust, that we are ALL capable of making changes and creating shifts, when we take a moment to slow down, be still and  listen to our inner wisdom and hearts.

By taking purposeful and aligned action, these small, powerful shifts, can have a huge lasting impact in our lives.

*Animas's Dip. in Transformational Coaching (DTC) is Accredited by the Association for Coaching, the UK's largest professional body, and the International Coaching Federation (ICF).

**Kundalini University 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training - Certified Yoga Teacher.  Yoga Alliance RYT 200-Hour approval.