Large and small life challenges are important catalysts for change. Without challenge, an individual loses the impetus to learn and grow.

    It is impossible, and perhaps even undesirable, to remove or eliminate all stress, but what is important is how we react in stressful situations. Our reactions can positively or negatively affect how we feel about ourselves and those around us.

    Meeting stressful situations successfully increases our confidence in our own abilities and this confidence can keep us engaged and fulfilled in our career and with our family and friends. Feeling that stress has not been handled well can undermine self-confidence and compound existing difficulties.

    Part of the coaching process is to learn more about yourself and to develop new skills to reduce stress and facilitate success.

Executive Coaching

What Is It?

Executive coaching can help executives improve their effectiveness in an ever-changing business environment. Coaching focusses on three main goals:

  1. Enhanced problem-solving skills
  2. Strengthening interpersonal communications by enhancing team-building skills
  3. Optimizing motivation and creativity

    There is no single solution that works for everyone, but coaching can assist executives to assess their individual and team options. Much like a personal trainer at the gym, the corporate coach can help top-level executives continue their own training to improve outcomes.

    Expected coaching outcomes:

  • Defining your goals and setting objectives to reach them
  • Providing a variety of approaches to achieve set goals
  • Monitoring and supporting the attainment of both short- and long-term goals
  • Strategies to improve performance and success
  • Enhanced productivity and self-efficacy as a result of successful goal attainment
  • Personal/corporate change and adaptation
  • More motivated and creative individuals and teams
  • Fewer personal or corporate blocks that limit success
  • Wider range of viable outlets for personal creativity
  • Better understanding of strengths and weaknesses
  • Stress coping strategies

Seminars and Workshops

Change and Stress Management

    An examination of the sources of stress, the stages in the stress response, and how arousal (high levels of stress) affects performance. Concentrating on effective coping strategies and how individuals can stay ahead of stress. Attention is paid to the body component of stress by finishing with a progressive muscular relaxation, a technique focussing on contracting and then relaxing muscle groups in a systematic way.

    Team Building

    Using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator inventory in business is an effective method for examining an individual’s preferences in decision making, learning, information processing and communications. A half-day seminar is constructed to help senior managers and executives fine-tune team building and problem-solving skills. Subsequent one-to-one sessions supplement the group session and provide privacy for working on individual work-related issues.

    Understanding Interpersonal Relationships

    This seminar provides a context for why it is important to understand the patterns that affects our relationships with others. Participants identify their own relationship template to reveal how these patterns affect business and home life. We examine some of the cultural forces that reinforce certain stereotypic patterns of relating and outline a basic strategy to change patterns you are unhappy with.

    Communications and Team Building

    This seminar focuses on what makes good teams with an emphasis on developing clear communication skills. We examine open versus closed information systems and integrate this information with a fun, effective communication exercise.


    Since 1996, I have offered seminars and workshops in the Toronto downtown core for law firms, financial institutions and other businesses, including:

    Royal Bank of Canada Financial Group
    RBC Dominion Securities
    SHL-System House
    McDonald’s Canada
    Scotia McLeod
    Blake, Cassels & Graydon
    Davies, Ward and Beck
    Robins, Appleby & Taub
    The Bay

    All of the seminars and workshops can be specifically tailored to meet your requirements.

Training and Background

Jorhdin earned a B.Sc. (Honours) in Psychology at the University of Calgary in 1986, an M.A. at York University in 1988 and a Ph.D. in Community Health at the University of Toronto in 1992. She is a Registered Psychotherapist.

    Her counselling internship was conducted in 1989–90 at the Atkinson Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre, York University. She served as a consultant at the Centre in 1990–91.

    Jorhdin has trained at the Bradshaw Center in Los Angeles and been in private practice since 1989. She has attended the C.G. Jung Institute Analyst Training Program of Pittsburgh and has completed the Myers-Briggs Personality Inventory and Eye Movement Desensitization and Re-Processing (EMDR) training.

    Jorhdin is the Mental Performance Training Coach for the Canadian National Women’s Squash Team. Since May, 2014, she has been a part-time psychotherapist in the Executive Health Program at Cleveland Clinic Canada.

    Jorhdin was Chair, Certification, at the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP) until May 30, 2014.


    Located in Canmore, Alberta, and available online for Toronto clients.

Tel: 416.895.0664 or 403.609.8188
E-mail: counselling @ jbanner.org