Franziska Cecchetti-Pretsch, Systemic Facilitator and Life Coach
BAREFOOT HUMANS - DARING TO BE YOU
Dear Barefoot Human,
imagine you reach the last day of your life.
And you ask yourself:
Have I walked my own path through life?
Or have I never fully made my own footprints?
What would you answer be right now if today was your last day?
Would you have regrets when you look back on your life?
Or would you feel grateful for it all and know that you have given all that you can before you leave?
The answers to these questions can really change your life.
SCARED TO CHANGE…
Maybe you are currently settled into a life situation that looks ok from the outside, like so many of us.
But truthfully, deep inside? You don’t really feel this is where you want to be.
The problem is: Admitting that you don’t really feel at the right place in your life feels scary.
And so you probably remain stuck there, for many years, often even your whole life.
Typical signs I see in my clients who feel stuck and scared to change are constant tensions, stress and even burn out.
You can also have panic attacks, high anxiety and problems to make any decisions in your life.
Many experience constant conflicts with others, especially in your intimate relationship and family.
All of these could be signs that you feel stuck in your life, but you don’t know how to change it or are too scared to do so.
Does your current life feel aligned with who you are and who you want to be?
And it doesn’t matter if you are a parent, a business owner, single, in a relationship, at your midlife…
At any stage you can feel out of alignment with who you are.
And often we just think this is how it is and we can’t do anything about it.
But not being in your right place in life brings problems with it.
You constantly feel a lack of energy as you have to try a lot harder to make it work.
You feel anxiety as you feel you can’t get out and it’s like you are stuck without a way out.
It can literally feel like panic when you want to be more yourself, but you don’t know how and it scares you to show your true self.
We spend a lot of time worrying about what others might think of us.
We worry about what might happen if we do make some changes.
Many of us are so scared that we make the wrong choices.
But: what’s even worse is regretting the life you lived all the time when you come to your last moment.
THE ANCESTRAL CONNECTION…
Being with my grandfather when he died made me realise how his life made also mine possible.
And that my biggest gift to him is to live my life fulfilled and in my own unique way.
Your ancestors have made your life possible so that you can now be here and walk your own path.
They have given you some challenges to work through, but also lots of resources and strength.
One of my favourite authors Stephen Jenkinson says in his book “Die Wise”:
“Your dying changes what your life means”.
Connecting to the end of your life gives you the chance to fully live right now.
It brings you to being honest, opening up to fear and making decisions sooner rather than later.
I am passionate about helping people like you to get unstuck with a life that isn’t aligned with who you are.
Literally taking your old shoes off that don’t fit you and to walk your own path barefoot, making your own footprints.
Connecting you to your ancestral resources and understanding who you are given what happened to them before.
And supporting you in choosing consciously what steps you want to take that align you more with who you are.
THE MEANING BEHIND BAREFOOT HUMANS
Barefoot Humans is my giving back all my ancestors before me.
I want to create a space where people can fully be themselves and embrace all that they are and have been.
Where they can bring their life stories, look at it with honesty and move forward with more strength and connection.
Making their own footprints, daring to fully love and live and follow what they are passionate about.
My own ancestors come from Bavaria and Eastern Europe.
They have always lived very close to Mother Earth.
I believe that for us this is also the most healthiest way of living.
To live closely connected to earth, live a simple yet passionate life, with an open heart and a sense of fulfilment in whatever we do.
So I bring my passion for living barefoot, strongly connected to earth and our ancestors, and my love for living fully to the people I work with.
I want to support as many people as possible in finding their own life’s path and to allow themselves to walk it, whatever this might look like.
Being a Barefoot Human means for me to dare to show my soul, my uniqueness, to the world and to hold space for others to do the same.
FOR WHO IS IT AND HOW DOES IT SHOW UP?
I am a huge fan of Brene Brown and her wonderful book “Daring Greatly”.
Here is a quote from that book that sums it up for me:
“The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood;…
who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming;…
who spends himself in a worthy cause;
who at the best knows in the end the triumph of hight achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly…”
I want us both to show up in the arena, where we walk barefoot and re-discover what it means to be you.
Where we dare to look deeper, go further and to reach are more than you could have ever imagined.
The amazing thing is that you will gain so much more ease and clarity for your life from this in the long term.
As once you know yourself deeper and trust yourself more, you will always have this resource for life as long as you live.
When you live aligned with who you are, it shows on the outside too.
It shows in the way that your eyes sparkle and your heart is open to the world.
It shows in the choices you make every day and how you feel clarity about your path forward.
And it shows in how you hold space for those around you, whether you can allow them to be fully themselves too or not.
If you are a mother or father, without children, single, married, a business owner, unemployed… it doesn’t matter.
You are a human and you have your own unique feet to create a path on this planet.
What does it look like to be you?
This is about your own path, not comparing yourself to others or walking in the footsteps of others.
THE EFFECT ON YOUR LIFE…
My clients have their own way to describe the effects of our work together on their lives.
In their own words:
“After our work together, somehow everything fell into place and made sense”
“I feel calmer about my life and trusting myself to find solutions”
“More ease and calmness in my life”
“More at ease with my body and having more energy”
“The Fran-Effect: I feel always so free and more able to be fully myself after our work together” :-)
Please see below for more testimonials.
Maybe this is something that you want for your own life too?
To find out more about who you are and how you can live a more fulfilling life?
Let’s take off these old shoes together and re-discover your own unique footprints and life’s path.
Today is a good day to start.
Just reach out and let me know you are ready.
My first 30 minutes call is for free.
So you can check out my work and me :-)
And then we take it from there.
Sessions are mostly online and you can literally be anywhere in the world to work with me.
That's the beauty of technology.
And it works just the same.
I work both in English and German, so if you are a German speaker, reach out in your own language.
Or call/message me on: 07735602051
And also check out my Facebook Page for more free inspirations here:
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Social Padagogy and Social Work in Germany
- Degree in Philosophy in Germany
- NLP Practitioner and NLP Business Practitioner in the UK
- Life Coaching certificate in the UK
- Facilitator and Advanced Facilitator Training for Systemic Constellations at the Centre for Systemic Constellations in London, UK
- Member of ISCA, International Systemic Constellations Association
- Professional Insurance: IPTI - Independent Professional Therapists International
- 20 years experience of working as a Social Worker & Social Pedagogy Practitioner, as a Life Coach and Systemic Facilitator
- Experience of giving training, workshops and supervision to teachers and social workers about resources and systemic understanding of dynamics in their work
- Experience as a Manager of a Kindergarten in Germany
Press article about burnout
Areas of coaching I deal with
Other areas of coaching I deal with
Coaching in Meditation and Mindfulness
Free initial telephone or online session
Fees depend on type of work you want and need and the number of sessions.
I offer one off sessions or regular sessions, depending on what you need.
We can talk about this in the first free discovery call.
I am flexible with bookings (especially online/phone). In addition to normal days, I offer early morning sessions/some Saturdays.
It's best to contact me so we find the best time for you.
Personally I am passionate about barefoot living as a way of grounding ourselves and connecting to the earth's energy field. I love running long distances, also barefoot, and being outdoors, connecting to Mother Earth. This is where I get my biggest strength from.
If you are a runner, do get in touch and let's talk about how you can bring even more of your inner resources into your running too. I am passionate about support fellow runners on their own running journey to more energy, strength and rootedness for their running.
My other passion is music and songwriting.
Lots of my own songs have supported people on their unique journeys and have encouraged them to become more themselves.
Music touches us on a deep level and goes beyond words.
And that's what my work is about too.
"I began my journey with Fran after the first lockdown in July 2020. Initially, I was really apprehensive about our meetings over video calling and how they would work out but also, a bit nervous too! Within minutes of our session, I realised that I really didnt need to worry one bit! Fran has a really infectious calming aura, yet actively listens and picks up on key moments. Moments you dont realise yourself.
I've found that Frans coaching style equips me each week with another insightful tool to help me process, reflect, understand and rebalance. Looking back over the sessions we've had, I can now see more clearly the progress I have made and how these small tips and tools have been key.
Fran is so easy to talk to, she has a wonderful personality which she let's it be a part of our sessions. This is so important to me personally, I feel I am speaking with a friend. Each session, whatever I have felt over the week, I have found really helpful. I learn a little more each time. Fran has become such a part key part of my healing journey, I really know that what I have learnt over the months will remain with me for the rest of my life. A true life coach, amongst other fantastic skills and expertise.
I couldn't recommend Fran more highly, she is non-judgmental, kind, compassionate and has unbelievable amount of perspective and understanding" (Caroline)
"When I first decided to seek out help and found Franziska, I was a bit dubious. I questioned if I could really justify investing the time and money into myself like this. After all, as a single mum there are always other priorities! However, I had a clear vision and motivation to change things and so I felt like I needed her help. My sessions with Franziska surpassed all my expectations! I ended up addressing much deeper issues than I thought I would, and although they seemed unrelated to my main issue at first, they were somehow all connected. Franziska guided me through this inner process by helping me see what was out of alignment in me and helped me make sense of it. After that some big shifts took place within me. They say external change is an inside job, and I totally get it now. As a result of my shifting old behaviour patterns and beliefs, I have gained more confidence and clarity and I am more at peace with who I am as a person. Franziska is insightful, gentle, encouraging and bloody good at what she does! Highly recommend her services, with gratitude from Kat"
"My pony alerted me to a problem with my leg which I needed to deal with. I felt it was related to my dad, partly because he had had the same problem, and partly it was only when I was with our pony that I was aware of him, having left this world over four decades ago. A friend suggested I look for someone qualified in family constellation work, and as I'd previously met Fran and felt I could work with her, I contacted her, had a consultation and started to work on the issue. Fran came across as calm and confident and I always felt safe with her. The sessions were very insightful and always a bit different, with Fran choosing the way to work based on her extensive knowledge and experience. I felt a very strong connection to my dad and what he was feeling, and at the end of the sessions we reached a point where I felt my ancestors and I were in a much better and stronger place. We did the session on-line, which I wasn't sure about to begin with, but it felt almost the same as being there in person. I would highly recommend Fran and if you're not sure how she can help, why not have a short consultation with her initially to find out more" (MF)
"Fran is incredibly supportive and intuitive to my thoughts and needs. She listens to me freely without judgement and encourages me when im battling my thoughts. As a result of our work together Im starting to win against my struggles and finally starting to believe in myself that I can do it! My relationships have improved and will continue to as we pursue our work together. I always look forward to our sessions and always leave with something to think about and try. I cannot recommend Fran enough! My Fran effect" (Barbara)
"Sessions with Fran are attuned each week to my needs, these needs have changed week on week, yet Fran is so intuitive shes able to work out what specifically needs to be focused on. We've looked into my family generations and the subtle 'needs' and 'rules' adopted by me without realising, this was creating huge anxiety for me and resulting in overwhelming panic attacks frequently. I was having issues in areas I hadn't associated with this. Fran has supported me to start to become the real me, I still have a journey to go, but im excited where this will continue to take me. Sessions with Fran have improved my relationships within my family whilst still remaining myself and WITHOUT the panic attacks.
Thank you!!" (Lucy)
"Thank you so much for our sessions. Already I am feeling such a shift and feel much more loving of my body" (Emma)
"I reached out to Fran in between sessions when I recognised I needed additional support. She was able to offer me a session and we uncovered the real root cause as to why I was feeling like I was rather than the surface level issue I had presumed.
I cannot recommend Fran enough. My life is so much calmer now I have regular sessions with her" (Louise)
"I started working with Franziska in December 2020. At the time, I was feeling an acute effect of grieving and a lot of my activities seemed to revolve around distracting myself from the hurt I was feeling. ‘Being present’ was illusive, ‘being calm’ meant leaving things unsaid and I was sleepwalking into more and more responsibilities. I had a course of constellations with Franziska spread over a few months. She used a range of methods with me and was always able to sense into the best method for each session. It was enjoyable, and I say that with some surprise… I really didn’t expect to enjoy it. It’s been over a month since my last session. The genuine calmness (and not the mask of calmness) has stayed with me, as has the awareness of the times when I am not being present. I have clear intentions for the year ahead and my work with Franziska has resourced me." (Kate)
"Dear Franziska, thank you for your empathetic, mindfully guided and calm intervention. I experienced the systemic work online with you as very pleasant and like "in real life". Thank you that you have explained to me very clearly and understanding in every situation every step that we took together and that you have gently accompanied me to the new. I have big trust in you and your work and I will gladly come again with my next issue" (N.U.M.)
“I had the pleasure of working with Fran last year and continue to receive coaching on an informal basis even now. Fran is a highly motivational individual who you will warm to immediately. She has this innate quality that puts you at ease from the get-go, building trust, which enables and encourages you to speak openly. She is an excellent listener and seems to understand exactly what you are trying to convey even when your own thoughts seem a jumble. Fran is clearly very self-aware and emotionally intelligent and one of her best qualities is being able to put herself in your shoes and empathize with whatever issue you are discussing. It confirms that you’re not alone or strange and she uses very subtle, but effective, questioning skills to further build that rapport. During our sessions Fran always showed great passion for her work and interest in what I had to say, this only served to increase my own enthusiasm and determination to succeed. Now that my life changes are complete, Fran hasn’t just moved on to her next client; she’s stayed in contact and provided that real personal touch. I honestly can’t recommend Fran highly enough – she’s one of life’s gems!” (Karen T.)
“Our family, extended family and friends worked very closely with Fran. The bond we built was and still is very close. We were able to talk honestly as a family, in some instances for the first time ever, but felt listened to and safe. Fran is a spirit who came into our lives to fulfill a specific work role, but actually became so so much more than that. She feels like a family friend whom we will always have in our lives“ (Natalie R.)
“From the very start we bonded with Fran as she came to us in a supportive role with a very open and honest outlook. My husband and I felt that we could completely be ourselves and she gave us quality time to talk through our thoughts and feelings and address any queries. Fran seems to always operate an ‘open door’ policy and so whenever I am with her I always feel she values what I am saying and the emotion I am expressing. What my husband and I found the most valuable was the support even beyond Fran’s official involvement. Fran goes above and beyond and always makes herself available when we need support and advice. She offers this support in a non-judgemental but very practical way whilst always advocating for our children. Fran helps us to look at things differently when our emotions are not allowing us to see or think clearly. Fran has always been a consistent guide, offering support, care and advise and we always feel we have a safety net in place. I would consider Fran to be one of the most important people we have in our lives especially in the challenging times we have been through with her. She is an advocate but always has a child centred approach. Fran is a professional in whatever she does and I would highly recommend her to anyone” (Charlie P.)