Tracey Warrener - Character Strengths & Talent Coach
My name is Tracey, I am a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach. I co-run a not for profit mental health service in Exeter.
My aim is to enable you to become more focused, productive and engaged in life, hobbies and work, by really owning your unique talents. Coming to understand your talents in life can give your confidence a boost and help you develop your sense of purpose and belonging.
I work with individuals, leaders and teams to help them develop their natural talents into strengths so that they are more effective and happier. I love to work with people to help them realise and use their own unique strengths for wellbeing, career and leadership.
I am a lifelong student of Positive Psychology and incorporate mindfulness, presence and stress reduction techniques into my work. This is still a relatively new field in science, offering promising tools and insights. However, much of Positive Psychology draws upon ancient and traditional wisdom, some of which is a lost art to us in our busy lives.
I'd like to invite you to call or email me to explore how I can help you get started on your journey towards self-discovery and personal and professional development.
What To Expect
As a Gallup Certified Strength Coach I use the Clifton StrengthsFinder Assessment Tool. The tool / approach was established over 30 years ago, it enables me to identify your key talents and develop them into your strengths.
There is a video further down my profile which explains a little more about Gallup Certified Strength Coaching. I also have information on my website and you're more than welcome to contact me with any questions.
Clifton StrengthsFinder results give people a way to discuss and develop their unique combination of skills, talents, and knowledge -- also known as strengths.
What is Strengths Based Development?
This is still quite new to the UK, it is an incredibly powerful approach to:
- Developing a better understanding of yourself - why you think and feel the way you do and why you are drawn to some things and not others
- Increasing your sense of self-efficacy and confidence
- Having a greater sense of purpose, direction and inspiration
- Making better choices to give your greater career fulfilment
- Helping you to use your strengths to be productive and perform at world-class levels
- Enabling you to see how you stand out from the crowd because of your unique combination of talents
What Can Strengths Coaching Help With?
- Making career changes
- Developing confidence and self-worth
- Setting up your own business or enterprise
- Leading a team and building a strong team
- Finding your calling
Training, qualifications & experience
- GALLUP Incorporated Certified Strengths Coach
- The Science of Happiness
- Conversational Intelligence
- Post Graduate Diploma Gender, Culture and Politics, University of London
- BSc (Hons) Psychology, University of London
In 2018 I co-founded and run a small psychology practice in Exeter with two clinical psychologists. We call ourselves Live Well Exeter. We have a shared passion for self-care and wellbeing.
Prior to this, my career path has followed the path of working with people to strengthen and improve lives.
I’ve worked in mental health, developing a social enterprise, whilst gaining a BSc Honours in Psychology; as a health and social care researcher; as a mental health commissioner and as a management consultant with a focus on transforming mental health services for children, families, adults and older people.
Areas of coaching I deal with
Other areas of coaching I deal with
- Strengths Based Coaching
- Positive Psychology
- Self Esteem
- Change of direction
- Change of career
I offer an initial telephone or in-person consultation at no cost so that you can determine if a strengths-based approach is the right one for you.
If you want to go ahead we will spend our first session exploring your aspirations, goals and needs. Setting some goals for our work together is really important.
A one-hour coaching session with me is currently reduced to £30 in light of the difficulties many are facing as a result of the pandemic.
I also offer discounts to people who are unwaged, students and have young families.
I also love to coach in the great outdoors, so if you fancy a spot of natural coaching, that can be arranged! Nothing better than taking in the sea air while processing your throughts - or looking at the horizon - very freeing!
What My Clients Say About Me...
Karen Hadley, Primary School Headteacher, Exeter, Devon:
I have long been an advocate of coaching and have always embraced both the principles and core values in my role as a Headteacher. Coaching has always been something that I have used to empower and develop others but until now I had never engaged in 1:1 coaching for myself.
On my first introduction to Strength Coaching I knew straightaway that this was something special. Strengths Coaching has given me renewed energy and helped me to form greater clarity and focus in what I do at my workplace and within my home.
Having the opportunity to consider and explore my strengths in depth thanks to highly skilled facilitation on the part of Tracey my coach, I feel that I have been able to peel away at very complex layers and move to both action and impact in a confident manner.
I have enjoyed the time to think and reflect and consider all of the options open to me. Tracey has excellent listening skills and her knowledge and understanding of the issues raised has been most impressive. She has been able to back up my comments with observations and examples of published research which has served to deepen my thinking further.
Knowing and understanding more about my strengths has enabled me to consider the strengths of others. I have felt reassured by my actions and rather than worry about the things that I am not very good at, I have now been able to draw upon my strengths in order to move both my own learning and that of the organisation forward.
Strengths Coaching is something that I feel will always stay with me. It just makes perfect sense!
Strengths Coaching And Beyond! Kate, London:
Before meeting Tracey, I had taken part in numerous training courses, mostly through work, designed to make me more efficient, improve my communication skills, better understand my personality, and fix any number of issues in my life. As interesting as most of these courses were, I have found that, despite my best intentions, none of them have had a lasting impact on my life. What makes Strengths Coaching different is that it does not try to mitigate your weaknesses but instead is entirely focused around helping you to become the best and happiest version of yourself.
I came across this concept when I was given a copy of the book “Now, Discover Your Strengths” (the updated version is called “StrengthsFinder 2.0”). I used the code inside to complete the online StrengthsFinder assessment and was intrigued enough by the results to look for more information on Gallup’s Strengths Centre website. I then found Tracey’s contact details and since our first phone call I haven’t looked back. The great thing about working with Tracey is that each session influences and is influenced by what is happening in my real life. They are changing my outlook on the future and past events and helping me to see things more clearly.
To give a quick example, I have always felt relatively conflicted in my personality and by discussing my Strengths Profile with Tracey I am starting to understand why. Two of my dominant “themes of talent” are Command and Relator. For those unfamiliar with Strengths Coaching and their terminology, you should still be able to see that these two words do not have similar meanings! At first I saw this as proof of my “kind and caring” side vs my more “evil and aggressive” side but, having reviewed each of these themes in detail, I now understand that they aren’t opposites. In fact, these parts of myself can often work together to achieve really positive results both in my professional and personal life. That’s what Strengths Coaching is all about. Seeing that potential in your innate talents and consciously developing them into powerful strengths.
However, working with Tracey goes far beyond mere Strengths Coaching. In my case, Gallup’s research and resources have given us a framework for our discussions but Tracey draws on all of her other experiences, tools and training as well to make sure each session is as helpful as possible. The flexibility in communication has also been invaluable given the distance between us and we make regular use of email, phone calls, Skype and texts to allow us to work around each other’s schedules. The only other thing I’d say is that if you’re not sure whether this is for you, give Tracey a call and find out! I’m really glad I did.
What Else Should You Know About Me?
I am also co-founder and director of Lighthouse South Devon CIC. We are we are Community Interest Company (CIC) dedicated to promoting wellbeing in Teignmouth and South Devon.
Lighthouse is not your typical business. We are a not for profit established by local people with the intention of promoting mind and body wellbeing in our area. The science of wellbeing is still young, although the art is ancient. We hope to marry the two by offering activities and events that will boost everyone's sense of wellbeing as well as increasing social connections.
Find out more on our embryonic website: www.lighthousesouthdevon.com
You can also connect with me on LinkedIn: