Hello, my name is Christina Gottschau and I am a solopreneur and freelancer. With Raven By Tina I serve private coaching clients and with Raven Business Transformations I work with organizations as DEI consultant and trainer.
Since I was 6 years old, I have been living with an invisible disability. This is where it starts to become uncomfortable for many. The self-description " disabled " is a taboo. Either it is said, where are you disabled? (it is not visible), or it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy for others, according to the motto no-wonder-if-you-think-about-yourself-that-way.
In fact, it is exactly that, if you become "disabled" to participate fully in life. Your own physical condition decides and guides your life. No matter how much you contribute physically and mentally to make it different.
So it is also not a label or identity perception.
It only gives the context here, because all I want is to be a
"human being among humans" (quote Dami Charf).
I have quietly muddled through in our Ableism-oriented performance society. Without the advances and products of the pharma industry, I would not have come this far. I completely underestimated the price that has to be paid for this on a physical (and mental) level, especially when the natural aging process is also added. In my case, that means numerous other health challenges.
About 20 years ago I came across Friedrich Nietzsche's saying "Amor fati". Love your fate, live your fate. That has been my motto ever since, because that is how I have always felt about my life. This saying and my fortunately high resilience are my anchors.
Most of my professional career has been in the corporate world. My great passion was and still is the topic of diversity and inclusion. In everything I do, I am committed to creating a trusting environment in which everyone can feel comfortable and contribute with their unique strengths.
Unfortunately, over the decades I have made the experience that most companies deal with this topic mainly because they want to look good in their shareholder reports. Checklists are ticked off. Serious, long-term changes to the systems fail mainly because of the next budget cut and unfortunately also because of deeply rooted reservations and prejudices of important decision makers. There are a few exceptions. Those I applaud, wish for more of them and am still happy to be at their disposal in the context of my diversity management activities.
Time has come for me to realign the focus of my core work and concentrate more on those who really want to actively shape their lives in a sustainable way.
Since 2016 I have started my learning journey as a coach. At Erickson Coaching International in Vancouver, Canada my training started as a Solution Focused Coach. This was followed by certification as a Tiara Leadership Coach (USA & NL) and a one-year teaching of psychological principles from German Psychology Studies content through ComCare, Germany.
My participation in a personal development program as a Global Change Maker in the Shakti Leadership Program has also had a great influence on my thinking. This particularly addresses my interest in gender diversity, which will also continue to be with me throughout my life. This has also given rise to the importance of Conscious Capitalism, according to which we should not only pursue economic interests in all solutions, but also think of the interests of all stakeholders and the environment.
Since 2022 I have been deepening my knowledge of working with trauma. In no way can I or do I want to replace the important work of trained psychologists. For a good coach, however, I see it as particularly important to be able to draw clear boundaries. For this I have to be able to see them.
Our experience sooner or later always expresses itself through our body. If we do not consciously pay attention to it, we can sometimes face some unpleasant surprises.
I would like to share and pass on the knowledge gained through my education and the experiences from my personal life story to contribute in making healing decisions that make us and the world a little bit better.
Smart advice sometimes helps us, but hardly always. What we do always need, however, is someone who reaches out to us with an open heart and mind and who is there for us. This someone, I can be for you.
I look forward hearing from you!
Clear. Inclusive. Deep.