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I’m Tracey Burns, MCC

Ontological Coach & Consultant to adorable weirdos, fringe dwellers, dare to be differents, outliers, rebels, innovators and creators of wild and brilliant ideas… Extraordinary people up to cool things in life.
I was born to cause peace, one conversation at a time.

 

Who were you born to be?

Individual Coaching

Increase self-awareness, communicate with clarity, evoke possibility based conversations, restore harmony to your relationships, personal and corporate.  Cause your life to be extraordinary and add velocity to your goals and aspirations. These are a few of the potential outcomes you can expect from the extraordinary experience of ontological coaching.

Team Coaching

Engage in the powerful process  of team coaching, exploring the subsurface dynamics of individual team member personalities, sub-groups and how these interrelated factors affect team performance. Together we’ll identify and resolve conflict, recognize power dynamics,  build team cohesion and promote team autonomy and sustainability.  Adapt, innovate and align.

Relationships

 The bonds we form are vital to our mental and emotional wellbeing and survival. Access new ways of relating, deepen intimacy with self and others as access to peace and fulfillment.

Communication

 Expanding your speaking and listening gives you access to possibility, challenges your assumptions and unveils the real message that your words and actions both express and conceal.

Mind, Body & Soul

When your mind, body and soul are in harmony and balance this manifests in a feeling of wholeness, completeness and an overall state of optimum well-being. An explicitly holistic approach.

Family Business

Thrive in the face of the unique dynamics encountered in family operated businesses triggered by succession planning, intergenerational conflict, rapid growth, and the impact of death and divorce.  

Coaching

Specifically ontological coaching…

Focuses on your way of being. Your way of being informs your view or perception of the world around you. This view or perception then informs your actions and reactions. Once you become aware of how you are being, you have access to expand who you be to produce the results you desire for your life and open up new possibilities. This kind of coaching produces deep, sustainable change. 

 

Consulting

Your unique needs…

A consultation is conducted using an ontological approach and is a powerful choice should you need to talk something out, to access perspective and gain clarity with the support of a powerfully trained neutral third party.  Perhaps you are unsure which session format will best serve you, your business or team. So. Many. Choices. Partner with me to identify the best fit for your specific needs.

 

About Me

My clients describe me as a “Doctor for the Soul” which touches my heart deeply.  It’s an incredible compliment and in four powerful words, speaks to all of the things I aspire to be as a human and a coach.

Having been on my own healing journey for over 25 years, I’m a cheeky smash up of spirituality meets science and business.  I am audacious, playful, intuitive and full of love.

Dr. Gabor Mate says, “The possibility of renewal exists so long as life exists. How to support that possibility in others and in ourselves is the ultimate question.”

I couldn’t agree with him more and my answer to his ultimate “how” question is, “ontological coaching”.

 

Client Success Stories

Michelle Fischler

I sought out Tracey’s ontological coaching practice through a referral from a trusted friend.  I was ready to take my career as a certified sex therapist to the next level but I wasn’t clear on the route and I was terrified to make a move.

Tracey’s support transcended merely formulating my vision and project design—it was a transformative mindset makeover. With her warmth and patience, she held me accountable in the most gentle yet direct way. The trust we cultivated empowered me to challenge myself to become comfortable with discomfort. The GETSOME podcast was launched on May 26th, 2022, with a mission to inspire individuals across cultures, belief systems, and lifestyles to embrace who they are as sexual beings—one conversation at a time.

Three seasons in, GETSOME has soared to #34 on the Apple podcast charts in Canada under the sexuality category and continues to fulfill my life’s purpose: to create a global model of sexuality free from shame. GETSOME is only scratching the surface of its potential, and I’m deeply grateful to have Tracey in my corner as I buckle up for the journey.

Scott Armstrong, Vista Radio

I have never offered to provide a testimonial for anyone.  In fact, Tracey Burns, was surprised when I suggested it.  It was my emotional response to what began as practical business training and quickly became the genesis of a self-awareness I wish I had achieved years ago.

I have been a successful leader of multi-million-dollar organizations for the better part of 30 years.   I have enjoyed moments of celebration with a variety of teams and realized fiscal success for several companies.  I had this “management thing” down to an art… or did I?  Were my conclusions and my ego both ill informed?

In the fall of 2023, I met Tracey Burns who was commissioned to help address what appeared to be cultural issues inside our company.  What we didn’t know was how far reaching those issues might be.  Most importantly, how was I as the leader stewarding our culture or was I an unaware contributor to those same issues through my tactics and style, all be they well-intended. 

I learned quickly (although Tracey may disagree on how quickly) that a leader is not “the fixer”.  Leading others to acquire knowledge, focus, awareness and execution skills was/is my role.   The “fixer” as I perceived myself was doing two things.  First, I was disempowering my teammates, and it largely was behavior born out of service to my own ego. 

Over a period of several weeks Tracey, through insight, honesty and directness was able to help me see the impact of my actions, moreover, to recognize who was “really” served by my leadership methodology.  Yes, I was helping the company, but I wasn’t helping grow the team, which ultimately would have a greater impact.  

The trust-based relationship that Tracey created allowed me to see myself and begin to understand my motivations.   Ultimately, the role became more difficult as it was largely directive and not consistently collaborative.  Throughout our time together, we discussed a great many things about human behavior (mine and others), leadership, emotional intelligence and the willingness to share responsibility for a solution-based culture.

I couldn’t be more grateful for Tracey’s time, candor, compassion and clarity in bringing this leader to a new level of understanding of my role and myself.

Zoe Paliare, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

Working with Tracey has been entirely transformational for me and my life. When we began working together about two years ago, I owned two businesses and was in the early stages of building my coaching practice, Zoe Paliare Coaching aware that there was more out there for me but unsure how to create a structure that would allow more into my life. Now, my practice supports entrepreneurs and leaders, my ideal clients, and I have also taken on the role of my dreams at a major law firm and launched a podcast, The Field. Never in my wildest dreams did I believe this was all possible, but Tracey always did. Her support and encouragement allowed me to tap into parts of myself that were ready to leap and soar. She asks exactly the questions you need to hear at the perfect moment, almost as if she is tapped in to the parts of my subconscious that I need but can’t initially access. I have and will continue to recommend Tracey to others – the best way to describe her is pure magic.

Lauren Wilkins, Luftgekühlt

When I first reached out to Tracey, I was feeling personally unhappy and professionally stuck. I was lacking ownership and convinced I had no control in my own happiness or future. What a gift it has been for me to meet her and work with her, her impact on my personal and professional wellbeing has been profound.

Ross Borland, Vessel Liquor Store

I’ve never worked with a coach before and admit to having to put my biases on hold, but the experience has had a substantial impact on my development as a leader in our organization. Through my work with Tracey, she has helped me realize my strengths, unique abilities and how to be aware of my reactions in specific situations.

Ian Johnson, Victoria Foundation

Just a few months into working with Tracey I’d already achieved my half-year goals—granted, I’d set realistic goals so as to get off to a good start, but I now have to redefine my understanding of what’s “realistic.” Tracey has illuminated the path to a sophisticated, intelligent, well-balanced way of being. She has inspired me to build a life worth playing for.

Nora Delay, Deloitte Consulting

Tracey is both passionate for coaching, and compassionate with her clients. She deeply cares about what her clients need, allowing them to set the goals, timeline, and weekly agenda, showing up to each session with strength and empathy. When I first interviewed Tracey, I knew right away that I felt “hell yes” about working with her, and the curiosity and enthusiasm she brought to each session was both consistent and contagious. I came to her with professional goals in mind, but learned that how I showed up was holding me back in other areas. Tracey has a variety of tools and exercises that helped me to get clear on my vision, articulate my strengths, and challenge my blocks. I highly recommend hiring Tracey to anyone who needs clarity around what they want or how to create the path there.

Kellie Garrett, PCC, ICD.D

I met the charismatic and fiercely intelligent Tracey Burns in the U.S. at a global leadership International Coach Federation conference. We bonded instantly, and I hired her as my coach in 2017. I am a tough client: quick, smart, stoic, experienced, and also a coach. My ostensible coaching goal was to dramatically increase my business revenue. She cracked me wide open and I am astonished. Not at her wisdom. Not at her intuition. I expected both. I am astonished that she helped me uncover longstanding barriers to reaching my desire to live a life of elevated consciousness, which is the key to – you guessed it – increased business revenue. I am already at 65% of my usual annual revenue target at the beginning of March. More importantly, I am at 1000% of my desired state of being. If you want transformational change, choose Tracey. If you want comfortableness, don’t. I highly recommend her.

Fannie Watkinson, Businesswoman

Tracey sees possibility and magic everywhere and shows up with that perfect balance of feisty challenger and unconditionally loving support. She has a remarkable (well-practiced) ability to see through bullshit and powerfully stand for me and others she works with to operate instead from our greatness. I’ve worked with Tracey for over a year now and the transformation is immense and barely fathomable to me (I know she saw the possibility all along). With her consistent support, I have stepped out of my comfort zone over and over and over. I started coaching for the first time and within a year I quit my full time job, and now am on a trajectory to a sustainable full time coaching practice. I have grown leaps and bounds in my relationship with myself and in nurturing the creation of a romantic relationship I want to be in. I barely believe this powerful, bold version of me because a year ago I was not willing or able to say out loud anything that I wanted. Through our work together, she has supported me to fall in love with all the quirky, vulnerable, tender, unstoppable, powerful parts of me more fully and deeply than I knew possible. There’s no one I would rather have in my court and partnering with me to create this fully expressed, magical life I get to live.

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