Tell us about yourself… Who are you?
My name is Alessandra Olivier, but everyone calls me Ali. I was born and lived in London, England until I was 25 years old. During what I call my “quarter life crisis”, I decided to go on a one-year adventure to Spain and… I never went back. I am now so delighted to call Barcelona my beautiful home.
I have worked in mental health since the age of 16 and took a necessary break to live and explore different experiences and face my own personal challenges. This allowed me the space and time to truly fall back in love with my purpose and passion; supporting others as a life coach.
Describe yourself with 3 words
Passionate, Courageous and deeply empathetic.
What is your background? What have you done in your past?
I started working in mental health at the young age of 16 volunteering for helplines, working in charities and got a First Class degree in Psychology at Nottingham University.
I continued to gain experience in the public health therapy centres and as a researcher, however I felt like something was missing. The treatment felt cold and manualised; treating each individual with the same robotic and mechanical methods.
At the same time I was experiencing a big life transition, breaking up from a 7-year relationship and questioning who I really was and what I was here to do.
So I began my own journey of self-discovery and explored more heart-centered and holistic methods of personal development. As I took a break working in mental health, I worked as a theatre performer, a dancer and taught English in Barcelona. I used the time to dive deep and heal my own wounds including anxiety, a critical relationship to my body and the “perfectionist” that had been holding me back.
I continued dancing and practicing yoga which allowed me to reconnect to my true essence, joy and self-worth. I deepened these skills further becoming a Yoga and Meditation teacher and Dance and Music therapist.
While I once felt torn between these two different approaches, I now know that the beauty and power of my work lies in the fusion of them both; combining the most effective and scientific techniques with a deeply compassionate and individualised attention for each individual.
What do you do? Do you have a portfolio to show us your work?
I am a Life Coach for women around the world, accompanying them on their journey to re-connect to their inner power. To let go of the fears and blocks that hold them back and re-programme limiting beliefs so they can be empowered to take action and create the life they truly desire and deserve.
I work with clients with both personal matters such as self-esteem, perfectionism, low mood, relationships, as well as professional matters such as discovering their purpose, activating their potential and living by their passion.
You can find my work here:
Which project have you enjoyed the most? Why?
To this day I still get as much joy and fulfillment from the transformation in each of my individual clients than I do from big projects.
However, one of my most meaningful and moving projects was “The Alchemy”: a group therapy intervention to improve mental health through dance. We came together to heal the clients through dance and movement. Working together every day to build connection, resilience and trust and joy. This led to a public performance of the choreography at one the best dance theatre’s in London, Sadler Wells.
What do you aspire to do?
My mission is to ensure that our mental health is treated and prioritised just as much as our physical health. That each individual comes to realise their own gifts and know that they deserve to live a life of meaning, purpose and joy. I am dedicated to accompanying women individually on this journey and creating a community of empowered women, knowing that each person will go on to inspire all of those around them.
What have your biggest struggles been as an entrepreneur so far?
One of my difficult struggles was identifying my niche: my target audience. While I began focusing on expats in Barcelona, clients ended up coming from all over the world, ranging from 20 – 65 years old with an array of issues. While I assumed I would have a particular audience, I have welcomed the amazing opportunities and trust that this is part of my journey and purpose to serve and help more people.
Do you have any tips for other women entrepreneur?
Firstly, know that you will never feel completely “ready”. The idea that one day we feel 100% confident and ready to begin is a myth. Instead trust that clarity will come with action. As you begin to move forward to what energizes you, fulfills you, and brings you true joy from the inside out, the path reveals itself.
Secondly, know that you have a unique gift and message that people can only hear from you. We worry that there are too many people doing what we do, or know more than us, and forget that we connect to unique individuals because of what makes them different. There are people waiting to receive your message, your product, your service, because of you being you. Don’t lose your essence. Treasure it, nourish it.
How do you feel about the Planet Venus community?
I am extremely excited and honoured to be part of such an inclusive and inspiring community. It is a wonderful platform that enables women to support, connect and encourage one another on their journey.
The days of competition are over. Our world is in need of collaboration to share our struggles and gifts together so we can make a difference during this short time we have on this wonderful planet earth.
Join Ali’s masterclass next 10th November 19.00h – How to gain an empowering mindset during these uncertain times: We create our world with our words.
Are you feeling overwhelmed, doubtful or pessimistic about the current situation? Had an idea for a project but don’t believe it can succeed right now? Or find yourself stuck in old behaviours and thought patterns that aren’t serving you?
Then this workshop is for you!
Together we will dive into the most effective techniques of NLP (Neuro Linguistic processing) and CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) to enable you to understand and identify the limiting beliefs and thought patterns that are holding you back.
You will be given tools to enable you to start reprogramming your mind to feel empowered and begin taking action towards your vision and goals. Whether you are looking to develop a more loving relationship with yourself or launch that new project that you’ve been thinking about for too long, the work begins here, with ourselves.
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