Who We Are

Kirsten Dierolf, M.A., MSFP, MCC

Kirsten has been coaching executives, middle managers and teams for global corporations since 1996. She also designed and delivered large leadership development programs all over the globe. In 2016 she was certified as Master Certified Coach. She has coached over 3000 hours as a professional coach and passed the thorough exams of the International Coach Federation. Kirsten is member of the assessor team for the ICF for MCC and PCC certifications. Her Solution Focused expertise comes from training directly with the founders of the approach, Insoo Kim Berg and Steve de Shazer. She was president of SFCT, the association for the quality development of solution focused consulting and training and founder and member of the editorial team for “InterAction — the journal of solution focus in organisations.” She is a prolific writer with over 30 articles and two books: “The solution tango” with Louis Cauffman and “Solution Focused Team Coaching“. Kirsten has been running programs to develop professional Solution Focused Coaches since 2008. Her first Accredited Program ran in 2015.

Debbie Hogan, MS, CSFC, MSFP, PCC

Debbie has degrees in Psychology and Counselling. She is in private practice with over 28 years experience as a therapist, trainer and coach.  She is an EAP provider for local and multi-national companies. As an executive coach, she has worked with CEO’s, top-level management, and the private sector.  She is a Certified Solution Focused Coach, Master SF Practitioner and Examiner for the CCPC and IASTI certifications, accredited Professional Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation and Managing Director of the Academy of Solution Focused Training.  She has contributed to numerous magazine articles and book chapters, including The Art of Solution Focused Therapy, Encounters with Steve and Insoo and co-editor of Solution Focused Practice in Asia, due to be published in Oct 2016.

Dave Hogan, MTh, CSFC, MSFP, PCC

Dave has over 26 years experience as a consultant, trainer and coach. He has degrees in French, theology and counseling and specializes in coaching, training, mentoring and leadership development.  He conducts workshops for organizations in team building, leadership coaching for managers and career development.  Dave is a Certified Solution Focused Coach with the Canadian Council of Professional Certification, and Master SF Practitioner with IASTI, an accredited Professional Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation and conducts training in Singapore and the region in the solution focused approach in leadership and coaching.  He has been interviewed on the radio and has contributed to numerous magazine articles.  Dave is a founding member of the International Alliance of Solution Focused Training Institutes and is the Director of the Academy of Solution Focused Training. He is co-editor of Solution Focused Practice in Asia, a collection of inspiring case examples from coaching and consulting which was published in 2016.

Shakya Kumara (ACC in the making)

Shakya Kumara has been using Solutions Focus since 1992. Since 2005 he has been training managers to use SF Coaching, as part of Dr. Mark McKergow’s Centre for Solutions Focus at Work (SFWork). Shakya has been running live online training workshops since 2012.  Shakya is the originator of a number of Solutions Focus models such as “iFLOW” Time Mastery, “MAGIC” Negotiation, R4 Delegation, Brief Mindfulness stress-reduction and RADAR un-procrastination, which have all been trained around the world. As an executive coach, Shakya has worked with leaders and managers from the UK, Europe and the Middle East, across all 3 sectors. He and is frequently invited to lead workshops at national and international conferences such as Coaching at Work and SOLWorld. Shakya’s ACC accreditation is planned for March 2018.

 Dr. Svea van der Hoorn, MCC

Svea was introduced to the SF Brief Approach in 1988 via Steve de Shazer’s article “Minimal Elegance”. Since then she has pursued a rich and diverse journey with both SFBT and SF Brief Coaching. She is known for her creative and incisive questioning and her ability to synthesise what seems un-connectable. This has stood her in good stead in her quest to connect the ICF core competencies with the principles and practices of the SF approach. Much of her work is in adult learning and development – as a trainer, a supervisor, a mentor coach for ICF credentialing, and as an SF practitioner.  She continues her interest in all things to do with learning which she honed academically when writing her doctorate titled “The development of eco-systemic thinking: an epistemological study”. When not busy with being curious, Svea enjoys preparing feasts for friends, reading quietly and has recently discovered the tactically world of playing croquet.

Joe Cannon, PCC

Joe has an extensive background in psychology and counseling, having worked as a psychological examiner, clinical therapist and family counselor across a variety of private, community and faith-based venues. Besides working with the general population, he has worked specifically with substance abusers, court-referred juvenile delinquents and managed a halfway house for the chronically mentally ill. He has worked with therapy groups as well as parent training and church leadership groups. Joe is certified as a Master Practitioner in Neuro-Linguistic Programming . Having a life-long interest in physical fitness he is an instructor in Shuri Ryu Okinawan Karate and has also studied and practiced many bodywork modalities including Thai Medical Massage, Soft Tissue Release and Reiki. Currently he is a Personal Trainer and Life Coach. He is a Master SF practitioner with IASTI and an Associate Certified Coach with ICF

SolutionsAcademy Philosophy

We are solution focused — in short, this means that we will concentrate on finding out what our clients are looking for, look for things that make the client confident that they can get there and define steps into that direction. We collaborate with our partners in the organisation and base our interactions on trust and “making each other look good”. We are not interested in proving our clients wrong.

Solution focused conversations are an evidence based practice for creating sustainable solutions for clients. What we do is scientifically sound and far away from the ever changing market driven hypes in Human Resource development: you can trust us to be 100% bullshit-free.

SolutionsAcademy Structure

SolutionsAcademy teaches coaching in our ICF accredited programs but also delivers executive coaching, team coaching and coaching in organisational development and change situations world-wide. We also offer bespoke coach training programs for leader and HR all over the world.

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