Hi my name is Jan Aitken, I am a qualified Life Coach with over 14 years experience. Jan Car Finished

I trained at the coaching school CoachU completing the Advanced Coach Training Programme . I am an active learner and believe that on-going training will help me maintain the highest standards possible for my client’s benefit. I’m presently studying for a Diploma in Clinical Advanced Hypnotherapy and am an accredited Gallup Strengthsfinders (Top 5) coach. I write a fortnightly column for the Otago Daily Times weekend magazine “The Mix”.

Before I became a Life Coach, I spent 25 years working as a Registered Nurse and I noticed that people’s attitudes and outlooks had a huge impact on their health and quality of life.

I decided to make use of my observations and become a Life Coach, helping people create a life they love to live – a healthier, happier, fun, resilient life. A life where people can orient what they do and who they are around their values and strengths.

Whatever stage you are at in your life, Life Coaching can help you to Live the Life You Imagine.

I coach a range of people from their 20’s just finding their feet to baby boomers stepping out into a new phase in their lives.

I am a regular at the gym, a keen skier and avid reader. I also enjoy catching up with friends over a glass of wine and good food. “Life is to be enjoyed, it’s about creating your own balance and having fun, that’s is really important to me.”


  • 32+ years as a Registered Nurse (surgical, research, staff development, operating theatre and RN First Surgical Assistant)

  • 14 years as a CoachU-trained life coach running a successful coaching practice in one-on-one and small group coaching

  • Columnist for the Otago Daily Times weekend magazine “The Mix”

  • Life Coach and motivator for Mornington Health Clinic Diabetes Prevention programme

  • Life Coach and motivator for Sport Otago Green Prescription programme

  • Life Coach for “Paths” clients rehabilitating back into the workforce (Ministry of Social Development programme)

  • Workshop, seminar presenter and speaker  – specialising in Attitude, Motivation, Healthy Living and Self Care for Ryman Health

  • Perioperative Nurses Conference workshop presenter.

  • Otago University School of Physiotherapy Guest Lecturer

  • Otago University School of Physiotherapy Diabetes Programme


  • Sharon Jones says:
    February 18, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    Hi Jan,
    I would like to book a session each for my two children. Sam is 18 in her second year at university but not sure about a career although she has a friend starting nursing and is thinking about this.
    Nic is 23 working in IT but wants to live a rich mans life on a poor mans income, Both are great kids and have enormous potential but seem a bit unsure. I can say they seem happy which I am grateful for. Anyway I think it would be a great opportunity to see a life coach and explore things.
    They are both open to coming and seeing you for an initial conversation. I have no idea if they will want to continue or not however I am happy to pay to give them a go!

    When you get back to me I will give you their contact details.

    Thanks for you time Jan

    Kind regards


  • Pam Bardsley says:
    April 2, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    Hello Jan
    I am interested in coming to see you to try and find out about what I value. How do I make an appointment?


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