Tangram Wellness specializes in strengths-based, Goal-Oriented Coaching for Women who Want to Improve Their Well-Being and Increase their Energy Levels. The Coaching Process is tailored to the Unique Needs and aims of Each Client to facilitate lasting change.
As a Coach, I MEET YOU WHERE YOU ARE AND HELP YOU GET TO WHERE YOU WANT To Be.
FOUNDER & COACH: AIMEE PESTANO
I’m a certified health, life and recovery coach who specializes in well-being and personal energy management, and I’ve been working in this capacity since 2014. My one-on-one coaching supports women who wish to make a significant health transformation and who are ready to enlist the support of an experienced and committed coach to facilitate lasting change. Our work together will be intensive, immersive, strengths-based and tailored to your unique situation. Most of the tools in my coaching kit are evidence-based and I do not use or espouse New Age or “woo woo” techniques (it's just not my thing!)
In each three to six month period of working together, we will focus on two to three specific areas you’d like to change. With a complementary background as a fitness trainer, behavior change specialist, athlete and sports nutritionist, I’m also able to provide prescriptive guidance to increase your energy, motivation and focus from the inside out.
Some common coaching scenarios that I work with are:
Behavior change for a traveling executive who struggles with binge eating and/or excessive alcohol consumption;
Goal mapping and health improvement during mid-life change, when new directions and interests begin to spring up, along with (often unwelcome) hormonal change;
Guidance in wellness, exercise and nutrition post-treatment for recovery from an eating disorder, addiction, illness, or physical injury;
Wellness coaching for an individual with high sensitivity who may struggle with setting boundaries, staying healthy and managing their energy;
Clarity and confidence-building for a stay-at-home mother who is ready to to pay more attention to her own needs, well-being and desires;
Personal energy management for an executive or helping professional experiencing burnout, interpersonal conflict, or an energy-zapping autoimmune or hormonal disorder.
Health coaching to support the management of a chronic illness or hormonal imbalance.
Coaching is a highly personal process. it’s best to find someone who has life experience that will lend to understanding and Empathizing with your unique journey.
Here are a few factoids which can help you assess whether I'm the right coach for you:
As an expatriate who has called four nations “home,” (the US, Trinidad, China and Singapore), I am fluent in the third culture experience so common to people in Singapore. My coaching clients have hailed from over twenty different countries and include traveling executives, humanitarian aid and relief workers, artists, entrepreneurs, helping professionals, stay-at-home mamas, and teens.
In my professional life, I worked for over ten years as a writer and researcher with a focus on public health before changing tracks, launching two successful small businesses in Singapore. Tangram Wellness has been running since 2013, and began as a fitness and health coaching company.
As a former party girl and perfectionist who battled clinical depression, an alcohol use disorder, and bulimia throughout my teens and twenties, I’ve experienced the rollercoaster of relapse, medication withdrawal, body dysmorphia and relationship upheaval. Changing my lifestyle and nutrition has significantly contributed to ten years of clean and confident living!
As a later-in-life mama to a high-energy toddler, I know the very real struggle of chasing the mythical creature called “having it all", along with the complex health challenges following a difficult pregnancy and birth experience. I've been married for a decade to my best friend, Ryan, and we've resided in Singapore for eight years, where we live as permanent residents with our son and two fur kids.
I tend to work best with high achievers, helping professionals, frequent travelers, HR executives, educators, journalists and humanitarian aid workers, athletes, and highly sensitive people (HSPs) - in other words, people who are motivated, sharp and yet particularly susceptible to burnout, addictive behaviors, and self-sabotage. I’m always on a learning journey, whether it’s through reading, taking courses, throwing myself into a new experience, or working with other mentors and coaches.
NCCA-Accredited Health Coach
NCCA-Accredited Behavior Change Coach
Certified Professional Coach, World Coach Institute
Certified Substance Abuse Therapist Level II, Asia Pacific Certification Board
Certified Addiction Recovery Coach
Smart Recovery Facilitator
Certificate in Integrative Mental Health
Personal Trainer, American College of Sports Medicine
Sports Nutrition Specialist, American Council on Exercise
Master of International Affairs (Socioeconomic Development): The New School, New York
Bachelor of Arts: The New School, New York
Member, ACSM Alliance
Member, IDEA Health & Fitness Association
Coaching And psychotherapy Differ in a few ways.
While therapists and psychologists focus on helping their clients heal and repair the past, coaches are present and future-oriented. Coaches emphasize empowerment, positive action, measurable goal-setting and long-term solutions. Coaches and their clients create a natural alliance, working in partnership toward specific goals set by the client; they do not medicalize, diagnose or treat the people who engage them and they aren’t trained to work with individuals who are not yet functioning or stabilized. Coaching is a task-oriented experience: clear aims are set, road maps are designed, and assignments are given to work on in between sessions. Similar to psychotherapy, coaching is confidential, which means that anything discussed in a session is not shared with any outside party unless explicit written permission is given by the client.
One of the preeminent leaders in the field of coaching, Sir John Whitmore, may have said it best:
“the coach is not a problem solver, a teacher, an advisor, an instructor, or even an expert; he or she is a sounding board, facilitator… who raises awareness and responsibility.”
Are you ready to make a significant positive health change?