Barbara Small, M.A.

Your No-Nonsense Coach
Learn how to become more assertive, communicate clearly and effectively and strengthen your positive thinking. Feel more confident and relaxed in both your personal and professional relationships and more secure in your self-esteem.

Coaching Services

As Your No-Nonsense Coach Barb can help you create the life you want to live by assisting you in bridging the gap between where you are in your life and where you want to be and by helping you stay focused in achieving your goals and dreams.

Barb will work with you to:
  • enhance your assertiveness and communication skills
  • improve both your personal and work relationships
  • increase your positive thinking
  • feel more confident
  • develop more satisfaction and balance in life
  • remove blocks and achieve you personal goals
  • spend more time and energy on what really matters to you
  • reduce stress and have more fun, happiness and passion for your life!

Coaching is focused on where you are going rather than on where you have been and on solutions rather than on problems.
When you work with a life coach, you get what you want much faster and more efficiently than when working on your own. It is especially beneficial to have someone to check-in with and be accountable to on a regular basis.

As Your No-Nonsense Coach, Barb acts as a sounding board for you, asks enquiring questions, helps brainstorm options, provides support, encourages action and offers honest and direct feedback. Her style is down-to-earth, direct and practical.

For more information about Barb's coaching services or to schedule an appointment, please email Barb at or call 250-361-3439.

Testimonials from previous clients

"I always feel hopeful after listening and talking with you. I really appreciate your ability and willingness to share your own experience." Carol M.

"My life is so complete. I never in my wildest dreams thought I could be this happy. I am writing this not to brag but to tell you that you were a key person in my journey. Thank you." 
Bobbie R.

To Purchase an Individual Coaching Session: $100.00/hour

About Barb Small

Barb Small, M.A. is an assertiveness and communication skills coach and best-selling author whose coaching sessions, workshops and books focus on practical and concrete skills for communicating more effectively, becoming more assertive, improving your self-esteem, quieting your inner critic and increasing your positive thinking. 

She has a Masters degree in Counselling and has also trained as a Life Coach. She is the best-selling author of three self-help books which have sold across Canada as well as internationally.

Barb focuses on skills that are practical and immediately usable. She fills her books and presentations with stories, practical real-life examples and humor that help participants to integrate their new skills into their personal and work lives.

Barb helps her clients and workshop participants focus on their strengths and on moving forward. She knows that it is possible to begin to value yourself, feel more confident, become assertive and communicate clearly and effectively. She looks forward to sharing her experience and knowledge with others.
In the past Barb has worked as an employment counsellor, substance abuse counsellor, EAP counsellor and has been a program development coordinator in both the post-secondary and non-profit sectors. 

Barb was the Peer Coach Mentor for the Volunteer Peer Coaches through the Patient Voices Network, Impact BC as well as facilitated webinars for their volunteers and staff.

She also developed and taught the course "Challenges in Counselling Support Practice" in the Counselling Support Certificate program at Camosun College for several years as well as teaching "Introduction to Counselling Support Skills" and "Information and Referral in Counselling Support" through the same program.
Barb has developed and taught numerous personal and professional development workshops for businesses, professional associations, community groups and the general public. She has taught through Continuing Education at both Camosun College and Malaspina College. 

Contact Barb:

Tel: 250-361-3439


What About Me, What Do I Want? Becoming Assertive

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If I Could Just Get Out of My Own Head: A No-Nonsense Guide to Communicating Effectively

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Blah, blah, blah... Changing Your Negative Self-Talk

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