I could not be more glad I followed my gut and signed up for coaching with Ana. I felt there was a time in my life, as a once Indigenous single teen mom who went on to become a doctor, that I believed I was capable of impossible things. Medicine wore me down and took parts of my spirit with it. With Ana’s help, I have learned that the person who wholeheartedly believes in myself is still inside me. I am showing up as my best self now, working through imposter syndrome and frequent overwhelm with new tools to tackle whatever my mind throws at me. I am living my healthiest life mentally, physically, and spiritually. Even my super frugal husband says the coaching is worth the money, as it’s an investment in yourself that pays dividends over and over again! Whatever you are working through, you won’t regret joining!
Dr. Ellie S., Family Physician
Signing up for Overcoming the Female MD Mind Trap was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I was deeply burned out, disillusioned with medicine, and feeling totally stuck in a career that I had invested so much of myself into. I needed help to find a way forward. The powerful combination of coaching and the structured content in the Mind Trap program allowed me to dig deep into many areas related to my burnout, particularly internal factors like my relentless perfectionism and harsh self-criticism. Ana and her team of amazing coaches have helped me to build awareness of my thoughts and emotions, to create the space to realize I am not defined by them, and to challenge my patterns of thinking from a place of curiosity instead of self-judgement. I am deconstructing many long-held belief systems and rebuilding my relationship with myself in the process. I am finally choosing to live with intention in every area of my life, growing and evolving into the best version of myself, and learning what it really means to own my story. From this place I am stepping forward to live at my highest level of meaningful contribution, trusting that my entire journey has been preparing me for what is next.
Dr. Clare H, Pediatric Endocrinologist
Dr. Anastasia Blake, with The Anti Fragile Female MD, is changing my world. I am taking steps that will literally change my future results. I am becoming what I always wanted to become. This allows anyone to get to the place they want to be. She literally clears the path for you, one step at a time.
Dr. Nicole S., Sports Medicine
I want to first thank you for putting this out there on Facebook. It was such a stroke of luck that I was able to find this when I looking deep inside after having hit rock bottom in November. Your story resonated with me, and for the first time I felt that someone knew what it felt like to be in such despair. Your 3-day seminar of Overcoming Dread was such an eye-opener for me, and I don’t know if I would have ever found coaching, or have had the courage to sign up for the Overcoming the Female MD Mind Trap program without that introduction.
You were so right! I have more time to do what I want now. I remember when you said that at the beginning. I honestly thought “yeah… right!” Despite not missing a single workshop or coaching call, and doing all the ‘homework’ along with frequent thought downloads and models (averaged 8-10 hours per week on these), I spent less time ruminating, rehearsing, over-prepping and over-thinking.
Over the first few weeks, I felt like my vision improved where before I was ‘seeing’ the world through a small hole and now could see everything around me. I am finding joy in the small things. I know that so much is possible now and that I chose what I want to do. I have had the courage to finally tell others what I want, and not what I think they want me to do.
I am no longer dreading going to work, and am finding the ‘wins’ in my day. The biggest thing for me has been my approach to being on call. I am on call right now as I write this. Normally I would be angry and agitated as I waited for my pager to go off for some unreasonable request. I wouldn’t sleep the night before or when I was on call. Now I chose to approach each page with curiosity, and have stopped worrying about what is going to happen. I am actually getting some sleep on call!
Anyway, I just wanted to let you know how amazing you and all the coaches have been, and that I feel enthusiastic and optimistic about my life now. I want to learn more about myself and I want to help others in the way that you have helped me.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Dr. CINDY C., Medical Oncologist
Ana helped me find the painful beliefs that were causing me to eat foods that were horrible for my body. She let me see how much pain I was causing for myself and helped me to walk away from emotional eating and buffering difficult emotions with food. She helped me address the self doubt and limiting beliefs that were keeping me from achieving my weight loss goals. I have now lost a total of 70 lbs and with Ana’s help am bold enough to believe that I will lose 100 lbs by the end of the year!
Dr. Heather C, Emergency Medicine
Ana’s coaching helped me overcome key limiting beliefs in my life responsible for creating a deep sense of anxiety about returning to work after maternity leave. Her work has allowed me to rediscover a sense of confidence and a joy of medicine!
Janie, Family Physician
It has only been a month of having Dr Anastasia Blake as my life coach. Ana understands how the mind of a female MD works and the traps we can get ourselves into. Every coaching session with Ana so far has given me “aha” moments. I feel empowered to lead a positive, fulfilling and productive life using the techniques she’s taught us. I can now better understand my brain. My spouse, my family and those close to me have noticed how much more positive I am. I realize now I am in control and know where I want to be! Truly a game changer!
Dr. Melissa S, Anesthesia
Ana’s program has been a life altering experience. Before the program I was struggling with mental and physical exhaustion, feeling burnt out and overwhelmed. I am not a person who finds it easy to ask for help. The coaching model gave me skills to tackle some of the biggest limiting beliefs that were keeping me in a state of burn out. It is a program that teaches you lifelong skills to manage the challenges that face female physicians. It has given me hope and has been incredibly empowering. I am immensely grateful for this experience. I think every physician could benefit from coaching. I am mid-career but wish I had learned this skill set so much earlier!
Dr. Sharla O, Respirologist
My time with Ana helped me grow and build on my self-coaching skills exponentially, and it’s been the perfect addition to everything else I’m doing for my health and brings all of the puzzle pieces beautifully together. I feel equipped to handle (and even welcome) the challenges that lie ahead of me in order to grow, learn, and appreciate the opportunities this brings me. Thank you, Ana and The Anti-Fragile Female MD!
Marsha, Family Physician
I have struggled with many of the traps Ana teaches us about in her female MD mind trap course. She has helped me to discover where these traits come from, where they are hindering me in my life and relationships, and how to harness the power of my thoughts to control my feelings so they don’t run my life.
My family is noticing I am more positive and present when I’m with them, and I love that Ana’s coaching is helping me to be a better parent and partner.
Thank you Ana Blake. You are changing our lives for the better, every day
Dr. Erin A, Family physician
Working with Ana and her team has changed my experience of clinical medicine. I am so much more aware of how my automatic thoughts get in my way and have a tendency to push me toward burnout. I am able to be more present with my patients and also more efficient in my work. I am seeing more patients per day than I ever have and working shorter days, without compromising the level of care I deliver. Paperwork is no longer a huge burden that takes hours every day, and I am not procrastinating it. Of course, I am and always will be a work in progress, but I’m okay with that now and excited to learn more. I’m enjoying my work more than I ever have. I can honestly say I love my job as a family doctor and look forward to new challenges because I know I have the tools and can develop the skills required to do a great job on my own terms. I never thought this was possible – I had accepted that eternal and painful piles of paperwork and being at the clinic late into the evening was just part of my job because of the kind of doctor I was. I don’t believe that anymore and have seen huge changes in my work and my own confidence and self-compassion. I have no hesitation in recommending this program!
Dr. Sarah M, Family Physician
I started working with Ana to change my mindset around many things in life that were causing me to feel overwhelmed. She has been an amazing guide – truly a non-judgemental and neutral coach who wants me to realize my highest potential. She has helped me to start taking action from a place of excitement and not fear, and has really pushed me to make the chaos of life more fun. Since working with her, I’ve felt the most confident and content at work than I have in years! It has helped to launch me into a new leadership position, and to really succeed at work. An amazing additional benefit has been the positive ripple effect in my personal relationships and most importantly, with myself. She lives up to her name by really teaching how to be anti-fragile. She has helped me to actually feel excited to fail. I highly recommend working with her if you are looking to create a life with less overwhelm and more fun!