Empowerment Coaching

by Dr. Melanie Wenzel

My Offer.

From Surviving to Thriving.

I collaborate with many academic institutions such as: post graduate programs, schools, and international collaborative research centers. The objective of these collaborations is to promote equal opportunities and excellence in education and research systems, especially related to gender equality and balancing a scientific career with family commitments.

Even if your organization is unable to fund coaching, do not hesitate to contact me regarding individualized terms and conditions.

Regardless of the administrative context of our coaching, our sessions will always be 1:1, strictly confidential, online, and in English or German.

Coaching Program 2023

Empowered Female Scientist.

The Coaching Program supports and empowers scientists in significant stages of their career individually and efficiently.

Energetic. Efficient. Empowered.

⇒ (re)discovering & deepening existing personal resources and developing new ones

⇒ increasing & strengthening the awareness of your own skills, qualities and knowledge

⇒ making good decisions from a space of inner balance and strength

⇒ finding your own voice and taking up space

⇒ addressing & surpassing blockages, fears and ambiguities

⇒ identifying & prioritizing next steps

⇒ driving the implementation of developed ideas and concepts forward

⇒ promoting & finalizing projects

⇒ creating & strengthening healthy and supportive relationships with colleagues, supervisors and mentors

⇒ presenting your own scientific insights and research proposals to a variety of audiences and leaving a lasting impression

⇒ discussing fully present & focused, motivated & convincingly with assessors, colleagues, sponsors, interested parties and organisations

“Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. … It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.”

Ruth Bader Ginsburg


Anna (37), Ethnologin, Postdoc

Liebe Melanie,

vielen lieben Dank für die Notizen und für die großartige Session, die das ganze Wochenende noch in mir gearbeitet hat. Ich fühle mich sehr bestärkt und habe alle meine Pappenheimer gut an Bord gekriegt, denke ich!

Gerade drucke ich nochmal alles aus und schaue es mir vor dem ins Bett gehen an.


Es ist unglaublich, wie so eine Session wirken kann und was alles in dieser „kurzen“ Zeit passiert („kurz" in Anführungsstrichen, weil ich weiß, dass Du sehr überzogen hast für mich. Vielen Dank hierfür [...])
Mir ist es alles wert, es war so wertvoll für mich.





Ich komme gerade frisch raus aus dem Assessment [...]
Es ist ziemlich gut gelaufen, jedenfalls sind die Teile, vor denen ich besonders Angst hatte (...) super gegangen, ich habe mich wohl und stark gefühlt und super Feedback bekommen!
Die Konfliktgespräche sind auch toll gelaufen. ich wurde als wertschätzend und konstruktiv wahrgenommen und konnte Eskalationen vermeiden. [...]


Alles in allem aber super gelaufen, es ging auch sehr schnell und ich konnte mich so zeigen wie ich bin.


Vielen Dank Dir noch einmal!



Berlin, Germany
Casey (33)

I LOVE how tuned in Melanie is. I felt like she was able to feel whether or not what I was saying was at the 'truest point' that it could be. She asked clarifying questions and I really appreciated that. [...] She was clear, concise, and it flowed so nicely. I am also grateful for the feedback she pointed out about how my mind was perhaps more confident than my body [...]. That has stuck with me and there’s a lot of truth behind that I'm sure will unfold.

I really enjoyed being coached by her and felt I got more out of our session together, then I have of most other coaching sessions I did before. Melanie is able to go deep, hold space, and still be gentle. She is a gifted coach and will help a lot of people.

Pennsylvania, USA

Julia (32), Geographin, PhD Canditate

Ich möchte mich bei dir bedanken für deine große Unterstützung beim Diss-schreiben aber auch ganz allgemein beim durch die Welt gehen und klarkommen.

Du hast mir bis hierher so viele kluge Impulse, gute Gedanken, kleine neue Gewohnheiten und hilfreiche Techniken mitgegeben und mich einige Male wirklich toll wieder aufgepäppelt. Du hast wirklich eine ganz besondere Fähigkeit zuzuhören, zu verstehen und Dinge in Bewegung zu bringen.

Berlin, Germany

Emily (33), Urban Development & Soziologie, Postdoc

Ich möchte Melanie meinen Dank aussprechen. Manchmal überkommen mich Ängste, die mich total lähmen. Ich kriege dann Migräneanfalle, die so intensiv sind, dass ich den Alltag nicht mehr bestreiten kann. Inzwischen kann ich die Ursachen für meine Migräne immer irgendwann erkennen - es sind fast immer unterdrückte Emotionen und negative Glaubenssätze. Wenn es eine Angst ist, was es meist ist, kann ich aufgrund der Sitzungen mit Melanie inzwischen selbst mit dieser Angst in eine Art inneren Dialog treten, für ihren Schutzmechanismus dankbar sein und dann eine neue Sichtweise auf die entsprechende Situation in meinem Körper verankern. Nachdem ich diese Übung mehrmals mit Melanie gemacht habe, kann ich sie jetzt alleine anwenden und mir somit selbst helfen. Das empfinde ich als wirklich ermächtigend. Ich bin dir, liebe Melanie, dafür überaus dankbar. Es ist ein unglaublicher Schatz, sich so selbst helfen zu können.

Berlin, Germany

Postdoc (30), Cultural Geography & Sociology

Ich danke dir sehr für deine Unterstützung und die vielen Gespräche. Die haben mich wirklich durch die Zeit im Projekt getragen und mir die Entscheidung für mein Wohlbefinden deutlich erleichtert. Danke! 

Berlin, Germany

Mirjam (31)

Thank you thank you thank you. I feel hopeful again now. I have this vulnerable tired feeling that I acknowledge, but I feel that I’m shifting something big. Thank God for the time and space these days to go through processes like this. I feel like I’ll manage now. With some extra help… but at least like I said… feel hopeful again.

It was one of the most intense sessions with after effects I’ve ever had. I’m so grateful.

I am not through with the [...] topic but this is like one step closer. Thanks again, Melanie. I am SO grateful for the time you took, because I couldn't have done it alone and it is super super super meaningful. I am tearing up thinking about it.

Leipzig, Germany

Raqueli (31)

Melanie's warmth and receptiveness. I appreciated several things from our sessions, but her capacity to truly listen and pay attention to details of things I would comment and tell her, allowed us to get deeper to the source of my questions and issues. She gave me the time to express my thoughts, comments and feelings (which made me feel it wasn't just a pure ''coaching'' but a true dialogue of getting to know me and understand where I was coming from). Melanie managed to help me literally arrive at the core of my fear for why I haven't embarked on my biggest dream [...] - which I hadn't faced before or said out loud. She gave me really different and what felt like very powerful tools to work on releasing these and envisioning the positive of breaking through these.

New York, USA

Andrea (44)

I've received many coaching sessions from Melanie. She is so intuitive, so compassionate and so loving. It was so easy for me to dive into my deepest feelings, because I knew and felt that she was holding space for me in such a powerful and deeply loving way. Every part of me is welcome in her session, even my darkest parts. Her spaceholding is healing in itself. She is an amazing, intelligent and highly intuitive coach.

Almere, The Netherlands

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.

We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?”

Marianne Williamson

Integrative Coaching Approach

The innovative holistic approach addresses and integrates all dimensions of the human Body/Mind:

the mental, the emotional, the energetic and the physical level;

the conscious, the pre-conscious and the unconscious.

Sustainable transformation and empowerment are only possible if all parts are on board.

In collaboration with the client, we discover where and how she dis-empowers herself, where and when she spends energy unnecessarily. Together we will explore the roots of the causes. Together we will build her desired career while she is in her full power, confidence, concentration, and joy.

From Surviving to Thriving!

PhD & PostDoc Coaching

Terms & Conditions 2023

  • 1:1 Online Coaching (German or English)
  • flexible in time and space, family-friendly
  • individually tailored practical instructions, exercises, guided meditations for the time between the coaching sessions

Tenure-Track, Junior Professor & Professor Coaching

Terms & Conditions 2023

  • 1:1 Online Coaching (German or English)
  • flexible in time and space, family-friendly
  • individually tailored practical instructions, exercises, guided meditations for the time between the coaching sessions

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Dr. Melanie Wenzel - Empowerment Coach

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