“Each of us has a unique story and perspective we bring to life. As a queer migrant mom and life coach it is my passion to help people thrive in unconventional ways.”
– Joy Zalzala-Soyka

Hi! My name is
Joy Zalzala-Soyka

I am a life coach and a multicultural, lesbian mom with great love and respect for misfits and rule breakers, who expect the best for themselves and the world.

I started coaching because I love seeing people thrive. For me its the best job in the world to inspire others to follow their dreams & to actually create and live a life they want to live.

I am seeking happiness and ways to thrive with family, entrepreneurship, community and travel. I love turning ideas into action, and following unconventional paths.

I integrate life coaching with deliberate creation and somatic tools. I help you connect to your true self and pursue your relationships, work, and life goals from an empowered and visionary perspective.

Since 2012, I coach in my own practice online and in Berlin - specializing in working with people in biracial / multicultural relationships, migrants and people from various LGBTQIAP+ communities. 

Intersectionality and social justice are at the heart of my work.

For 9 years I worked as a counselor, educator and manager in non-profit organizations serving women and trans* people who have experienced violence or discrimination.

I am a trained life coach, with expertise in somatic trauma therapy and law of attraction coaching. Currently I am deepening my expertise of neurodiversity and coaching - by getting trained as an ADHD Life Coach.

My parents are from Iraq and Belgium and I grew up in 5 different countries across the East and the West. Since my teenage years North America has been my second home next to Germany. 

My wife Jasha and I have been together for 15+ years and have two kids together. We are a diverse family across neurodiversity, disability, cultural backgrounds, gender and sexual identities.

When my kids were 2&4 years old in 2016 my wife and I decided to take them on long term travels. With Berlin, Germany as our homebase, we spent time in different parts of the world – such as South East Asia, USA, Portugal, Costa Rica, Mexico, the United Kingdom and Grenada.

In 2022 we started house- and petsitting as a way to combine our love for animals and travels. We have done 15 petsits, short and long term in 5 different countries, caring for 44 animals, from chicken to horses, cats, dogs and many more. I love the community of city life as much as the connection to nature and animals on our travels.

We live an unconventional life, value family, education, lifelong learning and connections to people, animals, and everyday magic.

P.S. I am fluent in English and German, coaching is possible in both languages.

You are on this site for a reason - so let’s talk. 

We can meet online on zoom or I can call you on your phone, no matter where you are in the world. Simply schedule a time to talk on my online calendar.

Professional Background.

M.A. in Education & M.A. in Gender Studies 

Humboldt University Berlin, Germany 2010.

Life Coaching

in my own coaching practice since 2012 - supporting people across the queer & neurodivergent spectrum.

Law of Attraction Coach

Training from Good Vibe Coach Academy 2012

Integrative Somatic Trauma Therapy Certificate

from the EmbodyLab 2021

Certified ADHD Life Coach (CALD) in training

at the International ADHD Coach Training Center - An International Coaching Federation (ICF) Accredited Coach Training Organization 2024

Crisis counselor, activist and director

in non-profit organizations focused on mental health, anti-violence and empowerment for women, non-binary and trans* people in Berlin, Germany and California, USA - 9 years of experience.

“Caring for myself is not self- indulgence. It is self - preservation. And that is an act of political warfare”

– Audre Lorde

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