Certified Health & Wellness Coach, M.A. in Art Therapy, several years of experience in the mental health field.
I provide individual and group coaching to help clients define and achieve meaningful goals and self-care practices (in areas such as diet, exercise, and social and emotional well-being) for increased life-satisfaction.
What type of coaching do you offer and to whom?
Individual and group coaching primarily by phone. Clients are typically women in their 30-50s wanting to look and feel better by establishing healthy habits such as making better food choices, exercising, making time for meaningful relationships, fun and relaxation, as well as routines to feel more organized at home and work. This often involves creative brain-storming and experimenting with strategies that enable outcomes to be realistic and sustainable. I also enjoy coaching college students grappling with the challenges of establishing health promoting behaviors, managing stress, and defining success as they navigate their academic and social lives.
Why did you get into coaching? What motivates you?
I have been in the mental health field since the 70s and was incorporating coaching before I know it was an actual field. I derive immense pleasure from my relationship with clients; being invited into their lives, and witnessing their self-discoveries through trial and correction. Being a coach is simply an extension of who I am.
What differentiates you from other coaches?
My training and experience in the mental health field has given me a lot of insight into human behavior, and my warm personality enables me to engage fairly quickly with clients in a meaningful, creative, and light-hearted way. While I take my work seriously, I love to laugh, and often find humorous ways to make coaching a fun experience. Unlike health coaches who tend to advise clients on remedies for specific ailments, I tend to work with folks who may know what to do, but who need support to follow through with their desired outcomes. At the same time, I am often able to refer clients to appropriate resources for educational purposes or specific concerns.
What values are important to you when working with clients?
Self-reflection, honesty, creativity, safety, personal growth, compassion, humor and support (to name a few!).
What do you do for fun?
I love to dance (all forms) whenever I get the chance. Other sources of fun: traveling, yoga, gym classes, bicycling, XC skiing, art projects, listening to music, laughing with family and friends, movies, and watching the opening sketches on SNL!