I am a certified* professional coach trained by the Gestalt International Study Center and I hold my Associate Certified Coach credential from the International Coach Federation (considered the Gold Standard in coaching). This means that I have pursued and completed a set of rigorous standards set by both organizations to demonstrate my mastery of the coaching competencies and formalize my coaching practice.
I am passionate about helping people grow in the way that feels right to them. Perhaps it's professionally - get that promotion, develop that skill, resolve that frustration, start that business. Perhaps it's personally - improve a personal relationship, learn new ways to communicate, resolve that frustration, fulfill a lifelong dream, explore new options.
It's clear that personal growth impacts professional growth and vice versa. Example: "People at work don't take me seriously when I speak up." Once this client digs in, he might discover that he is not taking himself seriously and expresses this through his communications such as, "Maybe we should..." instead of, "My research/experience shows that we should..." When he addresses this style of communication, significant and immediate shifts can be felt in both his professional and personal life. In this way, almost all coaching falls into the category of "Life Coach" because coaching frequently positively impacts multiple areas of clients' lives. I consider myself a "Development Coach" because development of new skills, awareness, and possibilities is the work that I do with clients.
My role as a coach is to help you discover strengths or ferret out any obstacles that might be getting in the way of your self-defined success. I believe in "growth" (increasing range) instead of "change". I don't approach coaching from the perspective of "fixing what is broken" - I approach it from the perspective of creating opportunity and awareness because where there's awareness, there is choice.
I don't dictate outcomes. I don't offer answers. I don't tell you what to do. I DO help you discover what feels like a truly genuine way forward for you. I help you to determine the path and pace that is right for you to achieve your goals. My coaching style is a shared exploration experience. Clients describe me as warm, engaging, open, authentic, down-to-earth, and easy to talk with. (References available, of course.)
Careers take winding paths (click here to learn more about my leadership journey) in this day and age. Mine has taken me to some exceptionally amazing places and I haven't regretted one moment of it. But what has remained steady and true from my first post-college experience running ropes courses and team building programs to my current private coaching practice is that listening deeply, asking powerful questions, putting aside judgment and assumptions, paying attention, and self-reflection are essential in the business of exploring possibilities and changing lives. And these principles are at the core of my practice of coaching, leadership, management, and life.
(*Note: Not all "certifications" are the same qualitatively. It's best to ask questions of any certified coach you considering engaging to learn about what organization backs the certification.)