I’m an empathic person who’s always found meaning in the relationships I’ve formed and joy in helping others. My ability to create a safe space for people so that they feel comfortable sharing with me is what has allowed me to establish fast bonds. It’s not uncommon for me to hear words like “I never talk about that with anyone”, even from people I’ve just met for the first time.
I am fascinated by people’s journeys, stories and dreams. I consider it a privilege and a great joy to be invited to support fulfilling their dreams.
In university I studied Sociology but as I began my career I gravitated towards technology, solving problems and designing solutions for customers. Throughout my professional career I informally coached colleagues, direct reports, and customers — always through authentic, compassionate relationships. Connecting with others was the only way I found meaning in my work.
I always instinctively helped others in any way I could, but it wasn’t until I took a year off to create space to reflect on my life that my true purpose became clear: I wanted to heal others so they could live their lives fully. I wanted this because I myself knew what it was like to suffer invisibly in full view.
I realized, after much investigation and with some disappointment that traditional psychotherapy was not a path I wanted to pursue, mostly because it focused too much on diagnosing people with often permanent labels. I kept looking. When I discovered life coaching I was both elated and disheartened. Elated because OH.MY.GOSH! This is amazing! Disheartened because OH.MY.GOSH! This is a woo-woo fledgling profession! A bunch of doubt rushed through me like words running across the screen of my life. People don’t think it’s a real profession. I won’t be respected. I won’t make money. But after careful and skeptical investigation I was won over by the transformative modality of Co-Active coaching. The course of my life changed in March of 2012 and in March of 2016, four years later, I started my own coaching practice.
Once I found my purpose, I immediately began my professional training as a coach. This was in 2012 through the Coaches Training Institute (CTI). In November of 2014, I completed the core curriculum earning the title, Professional Co-Active Coach.
The oldest and largest in-person coach training organization in the world, CTI® has trained over 50,000 coaches and has also trained employees in more than half of the Fortune 100 companies. CTI’s Co-Active Coach® Training Program is widely recognized as the most rigorous coach training and certification program in the industry. (source: CTI)
In 2016 I opened up my own practice and quickly discovered that I attract people who need help reconnecting and embracing with who they are in order for coaching to be effective. It felt a lot like my own story and I continued to seek a way to deepen the work I do. With diligence and good fortune, I discovered and enrolled as a practitioner in training with the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute. They provide a 3-year intensive program that…
Offers a framework to assess where a person is “stuck” in the fight, flight or freeze responses and provides clinical tools to resolve these fixated physiological states. It provides effective skills appropriate to a variety of healing professions including mental health, medicine, physical and occupational therapies, bodywork, addiction treatment, first response, education, and others.” (source: SE Trauma Institute)