What do you want in life? Are you wanting more balance, more success, more fulfilling relationships, more happiness? I help people overcome barriers and create the life they want. Using a variety of tools and modalities, I help you shift old patterns, get out of your own way, and design the life of your dreams.
As a self-improvement enthusiast, I am always collecting new tools for creating change. As a clinically trained social worker, I began my career in an urban mental health setting and gained an understanding of the spectrum of mental health treatments. As my work evolved to include strategies based on the Robbins-Madanes Institute in Strategic Intervention (the coaching framework founded by Tony Robbins), my clientele shifted. I became a vice president of human resources in a corporate setting, where I worked with leaders on building highly effective teams. Ultimately, my passion for helping people unlock their potential drew me to coaching.
My style balances results-driven, strategic coaching with cultivating a positive and proactive mindset in my clients. I will help you clarify your intentions, desired outcomes, and next steps. As you undergo a cumulative process of creating change, we will engage in a variety of techniques to help you move forward.
As a Robbins-Madanes certified life coach, I leverage Tony Robbins’s techniques to create profound change. I also use other approaches, ranging from counseling modalities such as internal family systems and cognitive behavioral approaches, to somatic therapies and techniques that engage your body and mind. My goal is to have you leave every session energized and inspired.
One of the top reasons people decide to work with a coach is because they are looking for greater career satisfaction and success. You may be looking to change careers, earn a promotion, improve your results, or be more effective at managing others.
Every leader can benefit from having a coach to navigate the challenges of leading others and influencing an organization. It all starts with self-awareness. We all have blind spots in how we are perceived by others, what our strengths and weaknesses really are, and where we need to develop and grow as an employee and a person. Getting clear and being honest on your areas for improvement is a first-step, and then coming up with an action plan and following through requires commitment.
Clients who come to coaching to improve work performance and enhance leadership skills benefit from improved outcomes in:
I have coached executives at large corporations, small business leaders, sales professionals, and new managers. In addition to my coaching training, I worked as a VP in a corporate setting, managing large teams, and training new leaders on best practices for managing highly effective teams.
The overall quality of our relationships is often telling of our overall happiness and quality of life. Besides providing nurturing, support, and companionship, our relationships drive personal growth. Our relationships provide a mirror for who we are -- including all of our personal preferences, as well as our triggers and areas of opportunity.
Regardless of the reason for signing up for coaching, the topic of relationships becomes a core area of my work with clients. I also work directly with couples and individuals in developing tools to improve their relationships.
In working with couples, interventions are focused on helping the couples strengthen their friendship, reduce conflicts, and create shared meaning together. My approach to couples work is informed by The Gottman Method (Dr. John and Julie Gottman), Imago Therapy (Harville Hendrix), and Strategic Intervention (Tony Robbins and Cloe Madanes). With these methods, there are often immediate and tangible tools couples can benefit from using right away to heal past wounds and improve the overall quality of their partnership.
With coaching and counseling services, it takes at least a couple sessions for the client and coach to get to know one another, agree on goals, and create a plan. I recommend new clients start by booking a free consultation where we can have an initial conversation about your interest in working with a coach. If we decide to proceed after our initial call, I recommend clients purchase my discounted introductory package for 3 sessions.
Some clients benefit from 3 sessions alone, others would benefit from committing to a longer program. Depending on your particular needs and goals, we determine a plan that is right for you.
I am located in Chicago but I serve clients across the USA. Local clients have the option of conducting sessions in-person or via phone/Skype.
The first part of our work together will focus on helping you clarify your intentions, desired outcomes, and next steps. As you undergo a cumulative process of creating change, we will fine-tune your personal program to ensure that you’re moving toward your desired results.
Guided by your needs, we will then focus on manifesting projects, relationships, and results and developing overall joy and fulfillment in your life. As with any work that is designed to help you grow, you can expect to feel some discomfort as you challenge your old patterns. I will support you as you face your pivotal challenges and help you create sustainable changes.
Coaching can help you clarify the type of work, relationships, or lifestyle you want. Identifying these goals is the first step in creating the life you want to live.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Life Coach. In addition to these formal certifications, I have experience working as a VP in a corporate setting, managing large teams, and training new leaders on best practices for managing highly effective teams. My coaching work is also influenced by my meditation practice, as well as other personal-empowerment techniques from a variety of traditions.
I began my career as a clinically trained social worker performing outreach in urban mental health services. Through this experience, I gained a unique perspective on the broad spectrum of mental health treatments. My clinical background informs much of my coaching style and has provided me with frameworks that help me understand human motivation and behavior.
As my work evolved to include strategies based on the Robbins-Madanes Institute in Strategic Intervention (the coaching framework founded by Tony Robbins and his partner Cloe Madanes), my clientele shifted. I became a vice president of human resources in a corporate setting, where I worked with leaders and teams to motivate employees and maximize their performance. Ultimately, my passion for helping people unlock their potential drew me to coaching.
Coaching and psychotherapy are different orientations of counseling. Coaching is a proactive approach designed to support clients in creating the life they want. It focuses on life design and working toward a high level of functioning.
Psychotherapy is a health service that focuses on identifying, diagnosing, and treating mental illnesses. It aims to alleviate symptoms and change dysfunctional thoughts or behaviors. Psychotherapy is a reactive approach that helps clients cope with stressors and symptoms.
As a licensed clinical social worker, I have worked with clients seeking mental health services. However, I do not typically conduct psychotherapy with clients who have signed up for a coaching program. I may refer clients to another provider for these services or transition them to a psychotherapy program, should the need arise. It is important for clients to note that psychotherapy is a health service that may be reimbursable with health insurance. Coaching services are not reimbursable through health insurance plans.
Clients who achieve desired results from coaching are those who are willing to put in the time and resources into our coaching sessions and take the necessary actions to reach their goals. Clients that have been successful have met with me weekly for a 6-month period and have had some of the following outcomes: received a big promotion, doubled their sales and earned large commissions, had a career change, found new romantic partnerships, improved their self-confidence, improved their existing relationships, decreased their day-today stress and increased their happiness.