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 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.
For busy executives who prefer in-person sessions, I offer coaching with the convenience of meeting at your office location (in the Chicago Loop and surrounding areas).
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.
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.
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 have experienced some of the following outcomes: received a promotion, doubled their sales and earned large commissions, changed careers, found new romantic partnerships, improved their self-confidence, improved their existing relationships, decreased their day-today stress and increased their happiness.
Clients have the option of committing to 5 or 10 sessions at a time. Each individual session will be high-value and should have a tangible and immediate impact on your life.
With the completion of each package, you will be able to look back and see a noticeable shift. Coaching is not intended to be a long-term commitment, but clients may benefit from commiting to coaching from 3-6 months to fully create the desired change in your life.
If you are wanting support but one-on-one coaching is not a fit right now, please contact me to inquire about the next group-coaching opportunity.
“I am a fan of your work and I would recommend your services to others. I never felt like I was seeing a therapist and I appreciate that you never made the sessions about you. During our time together, I doubled my sales revenue, all while learning to be more kind to myself. ” -- MM
“Carolyn was worth the investment. I tried to work with licensed therapist before but was unable to deal with my anxiety and stress. Working with Carolyn, I was able to learn how to cope with my anxiety and stress. Carolyn was able to introduce techniques to incorporate in my daily life. Additionally, there were a few things that I was insecure about that I didn’t realize till I worked with Carolyn. She was able to call them out and we were able to work through them. Carolyn was a lot more effective than any therapist that I had worked with in the past and I am so glad that I found her and hired her as my life coach. If anyone is looking to try to get a control of their own life and have a more empowering outlook in their life, I highly recommend Carolyn!!!” - SB
“Coaching with Carolyn helped give me the tools and direction to triple my business within just a few weeks, boost my confidence, and feel more connected to my work and clients. Her insight and ability to laser focus on the exact things to work on, blow me away! Carolyn’s coaching is life changing and I wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone looking to take the next steps in your life, business, and/or relationships!” -AK
“Carolyn is a highly intuitive person who understands modern life challenges and can offer practical and workable solutions for them. She has a background as a licensed therapist and as a VP in HR so she is truly in touch with what people are going through on a daily basis. She helped me work through some of my anxiety and identify triggers that were blocking me from letting go of some of my unwelcome patterns. Her approach is a mix of traditional methods as well as some that you will not receive from a regular therapist — and they really work! You do have to put in your own effort and be willing to change, but if you are, it’s completely worth it. She always runs on time and she is respectful and caring. I would not be where I am today without her help.” --HK
“Working with Carolyn is helping me become the person I truly desire to be. Our sessions are meaningful and enlightening; they provide me with valuable tools to apply and improve my life. My world is different because of Carolyn and anyone who has an opportunity to work with her is extremely lucky.” -BG
“I was feeling stuck in some aspects of my personal life, particularly in how I was showing up in my marriage. One of the aspects where Carolyn helped me the most, was at developing regular practices to improve my state-of-mind. My wife has noticed the changes and we are now both evaluating continuing the coaching work together. I highly recommend Carolyn to anyone who is looking to grow.” -CM