I have been fortunate to work with people across the life-span. I have a B.A. in Early Childhood Education from Western Michigan University and have taught at the preschool and early elementary level. My M.A., also through WMU, is in Community Agency Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Michigan. I was blessed to offer counseling for elderly residents of long-term care facilities for five years.
Most recently I have combined my passion for helping people with my interest in multiculturalism. I am a certified trainer with National Coalition Building Institute and have spent the last eight years working with international high school exchange students throughout every aspect of their program experience from placement to support throughout their program year.
I was thrilled to participate in Bennett Stellar University training in Neuro-Linguistic Proramming and Hypnotherapy in 2013 and have found the coaching skills gained there to be a tremendous addition to my counseling background.. My approach to coaching varies depending on the needs of the client and combines all aspects of my own background to work effectively with clients at all points in the life cycle.
I use an eclectic blend of cognitive behavioral, solution-focused, and mindfulness techniques along with Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), hypnotherapy, and TimeLine Coaching™ to help you reach your goals.
Coaching is available 24/7
I use technology at the heart of my life coaching practice so that you have a personal life coach that is available and accessible 24/7. You can schedule your coaching from any time zone and I will work with you to create a coaching schedule that can be woven into your personal or professional calendar.
Comfortable Coaching Environment
You do not go to a coach. I come directly to you. Coaching is delivered directly through your Smart phone, tablet, laptop, home computer or home phone. Instantly. This means you have no travel time or travel costs. I call you or I connect with you via Skype or email. You are not charged for the call or connection. You decide the best situation that is the most comfortable, convenient and conducive for your coaching session. What could be more convenient than receiving your personal coaching session in the comfort of your own home, after a soothing shower, in comfy clothes, with your feet up, relaxed and ready?
Coaching Encourages Authenticity
I encourage you to let go of being safe, quiet, and attractive in order to fully embrace being genuine. Being genuine means letting go of the exhaustive effort that is required to build barriers that continually conceal, warp or exaggerate your truth. Being genuine takes concerted practice but results in living authentically.
Coaching Encourages Compassion and Resilience
I help you to cultivate compassion, beginning with yourself. This means learning to be kind and understanding, recognizing a common human connection and practicing mindfulness. It means rejecting destructive thoughts, words, and actions that blame, shame or judge.
I encourage you to feel your emotions. Why is this important? When you do not allow yourself to feel, you do one of two things; you end up numb or you end up resentful. Either way, you feel powerless. These two unconscious, yet insidious emotional choices are not selective in the way they impact your life. They find their way into every little nook and cranny causing an emotional experience of unease or dis-ease. Together we will explore the messages you have absorbed from those around you and reframe the subconscious messages you give yourself.
Blue Skies Personal Wellness is founded on the belief that all people have the ability to heal through mind, body, and spirit. Life can be overwhelming and sometimes we need help in working out problems but YOU are the expert on your own life! Blue Skies will provide guidance on your path to wellness in a safe, supportive environment. I will help you discover ways to cope with life’s tough issues and will encourage you every step of the way.