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Life Coach Steve Truitt

Meet Steve Truitt, life coach and hear about why he became a coach and why he thinks a match between a coach and client is so critical.

Corey: Hi! My name is Corey Quinn. I am the founder of MyCoachMatch.com. We are a site that matches clients with great coaches. I am here with Steve Truitt. He is an author. He is a life coach. Welcome Steve.

Life Coach Steve Truitt: Thanks Corey. Good to be with you.

Corey: So, could you tell me why did you become a life coach?

Life Coach Steve Truitt: It was kind of a slow process that started when I was a kid. I mean, I was consulting my friends when they were having problems way back in elementary school, and I guess I just kind of have this empathetic nature about why I could understand people’s problems and kind of help them through it. I’ve always been that way and in 1999, I took some courses to my own to kind of make a shift in my life and I was so profoundly impacted by those courses. I ended up teaching those courses and then just getting my certification in NLP, which is Narrow Linguistic Programming, and getting that on the road in helping people, you know, for a living.

Corey: That’s great. So, when should someone consider working with you?

Life Coach Steve Truitt: The best time to come see me is when you feel that you have reached an impasse in your life and you don’t know where else to go, but you are absolutely ready for a change. I have had people come to me and say, “Well, you know, I’m unhappy but I don’t know why and I don’t know what to do about it. Here’s some money. Just fix it.” I don’t work with people like that. I work with people who are ready to have a change in their life and I always say to them, don’t hire me unless you are absolutely ready to have a change because it’s going to happen.

Corey: That’s good. So then, who is an ideal client for you?

Life Coach Steve Truitt: You know, an ideal client for me would be someone who is struggling in a certain area, whether it’s with addiction, whether it’s with weight gain, whether it’s career transition, relationships. Wherever they feel stuck but they know that all they need is a little shift and they’re ready for a tweak and they’d come to me for help. That’s the ideal client. Someone who is ready to be open, does challenge me and themselves, but is open to change and open to actually getting what they want – the stronger the better. You know, I’ve worked with people who you know, have got their stuff together, but maybe there’s just one little tweak they need or some kind of breakthrough they need in their life and they are ready for it. That is really the key.

Corey: So tell me, in your experience now as being a life coach, what is the importance of a match between a coach and a client?

Life Coach Steve Truitt: You know, in my business, there is no more important thing than that initial connection. You have to feel related to your coach. You have to feel like you trust them. You have to feel like they care. My main motivation in life is transformation. It’s not money. So, I am up for transforming your life. That’s what I care about, and I tell people, “I’m not a life coach. I am your coach for life.” And so, that’s what I am committed to is, we are going to do what it takes to get you transformed. That’s what I’m up to and I keep in touch with all my clients and they could call me all the time and we talk about stuff and maintain great friendships to people as well, and I continue to coach them not for money, but just because if I take someone on and I am responsible for the transformation, you know, I take that responsibility seriously and it goes way past our working together professionally.

Corey: Could you share with me a success story?

Life Coach Steve Truitt: Sure. I just had two actually. I’ll tell you one, my most recent, I’m working with a woman in Los Angeles who is a celebrity chef and a celebrity nutritionist and she was absolutely stuck in the area of powerful relationships. She was in a bad marriage. She loved the wrong person, got divorced, but you know good for her. She knew how to get out of it. But she was really lost in the area of her own power in relationships. Here she is, a successful business woman who has got this growing business. She is gaining a lot of attention, a lot of media attention. She is writing books. She is going on talk shows, but for the life of her, she can’t figure out why she can’t find the right man. We got to the bottom of this very quickly, and that’s really what I do because I get to the bottom of people’s issues really quickly. I work very fast. I don’t keep people around for a long time. We do quick breakthrough sessions and off they go because the shift can be greatly dramatic. So her shift was very dramatic. We got dirty. We got our hands dirty. We got into it. I had a big breakthrough session for her. She had a huge breakthrough, and she just met this guy recently. I mean, the breakthrough session we did was about three months. She has just met somebody and he’s perfect for her. I made sure I met him. I checked him out. He is not what she has gone through before, but he is right in line with what she is up to now in her power, and she is really happy.

Corey: It’s amazing about being really clear about what you want, how that helps things to manifest in your life.

Life Coach Steve Truitt: Sure, and it’s easy to say, well I want love in my life. Okay. Everyone does but do you love yourself? What does that love look like? What are you prepared to do? If you want something you’ve never had, you have to do something you’ve never done. Do you give your power away for love? What do you sacrifice for love? You know, all of these things have to be taken into account, and if people are giving away their power just to have love, you deserve neither.

Corey: That’s great. Well, thanks Steve for spending some time with us today. I appreciate it.

Life Coach Steve Truitt: Sure. I appreciate it Corey.

About Steve Truitt

life coach steve truittSteve is an award-winning author and TV producer, host and speaker who has also made an indelible mark in the corporate world. Most recently, Steve served as Vice President Affiliate Relations/Head of Talent for Westwood One/Metro Television as a nationwide talent recruiter, coach and consultant to news stations. Steve is also a performance coach to creative and media professionals, working with people in the business world, as well as film, TV, radio, print, music and the Internet, bringing them the experience, techniques and inspiration to take their businesses, ideas, careers and media savvy to new levels of success.

 

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Life Coach and Psychologist Linda Pucci

Meet life coach and psychologist Linda Pucci and hear why she became a coach and the importance of a match between a client and coach.

Interview with Life Coach and Psychologist Linda Pucci

Corey: Hi! My name is Corey Quinn and I am the founder of MyCoachMatch.com, where we help you get matched up with great coaches. I am here with Linda Pucci. She is a psychologist, a trainer, and a life coach. Welcome Linda!

Life Coach Linda: Thank you Corey. It’s nice to be here.

Corey: So, why are you a life coach?

Life Coach Linda: Well, I got into life coaching in the year 2000, after practicing for over 20 years as a psychologist. As a psychologist, I did a lot of psychotherapy and the focus in psychotherapy is usually helping someone regain some level of functioning that they’ve lost, and the focus is often on the past and on problems, and what I found is that I really was interested in helping people who wanted to [inaudible 00:57] lives and go further than they even thought they could by focusing on the present and the future. And so for me, I could use the experience of helping people change their lives and all the techniques that I learned as a psychologist, but use it in a different format in life coaching.

Corey: And how is life coaching different or complimentary to the therapy work that you do?

Life Coach Linda: Actually, for the past 10 years, I’ve been doing both and so, whether I’m calling it psychotherapy – psychotherapy has to be done in an office, usually face to face, whereas life coaching can be done over the phone, and the focus in therapy is usually on the past and uncovering some sort of problem in the past and finding a way around it, so that a person can regain the level of functioning that they had previously, and life coaching is really about helping people stretch themselves, learn new skills or use the resources that they have inside and to really obtain the goals and the kind of life that they really want to have.

Corey: That’s great. Thank you. Thank you for sharing that. So, when should someone consider working with you?

Life Coach Linda: Well, when they’re ready to change. My focus is on helping people really take action. That is something I’m extraordinarily good at. And so when people are really ready to make a change, I may be the best person to help them because I work with a lot of different techniques that help people make their change rapidly. So, I like to work with people who are impatient. People who don’t want to spend five years or ten years sorting through things in their lives. They want to make the change and move on. One of the things I really specialize in is helping people with what I refer to as mental clutter, and mental clutter is composed of negative emotions from the past. Negative emotions might be something like anger, sadness, hurt, fear, guilt or anxiety, and limiting beliefs that people form based on their past experiences, but there are beliefs that kind of become unconscious, and like a bad computer virus, kind of chugged away beneath the surface, messing up your best laid plans. So, my focus and what I work with a lot is people who are looking to make changes, sometimes even big changes and really do it as rapidly as possible, because I am able to help people make pretty big changes in their lives in a shorter period or days.

Corey: That’s great.

Life Coach Linda: So that one of the things that I do is I work

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sometimes with people very intensively over a 4-day period to bring about a complete breakthrough in some area of their life. And what I tell people is that I really love the people that I work with, but there really is no need for us all to grow old together. So, I am about wanting to help people move on.

Corey: Good. Very good. Do you have a sense of an ideal client for you?

Life Coach Linda: Sure. Probably my ideal client is a woman business owner or entrepreneur, usually someone who is usually between the ages of 35 and 55, who is feeling stuck in their life or in their business, and they may be women who have undergone or are in the middle of – or facing some big transition. Something like divorce or job change, promotion, emptiness, something that has kind of [inaudible 05:05] them a bit, something that is a big change for them, because I find that people are often really willing to make big changes when they are in their transition period.

Corey: Great. Could you share with me your thoughts on the importance of a match between a coach and a client?

Life Coach Linda: Oh, I think it is really vital, and the service that you are providing, Corey, is just of such importance.

Corey: Thank you.

Life Coach Linda: I think one of the things that’s really vital in a match between a coach and a client is the ability to build trust, and the better the client has a sense for what the coach can offer, the more likely they’re going to be able to build the necessary trust that’s going to make the coaching relationship work. So, I really applaud what you are doing.

Corey: Thank you so much. If trust is the foundation –

Life Coach Linda: Absolutely.

Corey: Could you share with me a success story?

Life Coach Linda: Sure. Recently, I worked with a woman from out of state, and she came and we did a 4-day intensive. She is a woman who had an advanced degree, but due to her husband’s move and the family moving, she was really not able to practice that profession in the state that they had moved to. And so, she was a stay-at-home mom for three children, and at the time that she came to see me, she was questioning whether or not to stay in her marriage, she was not sure what she wanted to do as a career, and she was feeling pretty overwhelmed. And so, what we did is I worked with her over a 4-day period, working several hours a day, about 20 hours total and we focused on letting go of negative emotions from the past, some things from childhood, limiting beliefs, including perfectionism. She identified what her values were and realized that she and her husband really shared their important values and she was able to come up with a plan to help the relationship move forward past the tough times they’ve been having, and she identified what was important to her in a career and ultimately, was able to figure out what she is going to do once her youngest child, who I think is four, is going to – you know, what she’s going to pursue when her youngest child goes into school. So she left here after four days and with much greater clarity, she had a step-by-step plan about how she was going to proceed and was feeling much more confident and capable of bringing things to pervasion for her, and what she told me was that the biggest change for her was that she had been able to conquer herself out. And so, she was really able to move forward and my contacts with her since then have been – that’s exactly what she has been doing.

Corey: Wow. That’s great.

Life Coach Linda: So, yeah.

Corey: That’s a very pervasive change, and it sounds like at the right time.

Life Coach Linda: It’s huge. Yeah. It’s huge.

Corey: It’s great.

Life Coach Linda: Which is exciting for me because I get to see it happen right before my very eyes.

Corey: Thank you so much [inaudible 08:37] today.

Life Coach Linda: Thanks very much Corey.

Corey: Okay.

Life Coach Linda: Take care.

Corey: You too.

About life coach and psychologist Linda Pucci:

Life coach and psychologistLinda Pucci, Ph.D. is a psychologist, life coach, trainer and expert in helping people find and develop their inner resources for life and business. She has the credentials and experience to help you change the things that aren’t working.

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Life Coach Maria Martinez Interview

Meet Life Coach Maria Martinez, and learn why she became a life coach and hear about the importance of a match between a client and their life coach.

Interview with life coach Maria Martinez:

Corey: Hi! My name is Corey Quinn. I am the founder of MyCoachMatch.com, where we match clients with great coaches. I am here with Maria Martinez, life coach. Welcome.

Life Coach Maria: Hey, Corey. Thank you.

Corey: Thanks for joining me. Could you share with me why you became a life coach?

Life Coach Maria: Yes, Corey. Thank you for having me. Well, I became a life coach a couple of years ago and as we know, life will take us in several paths. My own path took me to a point where I wanted to reinvent myself. The last two jobs I held where in fact very rewarding. What I noticed that I was running low on that passion gas tank, what I call the passion gas tank, and that’s nothing but that level of energy and excitement that you feel everyday when it’s time to go to work. Well, when my tank started to run low, I came to the realization that I wanted to reassess what I wanted from life and that path, that journey as I call it, took me to better understanding my values, my skills, my abilities, and when I put all of that together and I blended it with what I love to do the most which is leading and empowering all the people to reach their goals, really the choice of becoming a coach, it was a no-brainer.

Corey: Great. That’s a great story. Can you share with me when should someone consider working with you as a life coach?

Life Coach Maria: That’s a great question and in fact a lot of the people that I speak to, even though they think they need a coach or they’re not quite sure whether they need a coach, they always come with that question in their mind. Let me start by saying – to answer the question – let me start by saying or quoting something I heard awhile, but they helped me get to where am I today and that is that when the student is ready, the teacher will not be [inaudible 00:01:52]. I would really encourage everyone to pursue their goals and their dreams, because the truth is that we have so much potential and most of the time we barely, barely scratch the surface. We barely touch on it and explore it, but I personally work with people that are ready to make a change, that are ready to take their lives to a new level. Typically, they are going to a transition or they are stuck in a change or in a challenge, and unfortunately, a lot of times, we are not really ready to invest in ourselves until we experience a level of pain or discomfort and that’s typically what people come to me. When I team up with people that are ready, like I said to make a change, to do something in their lives, people that want to untie their potential, reach greater levels of success, and live happier, healthier lives, and in my practice, I just give them motivation and support so that they can get to that next level. So the reason why somebody would work with me is not just because I am a hundred percent committed to their success, but because they deserve it and I want them to hear that message that they deserve to reach their fullest potential.

Corey: Is there an ideal client that you like to work with?

Life Coach Maria: Another good question.

Corey: Yeah.

Life Coach Maria: And the answer, I think for most coaches you know, is always you know, what’s your niche? What did you specialize in? And for me, Corey, my clients come packaged in different sizes and labels and backgrounds. Typically, people that are successful that might get stuck. You know, we all get into that funk once in a while. But the common threat for me is somebody that is craving to do more, craving to achieve more, to get to the next level. Recently I am attracting a lot of men and women, mostly in their midlife, contemplating a change that is going to lead into a more fulfilling life at a personal and professional levels, whether that is through health and wellness, which is one of the areas that I am really an advocate for or in a career move, in terms of a new leadership approach in the relationship. The bottom, the common threat is that deep desire, that craving to do something else with their lives and get to a new level.

Corey: Great. So in your experience, how important is a match between a coach and a client?

Life Coach Maria: For me, that match is far amount. You may find other coaches, other people that don’t see as a deal breaker, but for me it is important to have a level of chemistry, something in common. It doesn’t mean that we are going to agree on absolutely everything every single time, but if there is a certain level of, “I can relate with you in some extent,” I think it brings that ability to relate much faster so that we can make things happen that faster. Having said that, my job as a coach is to get my clients to look at things from a different perspective, to challenge them, and to stretch them, but that can be done with respect and with empathy, because we don’t know where they’re coming from, right? So, the way I see it, that match is essential because it is the foundation for a good coaching relationship, and therefore a good coaching experience.

Corey: Thank you. Can you share with me a success story?

Life Coach Maria: I’d love to. The one that comes to mind, because he’s fairly recent, is a client who came to me to work specifically in productivity and goal setting. He just wanted to be on top of his game and through our work together, we started to explore values and purpose and what was his life mission and what was he really trying to accomplish with those goals and being productive and getting things checked on the to-do list. Well, after a couple of sessions, we realized that it was more [inaudible 00:06:00] journey about – not so much about the outcome, although that is really important, but about enjoying each moment, each step of the way, and being present. About increasing that awareness that makes you enjoy, so that the gas in gas tanks stays full or as high as you can have it, and with self-care and putting things in place, of continuity, of consistent goal setting, keeping the eye on the price while taking care himself, he has been able to achieve that and more. So he is happy and I couldn’t be happier.

Corey: Good. That’s wonderful. I love that. Well, thank you so much for spending some time with me today Maria. I very much appreciate it.

Life Coach Maria: I appreciate that. Thanks Corey.

Corey: Okay, thank you.

About Maria Martinez:

life coach maria martinezMaria Martinez, MBA is Personal Development Coach. She completed her training through the Institute for Life Coach Training and is a member of the International Coach Federation; the leading global organization for the coaching industry. Maria is the Membership Chair for the Tampa Bay Professional Coaches Association and the current Secretary/Treasurer of BNI Capital Gainers Chapter. Maria is also passionate and very involved with the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) and Toastmaster’s International.

Besides coaching, Maria enjoys writing and public speaking. In her presentations and articles, she talks about work-life balance, wellness, positive thinking, leadership and other topics of interest. Her blog as well as articles, which can be found at the Examiner, ezine Articles and Self-Growth.com give practical advice to individuals who want more of their lives and are ready to take the next steps towards a more fulfilling life experience.

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Life Coach Dr. Marjorie Rand Interview

Meet Life Coach and therapist, Dr. Marjorie Rand and hear why she became a life coach and the importance of a match between a coach and client.

 

Interview with life coach: Dr. Marjorie Rand

Corey: Hi! My name is Corey Quinn. I am the founder of MyCoachMatch.com, where we match we match clients with great coaches. I am here today with Dr. Marjorie Rand. She is a therapist and a life coach. Welcome Marjorie.

Dr. Marjorie Rand: Hi Corey.

Corey: Thanks for joining me today. Could you tell me, why did you become a life coach?

Dr. Marjorie Rand: Well, I think coaching came in to existence. I don’t know about 15 years ago or so? But I think it’s just exploded these days because people don’t have the luxury of really spending years in therapy, doing extremely deep work. They have issues that are happening right here and now that need to be solved, and so I found myself more and more focusing in non-specific issues with people as opposed to doing long-term depth psychotherapy with them. So, that I called coaching. So I sort of switched acts back and forth.

Corey: And how long have you been a therapist?

Dr. Marjorie Rand: I’ve been a therapist, licensed, for 35 years.

Corey: Wow. So you bring a lot of that I bet into the coaching practice.

Dr. Marjorie Rand: Yes, absolutely. It’s just a different direction. Therapy is more vertical and coaching is more horizontal, if that makes any sense to you.

Corey: Say more about that if you would.

Dr. Marjorie Rand: Well, with coaching you are more problem-solving, helping people get unstuck, working on accountability, and it is more narrowly focused. So, it could be just one issue, like I could be an anxiety coach for people and teach them how to meditate and how to breathe and do mindfulness and not talk about other things, just that one thing. So it is more focused that way. If you have accountability in coaching, that means they have to make contracts or agreements about what they are going to do. They have to report back to you. Therapists don’t do that, but eventually, I think it’s an intermediate step for them to be able to learn how to be accountable to themselves.

Corey: Great. So, when should someone consider working with you as a coach?

Dr. Marjorie Rand: Okay. I think when people are stuck, whether it’s stuck in a relationship, stuck in a job that they hate. When they cannot figure out how to shift and change, they need help with the coach to show them the way to get there.

Corey: Help them to get past that “stuckness”. Ok, great. Do you have a sense of who your ideal client is?

Dr. Marjorie Rand: Well, ideally, I would love to have someone who is highly motivated and ready to change. It is not usually the case. Usually, see their way out of the problem and that is back to the “stuckness” theory again, but I help people in a lot of different areas. That is why probably life coaches maybe the best title because it’s like a lot of things. I am a health coach, so people who have issues with well-being, health, nutrition, anything related to the body that would be an ideal client for me, chronic pain clients – because I have the tools to teach them what they need to do. They have to go home and practice. So the person would have to be willing to do the work.

Corey: So in your practice, in your experience, how important is a match between a client and coach?

Dr. Marjorie Rand: I think whether it’s a client and a therapist or a client and a coach, I think the relationship is the most important thing that there is. If you don’t have rapport with somebody or you can’t form an alliance with them, there’s going to be resistance, and they are not going to be able to receive what you have to give them. So, I think your relationship is the whole thing and that’s why having your website with therapists’ and coaches’ matching is just such a great idea.

Corey: Thank you. Thank you. I agree by the way. So could you share a coaching success story?

Dr. Marjorie Rand: Well, there are a number of them okay. One of them, I mentioned nutrition earlier. This is not so much about like losing weight, not that kind of dieting, but working with somebody who has lots of issues with food and giving them the tools that they need to do to be able to successfully get past their block. For instance, writing their food down, going to Trader Joe’s for example, or Whole Food’s or something like that and discovering the right kind of food to buy, keeping a record of your exercise, so forth and so on. I had somebody who could not lose weight, could not motivate herself to exercise, and she did one thing at a time, just what was doable. This week, just one thing, an6nd change their thinking from fat thinking to thin thinking or a way from a dieting mentality to a weight-release mentality, a lifestyle change, and one week at a time, she added one more task and she is completely transformed and loss 30 pounds in 2 months.

Corey: Oh, how wonderful.

Dr. Marjorie Rand: But also it is exercising and meditating, and coaching yourself. So that’s one example and it helps a lot of people get out of jobs that they absolutely hated to be in, but they just couldn’t leave. So those are the type of things.

Corey: Wonderful. Well, thank you so much for your time Marjorie. I really appreciate it.

Dr. Marjorie Rand: You are very welcome. It was a pleasure.

 

About Dr. Marjorie Rand

life coach dr. marjorie randI have been a psychotherapist for 35 years, written 3 books, many published articles and trained therapists worldwide. I am a marriage counselor and a divorce mediator. I’ve raised 6 kids and have been a stepmom. So I can claim to be a specialist in parenting and step parenting. In addition I have been a Yoga practitioner for 30 years and am a certified Yoga Therapist and meditation teacher.

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Warrior Life Coach Beau Chatham Interview

Meet warrior life coach, Beau Chatham, as he is interviewed by MyCoachMatch.com founder, Corey Quinn

Interview with Warrior Life Coach: Beau Chatham

Corey: My name is Corey Quinn. I am the founder of MyCoachMatch.com, where we help match clients with great coaches. I’m here with Beau Chatham. He is a life coach. Welcome Beau.

Warrior Life Coach: Thanks Corey.

Corey: Could you tell me why you are life coach?

Warrior Life Coach: Well, I will tell you that specifically, I founded a business to raise my hand to the world to say that I’m a life coach. I feel like I’ve been doing some parts of coaching throughout my career in several different roads that I’ve been on, but I think it’s first and foremost to serve a higher purpose.

Corey: Okay. So, why should someone work with you or when is the good time for someone to work with you?

Warrior Life Coach: I would say that when you are looking to change a behaviour that doesn’t work for you, to move forward and really, that’s the essence of coaching. Those are probably the best clients that I work with.

Corey: Okay, and then, who is your ideal client?

Warrior Life Coach: I will say – I want to branch that specifically into two because I have a very unique focus in my coaching practice and I work with wounded combat veterans, but the techniques and the tools that I used for them clearly, if they can work for someone in the tough spot like they are, they would work for mostly anyone else. But I will say that then as a civilian, and you could have served or not, but I will say it’s the young working professional that has a [inaudible 00:01:42] on their plate that is looking to go to the next level, whether in performance in their job, or even within the relationship that they are in.

Corey: Okay. So, in your experiences through coaching your clients, what is the – can you talk a little bit about the importance of a match between your clients and a coach?

Warrior Life Coach: Sure. Specifically for those clients that come out and I would say, it’s in order for us to be empathetic with our clients, they probably need to have a sense that we can kind of walk in their shoes or we at least have an understanding of what it is that they are going through, and I think that that part of the matching, you know, is important. You know, if I’m working with someone that I don’t think has a clue of what I’m talking about, but they just want to help me, it just doesn’t feel as authentic for their tools to fit with me.

Corey: That makes sense. That makes sense. Could you share with me a success story?

Warrior Life Coach: Certainly. I have a client – a female client came to me who had work with actually several therapists, posttraumatic stress. You know, served in Iraq, and had nightmares and obviously was very hyper vigilant and was affecting her relationships with her family, and you know, couldn’t even go out to – she loves hockey, and couldn’t even go to a hockey game because if you have ever been to any of these outdoor arenas, they are always setting off pyrotechnics or everything, and big crowds or just something that people don’t like to do. But I will tell you that during a follow-up session with this client, some of the tools and techniques that I used to help them refocus themselves, she was able to tell me where in the middle of a nightmare she woke up and found herself, because she had been practicing the tools and techniques that we have kind of set up and agreed that she would work with, that she said she automatically found herself doing that, even in that slumber state of between dream and reality. She said she found herself doing that. So, I find that when we agree with our clients to do something, you know, that’s really what the essence of coaching is as we help develop and plan, but just like a coach that would be over an athletic team, they are kind off of in the sidelines and the player or the client is actually doing the work, and here was a case where we agreed on a plan and the client executed it, probably at the time when they needed it the most.

Corey: That’s great. That sounds like you, that you guys had a really strong rapport. That she really trusted you in this process.

Warrior Life Coach: Well, I think honestly, being a combat veteran myself helps in that regard. So, you know, that’s a place that where you start, but in the same regard to, even if you haven’t served, I would submit that we are all warriors, Corey. I mean, we are all struggling against something. I just [inaudible 00:05:09] the value of 10 years in military service and served in lots of training and instructional roles, and I applied those same principles if you will, that our Armed Forces used when they engage with the enemy.

Corey: Oh, it’s great. Well, thank you very much for your time today Beau. I appreciate it.

Warrior Life Coach: Absolutely.

About Beau Chatham

life coach beau chathamBeau Chatham is a former U.S. Army Infantry officer. He is combat tested, Airborne-Ranger qualified, and had the privilege to lead troops at both the 82nd Airborne and 3rd Infantry Division. Additionally, he served at the National Training Center as a Combat Trainer (OC), and was a member of the U.S. Army Infantry Officer’s Advanced Course (SGI) Small Group Tactics Team. He has walked in the boots of a soldier and understands many of the challenges facing today’s servicemen and women.

As a civilian, he brings over 15 years of experience to the table from the fields of medicine and technology. His passions are in neurology and cardiovascular treatments; specifically focusing on anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, and disease management instruction. His tenure as a corporate trainer in one of the country’s premier pharmaceutical companies is testament to the trust instilled in this enthusiastic trainer and educator.

Beau believes that evidence-based therapies offer the best means of providing a reasonable and predictable result. That is what initially attracted him to The SR® Life Coaching process, where today he pursues a Master’s Certification. Through his military service, medical education background, and life coaching certification process, he has compiled an impressive arsenal of tools, techniques, and procedures to effectively engage the toughest challenges that we all face in reaching a higher level of personal performance. Although he works with civilians, his love for warriors is his “calling.” He speaks and writes with a military flair and seeks the toughest assignments, especially when a wounded warrior is in need.

You can learn more about Beau and his life coaching business here.

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Life Coach, Dr. Charles Glassman, Coach MD

MyCoachMatch.com founder Corey Quinn interviews life coach Dr. Charles Glassman about why he became a life coach and the importance of a match between a client and coach.

INTERVIEW WITH LIFE COACH: DR. CHARLES GLASSMAN, COACH MD

Corey: Hi! Welcome, this is Corey Quinn from MyCoachMatch.com. Today, I’m with Dr. Charles Glassman, Coach MD. He is a life coach and medical doctor. Welcome Charles!

CoachMD: Thanks for having me on Corey.

Corey: Anytime. So tell me, why are you a coach?

CoachMD: I’ve been a medical doctor for many years and I’ve noticed that when people come in with various medical problems, it’s never really about the medical problems. It really is about something that’s going on in their life or that has happened in their past history, and I decided that, you know, I have to look a little bit further and that’s really how my coaching developed, and it happened about four years ago when a patient of mine said, you know, I feel really motivated after I sit down and talk with you and really (Inaudible 00:55) goes back to his life same day, gets a call from his boss, sees bills piling up on the table, some problems with the family, and he said, you know, it unravels. Can you do something to help me, guide me, maybe between office visits? So we started on a weekly email message and that kind of got me going on the coaching and after that, people come and just don’t really come to me a lot of times with medical problems, they come just to talk and just to be coached.

Corey: That’s a great story. I love that. So when should someone consider working with you as a coach?

CoachMD: I think if there is something in their life that they want to change, that they just can’t seem to make it work, maybe it’s a bad habit, maybe it’s bad habits that they’ve have for a long time, and every time that they make steps in making a change, something happens, where self-sabotage occurs, and those are the people who are really right there now, ready to make a change, but just can’t seem to make it work, those are the people who I want to talk to. Those are the people who aren’t just going to chalk it up to you bad luck, not going to chalk it up to you, well I just have a bad medical history, family history. I am destined to have all these problems. Those aren’t the people – when people are ready to talk with me, they are ready to admit that there is something that they need to discover, that can help them make the change.

Corey: Okay. And so, who’s the ideal client for you?

CoachMD: Really, mostly adults, I would say and those adults who are in their mid 20s and older, I would say. Although I do have teenagers myself, and you know, I have been working a little bit with teenagers, but I would say those people wanting to make a change, not only whether a career change, whether it’s a change physically, mentally, spiritually, those people really an ideal client will be somebody who says, “You know what, things are not going as I want them to go. Things are not going the way my life really is unfolding. My life is not unfolding like the way I really want it to unfold at this point in my life.” Those are the people who I would love to work with, who really are ready, ripe, to look into themselves and to make some substantial changes.

Corey: So since you’ve been a coach, I imagine you can appreciate the value of a match between you and your client. Can you tell me a little bit about the importance of a match between a coach and a client?

CoachMD: Well, first of all, I think it’s brilliant what you’re doing. Honestly, okay. You know, without sounding too hyperbolic or whatever. You know, it’s great that – because it’s kind of like, you know, you’ve talked with people and they’d say they’ve gone to therapists okay, but they just didn’t connect. They didn’t match up and it’s like with anything, with any type of interpersonal relationship, with any relationship, there needs to be some type of match. There needs to be a connection that’s made and a lot of that has to do with personal belief systems, has to do with demographics, has to do with cultural experiences, and lifestyles, and all of those boil down to a level of trust, and that level of trust opens up the door because it allows people to open up with you. It allows people to be able to look deep into themselves and share what they think about in their quietest moments, and those are the things that really will shortcut any type of progress and growth. So a match is very important.

Corey: I agree. Thank you for that. Could you share a success story with me?

CoachMD: Sure. So many people come to me and they think that – they come to me for one problem, and it turns out that it’s an entirely different set of circumstance, and a lot of those have to do really with mental health. A lot of people have come to me recently with, let’s say, bipolar disorder, okay, and that’s a very popular diagnosis these days, slapped upon people and medications are prescribed for it, and I’m not a psychiatrist. I’m an internist. I’m a conventionally trained doctor. Although I am very integrative and think outside the box, or I wouldn’t be doing this kind of thing… so this one person came to me, really the father was a patient, told me about his 30-year-old son who had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and my feeling is that anybody who has a very serious mental illness, has a very serious substance abuse problem, it always means that there is a severe danger memory that is lurking in their past. What do I mean by danger memory? A danger memory is something which is stored away usually between birth and 12 or 13 years old, and this danger memory is what your brain does as a reference point to what you are going to view as an adult… to view as dangerous, and anytime that somebody has a severe mental illness, or has been diagnosed with that, or has a substance abuse problem, it always, 100 percent of the time, and I don’t care what any psychiatrist says, it always means that there had been a severe, serious danger memory that has occurred, that has been stored when they were a child. Most of the time that is sexual abuse, verbal abuse, physical abuse from somebody whom they’ve trusted. In this case, that I’m talking about, this person had a trauma where without going into too many details, he at 11 years old, was in a car – well, I’ll go on a couple of details. I mean, he was on a car. It was a sad story, and he switched the car in to drive and his mother ran out, and he accidentally ran over his mother, which was horrific. Well, I’m talking to this gentleman first time and I said to him that, you know, you’ve been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I didn’t share with him that his father told me what had happened, and I said there, I am not going to treat you as somebody who is mentally ill, but what I’m going to tell you is that I know that something, that there had to be a very strong danger occurrence. I explained to him what my idea of what I call a primitive brain or automatic brain and how that brain would automatically try us to protect us and relies on danger to do that, and I said to him that there has to be some strong danger that your brain processed and stored away when you were a child. Was there? And he shared the story with me, and how he told me that in all of his institutionalizations, and all of his therapy, and all of his talking with psychiatrists – nobody made the connection between his bipolar disorder and the event that happened where he quote in his brain, killed her mother, and how could he now live a life that’s happy and joyous and successful, when he is a bad person? When he is a horrible murderer? Okay. So his brain, what does it do? It fights or flees danger. The fight is mania. The flight is depression. Just that revelation and bringing that up to the awareness, the level of awareness and consciousness that there was a connection was an epiphany for him, and this is something that has helped him greatly in just a conversation that we had in 30 minutes, he was a changed person. I’m not going to go and say that I cured his bipolar but because… or his mental illness or whatever, or I would like to say, the dominance of his automatic brain. I didn’t release that entirely because it will do whatever it takes by any means possible to protect us from danger, threat, or vulnerability. So that danger is still there, that danger memory. But now, working with him, and he is, I mean, so much better than he ever was, I mean, this is someone who is not functioning. Just by bringing that up really helped him a great deal. There are so many other lesser levels of help. My feeling is, if I could figure that out and help somebody, you know, the kind of mundane issues that we all suffer from, whether it’s fear of success, or money issues, or getting into better fit body, and all that kind of stuff, that’s easy! That’s easy stuff. But that is just one of stories I have to share.

Corey: Wow, that’s really great. It sounds that you were really able to help him to understand sort of the real context of what was going on in a very profound way. I think that’s very powerful.

CoachMD: Yeah. Very, very touching… very… you know, I was really… when I’m talking with him on the brick of tears obviously because I could feel his pain, anybody’s pain and nobody could really feel that what it could mean to be in that position as a child. I mean, it’s just so, you know, so damaging, you know, and for not to be acknowledge as the number one source. Instead of saying that someone has a chemical imbalance that they have been born with it, their gene caused it or whatever.

Corey: Stuck with it.

CoachMD: Right. Exactly.

Corey: Yeah. Thank you so much. I appreciate your time today.

CoachMD: Yeah. Thanks a lot Corey.

About Life Coach Dr. Charles Glassman:

life coach doctorCharles F. Glassman, MD, FACP, has practiced general internal medicine, for over 20 years, in Rockland County, NY, a suburban community 30 miles north of New York City, designing his practice to be patient-centered instead of problem-focused. He has seen the shift of medical practices from patient focused to problem focused; from health care to sick care. Dr. Glassman specializes in personalized, patient focused care, with an emphasis on wellness and prevention.

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Grief Coaching with Charlotte Foust

What is your definition of a grief coach?

A grief coach works with anyone suffering from a loss, large or small. Grief is a normal human reaction to change, and we all experience it much more frequently than we may realize.  Unfortunately, we aren’t taught to deal with grief, we’re taught to suppress it. From our earliest years, we’re told to tough it out, to avoid being “crybabies”, to distract ourselves with activity, and to hide our grief from others.  A grief coach works with clients to discover the old ideas like those that might prevent the full experience and acceptance of loss so that healing can finally occur.

Why would someone hire a grief coach?

Good question!  Coaches usually select the niche because of their own experiences of grief and loss.  However, we don’t presume that we know what a client is feeling.  In fact, even with identical losses, we can only know what we felt, and it will not be the same as someone else experiences because each relationship is unique.  A psychologist or counselor can also work with grief, and that route is a viable alternative.  Where coaching differs is in its duration and its direction.  Therapy or counseling is usually a longer term approach to emotional pain.  Coaches readily refer clients to therapists and counselors when they see that coaching simply isn’t enough to meet a client’s needs.  In most cases, though, individuals who are ready to start living again after loss are good candidates for coaching; and the results are seen in short order.  A question I ask my clients is, “What would you like your life to look like going forward?”  Then we work toward that goal.

How is grief coaching different from other kinds of coaching?

All coaching clients typically want to make changes in their lives to improve quality and satisfaction.  However, a grief client is suffering and may have lost the ability to define quality and satisfaction.  That means that a lot of tissues and handkerchiefs get used up in the coaching process for grief, and the coach has to be ready and willing to maintain a safe space for those emotions.  Grief coaches can relate to the suffering because we’ve had our own, but we don’t get caught up in a client’s pain.  We are willing to listen and ask questions that probe that ache and allow it to drain.  The agenda belongs to the client, as in all coaching; but in grief coaching we always have to remember that the goal is peace and completion, not just an aspirin for the pain.

Why did you become a grief coach?

I didn’t start out to be a grief coach, but as I neared the completion of my training, I realized that it was my own losses that made me want to be a coach in the first place.  That was when I knew that whatever other coaching I might do, I really wanted to work with clients who needed a safe place to learn how to come to terms with their losses. My father died in December of 2001 and my younger son in January 2003. My son’s death was the real catalyst, but loss is cumulative, so the back-to-back losses left me reeling.  Approaching the 6th anniversary of my son’s death, I discovered that I still had some pain to resolve, and so I worked with a grief coach.  After that, there was no question in my mind about what kind of coaching I wanted to do.

It isn’t only bereavement that results in grief.  We grieve over being rejected by someone we’re attracted to, over moving to a new town, over losing a job, failing a test, suffering financial set backs, and on, and on.  This is a normal part of life, but we’ve been socialized to think of it as isolated experiences.  The same skills apply in handling large losses as in small ones.  The trouble is, we’ve been taught to ignore small losses and pretend they didn’t happen.  When we try to use the same logic on major losses, we wind up in an emotional nightmare. My own experience suggests that grief underlies many, if not all, of our emotional issues.  And that, of course, means that helping someone learn to handle their loss equips them with skills to live their lives more fully.  That’s what a coach wants for any client.

What is unique about your coaching practice?

I’m a survivor and I remind my clients that if I can do it, so can they.  I absolutely know that they can deal with their losses, and I help them notice the old, useless thought patterns they carry forward from the past and challenge them to find alternatives that are more appropriate in the here and now. If we discover an old loss along the way, we deal with it; but the real focus is on forward momentum.  I try to help clients learn that pain and suffering aren’t the same thing.  Pain is nature’s way of saying, “Pay attention!”  Suffering is something we impose on ourselves in response to pain.

I fractured my shoulder a couple of years ago.  It was very painful, but the actual suffering was from fear of falling again, from helplessness, from not knowing how long it might take to heal or what the long-term consequences might be.  I dealt with it by beginning physical therapy as soon as I could, by using the arm as much as possible without causing further damage, by figuring out how to dress myself and get into and out of the restraints one-armed, and I took practical precautions like using a trekking pole when I took a walk. I asked friends for help when I needed it, and I hired someone to feed my cats and clean my house while I recovered. I addressed the real, practical issues and discovered that the emotional issues evaporated because I didn’t get trapped in them.  My question to myself was always, “What else can I do to deal with this right now?”

Who is your ideal client?

Everyone experiences grief, but my ideal client is a mature adult, 30 and above, who is dealing with a loss of any kind.  I enjoy clients who are ready to put joy back into their lives.  And that also means clients who are themselves dying or facing a possibly lethal illness. Life is a juicy, messy experience, so we can’t limit ourselves to the tidy parts.

When is it time for a person to start seeing a grief coach?

Whenever they feel overwhelmed and ready to do something about it. Some losses sneak up on us, such as when we’re dumped by a romantic partner.  Others, we see coming, like the long illness of a dying parent.  It isn’t necessary for the loss to have already happened to be a good time to start looking for help.  Proactive grief, as in the case of the dying parent, is painful and debilitating too.

Charlotte Foust

How do people contact you?

They can leave their contact information on my website at www.spiralingup.net or email me at charlotte@spiralingup.net.  I can also be reached through Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sacramento-CA/Spiraling-Up/194768830552616.

 

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Meet Divorce Coach, Accountability Coach & Marriage Coach, Dr. Michael Brooks

What is your definition of a Life Coach?

This is a great question and one I am asked many times. The best definition of a Life Coach is someone who has traveled down the road our clients are about to embark upon and tap into lessons learned from past mistakes, misfortune and failures. We draw out old ways of thinking, bad habits, hurts and hang-ups and discover new ways of achieving a fulfilled life. A Life Coach can help a client look at the consequences that may result in a life-changing decision and evaluate the best plan of action.

For me, Life Coaching flows out of my own story. Growing up in an abusive, alcoholic home, I bring an awareness and understanding of human pain and suffering. I also understand and share the fundamental steps that need to be taken to effectuate a happy, successful life. I see myself as a lifeline and a source of wisdom and knowledge as I help my clients find their way to a better understanding and appreciation for life. Timing and sensitivity is essential in addressing the issues my clients face. I partner with them as they work through their challenges.

What types of coaching do you provide?

There are three areas of coaching that I am passionate about. My first area of expertise is Divorce Coaching. As a divorced person who did not want to divorce, I have personally experienced the aftermath and devastation. Divorce coaching can be tough! I’ve heard the sad stories, witnessed the grief and have felt my client’s pain. When a client considers the effects of a pending divorce, they experience shock, disbelief, denial, anger, and the loss of their spouse. As a Divorce Coach I help my clients through all of these emotions. I strive to understand their personal life experiences and ask questions that lead them to

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  • Managing the early emotions of divorce.
  • Moving towards acceptance of divorce.
  • Processing the grief and loss.
  • Understanding the grief cycle.
  • Forgiveness and letting go.
  • Building a new life.
  • New beginnings and the 5 keys to starting over.
  • Barriers to new relationships.
  • Finding new relationships.
  • Living successfully in blended families.

The second area of expertise is Accountability Coaching. This service is offered exclusively to professionals, including athletes, doctors and lawyers. Accountability Coaching helps prevent the trouble that often follows professionals such as run-ins with the law, cheating spouses, bad attitudes, bad behavior and any other behavior that can land them in a negative spotlight. Accountability Coaching can be very difficult when dealing with professionals. Many have money and fame and very few people to hold them accountable for their actions and lifestyle. Over the years I have coached professionals from all walks of life and have found their attitudes are very similar. They have wants, desires and needs that sometimes get them in trouble. My job is to steer them away from the behavior the frenzied news media loves to report and coach them to live lives worthy of honor and respect. Many professionals need someone that will confront them and help them stay the course. As an Accountability Coach, these are a few of problems professionals face:

  • Establishing a strong and positive support system.
  • Goal setting, planning and positive decision-making regarding family and career.
  • Dealing with life under the spotlight where “Image is Everything”.
  • Keeping relationships healthy with a spouse/partner, children and family.
  • Preventing affairs in the work place that destroy family, reputation and career.

Finally, the third area of expertise is Marriage Coaching. Couples contact me for Marriage Coaching when they are interested building a better marriage or improving a marriage that may be failing. As a Marriage Coach I help couples strengthen their marriages by giving them the tools they need to improve communication, create the marriage they have always wanted, and help them find the secrets to a deeper love. I see couples with unresolved anger and witness the negative results of what I call “marital disease.” Many couples have no idea how their anger produces distance between them which ultimately sabotages their marriage. My goal in Marriage Coaching is to teach couples how to use the power of forgiveness to heal and resolve problems. Over the years I have seen how

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Why did you become a life coach?

While treating patients in my sports rehabilitation practice, I would take time to talk and get acquainted with them. Many wanted to share their personal struggles and find ways to solve their problems. Most patients would talk about broken relationships and failed marriages and needed advice but had nowhere to turn for answers. I learned to listen over the course of 25+ years and realized I was drawn to being a caring Life Coach. Listening and then painting a realistic picture for them was fulfilling to me. Simply speaking, I care about people and I want to help them.

When should a person consider working with a Life Coach?

When they’re not sure what they need to do or when they get that “deer- in-the-headlights” look. This is the beginning stage where most people need a life coach to help them through the minefields of life. More often than not, many will make some mistakes before they realize they need a Life Coach. I’ll be there to help them pick up the pieces of their shattered marriages, dreams, and broken expectations of life. Most of my clients say that when they hit bottom is when they decided to get help and called me.

Who is your ideal client?

My ideal client is anyone who walks through my office door or calls or Skype’s me. No matter who they are or what they have done, I am here for them. An ideal client is someone who is open, honest, straightforward, and will allow honest communication to foster a strong Coach and client relationship.

About Dr. Michael Brooks:

Mike BrooksApplicable Solutions Life Coaching Services is led by founder Michael Brooks Ph.D., AACC Board Certified BCBC Counselor, LCI Certification and AACC Board Certified BCMCLC Master Life Coach. Mike utilizes his coaching skills of 25 years in the areas of Personal and Marriage Relationships, Divorce Coaching and Professional Accountability.

Mike’s background is steeped in all kinds of endeavors: living in Europe as a child, raised in an alcoholic home, and being an Army brat. He was a college athlete, a college football coach, a corporate business owner, a health practitioner(retired 18 years ago), a counselor, a regular guest on radio and television shows, a writer, author and seminar speaker. Mike has been involved with and impacted many lives across the country. Mike’s clients will tell you he is a great encourager, very compassionate, a good listener and is goal oriented and he gets lasting results.

I think one of the hardest things that I have ever had to go through as an adult was when I was a health practitioner (retired 18 years ago), then became a patient from a serious accident. Until I was a patient, I’d never imagined the pain and struggles that my patients went through. I had to learn how to walk again after my accident. I went through months of operations and rehab. It was hard getting up and starting over each day. I think that’s where I best expressed mercy to others…I was able to encourage others while I was going through rehab myself. I knew that I was making a difference in people’s lives. I wanted to make them laugh and focus on getting better. I love using humor as I work with clients. It’s a medicine all by itself!

What have I learned from working with all kinds of people? Personally, I can help you dig deep into struggles that you face everyday and help you see that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I’ve been in your shoes, and I know that if you have someone who can walk with you each and every step, the road is much easier to travel.

In my rehab clinic, I treated athletes and walk-in patients. I spent lots of time with my clients while treating them. We often talked about everyday problems they were facing: bad relationships, health issues, and business decisions. I felt for these people, and we would engage in problem-solving while they were being treated for specific injuries. That’s where my coaching began: 25 years ago with my patients. Listening to their needs, problem-solving, educating and making a game plan that would work for them! Going to a university will get you the skills that you need to build a foundation for your career, but sitting down face-to-face or on the phone and getting to know that person you want to help, can’t be learned in a classroom. You get that by building relationships!

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Health Coaching and Eating For Well-Being

Meet Caspar Poyck, with whom I have eaten with.  He is an amazing man with a passion for well-being and balanced eating.

What is your definition of a health coach?

A health coach inspires and motivates the healthiest and happiest YOU to the foreground.  By sharing insights, experience and education and exploring what your goals for health, balance and happiness are, a coach gives you tools and keeps you motivated to stay on-track to fulfilling these goals.

Why did you become a health coach?

I have always had a fascination with the connection between the body and the mind. In 2003, I changed my life-style from being a stressed-out network television producer to enjoying my life as a holistic therapist in Ojai.  While studying clinical hypnotherapy, I chose to work as a whole food, organic chef for some of California’s most prominent yoga retreats and self-development groups.  During this time, I noticed the profound connections between our emotional and mental attitudes and the way our body functions.  This led me to researching biological mechanisms and how they relate to stress, perception etc.  I love helping people release their daily worries, (re)discover the value of a good meal shared and nourishing the body, mind and soul with healthy food.

What is unique about your coaching practice?

Consciously Culinary is the first coaching modality that uses the inherent neurological connection between eating and psychological well-being.  We work on stress management, anxiety relief, attention deficit problems, allergy management, weight-loss etc. Methods range from cooking as art therapy to walking sessions for exercise, breath and cognitive work to EFT and hypnotherapy for stress release and retraining improved behaviors and conditioning.

Who is your ideal client?

My clients range from foundations like The Joyful Heart Foundation (abuse survivors) and The Foundation for Living Beauty (breast cancer survivors) to people on my 3-day retreats to share eating, cooking and wellness experiences to those looking to manage anxiety, food intolerance and weight.

When is it time for a person to start working with a health coach?

As soon as we become aware there is room to improve the way we eat, when we eat and what we eat. When the day comes we decide we want to get more satisfaction out of our time with friends and family.When we are ready to let go of stress, anxiety, tension or worries. The day has come to call a coach and live a lighter and happier life!

About Caspar Poyck:

Caspar Poyck is a whole foods, organic chef with a catering company in Ojai, CA called Consciously Culinary.

He is also a certified hypnotherapist and uses this to uncover and heal sub-conscious patterns and assessments around self-image, emotional eating, mindless eating etc.  Even WHY we feel drawn to certain foods often has a fascinating story to tell!

Combining the two; Caspar teaches 3-day cooking, eating and yoga retreats, is a keynote speaker and takes on private clients and helps them in their home-kitchen, renewing the relationship to food. This is done in a combination of coaching, walking therapy and cooking classes to effectively implement the changes.  Caspar believes in food, nutrition and making time for the “real-things” in life. We need to Eat, Drink, Breathe and Sleep to survive……let’s do them well !

All this said, it is important to enjoy, have fun and appreciate.

The Consciously Culinary motto is: Be Healthy and Celebrate the Way You Eat; Without Dogma or Hang-ups.

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Action Oriented Life Coaching

Meet Dr. Sharon Tucker, life coach and licensed psychologist. In this interview, you’ll learn about how she helps her clients move through their fears, develop new skills and achieve their goals.

How would you define life coaching?

Life coaching is less concerned with healing old wounds and more focused on what to do now. The emphasis is on the client’s present and future life. A coach will help clients move through the challenges that are interfering with their life in the moment by breaking down their goals into practical, do-able steps without being overly concerned with the past. Issues from the past may come up in coaching and they will be addressed. Coaching sessions are primarily action-oriented and help clients develop the skills and tools necessary

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Why did you become a life coach?

I am a licensed psychologist in California and one question I was repeatedly asked is “Now that I understand why I behave the way I do what can I do to change?” I wanted to be able to take my clients through the next step and that is implementing everything they have come to understand into their everyday life. Coaching has allowed me to do that because it is about developing skills and tools that will support the life they want to live now. The first question I ask is “Where do you want your life to go?” and off we go. My clients love this because they don’t feel they are just continuing to spin their wheels with the same information. The sessions revolve around “where are you today and where do you want to be tomorrow?”

Tell us about your coaching practice?
My focus, when I coach clients, is to look at how fear impacts their life and how fear motivates their choices. As they begin to look at fear as a friend rather than foe they start to realize how much control they really do have over their lives. A client decides what they want coaching on and that becomes our starting point. My job is to provide additional support as they move into the next chapter of their life. That means I will help them brainstorm, get clarity, explore how fear is showing up, and all of the different opportunities and possibilities that exist in this moment. I go wherever the client needs me to go. Nobody has to create their life all by themselves.

Who is your ideal client?
I don’t have one. If someone comes to me and is still upset about their past I may suggest some therapy before we move into coaching. Since I am also a licensed psychologist, I can do therapy before we switch over to coaching.

What client issues do you prefer to work with?
I work with all issues because I am looking at how fear is showing up and impacting a client’s life. I guess my specialty is fear and since fear impacts most of our lives I am able to coach most issues.

Where did you do your training?
I am a program candidate in the Fearless Living Life Coaching Program. I am anticipating becoming certified within the next month. It was developed by Rhonda Britten who was the life coach on the show Starting Over. She has written many books about fear, and a book that I use when I begin coaching clients is Fearless Living. It has been a rigorous training. I started the training in June of 2009 and I am finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Much of my training was also about being coached and I love that. I didn’t learn how to be a therapist by reading a book and taking a test. I learned by undergoing my own therapy. The same is true for me with coaching. I learned how to coach by being coached. I love this work because I have seen, in myself and others, a profound change in our lives. The one thing I learned is that in our mind making different choices seems so much harder and scarier than they are in reality.

About Sharon Tucker

I have been a practicing psychotherapist for 10 years in the Greater Los Angeles area. I completed my degree while working and raising a family, so I’ve personally experienced relationship problems parenting issues, and just feeling depressed and alone. I’ve also had my share of accomplishments and successes. I know that it is important when you are faced with obstacles that you have a support system, and that’s why I became a Psychotherapist and Certified Life Coach. I am direct in my approach as well as compassionate. It can be hard to see what your options are and to be proactive–when you are focusing on everything that is wrong. You can take control of your own life. Let me show you how.