I approach all interactions with my clients from an open, positive, and empowering perspective. That means I look for, value, and celebrate your strengths, courage, accomplishments, and limitless potential. I view each of my clients as worthy, complex, and unique individuals, capable of striving for and achieving their goals and dreams.
I honor the process of our interactions by remaining client-focused in everything that I do. That means I always strive to use language that is respectful and appropriate during our interactions. I will never discriminate against you or judge you in a negative, demeaning, or dismissive way. Importantly, I will always try to show respect for your beliefs, values, perceptions, and worldview as significant representations of your truth. I will always try to hold you in positive focus, and I will approach your goals from a positive perspective.
My interactive techniques when working with clients in coaching and consulting are based on the foundations of positive psychology, Logotherapy, and solution-focused approaches, which are positively oriented and recognize the inherent value of each person's subjective life experiences as being valuable, unique, and authentic. Positive psychology emphasizes well-being, life satisfaction, optimism, contentment, and hope as pathways that flow into happiness. With individuals, the focus is on positive trait characteristics and skills that increase or enhance a person's capacity to love, persevere, forgive and experience personal agency, wisdom, and growth. Logotherapy, created by Viktor Frankl, emphasizes the motivation of all individuals to live purposefully by continuously seeking meaning in our lives. Recognizing the reality of negative experiences as a part of everyone's life journey, Logotherapy emphasizes the ability of each individual to seek meaning from all of our experiences. Solution focused approaches will allow us to address your challenges without simply focusing on the problems, but rather focusing on attainable goal-directed solutions.
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Like many of us, I have been stretched and shaped by the bumps, dips, and turns throughout my life's journey, and yet, through it all – despite it all, I thought I was content with my life.
After completing my bachelor of arts degree in English literature from California State University, Long Beach, I stepped out into the larger world, hoping to make a positive difference. After a while, I realized that I felt suction-cupped in place. My life had the illusion of movement without any real forward progress taking place. And that realization was the catalyst I needed to make a change in the direction of my life. I began to evaluate what I really wanted out of life, and how I might be able to define, clarify, and achieve my own goals and dreams.
So I decided to go back to school so that I could gain the highest levels of knowledge and skills necessary to really, truly help others make a positive difference in their own lives. I earned a masters degree and a Ph.D. in psychology from Walden University, with a specialization in social psychology. My educational focus was on the complexity and understanding of all forms of human behavior and interactions, including social, emotional, and interpersonal skills.
To assure my clients that I am able to provide them with the highest levels of ethical and professional care, I am currently pursuing an International Coach Federation (ICF) credential, which will certify me as successfully completing the ICF's rigorous educational and practice requirements necessary to provide exceptional coaching services to my clients in the areas of life coaching, relationships, and trauma.
The wealth of knowledge and experience that I have attained throughout my academic pursuits, combined with my life's experiences and professional interactions have cultivated within me a deep sense of caring, compassion, enthusiasm, and respect for the life journey of others.
Most importantly, I strive to use my knowledge and skills to help others who may feel suction-cupped in place in their own lives so that they can confidently move forward in a tangible, genuine, and measurable way, in the direction of their life's goals and dreams.