I have been a Certified Life Coach since 2008 and have specialized in the unique challenges of women, single mothers and those living with chronic health conditions. I have since expanded my practice to include behavioral health as my number one specialty, after enduring over five years of personal experience of caring for and living with a child/adolescent with behavioral health issues, as well as my own journey with anxiety, depression, and post-partum depression. Having come out the other side of the crisis, I see the deep and urgent need for coaching and advocacy within the behavioral health community.
My areas of expertise within my coaching practice have been built upon my own unique and personal life experiences—I enjoy working with these and other diverse clients while offering the best possible coaching experience for you and for your family.
“Helping you live your best life with passion, purpose, and perseverance.”
I spent the majority of the mid 2000s in debilitating chronic pain due to Fibromylagia. I was also a single mother to my daughter who was born in 2001. I worked fulltime and spent much of my downtime in bed and in pain. Looking back, it is difficult to know my daughter spent some of her most impressionable years with a sick mom. In 2007, after getting married, I decided I wanted to use my experiences with chronic illness and single parenthood to help other people in similar situations. I became a Certified Christian Life Coach through the Professional Christian Counseling and Coaching Academy in 2008. Later that year, I moved from Washington to Arizona in the hope of silencing my Fibromyalgia symptoms and setbacks.
As my health improved, my marriage failed. During the last few years of my marriage, my daughter, who had always been extremely strong-willed, began exhibiting concerning and disturbing behaviors that led us to counseling, psychiatry and neuropsychological testing. She was too young to receive an official diagnosis, but there were major behavioral health issues, the least of which were PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome), GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder), ODD (Oppositional Defiance Disorder) and MDD (Mood Deregulation Disorder, the unofficial diagnosis given to children and adolescents who are too young to be formerly diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder). Navigating her struggles while I was a single mother is one of the hardest things I have ever experienced in my life. Living with someone with significant mental and behavioral health issues can make your life feel unbearably lonely. The most isolated I have felt was during those years.
My daughter and I have worked very hard for her recovery and I am relieved to say she has overcome many of the issues she once had. She is now a fulltime high school student and has an enviable social life and plans to pursue certification in Equine Therapy after high school.
At the cusp of her recovery, I met a man who understood our needs and possessed the patience to work through things together. We welcomed a son into our lives in 2016 and were married on April Fool’s Day in 2017. My daughter and I now have the stability and unconditional love we always craved and needed.
Through this journey I went on with my daughter, my eyes were opened to the deep needs of families and individuals not only who are living with behavioral health issues and mental illness, but also those who are going through transitions or experiencing their own crises on a regular basis. It is my greatest passion and deepest desire to help this community of people through coaching, advocacy, speaking, support and education. If I can help just one family feel less isolated and more equipped, everything I have experienced will have been worth it.
When you enter into a coaching relationship with me, walk into one of my workshops, or listen to me at a speaking engagement or podcast, I hope you will feel connected, genuinely cared for and see my heart and empathy for everything you have experienced/are experiencing.
*A note about Christian Coaching: my religious and spiritual views evolve as time goes by and I experience more and more life. I will never force my personal beliefs on any client and will only coach from an overtly Christian perspective if requested by the client. I embrace all worldviews and walks of life with the attitude that we are stronger together and our differences should bring us together through new perspectives, not divide us.
For coaching to be productive, successful, and with lasting change, I ask clients to commit to a minimum of 12 weeks. Month-to-month accountability coaching packages are intended to be used after the initial 12 week program and are offered at my discretion.
12 Week Package (Standard): $150/wk, $1800 total. 10% discounted rate if paid in full prior to the first session, bringing the weekly total to $130- nearly $2,000 in savings.
Crisis Coaching: To help you manage an acute crisis at the onset. $200/wk. Crisis Coaching tends to require more time and a deeper level of availability from the coach. There may be certain events in which I would refer you to a counselor or other type of mental health professional to help you manage a crisis. If you are in a true crisis or need help immediately, call 911 or see my resources section for more options.
Accountability Coaching and Month-to-Month: Available after the 12 Week program has been completed and at the coach’s discretion. $150/wk with the potential option of 2 sessions/month for three months. At times, an additional 12 week commitment is not necessary, so I transition clients to a month-to-month basis.
Understanding My Fees: What’s included and why I charge by the week and not the hour.
Effective coaching in sports doesn’t stop once the practice or game is over and that’s especially true in life coaching and behavioral health coaching. I want you to experience success in getting from where you are to where you want to be and that will take more than one hour together every week! Life Coaching is not just theory- it is action oriented and focused. Each week, you will have specific tasks or assignments to complete. These will help you achieve your goals step-by-step throughout the course of our time together. I know making life changes is hard. If it were easy, we’d all be at our dream job, our ideal weight, and “perfect” place in life… and we would’ve gotten there on our own! But, change isn’t easy and life isn’t perfect, which is why I come alongside you throughout the week for added support, encouragement and celebration, as well as to respond to questions and setbacks that may arise.
My availability to my clients ebbs and flows depending on the needs of the client, but here are some things you can expect from me in addition to our weekly scheduled coaching meetings:
Unlimited Email Support (within reason): Have a question about an assignment, task or project? Shoot me an email! Do you have a victory to celebrate? I want to hear about it! Are you having an especially hard day? Email me and we will work through it together. The line of communication is always open, because I want you to succeed! As your coach, there is nothing more important to me than seeing you achieve your goals.
Limited Text Support: If you need me right away, send me a text and we will assess together the next steps to get back on track. Please note: I will respond as soon as possible, but will not have my phone on during meetings with other clients.
Periodic Check-In/Accountability calls: There may be times I will initiate communication with you, just to check in and see how your week is going. This could also be in the form of emails and text messages, depending on your schedule and preferred way to be contacted.
*Weekly Coaching Sessions are 50 minutes in length.