All photography provided by Steph Cowling
I bring a calming approach to coaching, drawing from 10 years of teaching and advising individuals through transition. I have a specialized approach to listen to my clients’ needs, create a thorough well informed plan and provide follow through to move them into clarity and greater well being.
As far as my self care, I believe in the necessity and the power of daily ritual and routines. As such, since 2008 I have been practicing insight meditation with a daily sitting practice and written daily morning pages, 3 pages stream of consciousness. I start my day with morning stretches. Practicing Non-Violent Communication has been foundational for my personal and professional life. I have read over 200 books on self development, self care and spirituality. I walk daily and run on weekends. I paint through a process taught to me by my mentor and teacher, Shiloh Sophia Mccloud. I practice SoulCollage, a process created by Seena Frost. I drink green smoothies. You’ll find me sniffing lavender and lemon at my desk at work.
Over the past 10 years, I have cultivated expertise working with clients in both university and nonprofit settings, focused on youth development, higher education and workforce/career development. I have advised, coached, taught and designed programs for young adults transitioning into and through college, career and workforce. My deeper self care journey started in 2007 when I began study of Women’s Spirituality at New College of California to learn about the divine feminine and craft my own spiritual practice. Since then, I have come to cherish my self care modalities spanning body, mind and spiritual practices.
A bit more about me ...
I value independent research in goal setting, simple living, and creativity
I earned a M.A. in Education and B.A. in Sociology from UC Berkeley
I have completed Nonviolent Communication Training through BayNVC and Center for Collaborative Communication
I am a Certified Work on Purpose Echoing Green facilitator
I am a Getting Things Done practitioner
I cherish natural beauty and I’m passionate about social justice
I am a former Division 1 Track and Field athlete
I struggle with perfectionism
I feel comfortable in both right and left brain worlds; know how to function in what Dr. Estes describes as the topside world, but understand the necessity of connecting to our intuitive and spiritual selves
I have led over 30 women’s circles
I am an INFJ in Myers-Briggs
I am proud to consider myself a samba dancer, ever since living in Brazil in 2005.
I consider myself a devotee of Clarissa Pinkola Estes’ “Women who run with wolves” and Julia Cameron’s “The Artist’s Way” (whose course on creativity I have done at least 10 times)
I love learning about habits, creativity, spirituality, self development, and self care.
I turn to poetry for encouragement, my favorites poets are Mary Oliver, Nayyirah Waheed and David Whyte.
I have logged in over 10 years traveling and working with people of various cultural and ethnic backgrounds and over 10 years experience as an educator and program coordinator on university and youth education levels.
I have cultivated 10+ years experience as a workshop leader and wrote for 4 years as a featured columnist in an arts and spirituality magazine, Cosmic Cowgirls Magazine.
“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it” - Maya Angelou
“Let yourself be silently drawn by the pull of what you really love.” - Rumi
“Never judge your clarity by someone else’s response.” - Iyanla Vanzant
"i found god in myself, and i loved her fiercely" ~ ntozake shange