Back in 2007, someone asked me, "What do you want?" This wasn't the first time someone had asked me that question, but this time was different. Why? Because this time, the person asking me the question coached me through how to make what I wanted a reality. After that transformative experience, I knew that I wanted to be able to facilitate that kind of transformation for others.
I began coaching leaders and young professionals that year 1-on-1, in group settings, and through workshops and training pop-ups. All the while I continued to gather as much knowledge and expertise as I could to develop a unique method of coaching that gets results while prioritizing the individual and their specific needs.
Since then, I have coached part-time through finishing my undergraduate degree, working full time, and graduate school. Then, in 2019, I decided to start the process of coaching full time. I enrolled in the Counseling and Positive Psychology training intensive and earned my certificate in Personal Development Coaching and Positive Psychology.
Using my 10+years of experience in coaching and my knowledge and expertise as an intersectional feminist and scholar, I utilize a holistic approach that considers your community experiences while also drawing attention to the systems and institutions that may hinder personal growth and development.
My positive psychology training at the CAPP Institute has been helpful in understanding how mindset shifts can motivate behavior and dramatically change outcomes. I have seen the effects of this type of training first-hand in my own life and in the lives of several of my clients. However, I know that mindset changes are not the end-all when it comes to circumstances we may find ourselves in.
Combining these two approaches has helped me develop a perspective and practice that is unique from other coaches. While some coaches may focus solely on behavior modification through mindset shifting or the law of attraction methods, I am able to recognize and empathize with my clients in a way that doesn't blur the line between manifesting and victim-blaming. I am also able to offer a critique of the systems that we sometimes entangle ourselves in for lack of knowledge, purpose, or vision. This has helped my clients draw strength and motivation, knowing that sometimes circumstances are out of our control, but we can always be agents of change in our own lives.
As they become known and accepted to ourselves, our feelings--and the honest exploration of them, become sanctuaries and fortresses and spawning grounds for the most radical and daring of ideas, the house of difference so necessary to change and the conceptualization of any meaningful action.