Coaching Philosophy

I am a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the ICF (International Coaching Federation).

For the past twelve years I have mentored and coached hundreds of professional men and women toward achieving their dreams and goals. I came to coaching after a rich and hectic life as a private psychotherapist. After years of teaching social workers and providing individual psychotherapy, I became aware of the need to get to the GOAL, sooner, rather than later! My prior clients were mired in a loop of personal history and “explanations” of the problem. I kept thinking, “Wouldn’t it be great if we could just START RIGHT NOW? So, I became more positive, and more solution focused. And began to see amazing results.

There is no need to wait for an “Ah Hah” moment or a lightning bolt of understanding. Much of our history is a mystery. Change begins when we shift our focus to solutions. We don’t need to define the “problem” at all. We simply need to address our discomfort and envision a life without it. Discomfort becomes our guide and ultimately, our friend.

CHANGE starts with the 4 D’s:

Desire – for FULFILLMENT! It is our nature to evolve. Our passion and excitement are attached to new growth. Green shoots, new limbs, fresh perspective…all revolve around desire and our unending urge to create something new.

Dedication – Every athlete will tell you this; “The benefit happens when you just do it. Put on your sneakers and start walking, running, biking. Your Inner Excuser doesn’t get a vote.”

Direction – We need a plan! Sometimes things appear to be in a muddle. We are going in circles, executing the same plan, and getting the same results – a big nothing burger! Sometimes we need collaboration, not advice, to see our way through. Coaching is a partnership, rich with the exchange of ideas and dedicated to facing what is true.

Destiny – Such a fancy word! However, when you break it down, destiny is simply the achievement of small goals strung together to create the future. It is embracing what IS, not some fantasy. When we stand up in present time and take full responsibility for what is ours, we see what is possible going forward.

About Me

I am a professional certified coach (PCC) and mentor. In my work with leaders, managers, and professionals of all ages, I see myself as a collaborator as much as a coach. When two people partner around a shared vision, profound change can occur. I am deeply curious about how things work, especially the human mind.  Life shapes us to become who we are and just as often, illuminates our un-mined potential by causing us pain or discomfort. Discomfort is a great place to begin!

I am an independent contractor who currently provides executive coaching to two Fortune 500 companies through a major university. My services include values clarification, LMAP 360 review and debriefing, strategic interventions, and professional development in women’s executive leadership programs and LEAD programs in the School of Executive Education and the Business School. 

My great loves are my family, growing orchids and fruit trees in Florida, hiking, and making quilts. I am “old school” when it comes to making things from scratch and love to go crazy in the kitchen. My best nights are gathering friends (my lab rats) and whipping up a feast. Life is meant to be a feast!

  • Professional Certified Coach – International Coaching Federation Member (since 2008)
  • Certified Executive Coach (ongoing)
  • Executive Coach: LEAD and Women’s Leadership Programs –Major University
  • Certified De-briefing Specialist – LMAP (Leadership Personality Assessment- 360 Performance Indicator)
  • Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology – Antioch University
  • Licensed Social Worker – State of Massachusetts – active
  • Certified Life Coach, CTI (2008)
  • Certification in Leadership, CTI (2010)


Partners in Service

  • International Coaches Federation
  • League of Women Voters
  • Citizens Academy Graduate – Cocoa, FL
  • Complimentary Cancer Care – Advisory Board
  • Hearts and Hands – Homeless Services Advisory Board (past member)

My Work

Professional Certified Coach

Licensed Psychotherapist

Practice dedicated to client's:

  • Increased personal happiness, resilience and self-esteem
  • Leadership skills and engagement with others
  • Better relationships, tolerance and flexibility