Life coaching is an empowering relationship between coach and client designed to bring about personal insights, greater self- acceptance, and overall positive change in the client’s life.
Coaching is often a short-term commitment. It is forward focused, and goal – oriented. Coaching focuses on a client’s strengths and seeks to improve upon what is already working in one’s life while addressing what isn’t. Because coaching is based on a wellness model as opposed to a medical model, coaches do not diagnose their clients.
Life Coaching is particularly helpful when feeling “stuck” or in a “rut”.
It is very effective when seeking clarity while feeling called or pulled to a new direction in life.
As a life coach, I often give clients homework assignments. This in turn creates profound, authentic, and lasting changes.
With a B.A. in Liberal Arts and a specialization in psychology from Antioch University in Santa Barbara, CA, and an M.A. in Transpersonal Psychology from Sofia University in Palo Alto, CA, my personal approach to coaching is to bring awareness around emotional, mental, and spiritual wellness.
My years of graduate study focused on topics such as personal growth and development, spirituality, creative and conscious aging, contemplative and mindfulness practices for both children and adults, and a specialization in creative expression and innovation.
At this time, there is no specific licensing or credentialing in place to become a Life Coach, though there are training and certification programs available through the International Coaching Federation (ICF).
Since I was a child I have yearned to be of genuine service to others. As a coach, I offer a kind, light-hearted, loving, compassionate presence and am dedicated to helping you answer your most pressing questions and reach your highest potential.
therapy vs. life or personal coaching
Coaching, therapy, and counseling, while related, are different. When I refer to therapy, I am referring to “talk therapy” and psychotherapy. Therapists are trained as professional mental health specialists that hold either a master’s degree or doctorate in psychology, mental health counseling, or a related field. Therapy is usually more of a long – term commitment and often involves understanding one’s past to help gain insight into present habitual patterns of thoughts and behaviors.
Both therapy and life coaching are effective when managing stress brought on by transitions in one’s life. However, therapy is recommended for dealing with severe depression, anxiety, and complicated grief. Sometimes a client may seek life coaching and therapy simultaneously.
"Lindsay gives of herself, her skills and talent so effortlessly to support others to improve in mind and spirit. During my challenging time of life transition, I was grateful for her expertise, kindness, and gentle way of guiding me to be a better, stronger, version of me. She completely helped me embrace and acknowledge this uncertain time in life. Each time we met I truly felt lighter and clearer in my direction and purpose. I am most grateful for Lindsay’s talent and ability to listen, guide, and provide opportunities for my growth."
- Jill S.
"Learning of Lindsay's practice was one of the greatest gifts I received during a very trying and major transitional time in my life. She single-handedly sifted through the rubble that I dumped in her lap in the form of my words. She found my light and gave me the courage to take steps and action in directions I could never have seen for myself at the time. Without her beautiful gift of seeing my unwinded soul guiding me to accept myself, I truthfully would not be where I am today."
- Kim B.