I’ve been in, through and around a lot of cul-de-sacs, seeming dead ends and scenic vistas. I know first-hand how easy it is to lose heart when you feel burnt out, to believe that there’s no way you can truly be of service AND have a balanced life. To know that you’ve lost your way, and have no energy to find a new path, and no sense of how to go about it.
I spent the first 15 years of my career serving in various roles in the nonprofit sector, where I witnessed (and experienced) a lot of suffering, drama and burnout. I became very curious about why being of service seemed to be such a painful life path for so many folks like me.
After a long personal and professional winter, and a Master’s Degree in Coaching and Consulting, I became clear that helping others heal from this painful process was both my calling and a source of joy. I love my work!
I’m so grateful to be of service to others in service
I’ve had a coaching and consulting practice since 2003. Everyday I’m amazed by the courage and dedication of my clients who start their work with me in despair and develop perspective, confidence and hope – and a plan – during our time together.
I love helping people embrace what they were born to do, who they were born to be. I believe that when we have the courage to do this most important work, we make the world a better place, and fulfill ourselves and others spiritually as well.
I deeply believe that in order to bring more sustainability, compassion and justice into the world, we must find new ways of understanding ourselves, each other and the challenges before us. Coaching is one of the best ways I know to do this, and I am deeply grateful for the growing awareness of this modality especially in the social sector.
I’m known for my forthright and compassionate approach and my ability to quickly understand the dynamics of human systems and how to navigate times of intense change. I deeply understand how often the stories we tell ourselves get us off track AND the most easy, graceful way out of dead-ends and back to the Open Road.
Originally from the Midwest (Minneapolis and Chicago), I’ve lived in the Puget Sound area since 1989.
I have a Master’s Degree in Coaching and Consulting from Bastyr University, and a Bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College. I bring a global perspective to my work from experience living in Nepal in college and Europe as a child. I live in West Seattle with my partner, giant cat Jack, and two dogs, a Rough-Coated Collie named Colt and a Border Terrier named Fernie.
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