Personal Development Coach
- Salem, Oregon USA
- BSc, Sociology, Oregon State University (1995)
- MSc, Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology, University of East London (2022)
Accreditations & Associations:
- Accredited, Practitioner Level, European Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC)
- Member, International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA)
- 4 children, 1 son-in-law
- Adoptive parent
- Co-founder, CEO, SwimMastery
- Founder, head coach, Mediterra Swim & Run
- Educator, Mentor, and Writer
- Previously: (Master) Coach Instructor, Total Immersion
- Previously: Physical education teacher
- Previously: Youth and young adult pastor
- Previously: Small business owner and developer
- Previously: Custom home designer, builder
I am pleased to work with all kinds of people who are motivated to seek better understanding or make positive changes in their lives. I offer you a safe, present, attentive, and compassionate professional relationship. I believe in the growth tendency inherent in each person and practice a person-centered, empathic way of being to bring that out in you. I am comfortable working with those who are different from myself, with all ages, and in cross-cultural situations.
Read more about what shapes my approach to coaching.
I’ve been involved my entire adult life in teaching, coaching, and nurturing people in their mental, physical and spiritual development. Helping people feel safe, helping them heal, learn, grow, perform, and thrive is the central theme of my professional life and it is what I intend to spend the rest of days doing.
I have gone through a complicated foreign adoption, and raised several children. I have walked with the ill and lost loved ones. I enjoy working with the young and with the old. I have lived for many years as a guest in a foreign country and learned their language. I have traveled widely. I love building relationship with a diversity of people from cultures and perspectives different than my own. I’ve made several moves in life and changes in career. I’ve started small businesses, maintained successful partnerships, currently co-managing two, and have helped several others start theirs. I have been a life-long endurance athlete and have coached hundreds of people through personal challenges toward their chosen goals. I am a life-long learner. I consider myself an open, evolving spiritual person, comfortable with others on their own unique journeys. These experiences correspond to many of the topics that come up with those I work with.
At this moment in human history with its complex and rapid changes, and the uncertainties we face individually and collectively, it is timely to be positioned with a positive psychology perspective and tools, and with coaching psychology training. Positive psychology is the study of how individuals, groups, and organizations thrive, especially in challenging conditions. Coaching psychology is the study and practice of helping people make desired changes and improve their functioning. These two disciplines make an ideal combination to support my passion for serving people like you. I am equipped with tools and frameworks for helping you improve your self-understanding and guide you into a more flourishing life.