I am a Recovery Life Coach who guides busy, motivated and successful women and men who are struggling with major life transitions and issues around food. My clients are ready for a second chance at creating an authentic life.
In my practice I work with men and women who have confronted or are in recovery from emotional or compulsive eating. Many of us learned to self-soothe with food when younger, I know I did. As adults, this habit may become self-sabotaging and an impediment to authenticity. I support clients as they step into recovery or as they strengthen and deepen recovery.
My clients are inherently resourceful, resilient and insightful. Many have reached a point in life where the internal chaos and confusion is so great that they cannot hear themselves and feel as if they have literally lost their way. I walk with and support my clients as they simplify the chaos, activate their inherent personal courage, begin to believe in possibility and to live life from a place of curiosity, compassion and creativity.
For most of my life I have been an overachiever and based on society’s standards I looked like I had it all. I earned a PhD in Physiology, had several successful careers and became a committed community volunteer and advocate. I struggled to pretend everything in my life was “perfect”, but on the inside I knew something was terribly wrong.
I hit a wall and my whole life changed:
Over a span of several years my husband and father died. I was knocked to my knees, overwhelmed by grief and forced to confront long-standing clinical depression. I realized that I also had to come to terms with an eating disorder that I had been hiding from others for many years. My old ways of numbing out and coping just didn’t work anymore. Out of my desperation I mustered the courage to ask for help and entered a progressive treatment program for depression and eating disorders.
The miracle of recovery:
Through many years of psychotherapy, coaching programs, and eating disorder treatment I began to trust myself for the first time in my life. I started to dream again and to believe in possibility. I recognized that I had been helping others informally out of the wisdom of my wounds, deep intuition and experience, so I decided to become a professional life coach. I walk with and support others like me, listen as they tell their stories, begin to trust their hearts and grow to believe in possibility. I believe this is my true life calling and it gives me much joy to help men and women as they make changes in their own lives.
If you feel ready to simplify the chaos and gain clarity on your next steps in life, please schedule a Free Listening Session so that we can determine if a season of working together would be of help as you move toward your goal of living with authenticity.
- Graduate, Crossroads Recovery Coach Training
- International Coaching Federation Certification (Pending 2014)
- Recovery Coaches International Certification (Pending 2014)
- Level 1 Internal Family Systems Therapy, Center for Self-Leadership
- Level 2 Internal Family Systems Therapy, Center for Self-Leadership
- Trauma and Neuroscience, Internal Family Systems Therapy, Center for Self Leadership
- Certificate, Clinical Training in Behavioral Medicine, Mind Body Medical Institute, Harvard Medical School
- Research Fellow, Cellular Neurotoxicology, Northwestern University College of Medicine
- Senior Research Fellow, Neuroscience, Purdue University
- Editor, Pharmacology, Chemical Abstracts Service
- Senior Research Specialist, Department of Educational Studies, Ohio State University
- PhD , Animal Physiology, Mississippi State University
- Certificate, Education for Ministry, School of Theology, University of the South, Sewanee
- Level 1 Judge, National Garden Clubs, Accredited Flower Show Judge