“I’m never putting in another Foley catheter.” This was the epiphany I experienced in 2006. I had been a nurse for over 20 years, mostly in home care and later in hospice. I appreciated my patients, I found my work meaningful, I was overwhelmed; I became a victim of burnout in nursing. From this backdrop, over several years, I became a Leadership and Life Coach with a special interest in burnout recovery and well-being. While I specialize in working with nurses and healthcare professionals, I enjoy working with a wide-variety of professional adults.
I am a natural nurturer and I have always wanted to be of service and work with people in a meaningful way. When I was in college, positive psychology and coaching had not been established, and I ended up choosing to be nurse for my first career. Being interested in personal development, I majored in Human Development and Family Studies as an undergraduate at Cornell University and after several years chose to earn a Masters’ in Nursing. Over the years, I have redefined how I want to nurture others. Moving from taking care of, to actively supporting others to live with joy and make the difference they desire. I built on my history and skills and became a credentialed coach.
Several years ago, I hired a career coach who after a few sessions recommended that I explore coaching. I went to an initial class with Coaches Training Institute and was awed by it. I thought, “this is a profession in which I can bring all of myself, one in which I can be of service to bring out your best.” I was so excited, I could barely sleep for a few days. I went through coach training and became a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC). My nursing background along with coaching provides added value for my clients. Just so you know, I am not interested in clients leaving careers they have invested so much in. The agenda comes from you, the client. Becoming a coach was my personal homecoming, and I expect you have your own personal sense of mission.
My Coaching Philosophy
Living aligned with one’s values allows people to make their impact in meaningful ways. Asking the right questions helps bring awareness to what’s important as well as to one’s own strengths, ways to solve problems, innovate and work with others.
The clients who do really well with me are those who:
- Are interested in having a life of meaning
- Take responsibility for their actions and how they want to be
- Are open to trying on new ideas, perspectives and behaviors
- Are willing to look at their whole life, as well as discreet goals
I look forward to working with these types of clients so that they can create their own meaningful and impactful lives.
By the way, I’m happily married for over 25 years to a physician. We have three young adult children. I am involved with my synagogue, I am an overnight volunteer at a homeless shelter several times during the winter and active in the International Coach Federation Connecticut chapter – president 2016-’17.
If you desire more vitality, let me guide you on your journey to achieving it. You don’t have to go it alone. I have the tools and the commitment to be your ally on your way to living with passion, energy and making your impact.