Hi there!Â Thank you for visiting my about page, I appreciate that you want to get to know a little more about me.Â For a concise list of credentials, please scroll down to the bottom of this page.Â If you have the time, I encourage you to read my coaching philosophy and manifesto; just in case you donâ€™t, let me boil it down for you right here:
- I want to help make the world a better place by inspiring and supporting social change agents of all kinds.
- I believe that the intersection of our strengths, the things that bring us joy, and a need in the world is the best place for each of us to stand and make the world a more just and joyful place.
- I love working as a coach because it assumes that clients are creative, resourceful, and whole.Â Together we create a powerful and safe relationship that helps you get where you want to go and understand yourself better along the way.
How I Got Here
Often when people find their calling in life, they look back and marvel at how everything they did previously feeds and informs their life work. Coaching is like that for me. I first started the process of personal growth and self-exploration in college, through traditional therapy. Over the course of my twenties and thirties, I added other experiences like Landmark Education, Jean Houston’s Mystery School, Sacred Theatre with Peggy Rubin, and Barbara Brennan energy healing with Christi Bemister.
Looking back, I realize I have been coaching informally most of my adult life.Â My first helping roles came as a resident advisor and peer educator in college, back in 1993. I first discovered coaching as a profession in 2002, when I hired a coach myself to help me get through (and eventually gracefully disengage from) the PhD program I was stuck in.
Before I was a coach, and during the years that I built my coaching practice, I’ve held a variety of jobs in higher education as project coordinator, assistant director, trainer and facilitator.Â I’ve worked both at the University of Michigan and Michigan State University in the LBGT Office, the Office of Orientation, Chicano Latino Studies, the Counseling Center, and the Office of Graduate Student Life and Wellness.Â I could write a whole other bio about my background as a Mexican immigrant to this country, and how feminism and LBGT studies profoundly influenced my own coming out and healing process, and my outlook on the world.Â Let’s just say that my work with social change agents is deeply informed by my own journey in that arena, one that is a life-long process of learning and growing.
Once I decided to pursue coaching as a profession, I started practicing on my family and friends, and then started accumulating trainings and certifications.Â You can see the list of those credentials below.Â Most importantly, I want you to know I take my own professional development very seriously, and always bring what I learn to my clientsâ€™ sessions.Â When I first understood that coaches are expected to read insatiably, compulsively attend training programs and spend a good part of their time gathering the tools and techniques they then bring to their clients, I knew I had found my calling.
The process continues today.Â As I work on my own development and personal growth, I continue to learn and bring this learning to my clients.Â Feel free to come check out my blog, where I talk more about how and why I coach, and where I look forward to interacting with you in the comments.
- I have been coaching individuals and groups since 2003, having completed the MentorCoach six-month course “Foundations Coach Training” program.
- I completed the International Coach Federation (ICF) accredited coach training program through CoachVille in 2006.
- I am a certified Martha Beck Coach (completed training in 2010).
- I have a Masters Degree in Social Work and a Masters in Sociology from the University of Michigan.
- I have a strong background in social justice education, group facilitation and training. I’ve won several teaching awards and taught a variety of courses on community service and social justice.
- I’m in the process of accumulating coaching hours to earn my “Professional Certified Coach” (PCC) credential from the ICF.
Enough about me!Â How about you?Â Don’t you want to call me and tell me why you’re looking for a coach?Â I look forward to helping you figure out if I’m the right coach for you.