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I am looking for a lifecoach --preferably someone who focuses on or
can focus on job improvement--both performance in one's job and
enjoying it. Also, with marketing/media world experience. thanks
I highly recommend Lila Sklar with PARTNERS IN CREATIVITY COACHING,
phone# (510) 282-5452
With keen insight she helped me to see myself better.
As my life coach Lila helped me to recognize a talent and skill I had
taken as much for granted as my ability to breathe. Under her guidance I
learned to see it's uniqueness.
She encouraged me to focus, and create a plan of action that would
convert my passion into a marketable product.
Lila is a skilled, resourceful, and intuitive guide.
I've consulted Louise Goeckel, M. A., myself and sent my teenage son.
Louise has a business called Let's Go Forward! Career Counseling
(http://www.LetsGoForward.biz). When I went to her my insights were
surprising and life-changing. I assumed we'd be talking about careers,
but we ended up discussing things like one's relationship to money, and
following one's bliss, etc. And while I speak the ''woo-woo'' language
of Spirit and Karma, my son appreciated not having to hear much of that
from Louise when he spoke to her. She tailors her message to each
If you're looking for someone for your teenager to talk to about career,
life purpose, figuring out what to do, be sure to contact Louise
Goeckel. I sent my 17 year-old son to see her, and was surprised at the
results. She spoke to him about his interests, passions, and values, and
even had him rate a large number of social interaction categories such
as ''leadership,'' ''family,'' and ''recognition.'' Discovering which of
those things he valued highly gave him a new insight into himself and
where he'd like to go.
Louise is a great leader and facilitator; I've seen her in action in
other settings, and she has an amazing ability to bring entire rooms of
people together into one vision. She works with a deep, interactive
listening that makes you feel her attention and caring. A real gift,
that. Even though we try to give our teenagers that attention, they
often want it from anyone *other* than us. So if you're in that
situation, send them to Louise. Well worth the investment in your
Louise Goeckel (510-749-9624) www.LetsGoForward.BIZ is a great life and
career coach, very supportive of me being bigger, more authentic and
having more fun. We have worked together this past year and she has
helped me with my figuring out many aspects of my work, both when I had
a job and with my own business now. She's savvy, fun and creative. I
always get a fresh perspective and feel understood and taken care of, so
I highly recommend her. Louise is sweet and smart and she loves her
work. I use her on an ongoing basis.
I'm curious to hear feedback from folks who've had therapy
experience with a life coach. She comes
recommended for couples work.
I don't know what her credentials
are and the term ''life coach'' is a new one to me.
I advise you to think very carefully before using a life coach to
do couples work. IMHO, only a licensed psychotherapist should do
it. Coaches are not licensed by the state of california. If they
have one, it is from a coaching federation. You have no recourse if
something goes wrong. Unless this person is ALSO a licensed
psychotherapist, I would not see her.
I do not know this particular life coach, but I saw a different one
three years ago. While well meaning, she did things that no
licensed person would ever do. After the second session, she told
me to go to a friend's house, write down my fears on a pinyata, hit
it with a baseball bat, and then burn it in his barbecue. When I
protested, she said that I was making up ''stories'' to block my
progress, needed my friend and his wife to bear witness so I would
be held accountable for my coaching, and that she had no doubt I
would do it by the next session. Needless to say, my friend's
spouse was so freaked out by this exercise that it ended the
friendship to which my coach later told me that I was ''better
Then my coach told me that to overcome this ''block'' would I not
try a little exercise she had made up? It involved tying me up with
a sheet in her living room and telling me to divorce my spouse and
leave my job. This time I didn't take her advice and fired her.
However, I had lost over a thousand dollars and a friendship that
was irreplaceable. Also, it took a few weeks for me to feel normal
again. Although she held a license from the International Coaching
Federation, since it wasn't a professional one from the state, I
couldn't report her or sue her. I was basically out of luck.
If you need help with your relationship, I strongly advise you to
make an appointment with a licensed couples therapist. Don't gamble
it on a life coach.
Learned the hard way
Can anyone reccomend a good life coach?
I would like to respond to your request for a life coach. I
originally went to see Toni Littlestone, a career counselor in
Albany, several years ago for a career question. I have ended up
working with her on and off for several years about all my life
coaching questions, too (like overall life goals, parenting,
building friendships, longing for a spiritual community, career
balance with my husband, self-image, and so on), and have found it
to be a tremendous relief to find someone who can help me with
just about every area of my life. I think of her as my life coach,
and have found the sessions as helpful as talking with my
therapist (even more, about certain things that are not from my
long-ago past and childhood issues), my friends, my husband, or
anyone else, although I love talking with those people, too. I
find that Toni has a warm manner that strikes a balance between
practical and an inner-self focus. It's like having a very good
friend who is wise and caring and only
needs to focus on me and help me with attention, listening, and
guidance. She has helped me listen to what is right for me. We
explore, set goals, laugh together, follow up, and figure out what
has gone right and wrong. I really feel that I have a champion in
good wishes to you
I would highly recommend Laurie Tennant (Orinda) as a life coach.
She provides an amazing service for individuals; she also has
monthly seminars called ''Women's Wisdom Wednesdays.'' The name
of her business if Chrysalis Life Coaching (925.254.7687).
I went to a workshop with Amy Ahlers at Electric Kites and thought she
was excellent. She's caring, engaged, smart, and really knows how to get
to the root of an issue and keep you on track. I'd highly recommend her.
The website is www.electrickites.com
I have to recommend Peter Ashbaugh. If you are looking for a life coach
that packs a punch go with Peter. He is fantastic! Check out his website
at www.expandedcapacities.com. Or call him to set up a free sample
session (510)846-5530. Peter has been my coach for awhile and I'm
to have him!
I have need of a life coach. I have checked the recommendations
on the Parents website and they are either old or contain no
contact information. If anyone out there has a recommendation for
a life coach- I would love to hear it.
I would like to recommend Rob Seidenspinner of Sage Circle as a
life coach. I have not worked with him personally but
witnessed him doing a session with someone else and he is very
sensitive and clear about how he can help you help yourself. I
plan to recommend him to two dear friends when they are ready.
Also, he is a lovely person, which is always a plus. Give him a
call at: 925 766 5987. E-mail is email@example.com
Hi there. I have worked with Donald Gerard and really liked
him. His office is in Montclair and he is reasonably priced. If
you google his name, his website will come up.
Good luck to you!
I can't say enough great things about Kristen Brooks, a
Berkeley-based Lifecoach. She is professional, personable, and
well-trained; her creativity and excellent listening skills
definitely steered me in the right direction. She coached me
through the craziness of graduate school and various career
transitions, as well as life's general twists and turns!
I believe she also does doula/parenting work.
Her contact info is: firstname.lastname@example.org
I'm looking for recommendations on a life coach for myself and
my partner. We are life partners as well as business partners,
and we're looking for someone with practical, yet inspiring
guidance and psychological insight to help us realize our
personal and career goals in the next 5-10 years. We're ready to
make a change from ad-hoc, reactionary living to more
enlightened, more self-determined, enjoy-the-journey-AND-the-
I know that there are a lot of people calling themselves ''life
coaches'' in the Bay Area, and that the trick is finding the
right one. We want to find someone who can give us practical,
day-by-day advice for reaching our long-term goals of financial
independence, creative fulfillment, and work/life integration,
advice that is grounded spiritually (God is great, hogwash is
hogwash) psychologically, (what are we afraid of, what holds us
back?), and financially (get-rich-slow is fine). We finally have
all the ingredients we need - a loving relationship, a growing
family, a well-paying, flexible career, creative skills, wisdom
and ambition - but we lack the secret recipe that makes it all
come together into artful, purposeful living. We would be
willing to pay $100 to $120 an hour for someone to meet with us
once a week and help us for the next year to jumpstart our
I have enjoyed and greatly benefited form therapy sessions with
Dr. Adrianne Casadaban. She is specialized in ''Performance and
Realization'',so she does not do a long-term psychotherapy. She
uses a mind-body treatment to help you focus on your goals,
understand and overcome whatever is holding you back in any
aspect of your life, and achieve results quite fast. I did a 3
month therapy with that I can honestly say changed my life. I am
now using her services again with positive results. She is
located in Lafayette and her phone number is 925-946-9991.
My husband and I had great results with Louise Morganti Kaelin
(www.touchpointcoaching.com). From your posting, she is right up your
alley. The first session is free to see if you are a fit. She lives on the
Coast, so we did everything by phone. It turned out to be very
convenient - I ''met'' with her while my kids were napping and my
husband ''met'' with her while commuting.
I have checked out three life coaches and was pretty impressed
with two of them. I wound up not pursuing it (after the free
intro session) for my own reasons, but I think I may return to
it next year. The two I met with and liked were Jay Earley
(www.LifePurposeCoaching.com or 415-339-8760) and Bonnie Weiss
(bonweiss AT attbi.com). They had progressive politics, a
spiritual orientation, a whole bag of tricks (not just one model
to coaching), and psychotherapy experience.
Can anyone recommend a career counselor or a life coach
who helps individuals figure out the answer to the
question ''what do I want to be when I grow up?''. I am
a 30-something SAHM who has been in career transition mode for a
few years now. I've done all the career assessment tests, now I
need to get to the next level. I live in Oakland, so local
recommendations are best, but I appreciate all suggestions.
I was a SAHM who was very busy with kids and volunteer activities
but feeling adrift. I couldn't figure out how and where to return
to work. I went to Nina Ham, who was recommended by a friend who
was in a similar boat. I found sessions with her to be quite
helpful - going beyond the career counseling stuff and into
thinking about what I wanted my Life to look like. That was about
2-1/2 years ago, and though I didn't go right out and shake up my
life right away, I recently realized that all of the changes and
directions that I was able to begin to imagine and articulate
with Nina have now come to pass. I have the makings of a new
career and identity that feels right and is rewarding, a ''room of
my own'' to work from, a better balance of home, paid work,
volunteer work, and family, as well as bringing other aspects of
my life into balance (spiritually, creatively, physically). Nina
didn't wave her magic wand - but she was a key piece of what it
took for me to recognize what I needed and begin to move toward
it. Her number is 524-8647 and email is NinaHam AT aol.com. Her
office is on Solano.
I worked with a personal coach for about six months, which was
a very positive experience (except that my life was too chaotic
to really make the most of it at that time...so I hope to get
back to working with her some time down the road). The only
real downside is that she is up in Grass Valley, CA, so the
only time we met face-to-face was to do the first session --
sort of an intake/get to know you session. All other sessions
were by phone. Worked fine, but some people might need/want
the face-to-face relationship. Certainly worth calling this
woman, to see if you ''click'' (that's the most important thing,
really): Janice Knight, KnightLine Consulting, 530-273-0700,
or at klcbest AT gv.net
I can heartily recommend Susan Van Horn, who runs Real Coach 4U.
She can help you turn your life around. First sesion is free,
and you would be wise to give it a try. If it doesn't seem like
the right fit, you can walk away, but I think her style might
suite you very well. Susan runs a retreat center in La Selva
Beach ( very close to Santa Cruz) and I believe she can either
hold the sessions there or over the phone. Susan can be reached
at 831-684-1003. Good luck in your search!
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