Life Coaching Specializing in Transformation After Major Life Events
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Have you experienced a paradigm shift (loss, divorce, job change, move, etc.)?
Do you feel lost?
Do you lack clarity about what to do next?
Does it seem impossible to go back to your old life?
Do you hear a call to a new purpose or adventure?
Are you looking for something to usher in your new dawn?
I don’t know about you, but I find life to be incredibly complicated. We’re bits of stardust, stuffed into these human suits, and the modern world requires so much of us, every day. It is a rollercoaster of emotions. We enter into relationships with others the moment we arrive on this earth, and experience love, joy, and inevitably loss and heartbreak. Sometimes, life rocks us to our core. Grief can wallop us sideways and we feel unsure of who we are or what we’re meant to do.
“Out of difficulties grow miracles.” – Jean de la Bruyere
Loss and other challenges offer us an unprecedented paradigm shift. We can resist, but I’m sure you’ve heard this old chestnut: “What we resist, persists.” Our perspective has shifted, because of this life-altering event. In fact, we ourselves have been changed. If we cling to the old paradigm, we get stuck. When we can move through our grief and return to the land of the living, we have an opportunity to create something new for ourselves.
Something lighter and brighter awaits you.
Sometimes we just need a little help to find that new something. Someone to listen without judgment, to hold up a mirror and lovingly reflect back our words to us, and to help guide us back to ourselves, often down a new path based on what’s true in the new paradigm.
“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt
The thing is, we already have everything we need. We are whole and complete (even though we may feel a hole left by the absence of a loved one, or the loss of a job or ability). What we usually lack is faith in ourselves and someone to listen.
That’s where I come in.
I’m Erika. I’m a certified life coach specializing in life transformations after major life events such as death, divorce, career change, moving to a new city, etc. (I’m also a visual artist and I create paintings based on healing work.) I bring what I learned from healing and rebuilding after a series of losses in my own life. In 2016, I experienced an injury, the loss of an opera career I’d spent 20+ years building, and with it the loss of my community, a cross-country move, and most recently the loss of both parents within 6.5 months of each other. The grief from the injury, move and career change was simmering, but it boiled over when my parents died. I was truly and utterly devastated; I had no idea of what to do, let alone a sense of purpose in the new paradigm.
If you’re reading this and seeing yourself reflected in my story, I promise that something lighter and brighter awaits you. And I promise that you already have what you need inside of you to create it. You might just need a partner to listen and ask questions as you do the work of creating a new life for yourself. I experienced a massive shift within my first 3 hours of training with Life Purpose Institute. And I never looked back. I spent 25 years as a professional musician, and while I loved the work and the pursuit of excellence, something was always missing. As a Life Transformation Coach, I know my purpose with utter conviction: to be of service, to share joy, to inspire creative action, to do what I can to help heal the wounds of the world, and to help YOU find your life purpose.
What is Life Coaching?
According to the International Coaching Federation (ICF), coaching is defined as a partnership with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.
Coaching focuses on the present – moving you from where you are to where you want to be. As a coach, it’s my job to help you establish your desired outcome, ask questions, create a plan, and help you be accountable to achieve it. My role is that of facilitator or guide, asking meaningful questions that lead you to your own answers. I rely on my personal experience with grief to inform my coaching practice, but I am not a grief counselor. I strongly recommend finding a grief counselor or a support group, especially if you have lost a loved one. The support of that community is invaluable. If your grief (or another past trauma) is interfering with your ability to function in your daily life, I will refer you to counseling. The need to heal from loss is very real, and you will get more out of coaching once you have begun this work.
Consulting is about advising, making suggestions, or sharing information with a client, in a particular area of expertise.
Counseling is about healing emotional issues. While these can be triggered by a recent loss or event, they are often rooted in unhealed past trauma or painful events. A therapist can help you through the healing process. While I can hold space for you to empty out thoughts and feelings, I am not a qualified therapist. I will help you find one so that your deep healing can begin.
Please let me know if you have any further questions about the difference between a coach, a consultant, and a counselor.
What Is a Certified Grief Educator?
A Certified Grief Educator is committed to providing the highest level of grief support through education, experience, and insights into the often unacknowledged rocky terrain of grief.
Certified Grief Educators completed a certificate program designed by world-renowned grief expert, David Kessler. They bring his unique methodology, tools, and decades of experience to help people navigate the challenges of grief.
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