Individual Coaching

… and the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.  ~Anais Nin


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Individual coaching is a journey of  re-discovering what it is to be truly yourself. It is difficult to tread the self-discovery path alone.  Often we underestimate the power of having someone deeply listen to us.  When we tell our stories and feel heard, we can imagine new and creative solutions to our challenges.   Humanistic psychologist, Carl Rogers says, “It is astonishing how elements that seem insoluble become soluble when someone listens.  How confusions that seem irremediable become relatively clear flowing streams when one is heard.”

I  am your ally in this process of self-discovery.  I will listen deeply for your precious feelings and needs to help you clarify, what’s at the heart of the matter for you right now and your vision of your future.

Specializing in empathy, communication, & conflict resolution, I teach the skills of Nonviolent Communication (NVC). This includes listening empathetically, expressing authentically, transforming reactivity, having heart-to-heart conversations, and making requests.

I  know that experiencing difficult feelings, being involved in a troubling relationship or having difficulty making a decision is frustrating and painful. I know experiences personally, and I will be here to accompany you on a week-by-week basis so you stay clear about the direction your life is going.

When  you enter into a coaching relationship with me, you will learn to:

  • Transform your internal conflict, replacing your anxiety with clarity
  • Have compassion for yourself and for others rather than getting defensive, pushing away, or taking it personally
  • Have confidence in your ability to connect to other people in difficult situations
  • Stay on track with what you really want and how to get there

If you would be interested in help along this journey, please contact me at 650 787-6527 or email me to set up a complimentary 20 minute phone consultation.



Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, And though they are with you, they belong not to you. You may give them your love but not your thoughts, For they have their own thoughts. You may house their bodies but not their souls, For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams. You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you. For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday. You are the bow from which your children as living arrows are sent forth. The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and he bends you with his might that his arrows may go swift and far. Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness; For even as he loves the arrow that flies, so he loves also the bow that is stable. ~ Khalil Gibran


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