I am a Motivational Speaker as well as a Life Coach. I am Certified as a Trauma & Resiliency Life Coach through the Arizona Trauma Institute. I’m passionate about working with my clients using a trauma informed lens because I understand how hard it is to be a trauma survivor.
Trauma Informed Coaching is the practice of understanding the presence of trauma in a coach-client relationship and how to use it as a guide for resilience and solution-forward resolution.
What does a trauma life coach do?
A trauma life coach works with trauma survivors as a peer, mentor, guide, and educator with the goal of helping you understand the path to intentional healing in the recovery process, to reconnect with yourself and what’s important to you while using your strengths to build a life of alignment and health.
As a resilience coach, I will partner with you to optimize health and well-being through developing and sustaining positive mindsets. I will help you discover and explore your “why” for change. Mindfulness based practices can bring us to present where we can learn and experience the benefits of increasing self-regulation skills. We will use the strengths you already possess and discover new ones as we navigate the journey of change while building up valuable resources along the way.
I grew up in a high-crime area on the South side of Chicago. I was a highly sought-after college football recruit who within a short span of time in my early 20’s lost both of my parents. I have overcome a lot of hard things including navigating life in a wheelchair while paralyzed and hospitalized for a year from a rare illness called Guillain-Barre Syndrome.
My experiences set the stage for many years of untreated trauma for me, which I had no idea was bubbling under the surface. I decided a few years back that it was time to name and face the ways I was stuck in my life because of my need to run away when my body felt overwhelmed. I learned the biology of why my nervous system felt and responded the way it does. Knowledge can be life changing-it has been for me.
I spent over a decade in training and development at UPS. After successfully losing 150 pounds, I felt called to shift my focus to becoming a health and wellness coach. Here, my passion for walking alongside others trying to tackle the hard places in life became apparent. I challenge and support clients as they learn to know themselves in a new way, create change, and grow from places that were once stuck. Across the span of over a decade, I was privileged to help thousands of people achieve their health and wellness goals while they stretched, healed, and grew in the process. Life coaching and working with clients in my own business was the next step for me.
Over the years of being a health and wellness coach, life coach, and motivational speaker, the feedback given again and again is that I have the gift of rapport and connection. I teach trauma informed tools to help others face their fears and overcome their obstacles. I believe the trust formed in a working relationship needs to be client-centered care tailored to you to identify those patterns you wish to change, to establish new patterns by setting clear goals, and helping to navigate with you the path to get there.
I am direct with gentleness while encouraging you to look at the hard places in your life. At the same time, I take care to meet you right where you are. I’ve witnessed repeatedly goals being attained that people never thought possible. Together, we will explore what self-imposed obstacles are keeping you from living your most fulfilling life. I employ wisdom and humor to help people develop the best version of themselves.