A New Approach to Coaching
Our approach to coaching is based on a whole-person philosophy where mind, body, and spiritual needs are addressed.
You want something to be different and the first step is to clarify exactly what that is. We work together to close the gap between where you are and where you really want to be.
Get clear and focused on your goals and objectives that will fundamentally change your life.
Together, we co-create a plan, that consists of a new approach to goals and commitments.
More energy, vitality and accountability from a coach that pushes you. Stay committed to real results, and start living the life you deserve – one without stress.
We integrate the current research and evidence-based practices from Mindfulness, Auditory Sounds, Positive Psychology, Behavioral Medicine, Health Psychology, Coaching Psychology and Eastern Philosophy.
Discover science-driven tools and exercises for keeping stress at bay while performing at peak levels.
Stress Reduction is at the heart of our coaching and training programs. It is essential because it is one of the most studied and established approaches to ensuring wellness and top performance. Knowing how to stay stress free is key to being successful in living a life centered on wellness, balance, and peak performance.
Overcome significant life blocks preventing you from living the life you want.
Explore what interferes with the life and purpose you envision—understand the blocks, patterns, habits, and beliefs that distract you from your life goals.
Mindset issues are among the top reasons people seek AAlite coaching. Addressing what holds you back is critical to your future of success.
Tap your inner courage, strength, passion, and confidence in the face of life’s challenges and unexpected change.
We specialize in areas of self-reinvention, stress reduction, overcoming self-defeat, losing habits that hold you back, understanding the opposite sex better, self-esteem, time management, communication, letting go of hurt, resentments, and grudges, among other areas in performance + development.
Our connection to others is among the most important life concerns.
Get the tools you need to reignite passion, and fulfillment in your relationships new and old. Remove beliefs that are sabotaging your connections, causing stress, and keeping you from true connection.
Learn to master your emotions and develop skills to persuade, inspire and connect with others to experience more love, joy, and happiness.
We help you assess where you are with your goals and where you want to be.
We help you determine the best path forward and discuss areas of opportunities to place your energy.
We help you gain and keep momentum for staying on track and reaching your goals.
Your journey, progress, milestone achievments, and goals. We discuss and create the next steps.
We answer the most frequently asked questions.
Q: How does the whole coaching thing work?
A: You want something to be different and the first step is to clarify exactly what that is. After we determine where you are with your goals, we work together to co-create a plan, which consists of new behaviors, goals, and commitments, as well as explore potential obstacles and limiting beliefs. Then it’s just a process of closing the gap between where you are and where you really want to be. We meet weekly and at the end of each session, we agree on what steps you’ll take that week. You’ll either succeed at taking those steps, or you won’t. When you do, we spend part of the next session celebrating the win, learning about what worked and building on the momentum. When you don’t succeed, we learn from what happened and come at it again from a new angle. We repeat this process of action and learning until you reach each goal.
Q: What kind of person hires a coach?
A: I coach smart successful people who know enough to be healthier and happier than they currently are. I coach people who want to thrive but realize that they don’t have the energy to keep doing it all. I coach people who have good intentions but life just keeps getting in the way. Whether it’s because of life transition, out of balance priorities or too much stress, many of my clients feel burned out and have fallen into patterns of skipping exercise and self-care practices, emotional eating and plain old not living up to their potential. They know it doesn’t have to be this way and they’re ready to make a change.
Q: Do you only coach people around health and wellness goals?
A: No, I coach a wide variety of people with all kinds goals and interests. I have a background and a degree in clinical psychology including health and wellness. I also have a degree in business administration (MBA) and have coached C-level executives with a number of issues that cross personal or work lifestyle and balance. Stress is a symptom that usually goes away once new internal capacities are gained and the underlying limiting beliefs and habits are addressed. Mindfulness practice (and other tools I teach) help to cope in a much healthier way than what we have come up with on our own.
Q: How does “virtual coaching” work?
A: Although I may occasionally see Richmond, VA based clients in person, the majority of my clients live in other states and countries. My clients are busy people who appreciate not having another appointment to drive to. Virtual coaching can be done at your convenience from wherever you are using the phone, Skype or FaceTime. We typically use an online coaching platform, email and text messages for questions, in, inspiration and accountability between sessions. All of my virtual coaching clients have come to appreciate the freedom in our “long distance relationship”.
Q: How long does it take to see results?
A: Change takes time and anywhere between eight to twelve weeks seems to be a sweet spot for feeling real shifts and progress. After this amount of time, you will have typically gone through all of the highs and lows of your personal emotional/ behavioral cycle, giving us a chance to work with the entire spectrum of who you are –the highs and the lows.
Q: Do I have to do homework?
A: Having your own “home practice” is critical to your long-term success. The real growth comes from the actions you take and the insights revealed between our sessions, but don’t worry, we will create these home practices together. Some clients make better progress by making microgoals and collecting small wins. Other clients thrive when facing outrageous goals. I will occasionally give you special challenges and you can always decline or counteroffer. If you don’t do that weeks home practice, there is no guilt or shame involved, just more learning.
Q: Do I have to meditate?
A: Regular mindfulness meditation has been found to be an extremely powerful practice for growth and transformation. I request that all my clients make some kind of commitment to mindfulness meditation as well as writing in a journal and doing some form of physical exercise- even if it’s 5 minutes a day. I’m happy to teach you how to meditate and I also have guided audio meditations available as an option.
Q: Is coaching like therapy?
A: Coaching is to therapy what personal training is to physical therapy. Coaching is rooted in some of the same principles as therapy but has its distinctions. Therapy asks “why” you are the way you are where coaching asks “how” you could grow into more of who you really are. Coaching assumes that we all have a certain degree of “normal neurosis” as part of the human condition but that at our core, each of us is naturally creative, resourceful and whole. Rather than dig into the past, we start right where you’re at in the present moment and design your future from here. It’s been said that therapy focuses on taking someone from -5 to 0 where coaching takes someone from 0 to +5. In the case of my clients, it’s often from +5 to +10!
Q: What is Whole Person Life Coaching?
A: It is a coaching model that I personally developed over the last 17 years that integrates all of the most current research and evidence-based practices from Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Mindful Eating, Positive Psychology, Behavioral Medicine, Health Psychology, Coaching Psychology and Eastern Philosophy. The focus is on making a healthy lifestyle change through cultivating internal strengths and building external structures.
Q: Can you coach my friend, family member or significant other?
A: Yes, but only if they want to be coached. Not even the best coach in the world can force someone to change who isn’t ready. If you want to refer someone to coaching, feel free to send them to my website or have them send me an email. I would even be willing to set up a free consultation to see if we’re a match.
Q: What will I get out of doing a “free discovery call”?
A: The free consultation is a great way to get to identify where you are in terms of your goals. We will come up with an actionable short-term plan for you to be on your way to achieving them. I have a special connection with each one of my clients that make our work together rich and exciting.
Let’s Master Life Together
You are on the journey of a lifetime! However, it’s beneficial to have assistance and powerful tools to support you along the way!