Clients turn to me when they are in transition; they want to make a move. Perhaps you want to step into a position of more responsibility where you are. How might you do that? Or perhaps you feel stuck and don’t see a way out. Sometimes my clients have been pushed aside and terminated. Where will you go, and how is it possible to be resilient in such circumstances?
As a coach, my challenge is to attend to you and listen carefully to the story being told. Then I ask questions that are provocative and helpful, so that you are better able to make a successful transition. These types of conversations are not common in our everyday experience. Typically, our conversations are like a tennis match—you speak, I speak, you speak, I speak—no one is really listening. Instead, each is focused on returning the next volley and scoring a point.
For clients in transition, the objective is to understand the way forward.
- Why are you in transition?
- What animates you and has meaning for you?
- Where are the breakdowns?
- Where are you headed and what are your options?
- How do you see yourself, and how do others see you?
- What is your story?
Along the way, I draw from my life experience and contacts to be a deep resource, helping you make a successful transition.
As a lawyer, I am well aware that many of us are too “heady,” prizing analysis above all. The cost of doing that is being unaware of mood and emotion, and uninformed of what the body can tell us on our way forward. I will help you integrate the brilliance of the mind and the wisdom of the body. I do so as a Master Somatic Coach certified by the Strozzi Institute.
“Somatics” comes from the Greek word ‘Soma,’ which translates as “the living body in its wholeness: the mind, the body, and the spirit as a unity.” Somatics acknowledges the many unique aspects that make up a person’s character and resilience. To make sustainable shifts in behavior and ways of thinking, we need to embody the changes we make. We do so through recurrent practices and the integration of new interpretations about the meaning of our life. Over time, clients develop mastery and team with others to achieve what otherwise would not be possible.
Being in transition is necessarily to be on an edge. The 19th century writer, Guillaume Apollinaire, wrote about the experience of being on an edge:
“Come to the edge the voice said softly.
No they said it’s too high.
Come to the edge the voice insisted.
No she said it’s too dangerous.
Come to the edge the voice demanded.
No he said I might fall.
Come to the edge the voice commanded.
Reluctantly, I came to the edge.
He pushed me off.
And I flew.”