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About

You know that what you do matters. And it’s exactly this knowing that gnaws at you:  I’ve worked hard to create a meaningful life, so why do I feel like something’s missing?

You’re devoted to making a difference, and you excel at what you do. 

Clients. Patients. Students. Children. Partners. Parents.

You know that what you do matters. And it’s exactly this knowing that gnaws at you:  I’ve worked hard to create a meaningful life, so why do I feel like something’s missing?

I Can Help You.


"Within just a few sessions I no longer felt like a victim—of circumstance, of other people, of my own choices. Instead, I felt the extraordinary freedom of possibility."

I know how you feel because I’ve been there myself. 

For years I felt confined by the very accomplishments I’d worked so hard to create: a twenty-year marriage, and a coveted career as a tenured professor.

On the outside I seemed to have it all, but on the inside I was dying.

I felt joyless, easily irritated, numb to my sexuality and cut off from my creativity.

I was losing myself. And I feared what I was becoming. 

Determined to get to the root of my problem I sought help: Therapy. Antidepressants. Alternative medicine. I delegated duties at work to spend more time at home. I sought new projects and interests in order to jumpstart my creativity.

But I failed to find relief because I’d falsely identified the issue: it wasn’t me that needed fixing, but my mindset.

This insight changed my life, and it’s coaching I have to thank for it.

Exhausted and anxious, I took a leap: despite my skepticism, I followed a close friend’s advice and hired a life coach. It was a big investment—of time, money, and energy. And it is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

Within just a few sessions I no longer felt like a victim—of circumstance, of other people, of my own choices. Instead, I felt the extraordinary freedom of possibility.

Over time, my resentment and regret gave way to curiosity and compassion. Each encounter became an opportunity to practice self-awareness instead of self-blame. I learned to discern my true desires, and to let go of distractions.

I learned to trust myself and speak my truth.

I learned to walk through—and even welcome—my fears.

I came to believe that I can live a life of full expression without hurting those I love.

Three years later, I’m living a joyful, vibrant life as an author, professor, speaker, and certified Master Life Coach. As founder of Full Potential Coaching, I lead retreats, teach courses, and coach a select group of private clients in order to help women in the caring professions create expansive, joyous lives anchored in purposeful meaning and compassionate action.

"As an experienced, award-winning teacher I am highly skilled at sparking my clients’ innate love of learning and discovery. "

As a coach, I draw heavily upon my 20 years as a tenured university professor and poet, as well as my longtime study of human psychology, sexuality and gender, neuroscience, meditation and yoga, and wellness. With both a doctorate in modern literature from the University of Rochester, and certification as a Master Life Coach through Karen Fagan, International, I bring a wealth of resources to my work that sets me apart from other coaches: literature and philosophy regularly inform my coaching, and I will often introduce concepts and tools by way of a poem, something my clients and students find effective and inspiring. My facility with metaphor and association enables me to translate and customize ideas effectively to a wide range of people. I know intimately the power of the creative process, and bring this experience to bear upon my coaching in concrete, tangible ways.

It’s for just this reason that I love working with people like you—educators, healthcare professionals, healers, and coaches—because you’re driven by a desire to make a difference in this world.

Like you, I’m passionate about making change by helping others, but now I know that when we practice self-denial we hurt those we love at least as much as we hurt ourselves. I want to help you claim and act upon the deep-down truth you already intuit: that it’s only when we commit to living our own best selves that we give others permission to do the same.

Today, I love my life. 

I love my life because I’m not afraid—of feeling, of failing, of fear itself.

And even though I still stumble, and worry, and sometimes react, I know how to turn these experiences into opportunities for growth, not evidence of my insufficiency.

I know how to set goals from a place of love, not lack, and therefore how to reach them.

I know how to be vulnerable, and strong.

I know how to manage my mind.

How to feel alive. How to thrive.

And I will teach you to do the same.

 

Are You Ready?

Are you ready to experience the freedom and power of your own full potential?