Inside every person is a piece of the universe—waiting to be unleashed.
LIVE THE LIFE YOU’VE IMAGINED
From the International Coaching Federation (ICF) website: Coaching is partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.
MY PROMISE TO YOU
The client and coach relationship is based on trust, two-way open honesty, understanding the vision you are heading toward, and the shared goal of exploring the best ways to reach it. Whether your goals are personal or professional, I will view every one of our interactions as sacred time with all of my energy focused on being present, responsive, and mindful for YOU.
BEFORE WE BEGIN
You will be given terms of engagement detailing the following:
LENGTH: These will include length of engagement plus the length of individual sessions
PAYMENT: How and when payment is collected
COMMUNICATIONS: We will choose a method of communication such as in-person, cellphone,webinar, etc.
NOTES: It will be your responsibility to take session notes
A minimum of three months is required with options available for two to three sessions per month.
Each session will be one hour in length, with the final 10 minutes devoted to a recap plus an action item or items.
I have found this to be the most beneficial model to allow for exploration and time to take action steps toward your goal.
Each session will consist of an agreement and end with an action item
The session agreement is the understanding of what we want to achieve in our session. The action items are your assigned next steps. In between these two points, we will explore, expand, and discuss.
ICF CODE OF ETHICS
As a coach, I:
1) Conduct myself in accordance with the ICF Code of Ethics in all interactions, including coach training, coach mentoring and coach supervisory activities.
2) Commit to take the appropriate action with the coach, trainer, or coach mentor and/or will contact ICF to address any ethics violation or possible breach as soon as I become aware, whether it involves me or others.
3) Communicate and create awareness in others, including organizations, employees, sponsors, coaches and others, who might need to be informed of the responsibilities established by this Code.
4) Refrain from unlawful discrimination in occupational activities, including age, race, gender orientation, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin or disability.
5) Make verbal and written statements that are true and accurate about what I offer as a coach, the coaching profession or ICF.
6) Accurately identify my coaching qualifications, expertise, experience, training, certifications and ICF Credentials.
7) Recognize and honor the efforts and contributions of others and only claim ownership of my own material. I understand that violating this standard may leave me subject to legal remedy by a third party.
8) Strive at all times to recognize my personal issues that may impair, conflict with or interfere with my coaching performance or my professional coaching relationships. I will promptly seek the relevant professional assistance and determine the action to be taken, including whether it is appropriate to suspend or terminate my coaching relationship(s) whenever the facts and circumstances necessitate.
9) Recognize that the Code of Ethics applies to my relationship with coaching clients, coachees, students, mentees and supervisees.
10) Conduct and report research with competence, honesty and within recognized scientific standards and applicable subject guidelines. My research will be carried out with the necessary consent and approval of those involved, and with an approach that will protect participants from any potential harm. All research efforts will be performed in a manner that complies with all the applicable laws of the country in which the research is conducted.
11) Maintain, store and dispose of any records, including electronic files and communications, created during my coaching engagements in a manner that promotes confidentiality, security and privacy and complies with any applicable laws and agreements.
12) Use ICF Member contact information (email addresses, telephone numbers, and so on) only in the manner and to the extent authorized by the ICF.
CONFLICTS OF INTEREST
As a coach, I:
13) Seek to be conscious of any conflict or potential conflict of interest, openly disclose any such conflict and offer to remove myself when a conflict arises.
14) Clarify roles for internal coaches, set boundaries and review with stakeholders conflicts of interest that may emerge between coaching and other role functions.
15) Disclose to my client and the sponsor(s) all anticipated compensation from third parties that I may receive for referrals of clients or pay to receive clients.
16) Honor an equitable coach/client relationship, regardless of the form of compensation.
As a coach, I:
17) Ethically speak what I know to be true to clients, prospective clients or sponsors about the potential value of the coaching process or of me as a coach.
18) Carefully explain and strive to ensure that, prior to or at the initial meeting, my coaching client and sponsor(s) understand the nature of coaching, the nature and limits of confidentiality, financial arrangements, and any other terms of the coaching agreement.
19) Have a clear coaching service agreement with my clients and sponsor(s) before beginning the coaching relationship and honor this agreement. The agreement shall include the roles, responsibilities and rights of all parties involved.
20) Hold responsibility for being aware of and setting clear, appropriate and culturally sensitive boundaries that govern interactions, physical or otherwise, I may have with my clients or sponsor(s).
21) Avoid any sexual or romantic relationship with current clients or sponsor(s) or students, mentees or supervisees. Further, I will be alert to the possibility of any potential sexual intimacy among the parties including my support staff and/or assistants and will take the appropriate action to address the issue or cancel the engagement in order to provide a safe environment overall.
22) Respect the client’s right to terminate the coaching relationship at any point during the process, subject to the provisions of the agreement. I shall remain alert to indications that there is a shift in the value received from the coaching relationship.
23) Encourage the client or sponsor to make a change if I believe the client or sponsor would be better served by another coach or by another resource and suggest my client seek the services of other professionals when deemed necessary or appropriate.
As a coach, I:
24) Maintain the strictest levels of confidentiality with all client and sponsor information unless release is required by law.
25) Have a clear agreement about how coaching information will be exchanged among coach, client and sponsor.
26) Have a clear agreement when acting as a coach, coach mentor, coaching supervisor or trainer, with both client and sponsor, student, mentee, or supervisee about the conditions under which confidentiality may not be maintained (e.g., illegal activity, pursuant to valid court order or subpoena; imminent or likely risk of danger to self or to others; etc) and make sure both client and sponsor, student, mentee, or supervisee voluntarily and knowingly agree in writing to that limit of confidentiality. Where I reasonably believe that because one of the above circumstances is applicable, I may need to inform appropriate authorities.
27) Require all those who work with me in support of my clients to adhere to the ICF Code of Ethics, Number 26, Section 4, Confidentiality and Privacy Standards, and any other sections of the Code of Ethics that might be applicable.
“I’m more often top of mind when insight, comfort, and honest conversations are needed, than when a partner is needed to paint the town red. I’m perfectly okay with that.”
THE SHORT VERSION
I realized that nothing was more important to me than to help a person discover the enormous potential that resides within—and the endless Source of hope, strength, and love from which they can draw. For this reason, I left a lucrative career in business development and marketing to begin a fulfilling career in personal and professional development. I am bringing my 25 years of guiding teams to success with me and combining it with my deep faith in our ability to overcome any external condition.
THE LONG VERSION
For more than 25 years, I have worked with top tier sales and marketing teams within major organizations to help them achieve their goals and ensure strong business growth. I was highly successful in this arena; first as an employee of a corporation and later as an entrepreneur of a thriving agency. I helped many organizations move from Point A to Point B and I loved what I did.
However, after many years, I began to realize that my inner-self — my soul, if you will — was pressing to use my business expertise for a greater purpose; one that would serve in community. It took a few years to wind-down my corporation, but I made the choice to become involved in nonprofit development because that is what I thought my next natural step should be. It was a vastly different financial model and it meant heeding many voices that were contributing to decision-making, but I had no regrets.
Almost immediately, I found myself witnessing something repeatedly as I interacted with individuals making their way back to wholeness. I saw that the rejuvenation of their spirits did not occur from the acts of receiving clothing, food, or the basic life necessities. Rather, it was when they received affirmation of their worth as a person — and BELIEVED it. Time and time again, I saw this trend. It was then I knew that I wanted to be a part of contributing to this hope. With God at my keyboard, I applied for my 501(c)(3) with the IRS in mid-2015.
Shortly thereafter, in Dec. 2015, I found myself in discussion with a homeless shelter in midtown Atlanta regarding a part-time shelter manager position. I saw this as an opportunity to engage more deeply with those experiencing homelessness and gain insight into the events that led them there. In no time, I was interviewing—not for a part-time shelter manager position, but for the role of Executive Director. My 501(c)(3) application was approved between interview 2 and the job offer. I confess that I stood at a crossroad and I didn’t know which way to look. So, I looked inside and heeded the whisper of the Voice within.
I put my newly-formed nonprofit on the back burner in January 2016 to say yes to the shelter. Unfortunately, I was unable to resurrect the struggling shelter and the decision was made to close its doors. However, the relationships I made remain with me and have become an integral part of what followed that season.
As I made my way back to focusing on the nonprofit I made temporarily dormant, an understanding washed over me, cemented by my experience at the shelter. What my inner-self desired was less about moving an organization from Point A to Point B; rather it is to use my expertise, my life experiences, and my passion, to help INDIVIDUALS progress. I want to help individuals understand the magnitude of the power they possess.
Instead of business development, I stepped onto the path of leadership and personal development and immediately set out to become a certified personal and executive coach. It felt like I found my divine purpose and I am thrilled to be on this path.
My unique approach focuses on positive psychology and combines my 25-plus years of business, with traditional coaching plus adds energy healing; which uses our ability to achieve balance through the power of thought and visualization. Outside of one-on-one and group coaching, I will use storytelling to bring inspiration to a seeking heart — after all, that is why I named my organization—Storia is Italian for history or chronicles. Everyone has a story to tell and by exchanging stories, we connect more deeply.
ABOUT MY BELIEFS
The seasons of my life led me to the powerful understanding that changing our thoughts will have a drastic impact on the changes we want to make in our lives. My book shares these seasons.
WHY IT'S RELEVANT
My beliefs are the foundation of my coaching as I believe deeply in the mindset of positive psychology and an endless Source from which we can pull hope and strength. They are steeped in spirituality, but not steeped in a religious persuasion. Visualization and intentional thinking will be a component used in our sessions.
WHAT ELSE DO I BELIEVE?
I also believe that the ability to manifest your reality exists within every one of you, no matter your upbringing. This gift is inherently our birthright. I know from personal experience that by choosing to intentionally rid ourselves of negative habits that have formed over the years, life can be lived in fulfillment of our deepest desires. This includes when life deals you a hard blow; one that takes everything you have to overcome it. All the Light Inside of You is my personal journey of discovery—from my secular childhood to today. It is written in a casual, conversation style. Within these pages, you will read about the invisible companion that I felt since I was a young girl, and how my understanding of the identity of this Divine Source came from a period in my life that was filled with deception and betrayal. I hope you find the messages in this book to be inspirational and thought-provoking. More than that, I hope it inspires you to write your own story, even if only for yourself.
Clients of my coaching consultancy will receive the book at no cost.
Kindle or Kindle-app. Digital download available immediately on Amazon.com for $5.99
Paperback. Available on January 20 from Amazon for $15.99