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What is Coaching?
Coaching assists you in making positive changes. It is a partnership that helps you assess where you are now in your life and work and where you want to be. We then develop strategies to help you get there. Whether you seek a Life Coach, Career Coach or Executive Coach, I will support, challenge and be your sounding board to ensure that you create a fulfilling life.

Do you feel stuck, confused or overwhelmed?
Do you yearn for a sense of peace, calm and energy?

Do you feel like you are caught on a hamster wheel?
Do you want to be more open to new ideas, people and ways of looking at yourself and the world around you?
Do you believe that you can be more effective in your work?
Do you want to explore a new career, navigate a career transition or plan for retirement?
Do you want to communicate more effectively with your family and your staff?

Do you know that you want to do something different, but are not sure what that is?

Do you want to stimulate your creative thinking?
Do you yearn to move forward on a creative project? Learn new ways to "kick it up a notch."
Do you have an unfinished creative project languishing in the closet? I can help you get back on track.


Who benefits from coaching?

Business and non-profit executives:

  • Think and work more strategically
  • Communicate clearly
  • Create more balance in life
  • Focus on what is most important
  • Lead organization through transitions
  • Become more effective at work

Individuals in transition:

  • Thrive in a new position or role in life
  • Find their calling and create a fulfilling life
  • Cultivate creativity and compassion
  • Find meaning in life and work
  • Build strong relationships

Creative professionals (writers, musicians, visual artists, dancers, thinkers, dreamers):

  • Move through creative blocks
  • Learn strategies to manage their energy and time
  • Develop effective practices to integrate their creative work with other areas of their life

Baby boomers helping their aging parents:

  • Learn to care for themselves while helping parents with grace
  • Release fear and guilt
  • Experience compassion for themselves and their families

Individuals feeling stress and wanting to learn new practices for greater health and happiness:

  • Learn how to practice mindfulness meditation
  • Discover how your thought patterns may contribute to stress

You are at a turning point in life. You desire new challenges or direction in your work; you want to enhance your leadership skills; you would like to communicate more effectively with your staff. In your personal life you may be experiencing the birth or death of a family member, relationship changes or a desire for more peace and calm. Perhaps you want the encouragement to pursue a dream, to make a change, or to stimulate your creativity. At these times, having a life coach working with you in mutual respect and trust can empower you to move forward.

Call or email today to schedule a complimentary coaching consultation:
337.534.0954 or 510.316.3319. See email address below.






"Sue helped me bring focus to both my professional and personal life at a time when I was struggling to manage the two together. She brought sincere, earnest encouragement to our coaching relationship while remaining frank and honest with me. She is a pleasure to work with and helped me to become a more effective communicator and a stronger leader in my organization.”


"For our last session together Sue took out her notes and we reviewed a year's worth of coaching sessions. As she read the things I had written and her own observances, we reflected with amazement at the tremendous changes that had occurred.

I walked into the first session a bit lost and frightened and not sure what coaching could mean to me. I was overcoming a major and heartbreaking change in my life and I didn't know how to proceed.

She asked questions and I answered them. She gave me reading material and I read. She assigned writing assignments and I wrote and wrote and wrote. She challenged my self-perception.

She gave practical steps towards tangible goals while also guiding me through a sort of existential shift in my thinking. Sue, along with friends and family guided me up from the well and back into the light and reminded me of who I really am.

By the end of our time together, I was a transformed person. I believe that with what I have learned and achieved, I have the tools to not only reach tangible, practical goals but also to right myself when I'm thrown off-kilter, with confidence, peace, joy and dare I hope, grace. This is possible to a large degree to Sue's coaching.

Sue is warm, friendly and encouraging but also stern and persistent when it's needed. She was nurturing and uplifting while also giving me a few gut-checks that challenged me. Her coaching was exactly what I needed and I am forever grateful for her contribution to my life.

I very highly recommend her to anyone facing any kind of challenge. If you are willing to work, grow and change, Sue can guide you towards achieving the goals you set forth."


"Sue’s genuine authenticity, sincere regard, and extraordinary competence helped me navigate the ups, downs, twists, and turns of a challenging job search. Her emotional intelligence coupled with savvy and acute sensibilities of the working world supported me to reframe outdated viewpoints and create new aspirations. Her support is ever-present with creative and sensible suggestions for action, however small. When I had job search fatigue or when my mind was in default mode, she wisely, and sometimes pointedly, questioned my outlook. I feel that Sue has joined my life’s journey and that I matter to her."

Arts Administrator


“We are more like an acorn, which contains within it all the potential to be a magnificent oak tree. We need nourishment, encouragement and the light to reach towards, but the oaktreeness is already within.”

From Coaching for Performance, by John Whitmore