Why Work with a Life Transition Coach
I can help you understand your feelings about this transition and come to terms with it
We can identify obstacles to moving forward
We can develop strategies and action steps to help you cope
There are many types of transitions – moving, divorce, career change, empty nest, retirement – and you may feel overwhelmed. As a Life Transition Coach I can help you explore those complicated feelings and gain clarity. We will work together to identify what you care about most, and collaborate on creating an action plan that will make you feel more positive and empowered.
I’ll continue to work with you to ensure you are on track, and support you as you go through your transition, whatever it may be.
What Coaching Is
Professional life coaching is a collaborative partnership between the coach and client to achieve the client’s goal or vision, and to address any issues or challenges that may need to be overcome.
My job as a coach is to help you:
Identify your goals
Re-frame ways to approach obstacles
Assist you in uncovering answers
Create a customized actionable roadmap
Hold you accountable for completion and future auditing
Enable you to find solutions and achieve your own success
There is no one specific definition of a life coach, as services and focus can vary by the needs of the client. Life Coach is not a protected title and it is recommended that the coach be certified by a program accredited by the International Coaching Federation to ensure the stringent standards of professionalism, ethics and client confidentiality are adhered to.
What Coaching Isn’t
Life Coaching is not Therapy
The major difference between therapy and life coaching is the focus of the work: therapy focuses on mental health and emotional healing, while life coaching focuses on setting and achieving goals.
Life coaches focus on creating a new life path to achieve certain goals. They help clients understand their current problematic behaviors and work together to modify them. Therapists analyze their client's past as a tool for understanding present behaviors. In other words, therapists focus on why certain behavioral patterns occur, and coaches work on how to work toward a goal.
Generally speaking, coaching is more focused on helping you achieve your future goals, while psychotherapy tends to have more of a past and present focus. The focus in psychotherapy is more on healing from the past, while the focus in coaching is more on getting you to where you wish to be next.
What Clients are saying...
Ellen has been the impetus I needed to get my second career launched. She was able to take my abstract goals and objectives and create a solid plan of action. Ellen is an exceptional listener and was able to glean the critical pieces needed to structure a plan that was achievable in a short amount of time. She was also adept at keeping me accountable and helping me pivot to address changes in my situation. I would highly-recommend Ellen for those seeking an expert career coach.
Working with Ellen was very rewarding for me. I had been stuck on a project and she not only guided me to a comprehensive and coherent action plan, but she helped me discover my unconscious beliefs and assumptions that had previously discouraged me whenever I tried to get started. That has made all the difference.
Carla Clements, LMFT
Working with Ellen has been incredibly helpful; she’s patient, attentive, and extremely present. Her questions are kind, though direct enough so that they offer you an opportunity to reflect on what your true motivation is, or isn’t. She has some invaluable perspective given her exceptional life and career, and she has an uncanny ability to offer unexpected insight to what you say, or rather things you think you’ve said. Ellen’s capacity to help guide you to cut through the noise so that you can see straight through to the heart of the matter is invaluable in moving forward and transitioning successfully from one chapter to the next.
I sought Ellen’s counsel and assistance at the beginning of the pandemic, when the future of my 30 year old architectural practice was in limbo. Working with Ellen, we were able to turn a potential crisis into a creative opportunity for a complete re-envisioning of the practice. She began by encouraging me to question deeply what I wanted to accomplish in my life moving forward. Together we looked at the times in my professional and personal life when I had been the most fulfilled and creatively productive, then we envisioned how I might recreate a time of fulfillment in this new post-pandemic environment. We looked at every area of the practice and laid out a plan for improvements that would take us into a new future. Ellen then guided me through the process from imagining to implementation, with the result that I get up every morning excited about the day, rejuvenated and looking forward to a bright future. Ellen’s rich background as a professional artist, project manager and marketer all came to bear in creatively helping me to identify my own obstacles and get greater clarity. I am grateful for her contribution to improving my life and my practice.