I enjoyed my first career as a teacher for 15 years. My second career as a consultant and psychotherapist (LMFT), first in a mental health agency and then later as a private practitioner in a medical family practice, spanned 30 years. I began training for my third career as a Life Coach in the Spring of 1997.
In January of 1999, I became ill with an autoimmune disease in the arthritis family. At that time I also had a severe spinal injury. Life as I knew it came to an abrupt end. Because this illness was so debilitating I was no longer able to work. I loved my work as a psychotherapist, and training for my third career as a life coach was in high gear. However, it all came to an abrupt end, and when it did, I felt as though the earth opened and swallowed me whole. While all this was happening, I was caring for an aging mother who lived with me. I felt quite devastated and very frightened about what the future held.
Since I felt so totally overwhelmed, I decided to do two things to help myself. I wrote every day and I hired a life coach. Writing helped me to deal with my many frustrations and anger, while my coach helped me to focus on the changes and challenges that threatened to "do me in." Together we worked in a partnership that helped me to regain my self-confidence and my ability to meet my goals. I completed the coach training program in November of 1999. Better late than never!
Today, 12 years later, I'm disabled and continue to live with chronic illness. My specialty is coaching men and women at midlife, particularly those living with chronic health conditions and family caregivers who are "sandwiched" between their families and their aging parents.
I'm an avid reader and an aficionardo of jazz piano, baseball and Formula 1 racing as well as a nature and animal lover. I have a rescue cat I named Jack Kerouac after the beat generation author of On the Road.