Life Matters Coaching

West Bloomfield, MI

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

I use a combination of empathy and humor. I find that it helps the process of change, which can be daunting in itself. I believe that everyone is different and there is not a magic bean that works on every individual. I believe that we have the answers inside us and as I coach I can assist in helping my clients find them. The conversation turns from "you" to "we". Coaching is a co-creative partnership. I am a dedicated coach. I leave myself open to my clients when they need me outside of sessions.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love people, first. I love learning about them and hearing their insights and perspectives. I love developing with them. The connection I get to experience is like no other. The ultimate is to hear their lightbulbs go off as well. The moment I made a commitment to coaching, I made a commitment to my clients. Their wins are my wins. Their successes are my successes. Their struggles are my struggles as well.


West Bloomfield, MI 48322

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17 Reviews
  • Elizabeth R. Sep 12, 2016
    Premarital Counseling
    Verified Review
    Wonderful coaching, rewarding experience.
    Flexible service, very professional. We are using for pre-marital counseling and Doren is outstanding!
  • Kathleen M. Aug 6, 2016
    Life Coaching
    Verified Review
    I feel a comfort talking to Doren. She is a good listener and she tells you what you need to hear. I like the practical aspect of coaching versus sitting down with a counselor and just talking about the past and your problems. I look forward to working with Doren in future sessions.
  • Jill C. Apr 13, 2016
    Life Coaching
    Verified Review
    Just started working with Dori; she's fantastic, keeps us (me) on target and has been very insightful so early in my process.
  • Nathan B. Feb 16, 2016
    Life Coaching
    Verified Review
  • Wyatt A. Feb 11, 2016
    Life Coaching
    Verified Review
    She tells it like it is. Really puts things into perspective and helps guide you so that you can learn how to drive yourself in the right direction going forward
  • Deb L. Dec 7, 2015
    Life Coaching
    Verified Review
    Nice lady, simple explanation of the process, very reasonable terms.
  • Tina F. Nov 6, 2015
    Life Coaching
    Verified Review
    Just hired, will post reference in future. thanks
  • Robin V. Oct 30, 2015
    Dori helped me through the toughest time of my life with nothing less than compassion and at times the tough love that I needed. She empowered me with a toolbox full of skills that continue to help me navigate through this incredible life. Thank you Dori. I'm forever grateful .
  • Margaret Y. Oct 26, 2015
    My experience with Dori was nothing less than life changing. She has an innate wisdom and perception into people and situations. Dori compassionately and passionately coached me.You will work. It is not easy, but you will not regret one minute of your time with Dori. Your life is worth it.
  • Erika F. Oct 26, 2015
    Walking away from a unhealthy marriage was something I did not think I possessed the strength and confidence to do. I was feeling lost and confused. I did not feel comfortable seeking help and advise from friends. Reaching out to Life Matters Coaching was a life changing experience. I realized I had the tools to be a happier, healthier me: mother to my children, friend and sister. With the skills I've learned from Life matters Coaching, I know my path is the right path on the right road now!
  • Johnny V. Oct 24, 2015
    Dori is an exceptional coach. She helped me through a rough patch in my career as I transitioned to my full time career as an artist. Her dedication to her clients and her ability to help you find the right solution for your life is extraordinary.
  • Kimberly S. Oct 24, 2015
    Over the last many years Dori has been a tremendous help to me. Whether brainstorming a specific business idea, helping me focus or redirect my energy, or being an objective, nonjudgmental sounding board, Dori has been an instrumental part of my success. I gladly offer my unqualified endorsement of Dori!
  • Sarah G. Oct 24, 2015
    Dori coached me through the darkest times of my life. She was always there to listen to what I was experiencing and feeling and brought forth thought provoking questions to aid me in finding solutions. Dori was patient, kind and caring. She was fair and neither judged or found fault in my thoughts or actions. She challenged me to look deep inside myself and discover the reasons for the way I was feeling or acting. I would not have found the strength to get through what I went through without her guided coaching and assistance.
  • Tamara M. Oct 23, 2015
    Dori was able to provide new insights on my current challenges and help me get a new perspective. To be able to look at things from a new perspective was huge for me and very helpful. She helped me get my action plan down and stay motivated. I highly recommend Life Matters Coaching!
  • Elizabeth P. Oct 23, 2015
    I started a small cleaning business some years ago and was struggling to be the entrepreneur I imagined I'd be. Thankfully, the struggle was short lived. A friend referred me to Dori. Might I say, and with some pride, that my small business made $250,000 that year! Dori guided me through the process like the pro she is. Thank you again Dori!
  • Julie I. Oct 23, 2015
    I went thru a very difficult time and life matters showed me how to get back on my feet and survive. I owe life matters my sanity. With out her help I don't know where I would be today. I highly recommend life matters
  • Lisa G. Oct 23, 2015
    Dori is an amazing coach! Her training and years of experience was proven to be extremely helpful! Her advice and suggestions gave me a sense of confidence and support to set realistic goals so that I could accomplish them. She was always available to talk or meet up when I needed her. She was a vital aspect in my acknowledgement of my issues and implantation of ownership. She helped me devise a plan of action after we had narrowed down the specific issues that needed to be addressed. It has been a year now since we last met and my life has improved drastically! Thank you Dori for everything! I highly recommend her for anyone that needs an amazing coach to help guide them in the right direction and tackle the problems that need to be dealt with!


What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
I have three different packages that you are also able to see on my website, along with my relationship coaching packages and premarital package. The pricing listed below is for individual life coaching. I charge by the month. The premium package is $400.00 per month. This includes: 4, 60-90 minute sessions with unlimited contact outside of sessions. The next package is $350.00 per month. This includes: 4, 60 minute sessions per month with limited contact outside of sessions. Package three is $300.00 per month. This includes: 3, 60 minutes sessions with limited contact between sessions. Personalized packages are available as well.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I always begin with a free session. Doing this I am able to learn more about you and what you want to accomplish. We both have the opportunity to see if we are a good fit. Trust is imperative in the coaching relationship. Another advantage is that you get a taste of what coaching is and how it works.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have an undergraduate degree from Eastern Michigan University, in psychology. I earned my coaching certification in 2003 from The Institute for Life Coach Training. I am currently receiving my PhD in Human Development from The University for Professional Studies.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I was looking for a change in my career. I was contemplating going back to school to receive my masters in psychology when I heard about coaching. I picked up a book about it, read the first paragraph and I was hooked. Coaching was exactly what I was looking for. I have worn different career hats over the years. They have all been fulfilling in many ways. From my early retail experience with The Limited Company and The Gap, to running a 300 unit apartment complex during my years in college. One constant through the course of my work development is that I have always strived to learn as much as I can. How would I have known that with all the experiences I have had and the knowledge that I have gained would all be useful. Finding life coaching was like a lightbulb. It all made sense. It feels wonderful to be able to utilize all of my skills on a daily basis.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I work with individuals, various types of couples and relationships and small businesses.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
I would make sure what ever coach you are looking for that they are certified and a member of the ICF (International Coach Federation). Many people can call themselves coaches. The ones that actual know what they are doing are certified. I would specifically look for a coach who is certified though The ILCT (Institute for Life Coach Training). This specific training program has the fullest and most comprehensive program in coaching. The minimum training is 40 weeks. I would also encourage a potential client to interview a few different certified coaches. Not everyone is going to fit.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
It is important to know the difference between coaching and therapy. On my website I have a comparison of the differences. Look under the What is Coaching tab. I have also placed a copy of it in my images on Thumbtack, along with a checklist to see if you are ready for coaching.