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Introduction: SPECIALIZED RELATIONSHIP, INDIVIDUAL, YOUTH AND FAMILY COACHING If you want better in life and relationships, we can help. Our team of highly trained therapists and coaches are formally trained in approaches-- supported by clinical research to be effective-- for individuals, couples, and families. See our GRIT Kids Program to meet the needs of kids ages 2-12. See our website, WellCoachedLife. com to learn more. Insurance: we only see insurance clients in California RELATIONSHIPS: Let me guess. One partner feels alone and like they don't matter and the other feels they are always being criticized and can't get anything right. The more one asks for the other to show up, the more the partner disappears physically and emotionally and the idea of sitting and just hanging out seems elusive, if not impossible. Something like this? Often we crave connection but are blocked by the pain and the history that gets in the way. Small fights about little things become battles that highlight our struggle to have our basic relational needs met. If you are struggling in your relationship, we can help you get under the bickering to the wounded and guarded parts to allow you to reconnect to the person you fell in love with. We pull from relationship models proven to be effective in helping relationships through research. If you are ready to do the work, we can help you cultivate a relationship beyond "fixes." A healthy relationship is one of the most life-giving experiences we can have. We offer a free consultation appointment. Schedule a free consultation through our website, wellcoachedlife. com INDIVIDUAL: Dysfunction is often rooted in stressful or traumatic events—whether egregious affronts or less overt encounters— whether we lived it or it is trauma passed down intergenerationally. These events can arise from, and manifest in, various areas of our life. It feels like anxiety, stress, depression, or even failure. We feel it in our bodies as pain, medical, issues and more. Our team of expert therapists and coaches pull from various evidence-based models to work with your physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual self, to allow you to find deep, authentic, and meaningful relationships and create and preserve a whole, happy, and thriving life. GRIT Kids: Our Youth and Family Program: GRIT is the ability to sustain long-term goals in the face of adversity. Resilience becomes the byproduct, which is necessary for independence— and what more could we want for our children. Through curiosity about our thoughts and feelings, we grow the insight to develop, evolve, adapt and transform. GRIT is an in-home coaching service to help you and your child cultivate self-awareness, target behavioral goals, develop emotion management, resolve stressful or traumatic experiences and more. See Wellcoachedlife. com/Grit to learn more SPIRITUAL COACHING: Often, when people reach out to me for spiritual coaching, it is because they have experienced a trauma that is fundamentally blocking their ability to fully exist in their body, in this world, and connect with their greater purpose. Our coaches are certified and hold Master's degrees in Theology to support the deeper questions of meaning and theodicy. This helps us support our clients' work through the traumas to use their faith/spirituality to connect to all levels of their existence and live into their greater purpose. This is the hardest- and most rewarding- work our clients do. LIFE COACHING: Life Coaching is a collaborative way to help identify and shape goals, formulate strategies to achieve these goals, and develop a plan to successfully implement these strategies. A coach is the person who holds you accountable to yourself by providing you practical steps to move forward and concrete solutions to the barriers. Most importantly, I am the person who says, “Nope, no way. Not gonna happen” when the part of you that sabotages yourself tries to thwart your efforts. Some of our clients have received coaching to: start a new business; manage the balance between work, family, and school; identify and develop skill deficiencies; develop relationship and dating skills; develop organizational skills or time management skills; develop clear communication skills; and much more. COLLEGE PREP: We have a team of coaches. Combined, we have 9 Master's degrees, 2 doctorates, 3 completing Doctorates, a professional speaker and a 2 professors. We can help with essays, interviews, and other elements of the college application process. POPULATIONS: We are inclusive providers. We have special training, experience, and education to work with Veterans (Vanessa is a USMC Veteran), BIPOC and other marginalized populations, and those with disabilities. Our team holds Master's degrees in Intercultural Studies, Theology, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Clinical Psychology.

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Alyssa L.

Life Coaching

Really great customer service and extremely understanding. She's very communicative and is really easy to work with. Would recommend 5/5.
Dec 22, 2020
Anthony D.


Vanessa taught me a useful tool when i am reminded of a traumatic event in my life and was very nice. I am considering working with her soon.
Oct 9, 2020
Cheyenne M.

Therapy and Counseling

I loved speaking with her. Even before we had our conversation over the phone she made me feel so safe and warm over the text that she sent me. I’m so excited because I know that with Vanessas help things in my life will get better. She definitely gave me hope and made sure I knew I wasn’t alone ever
Oct 5, 2020
Jane B.

Marriage and Relationship Counseling

Without a doubt I know I am going to receive the help I need! Vanessa was extraordinary with me and got right to the point with compassion and honesty. I cannot wait for my sessions with her!
Sep 27, 2020
Marc A.

Therapy and Counseling

Vanessa was great and that wasn't even an actual session. I've already felt that I learned something significant with the short knowledge she had shared with me after revealing more details regarding my past. I've expressed beforehand my sensitivity to certain behaviors and she ensured to meet my needs making our talk comfortable for me. I do recommend her. Give her a try with the offered free consultation and you'll see what I mean.
Sep 18, 2020
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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    Our coaches provide specialized, short-term intensive and high-impact services to dedicated clients looking to make intentional transformations in their lives. Our fees reflect experts trained in several approaches that support clients attaining their goals in an efficient, rapid, and sustainable manner. As a result, our clients do not stay in coaching weekly, ongoing for the long term.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    Our team holds 9 Master's degrees combined. These include Psychology, which focuses on individuals; Marriage and Family Therapy, which emphasizes relational dynamics and family systems; Intercultural Studies, which recognizes the importance of cultural milieu; and Theology, which examines the human condition in the greater context of our humanity and the symbols and stories that inform and help shape a sense of transcendent meaning and purpose. We have licensed and pre-licensed mental health providers, 3 of whom supervise, 2 with doctorates, 3 completing doctorates, 2 professional speakers, and 2 professors training therapists and other coaches. Our team's education also includes training in somatically oriented psychotherapies and the study of neurophysiology, all of which recognize that the human person doesn’t merely inhabit their body, they are their body. Together, these all combine to inform an integrated, holistic approach to seeing and understanding people. Our team holds certifications or training in several modalities that support an integrative approach to coaching including Somatic Experiencing, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Emotion Focused Couples Therapy, Havening, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Meditation and Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, touch and bodywork, and several other approaches. COACHING VS TREATMENT: While we provide clinical treatment in other environments, as coaches we are not operating as a licensed physician/psychologist providing traditional mental health treatment. We neither make nor treat diagnoses, Rather, we provide alternative therapy that is complementary to the healing arts services that are offered by providers who are licensed by the state. We offer services that are in compliance with California state laws, including California Business and Professional Code 2053.6

  • How did you get started doing this type of work?

    We coach because traditional psychotherapy isn’t for everyone. First, traditional psychotherapy places less value or weight on the importance of the body than we do. Second, not all individuals who want help living a better life have a mental health disorder and need a mental health provider. Third, often the people we see in our coaching practice have been in therapy for years and still are not where they want to be. This is where the integration of the body and spirit is so essential. Fourth, sometimes we are just naturally stuck and need help to achieve our goals. Sometimes coaching is a better fit.

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