What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I am a certified applied positive psychology coach through Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener's Positive Acorn program. I am in the process of acquiring my addiction counseling credential.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
Happiness and wellbeing found me. It was and continues to be my calling.
I went back to graduate school midlife to become a clinical psychologist with the goal of having a conventional private practice where I would counsel patients and solve their problems. During the first week of the first year I realized that traditional psychotherapy has a definite place as processing emotions and feelings is essential to our wellbeing but does not always fulfill the needs of the client seeking to change behaviors and actualize goals.
At the same time, I had the great fortune of going on a cycling trip in northern India where I witnessed impoverished countrymen and women who seemingly had nothing, not even a home, appeared happy. What was the magic ingredient? Why were the eyes and spirit of these people luminous and joyful and us Westerners, who possess everything so unhappy?
At that moment I was bitten by the happiness bug. My family and I supported a school for girls in the city of Lucknow, India. I made my first short documentary about the Sulaxmi School for Girls as a tool to help them raise money. It was the beginning of my powerful relationship with film and other media as passive tools for healing and transformation.
Check out some of my videos and radio show episodes in the media section here:-)
What types of customers have you worked with?
I hold the space, offer feedback and help the client set the goals for the client to do her/her work to make their lives happen as optimally as possible.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Interview a few coaches before deciding on the one with whom you resonate. Make sure there is a good connection between you and your coach. Clients tend to do better and benefit more from the professional relationship when there positive chemistry.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
There are many folks out there hanging a shingle offering coaching services without much backing up the resume. Education, life experience and chemistry matter.