Vision Powered Coaching

Bloomfield, CT

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

I coach with a practical heart. I have a nature that is a combination of creative visionary and practicality. Not only have I helped many people over the years but aside from professional skills, I have moved through many life changes and losses myself. I know how to help people move from pain to passion and purpose. I specialize in Tough Life Stage Changes and Family and Relationship Changes, as well as all issues related to the adoption community. Loss of all types, Grief, Sandwich Generation, Finding new purpose, Retirement Changes (not financial), and losing, fixing, finding relationships.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

Watching people blossom and transform their lives in ways they never thought possible. I most enjoy people who are committed to changing the way they do things and want to see differences in their life. Coaching is more than talk. It involves being willing to set goals and to follow through with actions. Your coach is part of the team to help you with that but you are the one making an investment in yourself.
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Bloomfield, CT 06002

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9 Reviews
  • Sarina H. Dec 20, 2014
    Life Coaching
    Verified Review
    Iris is one of the sweetest, most compassionate person I ever met from another human being. She come from a place of love and caring for her client. I feel so comfortable and safe talking to her, I really felt how much she really wanted to help me reach my goal
  • Thomas K. Sep 25, 2014
    Life Coaching
    Verified Review
    Iris Arensen was very professional and understanding in my initial conversation with her. She was willing to give relevant, helpful examples of her work as a life coach, and was very compassionate.
  • Robin D. Sep 16, 2014
    Iris has been there for us coaching us in many different ways in our life; family issues, and work. She is always positive outlook. We have known Iris for 19 years. She is always there for us if we have any issues along the way. Iris is a great support person.
  • Mary I. Sep 16, 2014
    September 15, 2014 To Whom It May Concern: It has been my pleasure to have known Iris Arenson-Fuller for a very long time. Iris has two outstanding personal qualities- perseverance and determination. These qualities, coupled with her life experience and professional training, are a winning combination for a life coach. She is a positive, warm, and friendly individual who has the gift of being able to inspire other people to achieve whatever goals they set for themselves. She certainly helped me to achieve my goals. Sincerely, Mary Ingoldsby, Torrington, CT
  • Pam H. Feb 25, 2013
    Coach Iris demonstrates compassion and a genuine concern in her coaching style. I have not been disappointed, and have had support through coaching that has help me maintain a balance in my life while I'm transitioning to my next life phase.
  • Ginny W. Feb 24, 2013
    Iris came into my life at a very critical turn. Suffering from depression for years, I began withdrawing further and further into myself. I had been working with my doctor and taking the medication he prescribed, but it just wasn’t enough. I rarely left the house except to go to work and I associated only with family and only as needed. I wanted to make changes, but I didn’t know how to take that first step. Iris put a lot of effort into getting to know me. She is generous with her time and talents. Iris listened carefully and shared tools and ideas that were tailored to my specific needs. I knew within the first two sessions that I was on the right track and with the right life coach. I’m not where I want to be yet, but I am definitely on the right track. Iris breathes life back into flagging hopes and dreams. I feel courageous again for the first time in a long while.
  • Jan S. Oct 18, 2011
    Iris coached me during one of the most difficult periods of my adult life. I would cite, among her many strengths, her ability to "hear" a client. "Hearing" a client is much more than listening to words; hearing a client acknowledges a client's mood, energy, and thought processes. Iris has remarkable recall and there is no need to "start from the beginning" for every session. Iris prepares meticulously. She is able to avoid creating an unhealthy relationship of dependence. Her suggestions and assignments make a coaching session a shared venture, a balanced relationship. Iris is able to identify a client's strengths and weaknesses and use her insight to steer a client in a healthy direction.
  • Joel B. Oct 15, 2011
    I have known Iris for many years. She is a warm, wise, caring person who is interested in helping people, and she will be a positive force in the life of anybody who engages her coaching services.
  • Ted M. Oct 14, 2011
    Iris is an insightful and compassionate person and an excellent life coach. She has been of great help to me through some very difficult times.


What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
I tried an experiment in early 2015. It worked on the honor system. I am still willing to do this in 2016. If someone can truly not afford my normal fees, they can view my price points and propose an offer based on price points. Depending on my case load, I may or may not be able to accept but ask. I do need to fill my schedule with enough clients who pay full fees to be able to reduce the fee at times for others.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Have an initial free Access Change/Discovery Session where you get info, learn if coaching can help you, and we determine if we are a good fit to work together. We set a schedule and goals, you complete some initial information and we begin, with phone sessions and email support. I also at times have groups around a specific problem or topic, for clients who cannot afford one to one coaching and who would benefit from group support and coaching.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I am continuously taking training. There are all sorts of coaching training programs out there. The main training I took for my professional certification was an exciting and rigorous program equivalent in time, commitment and work to many grad school programs.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
After running an adoption agency for nearly 30 yrs that had a unique, client-centered approach, someone pointed out to me that I did a lot of coaching at our agency and that was unique for the field. I decided to look into further training and became a certified professional coach, as well as continuing to take advanced training at every opportunity. I love the work and being able to help clients lead healthier, more successful lives no matter what they have gone through.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I work a lot with the adoption community and birthparent grief, and with widows, widowers and those having a hard time with the realities of being aging Baby Boomers and thinking about the next phase, or are part of the Sandwich Generation. I help people with relationship changes or who want to make changes. Also work with young adults with loss that holds them back and gives them pain. I work with those facing or wanting to plan for a big life change and who are ready and motivated to stuff suffering and to begin the process of reinventing themselves.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
Client confidentiality makes this difficult but you can read some testimonials here and on my websites.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
A coach must feel like a good fit for you. You do a lot of important work with your coach and trust must be built. If you don't feel compatible from the get-go this is not too likely to happen. I was trained and certified by International Coach Academy, am an ACC (Assoc. Certified Coach) through the International Coach Federation, and am a Founding Member of Impact, an International Membership Group of Coaches, Advisors and Trainers
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Coaching is not therapy or mentoring, though at times a coach can also wear a mentor's hat. Clients have to be ready for the changes they are commiting to and for the work and new perspectives that will come their way. While I have never been all about money, hiring a professional coach to help you change your life is an important investment in yourself. Coaching is not inexpensive. Insurance in the US will not cover personal coaching.