Freedom Life Coaching Company,LLC

Berkley, MI

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

My top skill as a coach is listening beyond words. Many times when working with a client they are not aware of the passion in their voice or the lack of passion when discussing a particular desire or current life situation. By listening beyond words many times identifying that is helpful to the client in order to either embrace or move past a particular place.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

The best part of my career as a coach is to see my client's shift their thinking, make decisions where they were unsure, become motivated and see results, When I witness this process from where they are to where they finally end up is selfishly fulfilling.

Location

Berkley, MI 48072

Years in business

13

Times hired on Thumbtack

9

Reviews

9 Reviews
  • Sandra J. Mar 14, 2016
    Career Coaching; life coaching services. Sue is professional, and compassionate. She gave a sincere assessment; she gave homework assignments that are life changing and effective; I have learned strategies that has given me the confidence to pursue my professional goals. I will now pursue my educational goals as well. I recommend her to everyone.
  • Lindsay K. Dec 22, 2015
    Sue Birkam changed my life. Above all, she showed me what I was worth, what I deserved, and guided me into becoming a stronger, more confident person. I have been to a few therapist in the past and can honestly say none have helped me. Sue helped me beyond words over a short period of time.
  • Jason L. Sep 1, 2015
    Life Coaching
    Verified Review
    Sue is a wonderful life coach. Within one visit she helped me make positive turns. She helped me realize that I had the tools to make positive, permanent change in my life. With her help I have started to develop a great balance in my life. Would highly recommend.
  • Helene H. Aug 27, 2015
    Life Coaching
    Verified Review
    Great listener. Keeps you on track for the goals you established. Joy to work with.
  • Marash B. Jul 1, 2015
    Life coach the best thing I did to get Sue she helped a lot EFT was a big help to sometimes trying something new is the best and for me this is the best experience their is a long road in life sometimes someone walking with you in it helps Thank you Sue I appreciate the help your awesome
  • Carol B. Mar 15, 2015
    Life Coaching
    Verified Review
    So far so good. Have had only one appointment. Get back to me when we have gone a little further in the process. ~3 months later, I've had a great experience. Sue helped me set some new goals and I look forward to continuing my life in a positive way. Sue is particularly good at helping people with a chronic illness since she has been there and knows what it takes. I highly recommend her!
  • James S. Mar 1, 2015
    Life Coaching
    Verified Review
    I’ve been working with career coach, Sue Birkam, for about five months. I took a job that wasn’t a good fit, and I needed someone to help me figure out what the next step should be. Sue has been instrumental in guiding me through the process of planning my next move. Her methodology is simple. She simply encourages clients to pursue what they’ve always dreamed of, in order to live the life they want. She has significant experience working in the corporate world, including a position as a hiring manager. So I feel as if she has an insider’s knowledge of what employers are really looking for. I had tried, unsuccessfully, in the past, to realize my career and life goals. I knew I needed a butt kick in order to actually do it. It’s helped to have someone like Sue, who really cares about her client’s success.
  • Kirsten B. Feb 23, 2015
    I have nothing but high praise for my life coach Sue Birkam. She is knowledgeable, flexible and compassionate . If you have ever wanted someone to take you through the journey of looking for work and a relationship, Sue is a your stedfast guide . She helps you identify your goals,and dreams, then helps you to creates a working plan to manifest them.
  • Cheryl K. Feb 25, 2014
    Sue has been quite the buisness coach. I have always dreamed of having a coach that would help me achieve my business goals. Well, then Sue appeared! This coach has kept me on track and accountable for tasks and projects. It really is fun to have someone to work with that sees your vision and too also help you build your dream.

Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I typically offer a 30 minute complimentary coaching session enabling a potential coaching client to share the specifics of their need and to gain a better understanding of the coaching process. After this complimentary session I offer coaching programs starting at 4 weekly visits of 60 minutes in length. We typically begin a coaching session focused on the "who" of my new client. Depending on the specific goal, learning the "who" helps to determine the "what". The "what: is a clearly defined goal with timelines and benchmarks. This area of coaching is important to provide measurable and accountable results. By getting clear on the what we can then break down the goal into obtainable steps that the client is comfortable in taking. Once we have clear timelines and specific steps, we can then focus on what the gap is between where the client is currently in relationship to the specific goals we can look at and challenge perceived obstacles to obtaining success. When we can overcome or the perceived obstacles, while staying focused on the goals we develop the "how." The "how: is the action part of the coaching process and enables a client to take specific steps toward realizing the goal.. Action steps are co-created and individual and take into consideration, time, energy, support systems and resources available to the client. Action steps are where I hold the client accountable for what they say they want for their life, career, relationships or their business. While each client is different, there is no one formula rather we work within a coaching framework to discover the best way forward.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I received my training through Coach U Inc,, a world wide coaching institution and an accredited training program through the International Coaching Federation ( a coach credentialing association that monitors the coaching profession.) I am also a Reiki Master which is a training program that requires three levels of learning and practice enabling me to provide this services to client's and those seeking alternative healing. I am a certified Emotional Freedom practitioner receiving certification 9 years ago. I offer this technique to my coaching clients enabling them to learn for themselves, methods that eliminate stress and improve health by detaching from the repetitive stories that create dissatisfaction or limiting beliefs or patterns. I am also licensed in Print, which is an assessment tool that assists others in learning their unconscious motivator in their life, what they seek to avoid, their best self traits and shadow self traits. Knowing your results from this powerful assessment tool allows you, the client to understand your own strengths and behaviors and to better manage your driving motivator in any area of life, including relationships, career and life goals. I am certified Herbal Health Practitioner having completed studies on plant medicine from Neutraceutical Research Foundation and trained with a naturopathic doctor , Dr. Nijiah Muhammad. Previous to entering the coaching profession I worked for 17 plus years for a major media group as director of sales, marketing, promotions overseeing, hiring and training three departments of sales, geographic information specialists and promotional activities for 82 newspapers.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
My prices offer a discount when working with me a minimum of 4 weekly sessions of one hour each week. 4 weekly 60 minute sessions is $340.00 per month (paid in advance of the first session) 8 weekly 60 minute sessions (or more) is $300.00 per month (paid in advance of the first session) by month. A coaching agreement between us is established for this program. Wellness Coaching- 5 sessions $325.00 includes a life style assessment (9 pages) and 5 weekly 60 minute sessions for health / wellness goals. If needed an Herbal solution plan is recommended to support a healthier life plan. Herbal Consultation Only $95.00- A one time consult that reviews a 9 page health/ life style questionnaire that is completed in advance of the consultation. This consultation is for those who are looking for a more holistic solutions and recommendations for common issues such as stress, anxiety, weight loss or to find ways to return to a vibrant healthy state.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
Coaching actually found its way to me. I attended many self-development courses over the years prior to becoming a coach. I also observed in myself an uncanny ability to listen to others providing a presence that allowed me to quickly understand and become a sounding board for whatever they were seeking. While at a writing event taught by a Life Coach (the first time I had heard of this term in my life) I waited for this life coach/ teacher in the parking lot after the event because I was curious and felt driven to learn more about what a life coach is./ does. When I caught up to this instructor post event, he explained about his profession. I can't explain it but I felt as if a light bulb turned on within me. I knew this is something I was meant to look into. I immediately researched the best coach training school I could find and within months I was training to become a coach. I never looked back, and left my very secure comfy career and began my coaching practice about 9 plus years ago.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I have worked with many types of clients, Those seeking clarity around what career they would like to pursue next and the steps necessary to realize this newly found career path. I have worked with those seeking greater fulfillment in life and relationships. Those who want to re-invent themselves in a new path, career or life. I have worked with clients who want to achieve more balance in their work/ life and eliminate stress. I have worked with client's who want to develop their inter-personal skills enabling them to obtain a promotion or raise. On the health area, I have worked with professionals such as professors and traditional medical doctors on achieving a better health habit regime and eliminate stress.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
When seeking a coach ask about their coach training, references from their current client if possible and whether they are active in continuous education in their coaching field. Also ask if they are a part of any self regulating industry such as the International Coaching Federation or another qualified coach credentialing organization.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Whatever my clients are going through I can honestly say that it's likely that I've gone through it myself. People don't become coaches without plenty of life experiences, otherwise they couldn't possibly relate. For me life is an exciting journey and the lessons even though numerous and sometimes daunting seem insurmountable sometimes, there is nothing in our way except for our own limited thinking.