Moving Forward Family Coaching, LLC

Mentor, OH

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How does your business stand out?

Hello! This is Personal Development and Empowerment Coach Tracy Baranauskas and I am the founder of Moving Forward Family Coaching. I have more than 30 years of professional experience in both clinical and non-clinical settings providing compassionate support and guidance to families and individuals. Do you have something you want to change or achieve? Maybe you would like to change your career, start a new business, enhance your relationships, find new love, improve your health or something else? No matter what you would like to change or achieve, the path to success is the same. I will help you to gain clarity and create a very specific, strong vision for your life so you will know exactly where you are headed and what you need to do to make it happen. Then, I will guide you to eliminate obstacles that may be slowing down your progress or completely sabotaging your ability to make changes that last. Finally, together we will develop an action plan to create the results you desire. As you take action, I will provide you with the support, encouragement and accountability needed for success. As your coach, I will be with you every step of the way. Your confidence will strengthen as you push past your fears and move forward. The coaching process will help you to feel renewed, energized and excited about your life!

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

My favorite part about coaching is seeing my clients take steps forward, especially after they have felt "stuck" for many years. Once people understand that their fears are natural, they can push past the obstacles that have been getting in their way, I have had the pleasure of helping many, many people over the years achieve their dreams! I truly believe that every person was put on this earth for a reason, and it is thrilling for me to see my clients make exciting, brave changes and discover their purpose.
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Mentor, OH 44060

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16 Reviews
  • Thumbtack Customer Sep 3, 2017
  • John P. Jul 13, 2017
    Life Coaching
    Verified Review
    Working thus far with Tracy has been a very positive experience. She works hard at developing a method of engagement and can, therefore, explore one's major concerns and start developing a plan of action that helps individuals follow their dreams. Tracy's talent and passion for helping are displayed in your first meeting with her. I recommend her highly.
  • Dale K. Apr 16, 2017
    Career Coaching
    Verified Review
    Tracy is an excellent coach.
    Even after just one introductory phone call and one face-to-face meeting, I feel that she has helped me to sort out a lot of the issues that I have in my professional life. I look forward to what I will discover about myself through my continued coaching experience with her.
  • Lindsay D. Apr 3, 2017
    Career Coaching
    Verified Review
    Tracy is the Best!
    I found Tracy at a time in my life where I was so unhappy because I felt stuck in my (now former) job. Thanks to her guidance and expertise, I have recently started a new chapter in my life and it feels great to have the "happy me" back again. I am forever grateful for Tracy, and I would not hesitate to recommend her services to anybody!
  • Patti R. Apr 3, 2017
    Tracy is an expert life coach that you'd be lucky to hire.
    Tracy is a great coach and has made a big difference in my life, my self awareness, my reaching goals and in my progress in starting my business. Tracy has worked with me and assisted in my finding helpful resources for both me and opening opportunities for my clients. Tracy is an expert life coach, one you would be lucky to hire.
  • Kelly D. Mar 26, 2017
    Career Coaching
    Verified Review
    Sometimes We All Need A Coach
    Sometimes we all need a coach! I'd never sought a counselor or coach before, but when my job was suddenly eliminated, I knew I needed guidance in my next career search. Tracy is patient and supportive. She doesn't push; she encourages. Her insights helped me refine my career goals. I'm very happy that our paths crossed. I look forward to keeping in touch as I start my new career.
  • Denise M. Nov 25, 2016
    Career Coaching
    Verified Review
    Career Change
    Met with Tracy to talk about Career change I found her to be very encouraging and helpful in motivating me to pursue careers that interest me.
  • Beth D. Sep 8, 2016
    Thank you Tracy!
    I have only been to two of her empowerment meetings. THEY ARE AMAZING! She is the best and keeps you accountable. Which is something we all need. I look forward to each week and moving forward to a better outcome
  • Sally S. Sep 8, 2016
    Empowerment Group Coach
    I have found Tracy to be ,thoughtful and sensitive to each individual's story and journey during my participation in an empowerment group. Tracy's approach is to listen carefully and considerately and then make positive suggestions causing one to rethink and reevaluate, always encouraging action. Tracy arms me with thought provoking tools to use to tackle and my reach my goals. Tracy has an abundance of real world knowledge and enthusiastically shares her experiences. Tracy is a true professional with the ability to create a friendly and accepting environment.
  • Laura F. Feb 17, 2016
    Life Coaching
    Verified Review
    It went fabulous. Tracy couldn't have been a better fit.
  • Peter B. Sep 2, 2015
    I have been using Tracy's services for several years in different capacities. I feel she has helped me not only learn, but also grow. She is a very compassionate person.
  • Tam P. Aug 28, 2015
    Because of Tracy's professionalism, experience, dedication and compassion, I am now actually moving forward instead of doing circles. Working with her has been an absolute joy. Her sense of humor is refreshing and her guidance, direct. She's inspired me to dig deep and be the me I once left behind. I highly recommend her to anyone dealing with a family member struggling with mental illness or to anyone wanting to make positive changes in his/her own life. Her insight is amazing, and I am so thankful to have met her. If anyone can help another move forward, it's Tracy.
  • Steven H. Aug 27, 2015
    Most of my interaction with this company has been with the exceptional counseler, Tracy Baranauskas. I had the good fortune of meeting her when she headed a specialized therapy group that I attended at another mental health counseling establishment. Her professional experience and caring demeanor makes her an effective and sympathetic leader. When I discovered she had recently relocated to Moving Forward Family Coaching, I reconnected with her to once again take advantage of Tracy's services. After many years of seeing various therapists and counselers, I find Tracy to be one of the most devoted, kind-hearted and knowledgable coaching professionals in the area. I am very happy to be back in a group led by her at Moving Forward...and am optimistic I will continue to have positive results in my life with her outstanding support and advice.
  • Mel M. Aug 21, 2015
    Tracy is genuine and sincere. She helped me overcome obstacles and reach my goals!
  • Mitch D. Jun 3, 2015
    Life Coaching
    Verified Review
  • Lisa F. Feb 26, 2015
    Life Coaching
    Verified Review


What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
While a single session rate is $95, many clients choose a one month package option which is much more economical at $333. This includes four 50-60 minute sessions, and "spot" coaching calls, emails and texts in-between sessions per your needs. To fully experience the effectiveness of a life coaching program, an initial three-month commitment of weekly sessions is suggested. This provides time to develop a trusting relationship with the coach, gain clarity about what you would like to achieve, and begin working on your action plan. A three-month package is offered at $900/twelve sessions. After the initial three months, most clients have established traction with their motivation and goals. They then often choose to meet with the coach every-other-week so they have more time to work on specific assignments. A bi-monthly package is offered at $180/two sessions.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
In the beginning, we will discuss what you are committed to accomplishing through our work together, and we will create an action plan to help you achieve your goals. Periodically, I will give you assignments to help you stay on task and progress towards what you want. Through our work together, you will eliminate obstacles, explore alternative perspectives and celebrate successes. At the conclusion of each session, we will revisit your goals and evaluate the next steps that are needed to help you achieve the results you desire. The coaching process will help you to feel renewed, energized and excited about your life!
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Lake Erie College, and a Professional Life Coaching Certification from the World Coach Institute.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I have worked in the social services and mental health fields for most of my career. Although I have worked in many different settings: homeless shelter, group home, domestic violence center, children's programs and community mental health agencies, my favorite part of all of those positions was when I was privileged to help a client gain confidence and realize their true potential. Life coaching is just a natural fit for me. I get as excited as my client's do when they take steps forward. It makes my heart sing!
What types of customers have you worked with?
I have coached people of all ages and from a variety of backgrounds over the years. Clients who achieve the most success are self-motivated, open minded and willing to try new things. They also recognize that a good coaching relationship is a collaborative partnership, and are receptive to direct and honest feedback. Successful clients communicate honestly, and let me know directly when something doesn't feel right. Finally, in order to keep our sessions focused on coaching goals, clients who achieve the most success understand the value of consistent attendance, paying on time, and following through on assignments and readings in-between sessions.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
One story that stands out to me is of a coaching client who made some major life changes in about three months. This client was 58 years old, and had suffered several personal losses that left him feeling lost. His dream was to change careers and go into real estate part-time so he could make time for his pottery (which he loved so much). He was self-motivated and willing to do the work necessary to move forward, but became paralyzed with fear when it came time to take the real estate licensing exam. He had taken the practice tests over and over again and had scored well, yet was gripped with fear regarding taking the actual tests. He laughs now when he tells the story of how I encouraged him to take out his phone and schedule the test as we talked during one of our sessions. He said, "It was something so simple, yet I just couldn't make myself do it until you said, 'Go ahead and do it now'!" I had lunch with this former client recently and his business, now a year later, is flourishing! He sold two homes last week and his art work has been featured in several shows (and sought out for purchase, which is making it a very lucrative "hobby") When this client says he is "living the dream", he truly is! (Some of the details of this story have been changed to protect this client's identity, but none of the important facts have been changed such as his amazing success!)
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
I would advise a person who is looking for a life coach to ask a lot of questions about the coach's experience and education. In addition, request a complimentary consultation before making a decision because you want to be sure that the connection feels right. Coaching is a very personal experience, and establishing a trusting relationship is vital for success!