I started from talking it over with my university’s classmates (who currently work as psychotherapists), carefully considered my options and, keeping in mind my education, experience, and most of all, my true values, I decided to look into life coaching. I new I needed to learn more. Be more.
After some educational programs research, Erickson International Academy became my natural choice. It was founded by Marilyn Atkinson, M.Erickson’s dedicated follower. Her vision for the academy was (and is) “to change the world one conversation at a time. To pioneer innovative and creative ways to help coaches affect transformational change in people, in all aspects of life”. After 39 years of training professionals globally in coaching, NLP, counseling, and other fundamental human development programs, Erickson developed a solution-focused coaching methodology that offers a fundamental shift from past-centered dissatisfaction to orienting clients toward their desired future outcomes. It fully supported by latest neuroscience research and based on Milton Erickson’s Five Principles:
- People are okay as they are.
- People already have all the resources within them to achieve what they want.
- People always make the best choice they can at the time.
- Every behavior has a positive intention.
- Change is inevitable.
Since 1980, Erickson International developed many highly effective and specialized coach training programs (which are currently being taught in 85 countries), including the ICF ACTP ( International Coaching Federation Accredited Coach Training Program) that I eventually successfully completed.
Remember, I told you, that it all started from Milton Erickson? Doesn’t life work in wonderful ways?
Today, I live in New Jersey, USA, with my husband, three kids and 2 cats, and I coach people through my private practice, mostly working with my clients on-line. As my way to give back to the community, and to promote life coaching as a profession, I’m offering 3 hours per week pro-Bono. I’m grateful to my life, my choices, my people and the universe that I now can be a congruent person, my “ideal self” and the most useful to others in the most efficient way.
I created my life just the way I wanted and I love it.
What might be your way? What do you want that will make your life better?