In 1995 I was a burned out psychologist due to the restraints and constraints of mental health insurance, increased documentation, decreased payments, and increased lack of patient confidentiality due to legal pressures. I was ready for something new, exciting and creative, which would also allow me to be flexible in where I lived and traveled (both of my daughters were in college and charting their own life course). I bought a property owner’s manual and tourism business guide for the Caribbean islands and was excited about this possible adventure, planning on opening a scuba dive shop in my chosen paradise. I hired a personal coach recommended to me, who lived on her sailboat in the British Virgin Islands and coached by phone from the marina. That sounded like the best of both worlds so I began to wonder about how to become a coach.
Then, in 1996, I read the article in Newsweek about Thomas Leonard and personal coaching; read about Cheryl Richardson and life coaching in East-West Journal. Soon thereafter I enrolled in Coach U, hired a new mentor coach and began to make a rapid transition. I closed my psychotherapy practice in six months, moved to Florida and had 18 clients who just needed my new phone number. Wow, this was a great profession.
In 1998 I started the Institute for Life Coach Training, specializing in teaching coaching to therapists and other helping professionals who could add coaching to their business and someday make the transition I did, if they chose to. What could be better than having high functioning and relatively healthy clients who paid you a monthly retainer – and you could live wherever you wanted? The Institute for Life Coach Training continues to the present.
In 2006 The Foundation of Coaching presented me with the First Global Visionary Fellow award, along with a small grant. I used this grant to create Coaching the Global Village, Inc. Since it’s creation, Coaching the Global Village has led to multiple projects where like-minded coaches are using the coach approach to help non-profits and NGO’s create and empower sustainable changes in third world and other countries (including projects in the United States).