How do you bridge that gap between what you have to do, expectation and obligations and live the fulfilled life that your whole body, heart and mind are deeply calling for?
“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best day and night to make you like everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight and never stop fighting.” E.E. Cummings
Is this you?
- Do you find that it is easy to make decisions when it involves others but have lost your grasp on what is a true “no” and a whole-hearted “hell yes” for yourself?
- Do you ever feel overscheduled, undervalued, or underappreciated with no time for yourself to simply be and reflect, even though deep down that’s what you really crave?
- Do you know you’re ready for more, but have no idea what that even looks like? You know you have choices but it is difficult to see your options when you are overwhelmed.
- Do you feel life is moving quickly and you are unintentionally living your life on autopilot, out of touch with what really matters to you and makes you happy?
- Do you identify as an overachiever, high performer, perfectionist or giver?
The benefits of working together
How We Can Work Together:
I offer personalized 1:1 transformational mindset coaching programs to help you get the clarity you want, find the peace of mind you’ve been seeking, and support your wellbeing and healing. This process invites you to reveal and rediscover your whole self and create alignment with all the aspects of your life – work, relationships and your health.
Sessions are held virtually via Zoom/phone or locally in Boulder, Colorado in-person.
I am so grateful for the time we shared during such a major transition in my life. I am doing so wonderfully! I am the happiest I have been in a long time and I have been nourishing myself in all the right ways. This independence has given me a new found confidence, as well as so many more opportunities to create such nourishing relationships. I feel very aligned with where I’m at, and having you guide me during that transition was incredibly helpful. Thank you!
Juliana O. – Writer
She helped me to streamline my learning process by adapting strategies that work well for my interactive learning style. I furthered these techniques while I was in a grueling Physician Assistant program and did graduate. I still use these strategies now that I have a full time job that I love. I honestly don’t think I would have gotten this far without her continual support through email encouragement and personal coaching sessions. She has gone above and beyond and expertise surpasses that of most coaches. I am so thankful to know that Melissa has my back through this process and I fully recommend her to coach anyone who wants her dedication and insights to assist them on a journey of positive change!
Deborah L. – Physician’s Assistant
In working with Melissa, as a life coach, over the last two years, she has taught me a tremendous amount about self-care and how to use my brain dollars, also known as mental expenditures, to make my efforts count and to not wear myself out. She has helped me establish boundaries in all areas of life, which has helped me tremendously, and to not feel guilty about doing what is best for myself. She has advocated for me and encouraged me to advocate for myself guiltlessly.
Pam Q. – Engineer
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between coaching with Melissa and traditional therapy?
While both Melissa’s style of therapeutic coaching and traditional therapy aim to help people make positive changes in their lives, there are a few key differences. Traditional therapy typically focuses on exploring past traumatic events, while Melissa’s therapeutic coaching model takes a more goal-oriented approach that emphasizes practical problem-solving and REAL integration, habit change and functional action steps. In addition, while therapists often take a directive approach, coaches tend to be more collaborative and participatory in their sessions. Finally, therapeutic coaching focuses on creating tangible action plans that the client can work towards achieving, while traditional therapy typically does not prioritize goal-setting or specific outcomes.
What can I expect from my first session?
During the initial session, Melissa will ask questions about your background and current challenges. This helps her get a better understanding of who you are and what kind of support you need. She will also take time to explain how therapeutic coaching works, discuss any goals or expectations that you have, and answer any questions that you might have. She may also ask you to complete a supportive practice or habit changing skill during the session.
How much time does Melissa spend with her clients in sessions?
Therapeutic coaching sessions usually last an hour. Melissa offers extended sessions or longer packages of multiple sessions as well. It is important to note that the first session is often 75-90 minutes long in order to create an initial plan and goals. Melissa also like to create an open line of communication to provide additional support for clients if a challenge or question arises in between sessions.
How does Melissa’s experience as a therapeutic coach, neurotrauma speech-language cognitive therapist and passionate mind-body medicine advocate with a focus on mindfulness, stress resilience and holistic healing benefit her clients?
Melissa’s education and experience working with clients at pivotal moments in their lives, allows her to hold space and be present for real human emotion and challenge including stress, trauma and pain with acceptance, knowledge and compassion. She has almost three decades of experience working with clients of all ages, although currently works with adults and teenagers at this time.
What topics can I discuss during a session?
Therapeutic coaches like Melissa are typically open to discussing a wide range of topics, from mental health struggles and relationship issues to work-related stressors and life changes. It is important to find a coach who you feel comfortable talking to and who is well-versed in the areas that are most relevant to your needs.
What is the investment for sessions? Is therapeutic coaching covered by insurance?
During your complimentary connection call Melissa shares the cost of individual sessions and also customized packages that provide a discount which allows for continuity of care and support. She also offers a Women’s Group and workshops throughout the year. While many insurance companies may cover traditional therapy services, therapeutic coaching may not be covered. It is best to check with your insurance provider for individual coverage details. In addition, Melissa offers packages and payment plans to make services more affordable.