From 2005-2018, David taught advanced communication courses to senior executives in major corporations in the U.S. and Canada, mostly in the high-tech sector based in Silicon Valley.
One of the courses that he taught was entitled, “Leaders as Coaches.” Through teaching that course, David realized that coaching was a much better fit for him than psychotherapy.
Although he had a successful psychotherapy practice in Boulder, Colorado, and was active for years on the board of the Colorado Association of Psychotherapists, David went on to receive his certification as a coach.
What is Coaching?
As the picture illustrates, there are times when our professional and personal lives can feel as though we are lost in a maze. I see my role of coach as someone who can help identify what goals you choose to achieve and where you may be stuck in the process. Once we discover the gap between your current reality and your intended goals, we work together to close that gap. This involves creating and implementing realistic action plans. Along the way, I see my role as providing practical support and encouragement while at the same time playing the role of an accountability partner.
Benefits of Coaching
Reassessing your life goals and developing action plans
Learning Strategies for balancing your work life and your home life
Improving relationships - both at home and in the workplace
Enhancing your communications skills as well as your social and emotional intelligence
Identifying your core strengths and helping to maximize your potential
Prioritizing the demands on your life to reduce stress and increase productivity
Being supported and guided when faced with difficult decisions
Empowering you to live a life of “Intention” instead of a life “In Tension”
My focus is to help people release the pain of being stuck, empower themselves and move their lives forward to achieve their goals. In facing challenges, I find that it is easy to slip into the common reflex modes of “Fight, Flight or Freeze.” For me, the antidote to this is: to replace “Fight” with facing the challenge creatively instead of wasting energy in opposition; to replace “Flight” with facing the facts no matter how humbling they may be and, finally, to replace “Freeze” with: exploring options, forming an action plan, and doing the work that is necessary to meet the challenge.
What drives a lot of us is pursuing financial security. I have found myself over the years coaching people to look for: meaning, fulfillment and purpose in their work lives, as well as in their personal lives, and to link that with accomplishing their financial goals and life goals.