I’m a certified Positive Psychology Coach offering Teen Coaching, Life Coaching, and Wellness Coaching. I am also working with the Mental Health Collaborative as a mental health literacy educator, and I provide services as a Positive Psychology Speaker, Happiness Trainer and Continuing Education Provider.
It has always been a driving force for me to do good in the world. I have felt impelled to make a positive difference and lift people up in some way. When I left the fitness field to become an educator over twenty years ago, this was my intention. Make a difference.
It is my love of learning that brings passion to my profession. I am fascinated by how the brain learns, so several years ago I began studying Brain Gym® and obtained a certification in Brain Based Learning. I also wanted to gain a deeper understanding of how movement and exercise change the brain for the better. Besides the physical health benefits of exercise, there is a long list of mental health benefits such as improved mood, decreased stress and reduced anxiety. Additionally, exercise stimulates neurogenesis and has powerful positive impacts on the learning process. Knowing this forever changed the way I teach.
But, the most profound change began in 2015 when we were witnessing an ever increasing amount of stress, anxiety, depression and overall unhappiness in our students. I was asked to develop a new Stress Management curriculum. The research process led me to Positive Psychology; the scientific study of the positive aspects of the human experience and the strengths that enable individuals and communities to thrive.
I decided to immerse myself in a Positive Psychology certification program offered by the Wholebeing Institute which was life changing on both a personal and professional level. This journey to help students became an eye-opening exploration into my own needs and desire to live a more fulfilling life. I realized that I needed a new perspective on stress, a new perspective on the meaning of happiness, and I really needed to get “unstuck”, to break the chokehold of fear that had held me back for many years. I needed change! During this time, I met an incredible coach who took me on as a client. My work with her was transformative and inspired me to continue learning and begin the process of positive change.
Three major factors led me to expand my work into coaching and training.
The positive results that I received from working with a skilled coach. Thank you, Stepanie Rosal.
My experience as a Positive Psychology practitioner has changed my life for the better.
And, most important, the results that were reported on one student survey after another indicating that they were feeling less stressed, less anxious, physically, emotionally and mentally better, more focused, more connected to others and overall happier as a result of experiencing Positive Psychology practices in class. Seeing the results in my students, colleagues and clients is my strongest motivation to do this work.
Today, I draw on research based tools from Positive Psychology, Happiness Studies and my understanding of the brain-body connection to help my clients navigate life changes, identify and capitalize on their strengths, improve their wellbeing, increase happiness, build healthy relationships, and live their lives to the fullest. As Tal Ben Shahar says, “Happiness is the ultimate currency.”
EDUCATION, TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
Licensed Educator and Administrator
K-12 District Wellness Subject Matter Leader
Continuing Education and Professional Development Provider
M.Ed. Secondary Education
Brain Based Learning Certification
Certification in WholeBeing Positive Psychology
Certified Positive Psychology Coach
Certificate in Happiness Studies
Certified Personal Trainer – NASM