Hi I'm Stephanie!
I AM A PERSONAL EMPOWERMENT COACH, HEALTH COACH & PATIENT-FAMILY ADVOCATE
...sounds exciting, right? ... SO, WHAT IS AN EMPOWERMENT COACH?
Well, let's start off by first telling you what it's not - a cheerleader telling you everything you do is right.
Sure, I support you with genuine enthusiasm as we make small shifts through some difficult stuff.
I also point out everything that is working in your life.
But my job is to figure out why the routines, habits and behaviors you are currently doing are not working in each aspect of your life you're interested in discussing-which, if you came to me for Innovative Health Coaching-please check out the descriptions on the HOME page!
If you have been recommended to me for Relationship Coaching or just an overall evaluation of life to help you figure out why you are feeling stuck, I absolutely would love to work with you! However you landed here-it takes a lot of COURAGE to do this work!
With my versatile combination of life experiences , education, and relentlessly strong spirit I know how to guide you in the direction that will bring you on the path to higher resonating emotions such as: Courage, Love, Joy and Peace while simultaneously assimilating structure in the mind, re-paving neural-pathways, and bringing you through a deep transformational process no matter what we are working on. These tools and exercises we do together will be with you for a lifetime!
Skating around truths, elephants in the room or being afraid to be assertive has never helped someone shift into a higher phase of growth, therefore I am very honest and believe that is one of the main keys to evolution as a human.
PATIENT & FAMILY ADVOCATE:
In addition to my long list of Certifications you can view on my Credentials page, I am also a Professional Patient & Family Advocate.
There are packages designed to help you not only save money but to have the best healthcare. If you are having a hard time navigating the healthcare system, are having countless doctors appointments and feeling overwhelmed, need an Advocate or companion on your side to go through all of this with - I am your Advocate! In my packages, there is an option for On-Call, Virtual Check-Ins, Text/Call/Email Communication and more!
A little background about me:
Outside of my intellect, I was born with an innate gift to heal others through my ability to access deep empathy effortlessly, therefore I can feel how another is feeling and my 4 years of Coaching school on top of the 14 yrs of Advocacy work and MUCH MORE that I have done, has structured me into a powerhouse of a Coach!
To start from the beginning of what made me the extremely unique, wise, and practical individual that I am today-I was born with what was supposed to be a Terminal Heart Condition-with only half of my heart working, called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome or HLHS. I am now one of the oldest living HLHS patients in the world. I am a Pioneer and Trailblazer; Disability Community Leader and Advocate. I am considered an Expert in the correlation between Mental Health and chronically ill children, teens, and adults-specifically CHD.
I have had four heart surgeries and countless heart catheterizations, other minor procedures and repeated tests from birth. Living what I call "the hospital life" I experienced multiple medical traumas as well as a lifetime of abuse at home, all of which scarred me with Complex PTSD beginning at just 3 years old. Except they didn't use "PTSD" "anxiety" or "depression" terms in the 80's - ESPECIALLLY FOR CHILDREN. Therefore, the older I got the worse I fell into a spiral of deep depression, never knowing when I was going to die or if I'd ever be free from the abuse. My first book explains a lot, but not all, of this and that is coming soon.
I have several publications about being born and living with Congenital Heart Disease (CHD). I am an Advocate of 14 years for the CHD Community where I have spoken at many seminars, conferences, and events. I have taught countless patients, families, doctors and nurses to understand the harsh reality of growing up with a chronic and terminal illness by being the first to publicly speak out about what I coined as the Taboo Subjects of Living with CHD (or other chronic illness) in 2008.
The term Taboo Subjects to me, meant all encompassing Mental (Cognitive) and Social Health issues that were heavily ignored and swept under the rug in our community until I began speaking out about it, which then made others comfortable too as well. Now there are many Advocates and even small groups formed focused on these specific issues. Years ago I I built a platform for CHD Adults to share their stories as well as a forum to connect with other patients and parents. And from there, CHD Legacy Publishing was born. CHD Legacy was for CHD Adults to have a voice and speak out about Taboo Subjects - which wasn't available in the CHD Community yet, and I believe CHD Legacy is still the only one that offers to share your true authentic self without judgement. I built forums and maintained a personal blog as well. CHD Legacy is now a Publishing Company to help publish stories for the Chronic Illness Community, where you can leave your Legacy.
*Prior to Coaching, I have over 20 years of experience as a childcare provider, Nanny, Professional Nanny & House-Manager whom I'd went from working for free and $5/hr for single or struggling parents, to working for multiple high-profile families from Los Angeles to Washington D.C. I am a Certified Disability Independent Care Provider of 14 yrs, for disabled children, teens and adults (with many other Certifications that go with it). In addition, I have worked as an Executive Assistant for multiple CEOs and managed many companies. I was a Foster Mother of 3 and Guardian ad litem who will be adopting my own children one day when my husband and I are ready.
TRAUMA SPECIALIST & HEALTH COACH:
As a Trauma Recovery Specialist, I understand how trauma develops and the recovery path to get a trauma-brain to freedom. I am now in a Masters Program for Trauma Coaching that will expand my expertise even more!
As a Health Coach I specialize in Illness & Wellness. I bring a unique perspective of healing and guidance, and a strength and wisdom for a mid-thirties woman that is extraordinarily sparce. For over 25 years I have been experimenting with my body and for 15 of those years I have been using a mixture of Eastern and Western Medicine to keep my health as balanced as it can be.
After struggling with an eating disorder for many years (in direct correlation with trauma), yet loving food but hating my body, I developed a creative way of guiding my Clients to the body that YOU are happy with-focusing on building new routines that are designed for long-term results, not quick fixes. The work that I do in every single aspect of Coaching - no matter what you are coming to me for - is transformational work that will show you how to gain new perspective and become motivated for your own life. Get ready to dig deep, be open, and exercise the desire to fight for your own life.
My ability to laser-focus on each client is a unique gift, guaranteeing that every single call with me, you will hang up with an expanded mind, tools for your healing toolbox, and resources that will last a lifetime.
LIFE IS TOO SHORT TO SETTLE FOR AN UNBALANCED BODY...
WHICH CAN ALSO SHOW UP AS AN IMBALANCED MIND
DON'T LET FEAR OR ANXIETY OF CHANGE HOLD YOU BACK.
ARE YOU READY TO BUILD A RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR BODY AND WAKE UP YOUR MIND WITHOUT FORCED WORKOUTS, COUNTING CALORIES, OR TRACKING WEIGHT?
ARE YOU READY TO RELEASE TRAUMA & BEGIN OR CONTINUE YOUR HEALING JOURNEY:
MIND, BODY & SOUL?