I am an easygoing, slightly disagreeable, sometimes funny, but always understanding mental health coach. I will be very straight with you, without judgment. More importantly, I promise to care about you and the process.
I had a less than desirable childhood which left me with an aversion to non-functional family units, bullies and a tendency for hypervigilance. In my teens I was incredibly fortunate to stumble across a few key adults who showed me the power of choice and the strength of motivation. I enjoyed 20 years of trading lumber, building businesses, raising my children (as a home dad) and following my passions and hobbies.
When I looked back on my hobbies, I realized I have always been a coach whether in white-water kayaking, scuba diving, baseball, ice hockey or underwater hockey. I have coached youth, adult, and national teams with equal enjoyment. In both my business and coaching environments I focus on building stronger people and better teams through understanding that without a great attitude, a fair culture, and good intent no team does well.
Over the last few years I have made an easy transition to professional coaching and find that my childhood taught me two key principles: not to judge and always forgive. My hypervigilance grew into understanding, empathy and vision; my disagreeability helps me show others alternative views to support reframing.
Our brains are constantly creating stories to match our beliefs; if you have developed negative or powerless beliefs the skewed story will continue until we make the choice to begin the work to change ourselves.
In some ways I am a performance coach, in other ways I am a mental health coach but in most cases it becomes the same. I have a skill in helping people understand physical and mental health and the small steps each of us can take to become the person we dream to be.