My coaching relies heavily on the notion of the brain’s plasticity (ability to change and grow). Unquestionably, the past defines us, however, if we live in the past, we deny our future. Together, we establish your Current Reality, Explore Alternatives, and Tap Energy (CREATE) as the heart and mind travel along new and exciting paths to opportunity and potential. I encourage clients to examine and redefine their belief systems, and instrument positive changes in outlook as well as behavior. Through your own storytelling, we explore the "what if’s," moving forward to a place where dreams, aspirations, possibilities, and potential can be realized, and where a better life comes to be a new reality. Suggested reading (fiction and nonfiction), music (song lyrics, in particular), and poetry are employed as inspirational stepping
stones to actions which elicit a desirableand desiredresult.
Change in emotional, behavioral, and pragmatic circumstances is not a simple task. It requires dedication and belief within a strong support system and within a safe and trusting environment.
Inviting clients to suggested readings, offering explanations of evidence-based theories, and increasing self-awareness and mindfulness propel the client to make changes toward a better and more fulfilling life.
Coaching is not a substitute for diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders as defined by the American Psychiatric Association. Within the coaching partnership, there is confidentiality between coach and client, accurate and confidential record-keeping within the parameters of both ethics and law, and policies and procedures carefully and explicitly outlined in keeping with the ICF Code of Ethics regarding payment and session schedules, additional time
outside of sessions, and specifically delineating what is, and what is not, within the realm and reach of coaching in terms of expectation and result.
Believing that life is not linear, that change is both welcome and beautiful, my clients are invited to seize the excitement of personal re-invention. The ability to identify and hurdle obstacles in one’s path to a clearing is exhilarating. We recognize that we do not abandon ourselves or others, rather we live with a new perspective and new-found confidence which ultimately makes our lives truer to ourselves, bringing us (and those around us) greater happiness and satisfaction. Above all, there is trust and confidentiality within our partnership. With that, there is intimacy and warmth. I'm a strong believer in going with my instincts and intuitionand tapping into yours.
I specialize in relationship coaching, the "sandwich" generation, parenting, health care professionals (doctors, nurses, caregivers), and aspiring and established writers (see my website www.stephaniegertler.com). Of course, all people who want to make changes in their lives and come to new horizons are treated as a specialty!