A native of Prescott, Arizona, I spent my first 18 years in the beautiful land of Northern Arizona. I would characterize my early years as being full of sports, friends, summer camp, trouble, parties and loads of fun.

After graduating (barely) from high school, I was drifting from job to job when I was recruited into joining the U.S. Navy. I believe being in the Navy saved my life, as I was traveling down a pretty risky path. I spent my next 22 years serving my country, seeing the world, and creating deep and lasting friendships. I felt so lucky to be a part of the largest diverse family in the world. At the same time, my 22 years in the Navy was also sometimes very painful, causing me to hide, not only in my personal life, but also behind the insignias of my rank and uniform.

My evolution into Emotional Holistic Coaching began after I retired and started working as a personal trainer. It was then that I noticed that most of my clients were trying to fix their “outsides,” while their “insides” were not only in deep trouble, but were being neglected or ignored. This lack of emotional self-awareness almost always led to subconscious self-sabotage and ultimately left me feeling helpless and unfulfilled in finding ways to truly help them.

With a desire to make a lasting difference, I dove into advanced studies of the human psyche, learning more about emotional, subconscious, and mind/body-related issues. I got a Bachelors and Masters in Psychology (Counseling), and became a certified Advanced Holistic Coach. I also spent 18 months serving in a veterans treatment center as a therapist intern, directly working with homeless and addicted veterans (one of the biggest honors of my life).

When I was a child, I only remember once ever stating what I wanted to be when I grew up, and it was, “a counselor for abused children.” I believe I am fulfilling that dream. Being an Emotional Holistic Coach allows me to help others help themselves in a way that creates insightful, true and purposeful change. I fully believe that we all have the power within us to create the world we want, but it has to start with each of us discovering and loving the things that we don’t understand about ourselves. Then and only then can we learn to practice non-judgment, acceptance and compassion for others.

Life is one cool roller coaster ride that is unique for each of us, with many experiences of highs and lows. I, for one, plan to stay on the ride as long as possible. I remain fascinated with the human experience and am very grateful for the amazing life I share in California with my partner and our spiritual sidekicks (our dogs 🐶), Paco & Toby.

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