It’s hard to see ourselves clearly. The lens we see through filters out certain possibilities before we’re even aware of it. While infinite possibility awaits, old habits and traditional ways of perceiving limit our ability to grow and create something different.
Coaching is growing rapidly as a profession because it is more effective (and enjoyable) to work with someone who is personally dedicated to supporting our growth than it is to try and change on our own. As a coach my job is to get to know you deeply, love you unconditionally, help you envision new possibilities, and support and motivate you to effectively create the life you want to live.
I’m excited to be opening my coaching practice to young women ages 14-20. Over the past several years I’ve facilitated rites of passage for teenagers and have gotten to see first hand what a difference it makes for young women to have mentorship as they explore the transition into adulthood. We’ll look at whatever is most pressing for her but here is a list of the most common themes for young women (and perhaps young people in general): self-confidence, self-acceptance, body issues, individuation, communication, decision making, school and career plans, stress, time-management, relationships, cliques and friendships.
Workshops are fun! Even Rumi said the path is better with friends. Getting together with a small group of people to learn and share on topics that we all care about is a powerful way to learn. As a facilitator, guide and coach I LOVE hosting these circles. Every one is different, the information and wisdom that participants bring is always unique, and everyone leaves feeling heartened, joyful and more empowered than when they came in.
I created this series of workshops around the most common themes in personal growth work. I currently offer these workshops for free, and by donation. My goal is to get the information out into the world, to support people’s growth, and to continue to develop these workshops by offering them. Reach out if you think you’re interested in learning more, or if you’d like to host one!
Relationships can be crucibles for profound growth. Yet sometimes we treat relationship challenges like obstacles, failures and inconveniences rather than the curriculum required to learn how to create what we want. Even if we do see a challenges’ potential to help us grow in desirable ways it’s still difficult to see ourselves, partner, and patterns clearly.
I support with couples in a variety of ways: new skills cultivation, mediation, and breakup alchemy (1. allowing the loss of an important relationship to be a catlyst for a healing and empowering experience of personal transformation and 2. crafting breakup experiences that are kind, respectful, empowering and healing).
Gratitude and awe at the sight of a magnificent sunrise, peace when skin touches earth, and the delicate ecstasy of sleeping under the stars and waking to birds singing love songs to the morning. Or even just a quiet coffee or tea at first light before anyone else is awake. Experiences in nature put the sparkle back in the simplest pleasures of life. More than that, wilderness touches and electrifies what is essential in us as humans.
I believe deeply in the importance of communing with nature— so whether your call emanates from a need to exult in the sunlight, ditch your phone, laugh, celebrate, grieve, sing, be silent, skip, run, let go or grab ahold—on these adventures you’re invited to bring yourself and be yourself.
With Dashielle, both one-on-one and in groups, I discovered patterns, doubts and stories that limited me. With patience and guidance she helped me awaken and now I find empowerment in the littlest choices. She helped me become more authentic which led me to my partner. By drawing on who I now know myself to be (much more empowered after our talks) and from the wisdom she shared, he and I have forged the most communicative relationship I’ve ever known. I want that for everyone I care about.”- Amy Baumgarten“
Dashielle has helped, and continues to help, me navigate some very challenging interpersonal and professional experiences. She is the first to celebrate a personal success or victory. I have found Dashielle to be insightful, respectful, an excellent listener, and a wise guide. I have already recommended her and her work to a number of my friends, and will continue to do so. Through my work with her, I have achieved a more grounded reality and a deeper connection with myself and others.”- Kelley Johnston“
On expectations exceeded: There was a day when I was absolutely overcome with feelings of loss and grief. I can only hope that anyone who is going through something like that among relative strangers has the good fortune to be seen, held and comforted in the way Dashielle was able to for me. I hadn’t even come to her for help. It was on a backpacking trip she was guiding and she just responded, saw-held-comforted as though it was the most natural thing to do; not something she turns on and off.”- B M“
Dashielle supported me in a recent emotional crisis. She patiently and compassionately held space for me to share my inner world. From this place of acceptance, Dashielle was able to help me reframe an old story that has kept me trapped. I now can see how my self care and self love seed my future happiness and well being.”- Jeffrey Lee“
Sweet, validating, curious, organized and comfortable. It was easy to get close to her quickly and feel like I had an ally who wanted to help me figure out how to get where I was going. My self-care tools have never looked so good. I wish everyone had a Dashielle in their life!”- Alex Healy“
Dashielle is a great mentor. The concrete suggestions she’s provided me with have helped me live with more gratitude and awareness. With her wealth of knowledge, she always brings a fresh perspective on how to positively frame and effectively manage challenges in my life!”- Sarah Lee
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