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​It all began...

with a mom who has always been a good friend to everyone and a best friend to me. As a child I would eavesdrop on her conversations with others, realizing even then that she Mom and Shelley smaller file size (11).jpghad a special gift. She is a great listener and has a way of making people feel safe and acknowledged. Her warmth, wisdom and compassion make her the "go-to" friend and family member. I too have been the one that others go to for help in sorting out life's problems and challenges. Perhaps the apple didn't fall far from the tree.

 I had no idea what I wanted to be...

until I took Introduction to Psychology as a college freshman, fell in love with it and the rest is history. This led to a B.A. in Psychology and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology. Fast forward twenty years; as a graduate of the Coach University Coach Training Program, I became a Life Coach in 1998. I am a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credentialed by the International Coach Federation and a certified Consumer Wellness Advocate (CWA).

The long and winding road...

I began my career as a Counseling Psychologist which enabled me to witness first-hand my client's "aha!" moments, struggles and triumphs along their path of personal growth. Back then I thought, "It really doesn't get any better than this..." until I discovered life coaching. For me, coaching provided that last piece of the puzzle, the bridge from insight to behavioral change, from helping clients learn and grow to helping them take strategic action and make positive changes in their lives. Actually, it doesn't get any better than that!

A fork in the road...

While coaching is my calling, I have always had a knack for imparting knowledge and information in a way that enables others to "get it" and get excited about it! This innate ability led to a position as Coordinator of Training and Development/Employee Relations Counselor at a large financial institution and ultimately to my role as an Adjunct Professor of Psychology. Coincidentally, I teach Introduction to Psychology. I never tire of seeing my student's faces light up with learning. As you can see, I am a firm believer in following your passion, even if it takes you down more than one path.

Been there, done that...

Like so many of my clients, I have gone through my own transitions. I morphed from Professional Life Coach to Midlife Mastery Coach, focusing my work on issues that strongly resonate with me because I have lived them! From the challenges of career shifts and reinventing myself to the rewards of finally doing what I truly love. From full nest to empty nest and back again. From balancing the needs of an aging parent with my own changing needs. Designing a simpler life has made for a richer life. I wouldn't trade any of it for even one day as my younger self (well, maybe for one day!)

As my journey continues...

I have accepted that while there may be more miles in the rear-view mirror than lie ahead, it is cause for celebration, not regret. Life experience has taught me that with age comes not only wisdom, but a deeper sense of self-awareness and commitment to the work of becoming my best self. There is less concern over what others think and yet, perhaps as a result of those extra miles on the odometer, the emergence of a more sensitive and compassionate self.

In addition to my role as Midlife Mastery Coach...

I am a wife of thirty + years, mother of an adult son and surrogate mother to the smartest Golden Retriever on the planet. I enjoy outdoor pursuits such as hiking, paddling, horseback riding and archery in addition to reading, touring historic homes and antiquing. I had never hiked a trail, paddled a canoe, ridden a horse or shot a bow until my late forties, which speaks to the continued ripening and emergence of interests and talents at midlife and beyond. Maintaining a healthy, balanced life style is one of my top priorities as well as being fully engaged in the on-going process of personal growth and development. I find few things more rewarding than assisting others in their quest to do the same.

But enough about me...tell me about you!

 I would love to know your story. To hear about your struggles and successes, your passions and challenges, the goals you want to achieve and the changes you want to make. I would be honored to work with you as your partner, as you move through this glorious chapter in your life.

Shelley Weiss Cohen ~ Shelley@MidlifeMasteryCoaching.com ~ 847-784-1184

 

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"Our job in this lifetime is not to shape ourselves into some ideal we imagine we ought to     be, but to find out who we already are and become it."

                                                                                                                      ~Steven Pressfield