How does coaching work?

On the phone or in person, we work to get to the heart of who you are and what you want, what’s stopping you, and how to pursue what’s possible. Between sessions, you take actions toward your vision and you do “developmental homework” to help you grow in your fundamental approach to living.

Coaching is not therapy: we don’t work on diagnoses or recovery. I take it that you’re already whole.

Coaching is not consulting: you draw on your own resources to determine what to do. I help you dream big and follow through.

I recommend working together at least twice a month for three months.

Who does it?

My clients are usually artists or educators—they’re all passionate, creative, and sensitive. I think about Don McLean’s song Starry Night as an anthem for why they want coaching: they see the “weathered faces lined in pain.” They have in common that they have passionate visions and they are frustrated by some aspect of their work, from flirting with burnout to not making enough money. They also usually have a community development or social justice focus: they don’t want life to just be better for them, they want their work to help dismantle barriers and wounds that keep us all bound and down.

What are your qualifications?

I am certified through Leadership That Work’s Coaching for Transformation program and the International Coach Federation. I consult the body as a source of wisdom; I focus on strengths, values, and needs, rather than deficits; following a Gestalt approach, I welcome “shadow” parts into sessions; drawing on three years of experience as a coach in Landmark Worldwide’s Self Expression and Leadership Program, I help structure actions and accountability aligned with my client’s highest dreams.

I draw on studies of race, gender, and sexual identity to bring extra sensitivity and curiosity to those dimensions of experience. I draw on my experience as the Assistant Director of the CUNY SPS MA in Applied Theatre to understand how to support people in using creativity outside of the box, and I draw on years of experience as a theatre artist to understand the challenges of being an artist in the world.

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Inverted Freud

"Not therapy" in the traditional sense! There's no Diagnostic and Statistics Manual in my coaching. That said, the process of coaching can be healing, and bold therapies and therapists take their clients as whole.

Photo: Max Halberstadt, Public Domain

Photo: Azmi Mert Erdem

Photo: Azmi Mert Erdem

I feel like years’ worth of emotional work was sped up into a short six months, and I came out on the other end with so much more clarity and confidence. Michael is sensitive and empathetic, and made the coaching sessions feel like a safe space for me to explore these inner parts of myself in ways that were sometimes shocking and profoundly revealing. Before this experience, I didn’t even really know what life coaching was, but now I would strongly recommend it to anyone who feels like they need support (we all do!).
— Artist and Educator
Michael coached me and I loved it! Reach out to him. He’s intuitive, affirming and even a bit bossy when I needed it.
— Director, Author, Theater Professor
 

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