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My Story

When I ask my clients why they work with me, in particular, they talk about feeling safe and respected, transformational insights and conversations, or discovering new ways of looking at their challenges. These are attributes that you'll find in any good coach. What really stands out for them is the depth and breadth of my knowledge base and the skills I've developed from my experiences with many of the difficulties women face during their lifetime.

Are you experiencing a late life career change? I've been there. Are you looking at an unexpected divorce? I've been there. Have you been widowed? I've been there too. I've raised a chronically ill child while dealing with my own chronic illness, and we both have recovered to lead healthier lives. I've had to face and integrate depression and A.D.D. in myself and understand how physical and mental illnesses in my family influenced my worldview - and I've taken the time and effort to shift that view to one that is more positive, hopeful, and kind.

Do you feel the call to move to another part of the country ... or the world? I've done that many times and each time I discover wonderful communities and I broaden my understanding. What about going back to school as a non-traditional student? I started my master's degree at 50 and a PhD program at 53. Are you feeling the pull to return to the religion of your childhood or to find a spiritual system that fits your adult self? I have too - and have developed a spirituality that nourishes me. Do you feel like becoming more involved in the social issues of the day but aren't sure how to begin? I've done that.

In 1971, Carol King released Tapestry, I was 13 years old and so proud that it was my very first album. She sang, My life has been a tapestry of rich and royal hue, an everlasting vision of the ever changing view... I feel deeply privileged to have had the various experiences of my tapestry. Each strand has made me who I am, the difficult ones when I stood at the graveside of my husband just four months after our wedding; the joyous ones when I watched my daughter finally get that spoon into her mouth and burst into delighted bubbles of laughter; and the awestruck ones when I stood amazed on a trail on a Montana summer evening and the sky turned a pulsing, electric blue that I've never seen again and will never forget.

My experiences, the time I've taken to integrate them, the research I've done to understand them, the compassion and kindness I've developed toward myself when I struggle, and the pride I feel in my accomplishments are what make me the perfect coach for you. I'm not interested in telling you what to do, my answers are not your answers; however, I know that if I can do it ... so can you!

Set up a free Discovery Conversation with me and let's see if I'm the right person to work with you right now. I'd be honored to be your companion on the journey of self-growth, transformation, and deep satisfaction with your life.

Working with Emma

My mission is to help women in mid- and late-career to discover and become the person they choose to be in their next phase of life. I draw on more than 30 years of professional and personal experience, wide ranging education and training, and a lifetime of curiosity. I have a B.A. in Psychology and an M.Sci. in Communication. I studied for a master's in social work at Boston University and for a PhD in communication theory at the University of Oregon - and realized that neither of those were the right path for me.

My career has spanned agricultural, corporate, environmental, high tech, higher education, legal, non-profit, and small business sectors in a range of roles from crisis counselor to tarot reader; cheese maker and farmer’s market manager to technical support and product manager; corporate communication manager to college professor. I've enjoyed the diversity of experiences and all that I learned.

My education in the fields of psychology, sociology, social work, and communication are combined with my training in coaching, meditation, nonviolence, qigong, and yoga to give me a unique perspective on working with my clients.

Together, we will:

  • Consider your values and goals
  • Integrate what you've come to understand over the years
  • Develop a vision and a plan
  • Move forward using your skills, knowledge, and resources to create the next phase of your life.