My Passion

I have tremendous empathy for people and believe that we have the potential to live a life of meaning and value. What interferes in living a fulfilling life can be our behavior, our way of seeing the world, and our beliefs. My coaching approach supports you as you step back and look more objectively. I connect with you intuitively during your journey of self-discovery and empowerment.

My Training and Background

I have a Masters degree in Social Work, and a Ph.D. in Social Welfare with a specialization in Gerontology. I have worked with people in a variety of professional settings throughout my social work career and listening is the most valuable skill in my quiver. My professional coaching practice includes listening intently to understand what is important to you and then use focused approaches to help you achieve your goals and outcomes.

I completed an intensive training program, the Integral Coaching Model TM to become a professional coach. I chose the Integral Coaching Model TM because the concepts and methods integrated well with my social work training, experience, and my personal perspectives of human nature.


Kelley Macmillan provided my first introduction to individual coaching through Integral Coaching Canada, and it was a significant experience for me occurring at a phase in my career and life (retirement age) where there are numerous issues to consider thoughtfully. He was encouraging of my ability to move into areas that deeply matter to me, and he provided many tools to be able to do this work in between sessions. Kelley is a wonderful listener and teacher and a perfect guide for this process. Now months since we completed the sessions, I am still using the self-observations from our work to continue my journey.  Deborah Gioia