Let me start by saying this: I honestly have minimal ego involved in my professional credentials! That said, I have invested years (and a small financial fortune), to acquire them. While most of my clients hire me based upon my personal story, experience and perspective, many also appreciate the increased sense of safety they draw from my professional qualifications. In that spirit of increased safety—a priceless gift within this world of relational trauma—here are my credentials and professional affiliations:
- Certified Professional Life Coach, Impact Coaching Academy (CPLC)
- Certified Couples Relationship Coach, Impact Coaching Academy (CCRC)
- Certified Divorce Recovery Coach, Impact Coaching Academy (CDRC)
- Associate Certified Coach, International Coach Federation (ICF-ACC)
- Professional Certified Coach, International Coach Federation (ICF-PCC)
- Certified Partners Coach, Association of Partners of Sex Addicts Trauma Specialists (APSATS-CPC)
So what do all those letters mean, anyway?
Impact Coaching Academy
Impact Coaching Academy was the institution that taught me my basic coaching skillset—the framework and modality from which I do most of my work. Through ICA’s Life Coach Foundations program, I secured my basic training as a Certified Professional Life Coach (CPLC). Next, through ICA’s add-on Key Specialities training, I deepened my proficiency by securing two more credentials, graduating as a Certified Couples Relationship Coach (CCRC) and Certified Divorce Recovery Coach (CDRC). Within my field of practice, I’ve successfully integrated all three of these core and complimentary programs, creating a cohesive, solid and broad-spectrum foundation for the work I do with clients in varying stages of intimate relationships.
International Coaching Federation
The International Coaching Federation is a globally recognized non-profit organization, seeking “to advance the art, science and practice of professional coaching.” ICF is the largest governing body for professional coaches around the world, granting credentials based upon verification of accredited training, mentor coaching and client coaching hours. An ICF credential isn’t easy to get, so I’m grateful to have secured my Associate Certified Coach (ACC) designation in 2017, followed by my Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credential in 2021. By upgrading my credential from ACC to PCC, the ICF recognizes more than twice the measured standards for investment and excellence across my coaching skillset; it also empowers me to provide mentor coaching to other ACC- and PCC-eligible coaches worldwide.
Association of Partners of Sex Addicts Trauma Specialists (APSATS-CPC)
As an APSATS Certified Partner Coach (CPC), I’m deeply grateful to have been trained, supervised and certified by Dr. Barbara Steffens, founder of The Association of Partners of Sex Addicts Trauma Specialists. Equipped with this certification, I coach using APSATS’ signature Multidimensional Partners Trauma Model (MPTM), a highly effective process that supports my clients’ journey through each stage of trauma resolution. Through APSATS, I also maintain a very active referral network of practicing coaches, clinicians, clergy and other advocates; this allows me to collaborate with a brilliant team of experts who specialize (and sub-specialize) within this evolving field of problematic sexual behavior—both its causes and its consequences. I consider myself profoundly blessed to work within this community of professional colleagues, and my clients directly benefit from this professional collaboration. Most recently, I’ve been elected to serve on the APSATS Board of Directors, a volunteer position in which I’m privileged to roll up my sleeves and advocate for our community in a fresh and influential way.
Professional Memberships + Affiliations
Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health
I’m a long-time member of the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health, a non-profit organization “dedicated to research, education and intervention that addresses the full spectrum [of sexual health]—from problematic attitudes and behaviors to the pursuit of fulfillment, freedom and pleasure.” I’ve attended the SASH Annual Conference every year since 2015, where I both learn and teach about a variety of topics related to my clients’ sexual and relational experiences. In 2021, I was invited to join the SASH Credentialing Committee, operating under the SASH Board of Directors; in this role, I’ve been honored to inform and support the organization’s endeavor to train and certify coaching professionals—and to do so in ways that are both ethical and effective.
National Association of Divorce Professionals
The National Association of Divorce Professionals unifies professionals who serve clients going through all stages of divorce, across multiple fields of professional expertise, coming together in a powerful and productive way: through strategic networking, divorce-centered education and comprehensive professional development. The NADP’s mission is to make a positive impact on the divorce process, through our community of high-achieving professionals. In 2016, I held the honor of being NADP’s first ever OnlineConnect member, as well as the only NADP professional on the West Coast.