I am committed to my clients’ success and support them to reach their goals. I bring my deep intuition, generous listening, and direct approach to help you gain greater confidence and clarity to achieve lasting results. You will see quick improvements and stay motivated as you build muscles for lasting, sustainable change.
I have coached people through transitions in their work, creative, and personal lives. I keep you focused on what matters to you, kick your butt a bit when needed (but with love in my heart!), and cheer you on all along the way.
How it Works
As your coach, I use an effective mix of practical exercises, fun experiments, evidenced-based learning and exploratory conversations to enable you to reach your goals. My work is informed by decades of experience mentoring writers and coaching all kinds of people looking to re-vive, pursue, and complete their creative projects.
Coaching sessions are conducted on the phone, and I work with clients in weekly 30-minute sessions or bi-monthly 50-minute sessions, with a variety of support structures between calls to keep you on track. Most of the work happens between sessions as you examine old habits, practice new habits, and move step-by-step toward your goals.
Let's have a free 45-minute chemistry session to talk over what you're looking for. During the call, I'll answer any questions you have, give you a sense of what coaching is and how it could support your goals. Schedule a chemistry session now!
We can begin coaching for a specific issue (new job) or a stalled project (unfinished novel), or you can choose one of the packages below that we'll tailor to fit your needs.
Tame Your Inner Critic
Writing doesn’t have to be a struggle. You can quiet the voice of the Inner Critic and create an empowered relationship with your creative work. You can build and sustain a regular writing practice that works for you. Have more freedom and suffer less!
(This package can be tailored to other areas of artistic pursuits, or any other areas of life where your Inner Critic has taken hold.)
Build a Personal Practice
Struggling to reach a goal, or want more of something awesome in your life? Discover what’s needed to build a regular practice that works for you. We’ll discuss your personal obstacles to success, and you’ll begin to recognize and work with your triggers and roadblocks. You’ll experiment with a variety of techniques and structures to build a solid framework for maintaining a sustainable practice.
Your Dream Here: A Customized Package
Let’s create something that works for you. We’ll customize a coaching package to address your unique goals and needs. Reviving a passion? Ready to finish that creative project? Setting some career goals? Designing retirement? Working with a professional coach is the faster way to make lasting change and build real skills for the future.
Levels of Commitment / What to Expect
You get out what you put it. It’s a cliché, I know, but results do depend on timing, the effort you put in, and how ready you are for change. I can promise you my time, attention, skills, and general badassery to reach your goals.
Shifts can happen at any moment—and do!—but transformational change takes more time and effort. I’ve developed my coaching packages from research in neuroscience, creativity, psychology, and my many years of experience as a working writer and mentor.
Discovery – 3-4 months
After 3 months of personal coaching, clients are having insights and producing some action-based results in their lives. Often these new changes are fragile, and more time and attention is needed to move this learning beyond the surface level and make it stick.
Competency – 6-8 months
At this level, there is a deeper awareness and stronger skills to alter negative habits and thought patterns. Real change takes place, and small accomplishments build on each other.
Mastery – 12+ months
With a year or more of concentrated attention, clients have built enough internal resources to get enough traction to cause transformational change (habits, beliefs, mindsets) in other areas of life.
"Doing this work with you...I'm being more bold. I can check it out with someone who'll give me an honest assessment."
"I have worked with Melanie as a coach for several years around both business and personal issues. Some of the things I value about Melanie's coaching is her acute perception, her insight and her honesty. She holds me accountable. She does this without imposing her values and ideas on me. I highly recommend Melanie as a coach."
“Melanie is a powerful career coach. I started working with her right after becoming a manager, and credit her no-nonsense coaching to getting me off to a great start on that career path. Each session ended with a clear list of actions to take toward a goal, as well as the sense of accomplishment for how far I'd come along the path. She was great at seeing the actions that weren't obvious to me, and coming up with thoughtful questions that helped reveal where I was blocked. I highly recommend her to anyone who is ready to make a commitment to taking on the next level with confidence.”
“Being able to dismantle the mechanisms of perfectionism went a long way to be finding my Center. Once I was centered, I could focus on the process, and finally complete the first draft of my novel.”