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We’ve all been there before—something weighing on our minds, a

frustration we need to vent about, or just feeling alone. What do we

want in those situations? Someone to talk to; someone to listen and

be emotionally available to us. If we’re lucky, we have a best friend, a

sibling, or a parent we can talk to. But not everyone does. And even

those who do have close relationships don’t always want to discuss a

particular issue with those people.


In today’s climate of unpredictability, insecurity, and constant bad

news, not to mention pandemic, feelings of isolation, fear, and

loneliness are rampant. For young people, the data is in—social

media is leading to more isolation, depression, and anxiety all the

time. Ironic, isn’t it? And with many adults now working from home,

isolation is growing in those in the workforce too. Water cooler

conversations are no more, unless your employer chooses to provide

the contrived version of that via video chat. (It exists!) A growing

elderly population means that more and more older adults are in long-

term care, a known recipe for loneliness.


Much research has been done over decades that supports the

positive benefit of being listened to. Recently, Jonas-Simpson et al

(2021)* found that being listened to enhanced the quality of life of

older adults in long terms care. Bodie et al (2015)** found that active

listening resulted in a greater perception of emotional improvement.

And Kawamichi et al (2014)*** actually identified a specific change in

the brain that was triggered by perceiving active listening and which

led to feelings of reward.


Besides feeling better, talking through issues, feeling, and thoughts

with a compassionate, understanding partner can lead us to our own

solutions. Often our answers lie within. Having someone to talk to can help to uncover them.


Who would use listening services?

  •  Anyone interested in self-exploration and discovery

  •  Someone who feels lonely or isolated

  • Someone who wants to talk through a particular issue but

doesn’t feel comfortable talking about it with a friend or family


  •  Someone who wants to vent to an objective listener, free of




Note: Listening Services are not a substitute for counseling or mental health services, nor is it a crisis service. Those in need of mental health services should contact a doctor, counselor, or

crisis hotline.

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Life Coaching Services

What is a coach? In the sports world, we know a coach as a trainer,

motivator, and facilitator. The coach provides the players with the

necessary tools so that they are equipped to play and to win. But the

coach doesn’t play. Ultimately, it is still up to the players to put in the

work, take action, and obtain the desired outcome.


A life coach is not a therapist. And a life coach can’t do the work for

you to get to your goals. But a life coach can help guide you through

a journey of self-awareness, discovering what you want, seeing how

you may be limiting yourself, and finding the path to success,

whatever that may mean for you.


In life coaching sessions, my approach is to focus on the following

areas: 1) self discovery 2) setting goals 3) letting go of fear that limits

your success and 4) developing a profound sense of gratitude.

Whatever the issue or goal, I believe that exploring these four areas

can truly transform your life.


Note: Life Coaching Services are not a substitute for counseling or mental health services, nor is it a crisis service. Those in need of mental health services should contact a doctor, counselor, or crisis hotline

Autumn Foliage

To use our services, please fill out a request form. We typically respond to all requests within 2 business days. Once we have received your request, we will reach out to ask you to complete a digital consent form and fulfill payment for your services in full (via Venmo, PayPal, or Cash App). Once both preliminary requirements are fulfilled, we will send you a link to your Zoom appointment.


Please do let us know if you have any questions.  


**Graham D. Bodie, Andrea J. Vickery, Kaitlin Cannava & Susanne M. Jones (2015) The

Role of “Active Listening” in Informal Helping Conversations: Impact on Perceptions of Listener Helpfulness, Sensitivity, and Supportiveness and Discloser Emotional Improvement, Western Journal of Communication, 79:2, 151-173, DOI: 10.1080/10570314.

*Jonas-Simpson C, Mitchell GJ, Fisher A, Jones G, Linscott J. The experience of being

listened to: a qualitative study of older adults in long-term care settings. J Gerontol Nurs. 2006 Jan;32(1):46-53. doi: 10.3928/0098-9134-20060101-15. PMID: 16475465.

***Kawamichi H, Yoshihara K, Sasaki AT, Sugawara SK, Tanabe HC, Shinohara R,

Sugisawa Y, Tokutake K, Mochizuki Y, Anme T, Sadato N. Perceiving active listening activates the reward system and improves the impression of relevant experiences. Soc Neurosci. 2015;10(1):16-26. doi: 10.1080/17470919.2014.954732. Epub 2014 Sep 4. PMID: 25188354; PMCID: PMC4270393.

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