I find that every few years I take stock of what is going on in my life and make changes accordingly. In 1988 I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a major in Psychology and a minor in Marketing. I chose to take a break from studying and decided it was time to make some money. I worked on a foreign currency trading desk for over 6 years at a national bank in Manhattan. That job taught me a lot about what I wanted (to make a difference in people’s lives) and what I didn’t (the intense stress of working on a trading floor and worrying about whether I made or lost money each day).
I left the bank after starting my family and returned to my passion. I obtained my Master’s Degree in Counseling from Montclair State University, became licensed, worked in nonprofit for a few years and then began my own private practice. Starting my own business was daunting and I definitely made some mistakes, but I learned a lot and loved the work I was doing.
I then began to discover more about the field of coaching and decided to become a trained and certified coach myself through Coach Training Alliance, an International Coach Federation (ICF) – approved training program. Coaching is different from therapy and allows me the opportunity to work with other clients in ways I might not otherwise experience. I am a member of ICF, as well as the New Jersey Professional Coaches Association (NJPCA).
I live in New Jersey with my husband and three children whose nutty schedules keep me on my toes.
I look forward to joining you on your personal journey!
I believe in you. You’re right, I don’t know you yet. But I want you to know that I believe you have inherent value and that you have skills and strengths that you can capitalize on (if you so choose) that maybe you’ve forgotten about, or maybe you are unable to see how they might transfer to other arenas. I think we all have moments where we look around and wonder, “How did I get here?” Sometimes we get off course, and it might be for any number of reasons: life got in the way, you did what you thought you were supposed to do, you didn’t have time to think about what you were doing or not doing, you did it for the money, you never considered any other way, that’s how it’s always been, you were afraid, you were discouraged or unsupported. I am here to hold up a mirror and allow you to see what I see. I am here to help you dust off what is unique in you and permit you to strengthen it, to be that which you choose to be.
IMPORTANT NOTE : Coaching IS NOT Counseling
In my counseling practice, I work with clients who are suffering from depression and/or anxiety and their suffering often derives from events or unresolved issues from their pasts. Please note that if during our initial discussion, I determine that you would be better suited to counseling, rather than coaching, I will make that recommendation. I ONLY offer counseling to clients on a face-to-face basis in my office in New Jersey (www.3StepsForward.net).
In coaching, our work is much more present-focused and future-oriented. We will work together to help you identify how to bridge the gap between where you are now and where you want to be. Coaching will help move you toward your goal(s) faster. It is about taking action based on the knowledge you uncover. In coaching, you are accountable for your actions and you are responsible for making your own choices. The coaching I offer is most often done by telephone (no travel time or travel expenses!).
Laurie Leinwand is a Professional Life Coach assisting clients with a variety of personal and professional life issues. Ideas 2 Action Life Coaching encompasses Laurie’s work as a life coach for women and men, career life coach and work-life balance coach.
Some of the topics of focus in her practice as a professional life coach are assisting and supporting individuals that are stay at home parents (stay at home moms and dads are constantly forced to adapt to their current circumstances as their children grow and change) as well as those returning to work. Laurie works with people reentering the workforce who are unsure of their direction and interested in cultivating professional development skills and support.
Laurie also provides personal development assistance with regard to powerful issues such as how to make a change in your life and finding fulfillment and your life purpose. In addition, she works with clients interested in learning how to say no and setting boundaries.
Ideas 2 Action Life Coaching is located in Randolph, NJ and services the surrounding communities of Morristown, Denville, Parsippany, Florham Park and Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, though much of her coaching is done on the phone and is accessible to clients worldwide. Laurie is a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF) and the New Jersey Professional Coaches Association (NJPCA).
Is it Time for You to Make a Change?