What is coaching anyway?

Different from consulting or therapy, coaching does not attempt to advise, analyze or fix. Rather, the technique of coaching gently but firmly expands and challenges your current perspective through a process of close listening and precise questioning. By learning to see yourself and your current situation with fresh eyes, you strengthen your ability to articulate and actualize both short- and long-term goals.

My background in the arts makes me particularly skilled at helping you liberate more of your own innate creativity. Having re-invented my own professional identity multiple times over the past twenty years, I know that the energy of creativity transcends art-making and is equally potent for making career moves, shifting relationship dynamics, or launching new projects. Tapping into this source within you is one of the most powerful strategies I know of to make change in your life.

Imagine a quiet, serene place within you that holds simple yet profound wisdom. Beneath the turbulent waves of your life, there is still water, and when all the loose sediment is allowed to settle, your truth speaks clearly. As your coach, I help you filter the clouds that obscure this wholly intact creative voice, and provide practical techniques to support its full emergence into the world. Sometimes subtle, sometimes dramatic, insights come from our steady, deliberate excavation. When your inner voice speaks, we both feel the truth of it, and work to hold it in our consciousness before everyday distractions shroud its elegant simplicity.

We have so much in us to express and contribute, and we are also extremely good at avoiding the things that make us feel uncomfortable. The mental gymnastics we perform to dance around our vulnerable spots are highly practiced systems of hiding the gold. The focused dialogue of coaching can be emotionally intense at times, but it also calls forth the courage that is needed to share the gifts that are uniquely yours to offer.

Would you like to learn more? One element of successful coaching is a strong partnership. To determine whether we're a good match, I offer a 60-minute complimentary consultation. If I'm not the best person to serve you for this part of your journey, I'll be happy to refer you to other resources. Just click the button below to fill out a short questionnaire, and I'll be in touch within 24 hours with available times for us to meet. No obligation ever. If you have specific questions about coaching, please also check out the Coaching FAQ or send me a personal note.


Words from Clients

"Sharna's intelligence and penetrating insights combined with her compassion can do wonders. Whether you need an objective non-judgemental observer to clearly understand a situation or a nudge to make the changes you've been needing, I highly recommend working with Sharna to improve one's well being and regain life's purpose." – J. H., Washington, DC
"I went into this experience with no idea if or how life coaching will work for me. I have left both sessions with pages of notes to reflect back on, numerous new business ideas to ponder, self-assessment/reflection homework, and a grand sense of empowerment. Sharna's coaching helps one realize the answers are within, and most of us just need a little push in the right direction to see this. She listens intently, does not judge, and leaves room for moments of silence, laughter and tears within the session. Her incredible insight and passion for her work are so obvious that it is hard not to be inspired to take on the next great thing in your life!" –S.D., Long Beach, CA
"Before working with Sharna, I felt immobilized when I tried to fully pursue my passion to establish myself as an independent teacher of Argentine Tango, and carried within me strong internal resistance and limiting core beliefs. A recipe for freezing and stagnation. Over twelve weekly meetings, Sharna carefully assisted me in setting manageable goals and challenged me to change my core beliefs with effective exercises. With her ongoing empathy and compassion, I slowly made substantial change and completed the time with teaching, on my own, my first group classes. Sharna is unusually skilled at combining both a practical and an awareness-building approach. I recommend her without reservation to anyone who is struggling with change." –Michael Silverman, Portland, OR
“Sharna’s openness was always something I had admired, but I believe it was her thoughtful but stern push that allowed me to dive into areas that I may have been unwilling to approach in the past. It was almost like having a doctor (coach) dive into the actual cause of the illness or wounds with a scalpel, and as a patient (myself) looking at it, acknowledging it, then giving it wings to let it go. The de-conditioning aspect of it was quite remarkable.” -Asuka Naito, Los Angeles
"Sharna is an inspiring woman and an undeniably talented coach.  The awareness, grace and kindness she brings to each session creates just the right kind of space to explore one’s inner world deeply and with compassion.  But don’t let her mild manner fool you; her wit and intelligence are razor sharp.  Her insights into my personal issues, conflicts, desires and dreams continue to surprise me, inspire me and help me shift towards a more positive way of being with myself and the world." -Amy Kessler, Los Angeles
"When you are in Sharna's presence, you experience a peace and resilience within yourself.  She is caring, attentive, and fully present in each conversation, helping you to feel completely supported as she carefully leads you through the intricacies of your inner landscape.  She has assisted my growth in so many ways…to see the beauty that lies within each of us, to find the strength to nurture it, and to allow it to shine out brightly."  - Jillian Arena, Jupiter, FL
"Sharna has a way of affirming and acknowledging, sometimes without even having to say anything, the unwieldy emotions that surface during our work together in a way that leaves me feeling safe, feeling intact. Equally impressive is her natural ability to hone in on insights hidden in what's unsaid. This keen perception has helped me uncover blind-spots and make new connections that brought new perspectives and possibilities. Working with Sharna has led me on a journey of exploring what I would welcome to my life when I am willing to surrender control. And what a gift it has been and will continue to be! -Alice Wang, Los Angeles