Why relationship work instead of something else? Growing up I experienced the effects of broken relationships first hand. My mom married six times in an effort to figure out how to be happy - and I don't believe ever really did - and my dad married badly the second time.
While I've now been married over 34 years, my wife Donna and I got to a point 19 years ago where we were running on fumes. The love and deep connection we both longed for - that neither of us really had modeled or learned on our own - never materialized. In its place a business-like relationship of doing the kids, the house, the bills, and all the other things we gave our attention to almost destroyed us. We were, at that point, "our ideal client."
Around that time - shortly after moving to northern Michigan - I went into traditional behavioral health (a.k.a. counseling) with a Master's in Social Work I'd earned in 1994, and "wound up" working with a lot of families and couples.
Through the process of working on saving my own marriage, while at the same time working with others to save theirs, I began to notice how spotty the outcomes of traditional behavioral health interventions were for too many folks. So I began to pursue 'non-traditional' approaches to helping individuals and couples not just heal, but thrive.
Along the way Donna and I slowly rebuilt our own connection, and then just over a year ago we decided to relaunch my coaching practice. (I was ICF certified in life coaching in 2009.) It was in August of 2018 we met David at the Mindshare Summit in San Diego, and from there we've begun a whole new chapter in growing both ourselves and our business.