New Book:  Now on Amazon:

Mind-Shifting Imagery: Image Guidance for Life Coaches offers a wealth of information, research citations, transcripts from sessions and clear distinctions on the variety of ways that imagery can be used in coaching without shifting into the world of psychotherapy or psychiatry. It presents descriptions of the world of imagery from the world of art and literature and then the world of imagery in our own minds.  Imagery guidance often leads to breakthroughs, and this book includes such use in personal guidance, relationship challenges, healing from trauma or grief or loss, and then includes ways and means for incorporating imagery work in the corporate workplace.

If you are a coach, therapist or some sort of life guide or catalyst, read this book and keep it handy as a guide for times when you feel stuck with a particular client or situation, or even to instill new creativity and energy into your work as a life coach."

Dr. Patrick Williams, MCC, BCC                                                                                                                                       

Double-Book Launch in Chicago

Watch our video reflection as Dr. Patrick Williams and I discuss our book launch in Chicago!                                                                       

My Upcoming Courses in Life Coaching (ILCT)

Tele-Course in Image Guidance for Life Coaches
I'm delighted to announce that the Institute for Life Coach Training will be offering my ICF-accredited tele-course, Image Guidance for Life Coaches, from September 17-October 29, 2018, 6:00-7:30 p.m., ET. We will be using my book, Mind-Shifting Imagery: Image Guidance for Life Coaches as our primary text; my earlier works, Image Guidance: A Tool for Spiritual Direction (Paulist Press, 1992) and Image Guidance and Healing (Paulist Press, 1994) will be additional resources. This course demonstrates brief, safe imagery interventions that life coaches, spiritual directors, chaplains, and pastoral counselors can use to advance their clients' agenda.

ICF-approved for ten CEU’S, this course is designed specifically for Life Coaches/ Spiritual Directors. The goal is to provide another “tool of the trade” to use in brief interventions with certain clients. Applications would include but not be limited to: helping the client to identify and describe emotions such as fear, frustration, excitement, enthusiasm; assisting the client to name “blocks” to success and to trace the origins of these blocks, thereby reducing their negative energy; guiding the client in the discernment process; encouraging the client to imagine new possibilities and outcomes and to work towards these goals; helping the client to prioritize, take action and evaluate; affirming the client’s hopes and dreams while re-enforcing his/her belief in self; encouraging the client to accept new positions of leadership or areas of professional or personal responsibility.

The course will involve lectures, readings and discussions, sessions of Image Guidance conducted by both instructor and students; and evaluation of student transcripts.

VIDEO  ABOUT IMAGE GUIDANCE COURSE (please note that dates mentioned in the video refer to a previous course)


Creating Sacred Context (10 ICF approved CEU's)


This course introduces participants to some of the complexities involved in spiritually-based life coaching. What language and images does the coach use? Which archetypes and archetypal patterns best help the client approach scriptural narratives? How can the life coach avoid imposing his or her belief system on the client? What are some of the tools for assessing a client’s spiritual maturity? Is it appropriate to pray with a client, and, if so, what form should the prayer take? What is “holy foolishness” and why is it an essential component of the spiritual life? What does one do if the client is from a different faith tradition than one’s own? How does the coach assess whether s/he is the right person to companion a particular client? These and other questions will provide the content of our explorations together! 

Ways of Sacred Listening (10 ICF approved CEU's)


Ways of Sacred Listening is based on 1) spiritual principles 2) a belief in the sacred and 3) prayerful discernment and goal setting. Drawing on the best of Spiritual Direction practices and Life Coaching techniques, the course is designed for those who already have training and experience in the “helping professions,” but who wish to add a strong spiritual foundation to the work they are currently doing. Trained in the art of sacred listening, for example, spiritual directors may want to shift into a more active relationship with clients; this may include helping the client with articulating needs, setting goals, and identifying those skills and capacities they either already have or need to develop to accomplish their goals. Life coaches, on the other hand, accustomed to helping clients meet both internal and external goals, may feel drawn to include an explicitly spiritual framework to some or all of their coaching sessions. This course, then, offers new ways of combining  Spiritual Direction with  Life Coaching.