A note from Laurie:
Hello, and thank you for taking the time to explore my website. If you are investigating life coaching, chances are you are looking to make some significant, positive changes in your life. Maybe you want to improve your relationships with family, friends, or co-workers. Perhaps you want a more rewarding career, or to be more effective at work and at home. Maybe you are on the brink of a major life transition and need to solidify your vision and your confidence in order to take the leap. It is very likely you are searching for what we all want in life: connection to others, joy, health, fulfillment, some level of prosperity, and peace of mind. And, no doubt, you believe it is possible to achieve the life you desire, but don’t know where to begin getting your life unstuck and moving forward. That is where I can help.
As your coach I will be the ally who helps you envision your ideal life, the partner who empowers you to establish goals with confidence and clarity, and the cheerleader who encourages you and keeps you accountable to insure you progress, step by step, toward your objectives. It is important to keep in mind that coaching is all about you, the client. It will be your vision, your goals, your timelines, and your progress we work together to achieve.
If you’re reading this page, then you have probably discovered that what you have been doing isn’t getting you what you really want, and that to enjoy a life that is richer and more rewarding than the one you already have, you need to do things differently than what you’ve already done. But, where do you start? One possibility is to give me a call and schedule a free introductory coaching session. Let me show you how working in partnership with a coach can help you reach your goals to create a more successful, more enjoyable life.
My coaching practice is primarily focused in the following three areas:
- Life Transitions
- Family and Parenting
Dr. Laurie Sturzenbecker is a retired research scientist. She earned her PhD from Harvard University’s Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics in the late 1980s and worked for ten years conducting basic science research and drug discovery work at two major pharmaceutical companies in New Jersey. Early in her science career Laurie and her husband were blessed with a son. Four years later they were doubly blessed with twin sons. When their “child count” leapt from one to three, Laurie elected to put her science career on hold and become a full-time mother, homemaker, and homeschool teacher. These years working at home were incredibly rewarding and educational for her. For nearly a decade and a half Laurie enjoyed serving in many different roles including family CEO/ CFO, volunteer youth ministry leader and mentor to junior and senior high girls, youth event organizer, soccer mom, speed skating mom, ski club organizer, Bible study leader, and substitute teacher in the public school system.
When Laurie’s youngest sons were in high school, she began preparing to return to the workforce. It was during this time that she was asked to be a pro bono client for a woman in life coach training. Laurie accepted and was immediately amazed at the power of coaching to help her establish and reach her goals. With the empowering questions from her skilled coach, Laurie was able to clearly discern what her priorities were and exactly what she wanted to accomplish, and to get it done quickly. An appreciation for the tremendous power of life coaching was firmly established in her mind.
A few years later, when Laurie’s twin sons headed off to college, she accepted a research position in a small biotech company. However, after two years it became clear to her that drug discovery research was no longer the rewarding endeavor it had once been. Her passion lay instead in helping people lead more productive, more fulfilling lives now. So, after giving the matter careful consideration, Laurie left science to pursue a new career, one that would allow her to make an immediate, positive impact on peoples’ lives. Upon investigating several different career paths, she chose to become a certified professional life coach. And what a great choice it was! Laurie is thoroughly enjoying the sweet fruits of this new labor. It is immensely rewarding for her to help clients discover who they really are and what they want their life to be, to lay out a plan to create that life, and then carry it out with clarity, confidence, and determination.
Life Coach Training
After researching (hmmm…there’s a common theme here) different life coach training programs, Laurie chose to earn her certification at the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC), the pre-eminent coach training program in the industry. iPEC is accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF). Coach training through iPEC is extensive and requires more than 320 hours of coursework, face-to-face training, teleclasses, and coaching experience. All iPEC graduates are certified by the ICF and adhere to the ICF Code of Ethics (available upon request).
iPEC describes its coach training in this way: ”…our program is based on the scientific application of energy, consciousness, and our Founder’s decades of experience in the field. In addition, we’ve built upon the best of other paradigms, such as consulting, psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), mentoring, quantum physics, metaphysics, adult and accelerated learning theories, emotional intelligence, and leadership development. iPEC’s proprietary methods, such as the Core Energy Coaching™ process and Energy Leadership Index™, are examples of effective tools our graduates use to become highly successful coaches, in whatever coaching niche they choose” (from www.ipeccoaching.com, October 25, 2014).
Interested in Taking the Next Step?
If your interest has been piqued and you would like to speak with Laurie and learn more about coaching, click here. If you wish to sign up for a free 60 minute introductory coaching session, click here. Go ahead. You have nothing to lose and much to gain!