Conflict has been a theme in my life. I’m fascinated by how people disconnect, how they make up and the dynamics that occur in between. I can trace this back to my early years growing up in a large family in which emotional outbursts were an everyday event. People often quit speaking to each other for hours, days or months at a time, but somehow mysteriously patched up the quarrel and continued on, until the next breakdown. My family also taught me about love and loyalty. We stuck together, but the price was resentment and anxiety.
At the age of 21 I began breaking out of my family patterns through meditation, yoga and therapy. Deep and lasting transformation took off when I began learning and practicing the mindfulness and communication skills of Nonviolent Communication about 18 years ago. Finally I had a roadmap that led me to consistently connect with my emotional and spiritual inner landscape and navigate the complexity of relationships. I learned how to be present and shift my most uncomfortable emotions. I learned how to connect with my deepest values and needs and still be present and respectful of others, even when I didn’t agree with them.
My life has been a fascinating, sometimes challenging, and joyful journey of immense growth. I was in a long marriage, divorced and have a son in his thirties. I’ve encountered illness, my parents’ declining health, and family substance abuse. My training and personal experiences, along with my willingness to learn and grow through life’s challenges, allows me successfully guide others in their journey to more fulfilling lives.
I have owned businesses for 30 years and I understand the challenges of managing time, resources and guiding employees. I’ve applied cutting-edge communication and leadership processes in my own business and with non-profit organizations. I am an established professional artist, collaborating frequently with conservation organizations to benefit Hawaii native species.
My mission is to help people change their relationships, and the world, one conversation at a time. I am a warm and supportive coach, helping my clients move forward with curiosity, compassion, confidence and skill in creating thriving relationships that are the foundation for their personal and business success.
B.A. Anthropology, University of Alaska
Certified Trainer, Center for Nonviolent Communication
Mediation Training, Mediation Training Center of the Pacific
Ho’oponopono Training- Dr. Hew Len 2009
Qi Gong training and practice 2009-present
I always feel better after a coaching session with Andrea. She is such an exquisitely skilled and empathic listener. Not only does she get what I am saying – most times better than I get it myself (!) – she gets who I am. Andrea tunes right in and, when I am speaking from my head or from a reactive/triggered place, she gently guides me back to my heart, to my center, helping me see and feel that I am okay and that I am not defined by whatever turbulence I am experiencing in my life. When challenges in my life might otherwise lead me down some dark hole of self-aversion, Andrea helps me return to presence. Over time, with her help, I have learned to care for myself using the same kind of compassionate, non-judgmental inquiry Andrea models so well in our sessions.C.R., Virginia
I view Andrea’s process as the most nurturing and efficient healing work I have ever practiced. I found Andrea four years ago. I was in a severely abusive relationship on all levels. And I was completely devastated. As she listened to my self agony and reflected core needs I remember feeling waves of relief because it was the first time I ever felt truly heard. Since I started trying to recreate her ability to observe thoughts and feelings with neutrality, care and precision I have become my own best friend. Andrea quite literally helped save my life. My gratitude and love for her is forever growing. Her gift is miraculous and I honor this every session we have together.C.H., Hawaii