"Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit."
~ E.E. Cummings
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Support Through Difficult Transitions & Grief
When we are grieving, it can feel like the world has turned upside down -- like we've forgotten who we are and where we belong. And while resilience skills can be built over time, we need support and a safe space in which we can honestly acknowledge our losses.
Unwelcome transitions are devastating and disorienting; affecting every aspect of your life - mind, body, spirit, relationships, work, finances, and faith.
While grief is the normal and natural response to loss, many people require professional support when the burden of emotions and responsibilities feels like too much to bear.
If you are considering suicide or self-harm, please get help. There are professionals ready to support you. You do not have to do this alone. Again, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a free, 24-hour hotline at 1.800.273.8255.
What is coaching?
Coaching emerged as an approach to help people maximize their potential as they navigate personal and professional goals. It’s a partnership in which a coach taps into their client’s resourcefulness, values, talents, and beliefs to help them overcome obstacles and adversity, and generate compelling action plans to meet goals and to build a life worth living.
Can't anyone call themselves a coach?
Unfortunately, yes. However, "coaches" with minimal or no training give the rest of us a bad rap. That's why you should ask your prospective coach if they are an International Coach Federation Member and/or Certified. If they are, that means they adhere to proven coaching methodologies, have taken Accredited Coaching Training Programs, abide by the highest code of professional ethics and accountability, and have mentor coaching and supervision.
What qualifies you as a coach?
Apart from having coached and mentored dozens of clients and colleagues over the past six years, I have over 300 hours of formal training in Applied Positive Psychology, Coaching Psychology, Transition Management, and Grief Support. I've had mentor coaching and supervision and continue my professional development and education through active participation in the Connecticut Chapter of the International Coach Federation. Additionally, I am pursuing my Masters of Science degree in Applied Positive Psychology & Coaching Psychology at the University of East London.
Why do people hire a coach?
I can't speak for everyone, however, most of my clients find me in the process of rebuilding their lives after adversity, loss, or unwelcome transition.
They want to re-engage with life to create more:
- Vitality, happiness, and well-being
- Rewarding relationships: personally and professionally
- Prosperous and purposeful work
- Opportunities to create, innovate, and impact the world
- Tools, systems, and support to help them live more wholeheartedly
My clients tend to be courageous, honest and self-reflective high-achievers who have been knocked around by life, but who are still compelled to live wholeheartedly with joy and passion.
Isn't coaching just therapy in disguise?
No. Although both therapy and coaching work to enable clients to make positive changes and become more productive, coaching is a distinct discipline. It is not therapy in disguise.
Coaching tends to be future-oriented and focuses on how to work towards goals. Results can be measured with key performance metrics and specific outcomes. The coaching relationship can be long-term or short-term.
Coaches are not healthcare professionals, though they can contribute to greater well-being by helping clients achieve their goals and find greater meaning, purpose, and vitality in life.
Coaches also help patients cultivate self-awareness, self-compassion, and self-care and to create better habits and more empowering beliefs that support their dreams and goals for a better future.
Should I see a therapist or a coach?
Only you know the answer to that. And, it's important to note that a coach is not qualified to diagnose or treat psychological problems. A good coach will refer clients who are struggling with such issues to a therapist.
Therapy, AKA counseling or psychotherapy, is a long-term process in which a licensed clinician works with patients to diagnose illnesses and pathologies and to help patients resolve problems, behaviors, relationship issues, and any corresponding physical and emotional responses that affect well-being.
Many people who seek out a therapist do not have mental health challenges, though some do. Oftentimes therapists focus on the subconscious mind and how past experiences and behaviors are influencing current well-being. Energy and attention are devoted to why certain beliefs, behaviors, and emotions are arising, with the goal of changing beliefs, behaviors, and patterns of response in the present.
If you have some deep-rooted pain that is preventing you from engaging in life the way you want to, therapy may be a good avenue for healing and forward motion.
Therapy is often very helpful for people who are experiencing depression, phobia, trauma, complicated grief, addiction, and destructive behavior. It often helps people move from a place of floundering to one of functioning again.
Comparatively, coaching tends to be future-oriented and focused on how to work towards specific goals.
If you want to cultivate more clarity, conviction, and courage about how to live wholeheartedly, coaching may be a great option.
Coaching often helps people move from an existence of functioning to one of flourishing.
In this way, coaching and therapy often offer different, but complementary approaches.
Why did you become a Certified Coach rather than a Licensed Therapist or Counselor?
I chose to become a Certified Coach because it's a better fit for my personality and belief system.
My passion comes from focusing my energy and attention on everything that is right with people, and all that is possible in the world -- even, and especially, when life gets tough.
To be clear, I'm not the Pollyanna type and I don't believe "the universe is unfolding as it should". In fact, I bristle at platitudes about positive thinking.
At the same time, research shows that optimism, gratitude, perspective, and other character strengths go a long way in helping people grow in resilience, agency, and well-being -- even in the face of adversity.
I knew if I became a therapist or counselor, I would spend a tremendous amount of time studying pathologies, maladaptive behaviors, and psychological abnormalities in an effort to help people "function normally".
What I really want to do is study how to help people flourish. That's why I became a Certified Positive Psychology Coach.
Finally, I became a coach so I could offer programs and services online that would reach people around the country and the world. To my knowledge, there is no global "licensing" standard for therapists and counselors, however, the International Coach Federation does offer a global standard for excellence in coaching.
What does a coach do?
When we think about coaching, the first thing that comes to mind is an athletic coach – someone who targets specific areas for growth, fosters self-awareness and motivation, taps into the power of the mind and visualization to strengthen the mind-body connection, and provides accountability.
As a life coach, I do much of the same work, but with a focus on whatever area of life a client wants to see changes: relationships, finances, career, health, learning, play/leisure, contribution to the community, etc.
I’m trained to listen intuitively, ask insightful questions, observe patterns of thought/behavior that are hindering progress, help clients uncover, articulate and live from their deepest strengths and values, use their skills/gifts to create more meaning and momentum, and to identify conflicting beliefs or priorities that are preventing true well-being and contentment.
Through mindful awareness and deliberate action plans, I help clients set meaningful, achievable goals to live a more healthy, balanced, joyful, and integrated life.
I provide accountability and support so clients experience new self-awareness, new ways of thinking, heightened motivation, and pathways to long-term fulfillment and contribution.
How does a coaching session work?
Prior to our sessions, my clients fill out a Strategy Session Form. This sets the agenda for what we plan to accomplish so by the end of our time together, you have an action plan to meet your goal. A goal might be something practical like planning a career change, life transition, or crafting a time-management strategy; or a goal might something more abstract, like how to overcome limiting beliefs or mind-chatter, or how to cultivate self-discipline and make healthier, more empowering life choices. Oftentimes, people have ambitious goals that simply need to be broken down into actionable steps.
During client sessions, we then work together to identify habits, beliefs, and behaviors that are no longer serving you and we develop new patterns of thought and being that support your passions and vision for your life.
For clients who are interested in learning more about the science of well-being, I integrate practices and principles from the field of applied positive psychology whenever it’s appropriate and helpful to your growth and personal progress. I often reference videos, recommended readings, and provide reflective exercises as “homework”.
As a resilience coach, I work with clients who are in transition to help shift their mindset, manage anxiety, overcome overwhelm, and start re-imagining a future in which they can truly flourish.
What is expected of clients?
I ask my clients to:
- Show up to each session at our scheduled time (even when it has been a tough week)
- Approach the work with courage, curiosity, and whole-heartedness
- Keep a journal of ideas, questions, goals, and accomplishments
- Take ownership and responsibility for growth and progress
- Commit to doing homework based on your goals
- Rescheduling make-up sessions within 30 days of missed sessions
What can clients expect from me, as their coach?
A relationship where you will feel deeply seen, heard, understood and recognized for your gifts, strengths, and ambitions.
A judgement-free zone that doesn’t dwell on weaknesses and past mistakes, but fosters your strengths and cultivates a fresh orientation, new direction, and lays the groundwork for life-long learning, growth, and continued transformation.
Accountability, support, and evidence-based tools to help you build a life you love.
A safe space where confidentiality, curiosity, and creativity are honored.
What is the cost of coaching?
My rates for three-month to six-month packages can be found here (the cost per session decreases when you book more sessions).
Why a three-month commitment?
I ask my clients to make at least a three-month commitment since it takes time and action to see results and to embrace positive changes. Change is inherently challenging and uncomfortable, even when we want it!
Developing new habits and new ways of thinking takes time and energy and focus. Commitment and perseverance are necessary.
You wouldn’t sign-up for a weight loss program, tutor, or personal training and expect results in a month. The same is true for coaching.
We can talk weekly, every other week, or once each month, based on your goals, availability, and budget. The important thing is to make a commitment to progressive growth.
What happens if we don’t use all the sessions within a three-month or six-month period?
If sessions need to be rescheduled due to illness, vacation, or other circumstances, we will aim to reschedule within 30 days of missed sessions. For clients who do not use all their sessions within the agreed upon coaching period, the duration of the coaching agreement can be extended up to one additional month.
What grief support do you offer kids?
I offer a program entitled, When Children Grieve, that is designed for parents and caregivers to attend. Although children do not attend this program, it provides tools and information that empowers adults to help kids navigate grief, adversity, and transition in healthy and holistic ways.
Good Grief offers excellent resources for families and educators who are supporting children through grief.
Comfort Zone Camp is another favorite non-profit helping kids cope.
Do you have other programs just for kids?
In an ideal world, parents, caregivers or teachers would be present too so the learning and application can continue beyond the series, and my contact with the kids.
What age range are the GoZen! and GoStrengths! programs suitable for?
Programming was originally created for children ages 7-15ish. However there are youth from ages 4-25 using the Go programs right now because these life skills are universal.
Will it work for my child?
GoZen! provides informational videos, followed up by facilitated conversations to teach kids research-based coping, resilience, and happiness skills.
I am not a medical professional, so we always recommend seeing your doctor about any condition you believe your child may be experiencing. That said, the skills kids learn in the programs can be applied in a variety of domains–they are life skills. By using videos and following up with conversations, the information is provided in an engaging format and a lot of kids respond to it because it’s relatable and easy to understand.
Did you design the Go programs?
Nope! Renee Jain, one of the nation’s most respected childhood happiness and resilience experts, is the founder and Chief Storyteller at GoZen!
Why sign up for the Go programs through The Flourishing Space?
You'll have a personal facilitator who has in-depth knowledge about positive psychology and the practices and principles that inform our ability to flourish.
Plus, you'll get to connect in a group setting, ask questions in real time, and enjoy a customized program to meet the unique needs of each group.
That said, you can buy the program and facilitate it yourself too using the training resources. Do what makes sense for you!
From experience, we've learned that kids tend to respond differently to different facilitators. What you want is to create an environment of safety, openness, and honesty.
What academic research supports the Go! programs?
Research for the Go programs is pulled from several scientific disciplines. Please find a non-exhaustive list of academic references here as well as a fun video about positive psychology.
What’s the difference between GoZen! and GoStrengths!?
GoZen! focuses on anxiety relief for children. If your child is experiencing anxiety, then GoZen! is the recommended program.
GoStrengths! is a comprehensive social and emotional learning program.
How long does it take to go through GoZen!?
It’s a six-module series. Sometimes we meet once a week for six weeks. Sometimes the sessions are spread out a little more than that.
What's the point of GoStrengths!?
In order to raise thriving, productive, and engaged youth, we must go beyond disease and help them cultivate habits of true happiness. Sound hokey? Think you don't have time to teach your kids happiness because you need them to get good grades and be successful? No problem. Success and happiness go hand in hand. In fact...
Here are just a handful of scientifically researched benefits of happiness:
- Happier people earn more money over their lifetime
- Happier people are more productive and creative at work
- Happier people are better negotiators
- Happier people are more likely to get married
- Happier people enjoy better relationships and longer marriages
- Happier people cultivate more friendships
- Happier people are more pro-social or volunteer more
- Happier people cope better with stress and trauma
- Happier people have greater protection against heart disease and stroke
- Happier people live longer
Please note: Any copy, trademarks, and images in this section about the Go programs were used with the express permission of GoZen!
What industries do you work with?
I work with healthcare, education, hospitality, and human development organizations including community and nonprofit organizations.
That said, the practices and principles of applied positive psychology span across all industries and human endeavors.
When do organizations typically solicit your services?
I typically work with organizations who are navigating transitions and making critical decisions about how to invest time, money and energy in the pursuit of their purpose, vision, and values.
I can work with educators to maximize student wellbeing and corresponding performance; helping them to manage anxiety, build resilience and cultivate character strengths.
I also provide services as a leadership coach or consultant.
What's the difference between a coach and consultant?
The difference between a coach and consultant is essentially one of expertise. A coach draws out the client's expertise; whereas a consultant may have added industry experience or human development insight to recommend and/or facilitate changes.
How do employees benefit from programs? What's the ROI for employers?
For employees, I offer programs that help to strengthen relationships, engender deeper engagement, and foster more enjoyment at work by introducing evidence-based interventions towards greater inspiration, innovation, and investment in the greater good.
Most organizations that work with me see tremendous potential in their products, services, and team. They are willing to work hard. They take their mission seriously. And they don't believe a culture of cut-throat competition, shady business practices, or employee burn-out serves the greater good.
Instead they want to serve people by bringing products, services, and experiences that actually have value in the world.
They want to cultivate a work environment that is so engaging, so energizing, and so innovative that it draws the best people into the work; people who want to craft and carry the vision forward.
Intuitively most of us know there is a better way… So, how do we find it?
Enter the field of applied positive psychology: a 21st century evidence-based body of knowledge that offers countless pathways to flourishing, both personally and professionally.
Research has shown that organizations can and do profit from the positive; creating more productive employees, happier customers and clients, and substantial business growth.
By introducing the practice and principles that are emerging from the study of human flourishing, 21st century business leaders can organically cultivate healthier and happier organizations.
Who wouldn’t admire and aspire to a new reality like that?
What topics do you speak about?
I offer 20- to 60-minute talks, based on my interactive workshops, about the following:
- Dare to Speak Grief (at work)
- Creating a Culture of Connection
- How to Profit from Positive Psychology
- Growth Mindset
- Leveraging Positivity
- Finding Your Flow
- Rethinking Relationships
- Neuroscience & Personal Mastery
- Start from Your Strengths
- Working with Worry
- Goalsetting for Growth
- Mindfulness Matters
- Leveraging Language
- Energy & Innovation Workspace Tips
- Habits & Happiness
I'm also happy to design a talk and/or workshop based on your businesses unique needs. Please contact me with details about what you're looking for at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am seeing a therapist or counselor. Why would I need more grief support?
Maybe you don't. You're the only one who knows. The question is, are you making progress? Finding hope? Healing?
Many of my clients see therapists or counselors and I encourage them to continue. Some choose to participate in my programs too because they offer a different vantage point, a sense of community, and a focused way of exploring a topic that is messy and unpredictable.
There's something powerful about working through a method/program each week with an agenda and learning outcomes.
Whether you're interested in the Wholehearted Healing Program or the Grief Recovery Method, I offer limited-duration programs with specific outcomes so that you can measure your progress and walk away seeing, feeling, and experiencing the world in a new way.
I can't afford grief support programs. What options do I have?
I offer two scholarships for each Grief Recovery Method series I facilitate. I also run two groups annually by donation.
Email me a little about your loss, your need, and why you think this series would be helpful for you.
I still require scholarship recipients to purchase the book and to make an investment in healing by donating money to the scholarship fund or a favorite non-profit, as you're able.
If all the scholarships are spoken for, consider asking family or friends to support your healing so you can attend a group. I've had clients set up GoFundMe pages for this purpose.
I'm working to develop more free and low-cost resources also, so please keep checking back on the website. While I would love to do this work completely pro bono, I do have three boys to feed, water, and educate... so... please bear with me while I figure out how to turn this passion into a viable way to support my family!
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Resilience coach, speaker, and grief support specialist, Rachel E. Roth, has been studying grief and post-traumatic growth since her husband Noah died in 2012.
Rachel is known for her authentic and integrated approach to wholehearted living. Although her work is focused on navigating transition, loss, and adversity, her goal is to help people live with greater connection, conviction, and character. Her work offers pathways of hope and possibility for people who are navigating life’s seasons of joy and hardship, and learning to embrace the beauty and complexity of wholehearted living.
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Welcome to theflourishingspace.com website, owned and administered by Choose2Flourish LLC. This website is for educational and informational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for a skilled therapist, psychologist, psychiatrist, counselor, substance abuse support program, or emergency services.
Rachel E. Roth offers evidence-based education, information, coaching, and tools to support well-being. Although she is a certified coach, certified grief recovery specialist, and certified positive psychology practitioner, she is not a licensed therapist, psychologist, psychiatrist, clinician or counselor and does not provide associated services. Furthermore, she is not trained to diagnose or treat mental disorders as defined by the American Psychiatric Association.
Accordingly, the content, courses, and comments available throughout theflourishingspace.com and Choose2Flourish LLC programs, online and offline, are NOT designed to replace professional, compassionate, in-person support that may be available in your local network or community. This site is for educational, informational, and personal development purposes only.
By participating in a Choose2Flourish LLC course or online community, readers and attendees acknowledge that the courses and support groups are NOT therapy. Further, any comments, encouragement, suggestions, or reflections online or in person are NOT intended or implied as an alternative to clinical care from a licensed practitioner.
By visiting theflourishingspace.com and participating in programs of Choose2Flourish LLC, you:
- Acknowledge you are fully responsible for your own well-being and it is up to you to make healthy, empowering, and life-affirming choices.
- Understand we do not offer any guarantees about your healing, growth, resilience, or specific results.
TheFlourishingSpace.com, Choose2Flourish LLC, and Rachel E. Roth are NOT responsible for the actions of those visiting this site or their physical, mental and emotional health or the decisions made when they consume the content herein or at in-person events and support groups; whether written, audio, video, or otherwise.
Terms of Engagement with Others
By posting comments and participating in The Flourishing Space courses, coaching, and communities, both online and offline you:
- Agree to treat others with respect and kindness
- Agree to consider all information shared by other users/visitors/members as private and confidential and you agree not to share it without the express permissions of the members in question
- Agree to use your discretion about what personal and creative information to post online, recognizing the internet is not a completely secure environment and that we cannot control what others do with content and information you provide online
- Understand that bullying, defamation, hate speech, or any other contact that is offensive, inappropriate, damaging in any way, or which infringes upon someone’s well-being or privacy may result in the termination of memberships and/or access to online and in-person courses and programs along with participation in the community without refund or recourse
Visitors to theflourishingspace.com agree to indemnify and hold harmless Choose2Flourish LLC, Rachel E. Roth, and our representatives, subsidiaries, affiliates, related parties, officers, directors, employees, agents, independent contractors, and partners, from any claim or demand, including reasonable legal fees, that may be filed by any third party arising out of visitor's conduct in connection with theflourishingspace.com, visitor’s provision of information online, and visitor’s violation of the Terms & Conditions of Use herein, or visitor’s violation of the rights of someone else.
Choose2Flourish LLC reserves the right to revoke any membership/products/ services accessed through the site without refund or recourse for anyone caught violating the Terms & Conditions of Use, including copyright infringement.
Terms of Copyright
As an educational and informational website, theflourishingspace.com contains intellectual property owned by Choose2Flourish LLC and Rachel E. Roth, including trademarks, copyrights, and proprietary programs.
Please feel free to spread the word about theflourishingspace.com with other people who would benefit from the resources here. We invite you to share short quotes, not more than three sentences long without the express written consent of Rachel E. Roth, however we ask that proper attribution is always given and that online quotes are linked back to theflourishingspace.com or the original source of online publication (e.g. @TheFlourishingSpace on social media platforms).
Reproducing, recording, repurposing, performing, teaching, distributing, or displaying any of the material on theflourishingspace.com website or associated courses, in part or in whole (except for short quotes as identified above), for personal use or professional gain, without the written permission of Rachel E. Roth is strictly prohibited in any form or forum. Collaborations are welcome. Please contact us if you'd like to learn more.
You may not modify, adapt, publish, or create derivative works from the content herein without the express written consent of Rachel E. Roth. This includes, but is not limited to copy, graphics, manuscripts, audio resources, teaching resources, and videos.
Choose2Flourish LLC reserves the right to revoke any membership/products/ services accessed through the site without refund or recourse for anyone who violates the terms of Copyright.
By posting comments and participating in online communities, you:
- Confirm that you are the original author/creator and/or that attribution is clearly given to the copyright holder or original author/creator.
- Agree you will not re-use something another member has posted in a way that infringes upon their well-being, privacy, or the rights of the owner and without express written permission from the owner
- Commit to being honest and earnest
Choose2Flourish, Theflourishingspace.com and Rachel E. Roth are in no way liable for any copyright infringement or privacy concerns associated with readers’ or members’ comments or their participation on any platform – live, online, or offline – that is associated with the content shared and presented.