In our September 2014 issue, we highlighted some local coaches, mentors and therapists in Coaches Corner.
MICHAEL J. FORMICA LifeWorks Compass LLC
107 N Broad St, Doylestown
Michael Formica (MS, MA, EdM) has been a practicing psychotherapist, counselor and coach since 1988. In 2012, he formed LifeWorks Compass LLC as an integral life coach with a unique mindset. “I take a perspective of wellness, rather than illness,” he says. “My belief is that we are not broken things that need fixing, but whole, healthy humans who are sometimes faced with challenges that we are not yet equipped to handle.” Formica believes that by balancing elements in one’s life such as self, relationship, work and spirit, one can “evolve in ways we may have, in the past, never thought possible.”
Susan Duval hosts seminars, private sessions and weekend training programs with experts in the fields of personal growth, holistic health, healing, spirituality, metaphysics and psychic mediumship. In addition, she organizes sacred journeys to power spots around the country and the world, including Sedona, Mount Shasta, New Mexico, Peru, even swimming with the dolphins in Bimini.
Marie Jackson, RMT, became a holistic mentor in 2008 with the aim of guiding others who were seeking answers to life’s deep questions. She began by leading workshops, then started publicly speaking on the subject and providing individual mentoring. “Deepening our spirituality does not necessarily give us more answers, but it can help us get comfortable with the questions,” she explains of her work. Jackson seeks to help others manage stress and realize their personal power.
Coach Lisa Santa Barbara has been a spa and wellness professional since 2001. As a licensed massage therapist and certified professional coach, she is able to help her clients through massage and empowerment coaching that enables them to take control of their own lives. Her specialties include empowerment coaching, transition coaching and spa and wellness business coaching.
For Julie Ann Allender, EdD, a can-do attitude is essential to making the most of her approach to therapy. “I teach that no mountain is too high to climb,” she says. Describing herself as having “fought the systems that didn’t work,” Allender developed her therapy techniques by looking at what everyone else was doing—and doing something different. “I have spent 35 years growing, learning, evolving and creating a business,” she explains. That business includes such unique facets as a “simulated tropical garden in the therapy room” as well as animal-assisted therapy offerings.
Therapist Barbara Gordon, LMFT, uses her skills to holistically heal others. She works from a spiritual perspective, utilizing mindfulness and compassionate listening to unblock what is holding others back in their lives. “I realized that we all want the same thing: to be real, to be connected to others and to be happy,” she says of her background as a hospice volunteer. “I began a private practice after I got licensed in 2006 because I saw how effective therapy can be in helping people who want to drop old beliefs that hold them back from really being alive.”
As a holistic life counselor, intuitive healer and Reiki master/teacher, Arlene Curley offers a powerful transforming experience for all people on their healing journey. With a sensitive understanding of the mind/body/spirit connection, she masterfully guides individuals into a confident place of healing, self-awareness and celebration.