The Purpose Behind Four Streams
Martin Seligman, the founder of positive psychology, states that the highest form of happiness comes when we know our signature strengths, reorient our lives to spend as much time as possible in those strengths, and use them in meaningful ways in service of something bigger than ourselves.
This has been a core belief of our counseling and coaching since we began.
GROWTH & RESULTS
You can find thousands of books in the self-help sections of bookstores that teach people how to change with a primary focus on external behavior.
Remember the rubber band on your wrist method? Or even those wonderful rewards charts for our kids?
They can be very effective, for a time. However, sustainable change comes from growth—more specifically, internal growth.
Growth at the root of who we are produces change that we benefit from after the rubber band is removed and all the shiny stars have been used up. We believe in helping people reach their potential through growth.
A PASSIONATE BELIEVER IN THE DIGNITY AND POWER OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT.
Since 1992, Russ has been helping individuals, couples, and organizations discover their true identity and purpose in life. He believes that every human being has inherent worth and is capable of amazing achievements that are oftentimes obscured by just plain-old bad thinking.
Russ believes that it is time for radical disruptions in the fields of consulting, coaching, and counseling.
New developments in these areas along with neuroscientific research are beginning to help organizations and individuals realize that our general approach to human development has been primarily for the purpose of manipulating people to do more for less or leading them to believe that they can just power-through areas of their lives that are not working.
New consulting, coaching, and counseling models are needed to enable people to better understand themselves in order to overcome organizational or self-imposed limitations in order to live happier, more productive, and fulfilling lives.
These convictions have emerged from Russ’ faith in Christianity, a ThD in Biblical Counseling, certifications in Behaviors, Motivators, and Acumen sciences through Target Training International, multiple certifications in coaching, and training more than forty organization and life coaches.
More than mere theory, he has been able to validate his conclusions through corporate consulting, extensive work with the Colorado Department of Corrections, founding and directing the Denver Counseling & Coaching Center, socio-economic relief projects in Kenya, and his private counseling and coaching practices.
Russ is pretty good on a road bike in the Colorado mountains. But otherwise, he’s not a particularly impressive human specimen as he is getting old, has no hair, he lost his right eye when he was eleven, and has a cobalt implant for a right knee.
Nonetheless, he’s great with people facing all kinds of situations as his experiences have helped him better understand what Leo Tolstoy meant when he wrote: “There is something in the human spirit that will survive and prevail, there is a tiny and brilliant light burning in the heart of man that will not go out no matter how dark the world becomes.”
As a coach since 2012, one thing I have learned is that the most important thing I bring to the coaching relationship is me.
Our values, beliefs, and experiences have as much to do with our effectiveness as a coach as our skills and training.
I do have the training and certifications, but I also have some pretty amazing experiences.
I have lived a life full of pain and suffering, love and joy, accomplishments and failures. I’ve struggled with the ups and downs as a wife of police officer since 2000.
I have built a thriving counseling and coaching practice. I’ve survived my mom’s suicide.
I’ve raised a fabulous young boy. I’ve taught in Cambodia and built a playground there too. I’ve gone from being someone with no hope or belief in herself to someone who is creating a school to train people who will show others that they can accomplish anything if it aligns with their deepest core values.
I have met and coached some amazing people and teams. I’ve watched a man save his ministry from closing after just one coaching session.
I’ve coached people who wrote books, ran marathons, survived deaths, started businesses, retired, planted churches, and even became life coaches.
I have seen how all of these experiences, and many more, impact my ability to connect with and encourage everyone I work with. I wouldn’t trade that for the highest degree, but I know how important education is too. Learning is one of my highest motivators and I’ve done a lot of that too.
I have a degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado as well as advanced certifications from the Christian Counseling Education Foundation. I was certified as a coach in 2012 through Coachnet Global. I have Behaviors and Motivators certifications through Target Training International – they do the assessments we use in all of our coaching.
I completed another coach training program through Coachville and earned a CVACC (Coachville Associate Certified Coach) as well as my Associate Certified Coach credential through ICF.
I look forward to learning and growing with you, as you embark on this journey.