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Helping You Build a Life that Lets You Shine

Feel Like You’re Drowning in Other People’s Pain?  Want to Do the Work You Love Without Losing Yourself?

That’s where I come in.  I help you take a step back, find your balance, and figure out what needs to happen for you to keep making the world a better place.  Feeling overwhelmed doesn’t mean you can’t do it, it doesn’t mean you’re doing a bad job, it just means you’re being called to re-connect with yourself and your own wisdom, to explore other resources, and to let your new energy and wisdom shine, at work and in your life..

What Is Holistic Life Coaching?

Coaching is a partnership

I’m not here to advise you or teach you or fix you.  Between the experience and wisdom you bring to the table and the wisdom and expertise I’ve gained in my life, we create a relationship that is  synergistic and dynamic .  

Coaching is a thought-provoking and creative process

Using our combined wisdom, we look for deeper understanding and new perspectives on how to do the work you do while maintaining a life that supports your vision.  We identify barriers and seek resources for ourselves and identify systemic barriers for ourselves and our clients.

Coaching inspires personal and professional growth

The process of coaching is different for each person, but it’s designed to help you recognize your own needs.  Maybe that’s mostly a deeper connection with yourself or maybe it’s new information, a  new experience, or new skills.  Whatever you need, coaching can help you map out your own path, set realistic goals,  and make progress toward where you want to  be.

Coaching helps you sustain the life you want

The goal of my coaching is not to help you be a better employee in a broken system.  I know what it’s like to love the work you do and to get overwhelmed and forget the boundaries you wanted to set and  struggle to hold space for yourself.  I remember going to workshops and getting all fired up only to lose that energy after a few days back on the job.  At Fausta’s Place to Ponder, we explore how to integrate what you’ve learned into you daily work so you don’t lose the light.

 What is Trauma Sensitive Coaching?

Trauma sensitive coaching (TSC) starts from a trauma informed perspective, which moves away from asking, “What’s wrong with you?” to focus on “What’s happened to you?”  TSC goes beyond the trauma informed perspective and asks, “What’s right with you?  What’s working well?”    TSC goes beyond an individual focus and incorporates the need for social justice.  TSC recognizes that providers need the process of self-care and community care to support them in their work.

Focuses on fostering well-being and growth rather than eliminating symptoms

The first stages of recovering from trauma often focuses on reducing the symptoms of PTSD, and that’s valuable and necessary work.  It’s also necessary to recognize that you are much more than your experience of trauma.   We know that it is possible to lead a richer, more meaningful life after experiencing trauma.  The goal is not to deny the effects of having been wounded.  The goal is to heal like the Japanese practice of Kintsugi, mending broken pottery with a special lacquer dusted with powdered gold, silver, or platinum. Beautiful seams of gold glint in the cracks of ceramic ware, leaving it more beautiful than it was originally.  

Explores the context of trauma, highlighting systemic issues and the need for social justice.

Often, we are expected to learn to cope and take care of our selves in ways that allow the people around us to be comfortable and in ways that support the systems we live and work in.  Instead, we can recognize that trauma is not an individual experience.  It happens in systems that support it and even inflict it.  The goal of TSC is to take care of our selves well enough that we can change the oppressive systems around us and create communities of support for each other.  This calls us to use a social justice perspective as our guide and to include the most marginalized groups among us in our movement forward.

Supports providers in self-care and community care to reduce secondary trauma and compassion fatigue.

We often view survivors of trauma and providers of services as if they were two distinct groups of people.  The professionals are “over here,” the clients “over there.” But most of us are exposed to a wide range of traumatic events, whether they are experienced directly or indirectly.  The circumstances that foster thriving and the kind of care that nurtures growth are the same.  That doesn’t mean I, in the role of provider, share my trauma experiences with you.  It means I am called to practice the skills and use the tools that support my own healing and growth.

My Approach

I know that when you work with people who are experiencing trauma, whether it’s physical or emotional trauma, you are bombarded with problems, surrounded by people needing attention, and you may struggle to provide the quality of care you want to give,  It can be overwhelming.  You may actually react with a flight-fight-or freeze response yourself.  And that makes it hard to think.

Figuring out how to manage the second-hand trauma isn’t a problem to be solved, it’s a process, part of your life journey.   There are four phases of the work that we focus on at Fausta’s Place to Ponder, and you can start at any point of the process that works for you.  

Because R.E.A.L. is not a linear process, the phases aren’t the same for everyone and you may not need them all.  We can’t determine a set amount of time that will meet everyone’s needs.   The packages allow us to design a program that will work for you.  Schedule your initial consultation for more information.


Four Phases of R.E.A.L.



Step back, breathe, and open yourself to your own deep wisdom 


Dip into the resources we have to expand your horizons and shift your perspective.

Add Skills

Increase mindfulness,   reduce suffering, improve communication, and add joy.

Let Your Life Shine

Integrate your wisdom into your life to feel connected, centered, and resourceful


Start the Journey

Let’s talk about your needs and explore how working with me can support you and the work you do.   No charge for this thirty minute session.  Learn more about where to start in the process and how we can help you meet your goals.

Get Started

 Explore where you are on the journey and what you need to continue growing in well-being.


Discover:  2 hour intensive  ($275)

Reconnect and Deepen Your Wisdom : 1 month –  ($500)


Find Your Way

Commit to grow, develop your strengths, and build assets on the path to thriving.  Find your balance and continue to do the work you love without feeling overwhelmed and exhausted.


Expand Your Horizons:  12 hours  -($1300) 

Let Your Life Shine:  24 hours – ($2500)

For Organizations

Support your staff with training and workshops for leadership and direct service staff.  Work with me to design the package that suits your needs

Workshops and Groups

Gain tools and skills to support your growth as you get R.E.A.L. and increase your ability to let your life shine,  to move from surviving to thriving.

Workshops:  “Compassion Fatigue,” “Post-Traumatic Growth”  “States of Mind,”  “The Drama Triangle” and more.

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