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SITUATION #1

Situation:
A man in his 40s with two young children contacted me because his wife had had an affair and had asked him for a divorce. He had started the legal process. He felt that he needed to better deal with his divorce, as well as move and get a new job. He was overwhelmed and emotionally in shock.

Action:
We explored the elements of his situation. He could only see one option, and although some of his proposed changes did need to occur, he had not considered many of the other possibilities and choices available to him. We created the possibility of a happy life without this spouse and the ideal family dynamic. We created a plan to break down the un-surmountable list of tasks into a short set of achievable things to do a week at a time. This included taking care of himself, which he had almost stopped entirely.

Results:
This man was able to keep going and take care of the legal tasks that had been paralyzing him. He obtained a new suitable position in the city where his ex-wife would be living and relocated there. He kept his children in his life. Most of all, he established a picture of how life could be happy and fulfilling again and started to live it.
 

SITUATION #2

Situation:
A young woman in her 20s had decided that her relationship was not working and wanted to make a change. She approached me to assist her in keeping her physical fitness routine intact during the process of separation.

Action:
We explored the state her relationship was in and what she needed to do to maintain her workout routines and caring for herself. In the process, she discovered that she was not sure if she needed to leave her husband, but still felt her life was not going where she felt it should. We explored her dreams, life desires, and bottom lines. She determined that there were many action steps she could take to better her life that did not involve separating from her husband. We created a plan for her to work toward this better life and shared the journey.

Results:
This young woman is by her words “very happy and very happily married”. She is still married to the same man.
 

SITUATION #3

Situation:
A capable 18-year-old young woman, who was newly blind and had just graduated from The School for the Sight Impaired, was referred to me for assistance. This young woman wanted to put what she had learned to use and gain the confidence to get on with her life. She did not have family in the area and did not want to utilize her friends for this task and by so doing change the dynamics of their relationships. She stated that she was feeling mostly afraid and overwhelmed when considering how to successfully use her newly learned coping skills.

Action:
Together, we explored ideas and options presented in the school she had attended and developed a plan to integrate her training into her current living environment. We used some creativity to individualize systems to work better for her and to fill gaps that were created by her environment. The systems we established were meant to enable her to be as independent as possible.

We also held coaching sessions to allow her to explore her new capabilities and establish goals and actionable steps to achieve them. She wanted this transition to be transparent to those that had known her before. Part of this turned to career planning as she realized that she did not like her prior position and certainly did not want to take the effort to make it work in her current situation. We evaluated her skills and enabled her to try a couple of careers of interest through volunteer positions. I also shared the finer points of job search techniques including resume writing, job lead development, and interviewing.

Results:
This young woman moved on with her life as though she had not missed a beat. She is working part-time according to her desired schedule. She has put in place what she learned in school and is enjoying her life again. She gave me a tear-filled hug with a “Thank you; you’ve helped me so much. I owe you so much.”
 

SITUATION #4

Situation:
A woman in her late forties had been divorced for two years and had not addressed missing child support and other legal residuals. She had been living off of a settlement and had not been living her life. She felt that she was failing as a mother as she could not financially help out her children (18 – 25 years old).

Action:
We identified things that she was passionate about and put her focus back on those things. We then established a plan to create room for them in her life and week by week implemented the plan. We broke down the legal process into simple steps, some of which we completed together and some of which she completed in between our sessions. Once she realized the momentum that she was creating, there was no stopping her.

Results:
She now owns her own successful business about which she is very passionate. She no longer worries about her finances as she has both income and a financial plan. The legal residuals of the divorce are taken care of and her husband settled for the child support that he had not paid. She is now free to do and think anything that she wants, to live within her passions, and to love and give to her children.


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