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8/6/2014 8:53:00 AM
Life coach practices what she teaches
Deborah Peterson
Deborah Peterson

Briana Lonas

Life presents a steep learning curve. Just ask Deborah Peterson who works as a life coach.

The concept of life coaching is nothing new and has been around at least since the late 80s, especially with the advent of the personal finance and self-help movement, according to Peterson, owner of Coaching Clarity by Definition.

But what is life coaching, really?

"It's a profession that utilizes components from the best strategies from business, psychology, philosophy and religion," Peterson said.

When we think about life coaches, we accept that dancers, actors and sports figures often use them in order to be on the cutting edge, she explained.

Peterson added that she is, "absolutely on call," with her clients.

The relationship between client and life coach often is an enduring one for as long as her service is needed. Life coaches help to find the root cause of a problem, something in the life of the client that they want fixed, she said.

"Life bullies us," she said and that's why it's so easy to lose one's identity in the mad crush of life.

"Everyone is acquainted with loss, burnout, anger, resentment, relationship issues...it's so diverse," Peterson said.

Therefore, hiring a life coach may offer insights for an individual to help maintain and manage life in a much shorter amount of time.

Peterson relates her personal story and points out that there is a difference in a confident self image and one made of pride and conceit.

"I wanted to fix how I responded to people. Misery loves company and I got tired of rejecting people because I felt rejected. I didn't want to be that anymore," Peterson said.

Peterson calls herself a transition specialist and brings many skills to the table when diagnosing the root of a client's problem or issue. She became involved with life coaching in 2000 with degrees in psychology and social work.

She received her clergy ordination in 2010 and also took many life course training programs to extend her knowledge.

"I can tune you up and help you be the best that you can be," she said.

Peterson offers a 30-minute free consultation along with career and personality assessments. For an appointment, call 928-830-4606 or contact by email atmylifenow@cableone.net.

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