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How I work

My understanding of the Recovered Life has been shaped by multiple factors:

  • my formal education in counseling and pastoral care

  • my work in the criminal justice system, adult education, and front-line addiction treatment

  • my training, certification, and continuing education as a coach

  • my personal experience of recovery

  • my many interactions with individuals who are looking for new ways of looking at problems


As a result, my approach doesn’t focus on a single ideology or methodology. I use a blended approach that grounds and gives shape to my work while allowing me to be responsive to what matters most to my clients.

As a coach I work alongside my clients, helping to raise awareness about the factors I've found to be significant in efforts to create and sustain meaningful change:


  • The ability to see our circumstances and ourselves clearly.

  • The ability to accept what cannot be altered or controlled.

  • The ability to fully own what belongs to us: our actions, beliefs, and attitudes. And to let go of what doesn't.

  • The willingness to take risks.

  • Living in authentic connection – with ourselves, with others, and with the Divine (to learn more about my take on faith, click here). 

Above the Clouds
The best part is I felt heard and validated ... I came away better equipped to face the things that challenge me.
                                                                                                           Rosalyn Blackett, Ottawa Canada
When you work with me at least three things will happen:

You'll bring resolution to the issue that brought you to coaching in the

first place (yes, you - you're the expert on your life. I'm just here to light

the spark and fan the flames).

You’ll see yourself and your ability to work through problems in a new

and empowering way (prepare to feel your confidence soar).


You’ll bring this new perspective and skillset to other situations and

challenges (in other words, you’ll begin to coach yourself – and I’m totally

fine with that).

Above the Clouds

Lianne's course on coping is my new gold standard.                                                                                                                                                                                                         Margaret Moore, Chapel Hill, NC

Who I am

I've worked in the fields of criminal justice, adult education, and substance abuse treatment. 


I hold Bachelor’s degrees in criminology and education and Master’s degrees in counseling and spiritual care.  I'm certified through the International Coach Federation as a life coach specializing in recovery and I've completed additional training in Motivational Interviewing, Enneagram, and WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan).  In addition to coaching, I also teach and mentor coaches in training.


I'm deeply spiritual, slightly irreverent, witty, gritty, and passionate about traveling alongside people on their journey to the Recovered Life. I live my ever-unfolding version of the Recovered Life with husband Hugh and Jack Russell rescue (!!) Finley, somewhere between Chapel Hill, NC and Ottawa, Ontario.

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