Working with Michael helped me move though a very stuck time in my life and my relationship. Michael created several individual practices for me that were so simple, yet powerfully supportive and revealing. I have continued with these practices after my work with Michael because they are so doable and they work. I am grateful for Michael’s keen intuition, insights and life experiences that he brings so wholeheartedly to this work.
The couples coaching with Michael helped my wife and I create a greater sense of ease, trust, safety , spontaneity, joy and intimacy together. There was one breakthrough moment for me where Michael and his wife Shaza, helped us explore patterns in our relationship that were the hot buttons for conflict and disconnection. Now, my wife and I share in playful exaggerations when these touchy issues come up, allowing us to laugh at our craziness rather than to defend our positions in anger or withdraw. Our relationship is more loving and fulfilling than at any time in our 30 years of marriage.
Michael helped me get back in the drive to finish my book. And the practices that he brought to the partnership coaching were all very well tailored to our specific needs. He helped me illuminate a deeper awareness of myself and incorporate some new behaviors into my everyday life that had me approach things differently.
Michael helped my wife and I save our marriage with a simple, timely truth- "if you don't take responsibility, but keep blaming each other, you will not make it." That really sunk deep into my heart and scared me because I knew he was right. I have been working hard ever since on taking responsibility for my own thoughts, feelings and actions - for my OWN life! Now my marriage is stronger and more whole and beautiful than ever.
It has been several months since my husband and I completed our coaching with Michael. Looking back now, I am surprised at how many other areas of my life were affected by the experience, including
• Enjoying a new way of eating that nourishes me physically and spiritually
(and I am still in awe of this new attitude around food)
• Incorporating exercise into my life as a part of taking care of myself
• Having more energy for engaging with others and trying new things
• Feeling more confident that my retirement will be fulfilling with purpose and passion
• Letting go of my need to control my husband in social situations
• Being more able to interrupt unproductive patterns in our relationship with humor and playfulness
• Relating to others more as equals instead of feeling superior (or inferior)
I still don't know how Michael and Shaza were able to get that ripple effect going and I really don't care. Just keep it up!
Michael's open and honest presence allows one to fully speak to challenges in life with out fear of being judged in any way. His partnership coaching practices created the space for me and my wife to reconnect and grow in symphony instead of the disharmony that a busy family life can often create.
My work with Michael allowed me to penetrate a longstanding family issue, ultimately seeing it as a place in myself that was rigidly stuck in resentment, fear and shame - and emerge with compassion for myself and others with the tools to help that change stick and expand. Michael is well trained in his craft. However what he brings from the depths of his being is maybe the real source of his positive impact: his genuine way of creating safety, of communicating respect by honoring all that emerges, of holding a place of stillness in the face of my inner maelstrom (that seemed to make room for the clouds to part), of recognizing my essential goodness even when it eluded my own awareness.
Michael is a skilled practitioner and very quickly created a metaphor that was spot on for how Wendy and I show up with each other and the patterns in our relationship that create conflict. At the same time he helped us create a new context for living with more flexibility and freedom for our family, including our daughter. He also helped us recognize, appreciate and celebrate the work we had done and the distance we had traveled in such a short time. Michael has a rich toolbox and he equipped us with effective practices that allow us to keep the good work going. We also know Michael will be there for us if we need further guidance.
I have sat with and worked with many gifted, talented people. The particular quality of Michael’s regard, reflection and holding is like no other and quite remarkable in it’s depth and integrity... He is a fabulous coach and much more than a coach.