From 1998 – 2002, Mitch participated in the intensive Mastery of Coaching training program, offered by the Center for Leadership Design, and was certified as a Life Coach in Nov 2002. The training consisted of five intensives per year for three years, along with remote learning, weekly conference calls, practice and research. The focus of his Coaching practice includes: grief, mid-life “stuckness” and difficult life transitions.
Mid-Life Transition according to Dr. James Hollis, PhD., the transition known as the “mid-life crisis” is the “middle passage” between the first and second halves of life. However, the transition point is different for all of us. Some hit the point at age 30 and others at age 60. Generally, the “middle passage” begins when we have the experience of confronting the questions:
Who really am I? What is my purpose in life? How can I gain meaning in living? How can I best share my inner gifts and serve?
Mitch works with clients using the Enneagram, to support clients in bringing into awareness the growth and challenging behaviors of their predominant personality type, identify their basic fears and to develop ways to manage the challenging behaviors of their predominant personality type.
Mitch also works with Internal Family Systems for Coaches, which supports clients in befriending their protective subpersonality parts, which work hard to protect younger, vulnerable wounded subpersonality parts. This allows the client to be more led by their curious, compassionate, clear, confident, calm aspects of their authentic Self.
For some, difficult life transitions are less painful and/or less challenging transition. However, for most, difficult life transitions are precipitated by a significant life change, such as an “empty nest,” loss of a job, "mid-life crisis," a health challenge, an emotional upheaval, divorce, etc.
Mitch works with clients by supporting them in distinguishing how they may have followed someone else’s plan and / or expectations for living from the often crippling angst felt in trying to figure out and implement a new life plan of their own. Something (or perhaps someone) is often lost in the process and it must be grieved.