My Coaching Philosophy


My ten years spent training with my mentor, motivational speaker and author Gabrielle Bernstein had a profound impact on my life.

In 2008, I was in my early twenties and fresh off a breakup. I spent most of my time feeling sad or hiding in my apartment, cut off from the world. When I started working with Gabby, I discovered that life didn’t have to be this way. I didn’t have to feel bad for myself. I had an opportunity. I could create a new reality.

With Gabby’s help, I soon discovered that happiness is a choice. A miracle is a shift in perception. We can choose our thoughts, our language, and our actions. We can co-create with the universe. Yes, I had been dumped and it was hard and I could be sad about it, but I also had choices. I could see opportunity in the obstacle, start planning my day, start meditating, being proactive about doing things that would make me feel better.

I could look inward instead of outward for a sense of joy. And I could focus on me - my happiness, my priorities, my identify- through all the ups and downs of life.

I was in awe of what coaching could do. I spent years seeing a therapist, but nothing had made a difference like this. To deepen my training, I completed Gabby’s Spirit Junkie Master Class levels 1 and 2. Then, I pursued my own coaching certification through New York University’s School of Professional Studies. During this whole time, I was also working extensively with kids and parents as a private tutor.

When I graduated from my coaching certification program, I was nine months pregnant with my twins. That was how ready I was to take my training out into the world.

Now, as a coach who specializes in working with moms, I channel my empathy and intuition to lead clients to experience genuine self-acceptance, presence, and happiness, especially in the face of huge change.

When I became a new mom, this approach was life-altering for me. I hope it will be for you, too.

Click here to read my story about becoming a mom. 


"When I met Joanna, I was floundering. She helped me to realize what I truly wanted for the future, and I was able to exit a relationship feeling as if I had taken a stand for myself. She was fundamental in guiding me through the healing process (which was a lot shorter than I thought it would be, given my newfound clarity!) I literally can't imagine having navigated the toughest months of my life without her."
-Gillian K.

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