A friend passed along Dave's information about a 5-day Aliveness program. Since I had just started working remotely and was glad to have found something rather perfect for my new lifestyle, I was interested in participating in something that would help me reconnect with myself and goals. Even after the first session, I felt more alive and glad I had followed my intuition to sign up. It was exactly what I needed: a simple, straightforward way to become more aware and grounded while going through a very odd time. After completing the 5 days, Dave offered a coaching session via webcam. Again, I trusted my intuition and just went with it despite being a tad nervous because I'm not used to neither coaching sessions nor anything via webcam. And all I can say is, wow. He listened to me, in a way that made me feel comforted because I could feel I was being taken seriously and because he's completely tuned in and attentive to energy and connections, and he was able to hone in on what I was getting at, but couldn't identify myself, and come up with an action plan to make me feel more alive. It's one of those gifts from the universe I'll never forget and will always go back to and remember the wisdom I gained during our session.
Every year I go through a cycle of feeling affirmed in my life choices to feeling like I should/could be doing something completely different and "grabbing my life by the horns." Dave helped me dig into my thoughts surrounding wanting to make a lateral career switch and realize that my desire to produce art was linked mostly to a desire to express myself freely, which can be accomplished no matter what career path I choose. With his help, I created and implemented a plan to keep my current job while expressing my creativity both within the bounds of that job as well as taking up creative writing on the side. I recognized that creativity is often not a marketable nor supported skill, therefore I was in a unique and great position to support myself through my creative efforts. If you are looking for a compassionate, highly intuitive, and personable coach with a tendency to dig deep, I recommend Dave and aliveness coaching.
I started working with Dave because I was feeling overwhelmed with my school work. I am currently in high school, and I've been thinking a lot about college, where I want to go, and if I'll be able to get in. I have also been taking advanced courses, and it has all been causing me a lot of stress. Working with Dave, I have been seeing that my happiness is not 100% dependent on my career, but that happiness comes from balancing all the parts of my whole self. Dave has helped me take action with effective techniques to find more balance and reduce my inner conflict. I have seen immediate results, and things just keep getting better as we continue to work together.
Dave has been an amazingly thoughtful resource for my daughter in helping her navigate school pressures without losing her mind. He has supported her in cultivating greater self-awareness and she is learning how to handle the normal bumps in the road with greater equanimity. I'm so grateful she's getting these tools at such a young age.
My sessions with Dave have been really helpful! He has a framework that he is working from, but he is not afraid to deviate and take on the issues I bring to him. We meet virtually, and I always feel very safe and comfortable. I can really open up. We get to the heart of issues I want to work on. He has been especially great in helping me with my relationships, habits, and dealing with transitions. I've been noticing changes slowly happening in my life. I'm now able to see through issues more easily and approach them in a more balanced way. To be transparent, I know Dave personally, but I imagine it would be less complicated and even easier to talk with him if I didn't know him before coaching. I'd recommend meeting with him to see if his style of coaching is right for you.
As a person who likes to have a specific type of support team available for the moments in life when you need some guidance, when things feel a bit sticky or unclear of purpose, Dave has been a great addition. Using techniques that have safely allowed me to locate my passions and aliveness, I highly recommend his coaching program because of its holistic focus. He doesn't just help you achieve your goals. It's like he helps you become your own coach. I've found that my goals are easier to pursue through his framework. Dave has also been coaching my teenage son, who really loves having sessions with him. It is refreshing and insightful to work with Dave and his style of coaching.
I recently had a coaching session with Dave and it was an enlightening and energizing experience. Through his guidance I was able to process what my personal avenue to aliveness would be. We worked to together to find out what aliveness meant to me and what aspects of my life already contribute to that feeling. Something that struck me almost immediately from the first few minutes of conversation was being able to self reflect and understand what in my life truly gave me the feeling of aliveness. I didn't have to tools previously to reach this point on my own. However now, through activities done during the session and Dave's guidance, I have some tangible and cognitive resources to work with that are already helping me move toward fulfilling that which makes me feel alive. In fact, something I value deeply from this session was how I was able to realize I had a goal I'm trying to achieve and then identify, in real world terms, what that goal is and how to move closer to it. I also came to the realization that reaching full aliveness and achieving my goals are entangled processes. Working on the former naturally leads to the later. I had previous beliefs about what my life *should* be and Dave helped me understand not only potential pitfalls in my old ways of thinking but also suss out those parts of my personal history that did contribute to the sensation of aliveness. One specific issue that was extremely helpful to address is my sense of having divergent sources of motivation that combined to annihilate each other. Over the course of the session Dave helped me identify the part of myself that was striving to "live up to my potential" and the other part that mistakenly took my creative energies as antagonistic to my potential. What was surprising to me was the realization that that is a false dichotomy and that my creative energies power my feeling of aliveness which is, in fact, the real manifestation of my potential. Dave is an excellent coach, and had an immediate impact on the way I think about my life, my goals and the feeling of aliveness.
I found Dave because I was trying to decide whether to go to grad school or just find a job, but I didn't know what kind of career I wanted. He helped me figure it out, but he also helped me realize that happiness is more than just my career. When I started finding happiness in smaller ways, things came together easily. I decided to go for grad school, and that was the right decision. I love it so much! I might have figured it out on my own without Dave's help, but I would have been pretty miserable and hard on myself for the whole time leading up to it because that's how I am. But Dave has been teaching me how to go through transitions without draining myself. Whenever I see him, he makes me feel like everything is Ok. Since I've been practicing the things he taught me, life feels easier.
Dave is very sweet, and he makes you feel very safe. I wouldn't be where I am today without working with him. He helped me find a new job after I got laid off. What's more amazing is how he helped me stop suffering even before I got the new job. He helped me see that my relationship with myself was most important, and that I didn't have to kill myself looking for a job and take whatever came. He taught me to trust myself, and soon enough the perfect job just showed up. It was kind of amazing!
I've known Dave for 4 years, and in that time, he has always been helpful on my personal development journey. Firstly, he is trustworthy, inspiring, and empathetic. Something that really makes him stand out is the way he listens to understand, extends empathy and recommends action steps that actually works. Secondly, he is passionate and believes in my growth. I highly recommend him as a coach.