About Althea Coaching
Althea is the Greek word for healing and the botanical name for the marshmallow plant. It's also the name of my floating 35-foot sailboat office in Cascade Locks, Oregon, where clients can meet in person for coaching and small group workshops on the Columbia River. I chose this as my coaching practice name while celebrating my first night with my husband as the new owners of Althea: the sailboat is a literal and metaphoric reminder that we are at choice as to where and how we navigate our way in life and drop our anchor.
I love getting dirt under my nails, nurturing the growth of people and plants.
After teaching college English for nearly twenty years and coaching colleagues in a group setting, I’ve followed my heart by deepening and combining my passions--coaching and edible gardening. I have an M.A. in English from San Francisco State University and completed training at both the Critical Friends Group Coaches Institute at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon and the Coaches Training Institute (CTI) in San Rafael, California.
I am certified both as a CTI Co-Active Coach (CPCC), certification that exceeds International Coaches Federation’s standards, and as an Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Metro Master Gardener, serving as a community educator and volunteer dedicated to sustainable gardening practices.
I currently live, garden, write, hike, dance, and sail with my husband and dog in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge.
Are you looking for something a little different?
How is coaching different from therapy or consulting?
Co-active coaching is founded on the premise that all people are naturally creative, resourceful, and whole. Coaching, which is not therapy or consulting, addresses specific personal projects and issues, business goals and successes or general conditions in people’s life or profession. While coaching can certainly be therapeutic and healing, the coaching practice focuses on where you are now and supports you with forward momentum. In contrast, traditional psychotherapy explores healing past traumas and patterns from one’s family of origin. And in contrast to consulting, which provides expertise in a specific field and may dictate a certain course of action, coaching assumes that both coach and client will co-create together with curiosity, fluidity, resilience, and serious playfulness.
Other coaching services can include but are not limited to clarification of values, brainstorming, identifying plans of action, creating new vision and goals, asking clarifying questions and making empowering requests.