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Andrea

Leadership & Self-Development Coach

Dedicated to helping others reach personal and professional goals

I’ve always had the wish to remove the difficulties which stop us from being our best. Someone may have huge potential but internal obstacles create blocks. Indecision, self-limiting beliefs, difficulties with one’s job, worry, a health or relationship challenge, the inability to find satisfying work, or just the twists and turns on life’s path keep getting in the way. I have a reputation for being honest, direct, warm, compassionate, intuitive, quick to understand another’s point of view and challenges, and skillful at facilitating solutions. Clients consistently say that I find the useful positive spin, the learning edge for them, even when things are tough. No matter what concern they bring to our work, they feel clearer, strengthened by a new perspective and ready to move forward. I was never much of a rearview-mirror therapist so my transition to coaching gave me the chance to use my solution-focused orientation in the most effective ways to help clients take more directed action on their own behalf.

This is my story

one summer…

when I was 12, my parents sent me away for 8 weeks of hiking and camping in New England. The only problem: I didn’t want to go. But after one week, I wrote home begging to stay for the extra 9th week. What happened? I made fast friends. I felt free in the mountains, woods, and streams. I used my body, felt healthy and vital. But the most powerful for me was one moment walking alone. I looked up and saw raindrops on leaves. I stopped. I saw the droplets. Though I’d walked through rain for years, I’d never seen it before. Those early moments of being present to seeing held the core values that have driven my life: being present to what is, awareness – seeing what is – beauty, and truth. That understanding began the through-line of experience that thumps for me like a beating heart to this day. 

Experience

Degrees, Certifications & Trainings

  • 1982 – Licensed Marriage, Family Therapist
  • 1992 – PhD Clinical Psychology 
  • 1996 – Private coaching business 
  • 2002 – Graduate Coach University 
  • 2002 – Professional Certified Coach, awarded by International Coach Federation (ICF) the worldwide organizing body for coaches
  • 2002 – Certified Teleclass leader 
  • 2004 – Coaches Training Institute workshops
  • 2005 – Master Certified Coach – the highest designation awarded by the International Coach Federation (ICF)
  • 2010 – Certified Integrative Health Coach, Senior Instructor & Mentor, Dept. of Integrative Medicine, Duke Medical Center
  • 2017 – National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC)

Experience

Degrees, Certifications & Trainings

  • 1982 – Licensed Marriage, Family Therapist
  • 1992 – PhD Clinical Psychology 
  • 1996 – Private coaching business 
  • 2002 – Graduate Coach University 
  • 2002 – Professional Certified Coach, awarded by International Coach Federation (ICF) the worldwide organizing body for coaches
  • 2002 – Certified Teleclass leader 
  • 2004 – Coaches Training Institute workshops
  • 2005 – Master Certified Coach – the highest designation awarded by the International Coach Federation (ICF)
  • 2010 – Certified Integrative Health Coach, Senior Instructor & Mentor, Dept. of Integrative Medicine, Duke Medical Center
  • 2017 – National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC)

Clients

ANDREA HAS WORKED WITH INDIVIDUALS
FROM THE FOLLOWING ORGANIZATIONS:

  • Bell South
  • Duke University Medical Center
  • EBSCO Publishing
  • North Carolina State University
  • League of Municipalities
  • EPA
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Glaxo-Smith Kline
  • Global Cash Access
  • Aetna
  • IBM
  • Barclays
  • Prudential Carolinas Realty
  • Spherion
  • Thorlo
  • U.S. Navy
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • The Hershey Company
  • PepsiCo
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Clients

ANDREA HAS WORKED WITH INDIVIDUALS
FROM THE FOLLOWING ORGANIZATIONS:

  • Bell South
  • Duke University Medical Center
  • EBSCO Publishing
  • North Carolina State University
  • League of Municipalities
  • EPA
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Glaxo-Smith Kline
  • Global Cash Access
  • Aetna
  • IBM
  • Barclays
  • Prudential Carolinas Realty
  • Spherion
  • Thorlo
  • U.S. Navy
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • The Hershey Company
  • PepsiCo
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

 

Andrea and I spoke on the phone long before I began working with her. Although only a few minutes, the conversation made a lasting impression. Seven months after my second child was born, when the demands of children, career, new business and home seemed to momentarily plateau, I realized I had a precious window of opportunity to invent the next chapter of my life and that Andrea was just the person to help. Our work together clarified my core values and provided the support I needed to make leaps both personally and professionally. Andrea’s discipline and candor encouraged me to be systematic in my work and her skilled listening and insight created a baseline of comfort and trust you might expect from knowing someone for years. Perhaps most importantly, her guidance helped reveal my own strengths and created a base for an ambition and focus I did not know I had. Andrea is especially skilled at cultivating a calm outlook and teaching how that calmness can be a place of untold discovery and opportunity. In some ways she folds time – enabling you to accomplish more, with more depth, health and balance, even with more sleep at night – all while not adding a single minute to the day. In the end, my work with Andrea has been some of the most transformative in my adult life. Andrea is a gifted coach and I would recommend her to anyone who is ready to take life to the next level and discover new capacity for ambition, generosity, productivity and happiness.
Robyn Williams Heeks
Architect, Tise-Kiester Architects, Chapel Hill, NC
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