Hey there, I’m Stephen, founder of Renegade Life and a Transformative Life Coach.

Yeah, I know… we all have at least one unemployed friend or aunt who suddenly became a “Life Coach” by investing $99 and four hours of Internet study.

When it comes to vetting potential life coaches, be afraid… very afraid, or at least highly suspicious.

Why the hell might you listen to me? Or perhaps choose not to do so…

Well, here’s a cursory view of my unofficial qualifications for coaching:

Probably a lot like you, I’ve gone to war with those pesky questions such as:

How do I get from here to there and just where is “there” anyway?

How do I know if I am doing the right thing?

Do I feel happy?

Why is everyone so weird… or is it me?

Is this really all there is?

How did I get so friggin’ STUCK?

After decades of a full-throttle assault on these never-ending thought-loops, I switched gears (paradigms, actually) and now employ more of an Aikido-style dance with life.

And it made all the difference.

I’ve been there. I’ve done that.

Now, as for my (somewhat) more official qualifications for being a coach:

I’m the co-founder of The Human Form, a holistic health and fitness institute in Columbus, Ohio. For the past 25 years I’ve worked with hundreds of people to optimize their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being.

My undergraduate studies were in Psychology, Philosophy and Religion. After dropping out of law school twice, due to what I’ll call “irreconcilable differences”, I continued my graduate school career in East/West Psychology and Comparative Religion. Then I did a stint in Southeast Asia and practiced for a time as a Buddhist monk.

I’m a Robbins-Madanes Trained Strategic Intervention Coach. You know Tony, the dude with the giant head and big teeth, right? But those aren’t his only noteworthy qualities; he could be considered the father of the modern-day personal development movement and has led millions of people worldwide through his transformation programs over the last four decades.

I’m also certified in Neuro-Linguistic Programming. NLP is the study of the structure of subjective experience. Each of us “codes” our day-to-day interactions in certain (often unconscious) ways, which in turn create “maps” of our reality. These maps then determine the meanings we attribute to our lives and directly affect our emotional states. I can show you how to edit your maps and get into the drivers’ seat of your life. If you’ve been attempting to navigate through Los Angeles with a map (or GPS) of New York City, is it any wonder that you’re always friggin’ lost?

Both above approaches utilize techniques to modify or adjust thought patterns and subsequently behavior. These can be effective, and I still employ them from time to time; however, I now embrace a more Transformative Coaching style. Instead of focusing on the application of techniques, I am more inclined to have my clients benefit from the implications of insightful understanding. These insights include: The discovery of who you really are, the true origin of your experience of life, and the authentic freedom that is available to you in each moment.

Would you like to get a taste of my Transformative Coaching perspective (what is also referred to as “The Inside-Out Understanding)? The best way to do that is to check out a few episodes of my podcast “There Is No Spoon” HERE

If you’re in need of counseling, seek out a qualified psychologist. If you’re in need of mood stabilizing medication, seek out a board-certified psychiatrist. If you feel drawn to engage in a transformative conversation about how your mind works and who you truly are, contact me and let’s journey together.

But enough about me, already.

I’d like to hear about YOU – where are you now and where do you most want to be, and what are the challenges and obstacles that are preventing you from getting there?

If you’d like to chat about it, and see if we might be a fit for a coaching relationship, Schedule your Discovery Conversation Today.

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My Renegades

Dave Holmes
Sebastopol, CA

“I can honestly say that Stephen is the most accepting, welcoming and respectful professional I’ve ever worked with, including coaches, psychologists, psychiatrists, friends, and family.  He creates a safe and nonjudgmental environment where I feel comfortable sharing absolutely anything, including things I don’t like about myself, or perceived flaws and character weaknesses.

He helps me to better understand my patterns, beliefs, and behaviors and gently examine what is behind them and alternative choices available to me.

Most of all, Stephen takes the time to truly listen to what I’m saying.  No lecturing, directing, or judging.  He just wants to understand me and my current worldview; and the questions he asks always help me to look more deeply into how I tick, and how I might tick better.”