I'm Jeanne Marie Merkel.
I am a Certified Life and Transition Coach,
Reiki Master Practitioner, Workshop Leader, Spiritual Coach, SoulCollage® Facilitator,
Ceremonialist, Nature Lover & Free-Style Dancer.
My greatest joy:
Is to be fully present with the people I coach: hearing their stories, engaging in the coaching process together, and watching their lives unfold in new, creative and authentic ways!
I believe in community - in the power of connection to call us each into our full potential.
All my life I have been grateful to those teachers, friends, mentors, and coaches who have helped me through my transitions.
I am honored to be able to do the same for others in my community.
A little about my background
I received my Coaching Certification from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC) in August 2018. This rigorous 9 month program is approved by the International Coach Federation (ICF), and includes training in Energy Leadership.
I have had the privilege of assisting people in their spiritual development through interfaith counseling, workshops and rites of passage since 2003. I have been a part of and have led Women's Circles since the 1980's, and so I know firsthand the transformative power of sharing our growing edges in community!
A life-long student of Psychology, Spirituality and the Arts,
I hold a Master of Divinity Degree from Union Theological Seminary in Depth Psychology and Interfaith Studies (2001). I received interfaith chaplaincy training in a NY City hospital, hospice training with East End Hospice, Reiki Master training with Libby Barnett at Kripalu Institute, and completed an intensive Mind-Body Medicine Professional Training with the Center for Mind-Body Medicine.
I did my undergraduate studies at Lesley College focusing on Developmental Psychology and how a child's immersion in the natural world strengthens their sense of self.
I was trained as a SoulCollage® facilitator in 2004 with founder, Seena Frost. I have assisted Anne Marie Bennett in training over 300 SoulCollage® facilitators, and lead online workshops that integrate Transition Coaching, Spiritual Wisdom and SoulCollage®.
I have raised 3 daughters as a single mom, am grandparent to 3 delightful souls, worked for many years in Early Childhood Education, and I have over 25 years experience in Public Library and Non-Profit Administration. I bring all of this background to my coaching practice
I had the good fortune of working with a fabulous iPEC- trained life coach for 4 years, as I made a huge transition after the death of my husband in 2012. What a difference it made to have a skillful and supportive coach! He helped me clarify my priorities, work through a myriad of decisions and emotional challenges, envision my future life, and create it! The experience had such deep impact that I knew I wanted to offer this kind of support to others.
I have been through many transitions in my life and have discovered much wisdom in consciously engaging the dynamic of change. When that inner voice calls us to leave behind what no longer serves, it takes great courage to listen and bravely engage the unknown. The rewards are tremendous!
I look forward to meeting you and hearing your unique story.
I will bring my full presence, my life wisdom, and a broad range of coaching skills to help guide you through your transitions and assist you in creating a more fulfilling life.