It’s my personal life mission to create a new and better paradigm for women.
-- Gia Lacqua
Positive and negative experiences shape who we are.
No matter what has happened to us in the past — the future is ours to create.
You’re a successful, independent woman; a go-getter. You make things happen. You’re a multitasking machine who is perpetually busy. You take care of everyone else, and never seem to have time for yourself.
You’re calm, cool and collected on the outside, yet suffering silently on the inside.
You are exhausted from doing all of things, all the time. Your racing mind keeps you up at night.
You have trouble relaxing because you feel like you should be doing…something. You experience physical manifestations of stress such as insomnia, or migraines. You need a break, but when you finally get one, you feel guilty.
Even though you know you should, you have a hard time saying no to others, and yes to yourself.
Your nagging inner critic tells you that it’s not enough…you should be doing more and doing it better. There’s a muffled voice inside of you telling you that there has got to be a better way to live, but you can’t hear her because she’s being suffocated by your never-ending to do list.
I was you.
In 2018, I started experiencing severe heart palpitations. to the point where I thought I was having a heart attack. After a multitude of doctor visits and tests, I learned that burnout is real. I was experiencing physical manifestations of personal and professional stress and overwhelm. Depleted was an understatement. I had finally hit a wall. What I came to realize was that I was so focused on being everything to everyone else in my life that I wasn’t taking care of my own needs. I was showing up early for work, staying for late meetings, making kids events, and even hosting family parties, but I wasn't showing up for myself. I came to realize that I had been living in survival mode for the majority of my life, and it was not sustainable. I would convince myself that things would improve after the next big meeting, it would calm down after the next family event, that life would slow down when....but it never did.
This experience forced me to take a step back. In working with an amazing professional coach, I was able to align to my personal values, set new boundaries, and focus on finding a better way. Today, I dedicate my time and energy to the people and things that are most important to me. The only person I need to please is the one I see in the mirror; and the only thing I need to prove is that I’m being the best version of me. I am help other women do the same.
As an empowerment coach, I work with high achieving women who, despite all their success, are overwhelmed and unfulfilled. Working together, I support you in shifting from surviving mode to thriving mode.
Trauma is the result of an incident, series of events, or set of circumstances that is experienced by an individual as physically or emotionally harmful or threatening and can have lasting adverse effects on the individual’s functioning and physical, social, emotional well-being.
Trauma is not about the event; it is the imprint it leaves behind.
An estimated 70 percent of adults have experienced a traumatic event at least once in their lives.
Trauma-Informed Coaching is the practice of recognizing and understanding the presence of past trauma in a client’s present-day experience, in a coach-client relationship and how to use it as a guide for resilience and solution-forward resolution. Trauma-Informed Coaches have training in client regulation, brain-body connection, behavioral reaction, different types of traumas, leading causes, and subsequent symptoms. [Moving the Human Spirit]
My Trauma-Informed training enables me to maintain an awareness of how past trauma may impact how my client shows up in the world.
The pain point that my clients typically identify with, the one that leads them to me in the first place, is often a symptom of something much greater. It’s usually something that they have been grappling with for some time.
In my work with clients, we go beyond addressing symptoms. That pain point is simply a starting point. We dig deep until we identify the underlying root cause of their distress, and the behaviors that no longer serve them.
Trauma can affect the functioning of your nervous system. When you live through an overwhelming experience, it can actually rewire your brain and body. A traumatic event can change how your brain interprets information, which can impact your mood, memory and emotions. When we identify the effects of your personal trauma, we can work with the imprint of your past experiences as a catalyst for personal growth so you can thrive personally and professionally.
Additionally, after you experience a traumatic event, your nervous system may become dysregulated. Did you know that unresolved emotional trauma often leads to physiological or body-held trauma? Many people suffer from trauma, often childhood trauma, without realizing it, and this way of life becomes your new normal. This is why understanding the effects of trauma is so important, and why I became a trauma-informed coach.
• I enter each day with an open mind and a generous heart
• I strive to be a positive force in the lives of others
• I am passionate about change
• I lead others to live their fullest potential
• I laugh at myself and help others find joy in life
• I am always learning and striving to improve
• I believe in the art of the possible
What is your personal mission? What’s your vision?
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