Life Coaching Testimonials
"I highly recommend Amber as a life and career coach. In our work together focusing on career transition, she's provided exceptional value in her ability to assess situations quickly and offer concrete tools, processes and plans of action to enable successful growth, change and resilience."
–Tracy Wiseman, Technical/Business Consultant, San Jose, CA
"Working with Amber was a life changing experience. She helped me to reach new heights in my career and to finally succeed at long-standing personal goals. She is extremely personable and has the ability to connect with her clients quickly and to begin work with them at whatever stage they're in at the time. She is trustworthy, always encouraging, and a patient and insightful guide through life experiences in pursuit of goals and dreams. She also offers good value and high integrity."
–Nanette Mickelson, Business Analyst, San Jose, CA
"Working with Amber, I've achieved challenging career objectives, improved personal and professional relationships, and found greater balance in my life. Her techniques allow your strengths to be realized, your journey to be appreciated and a greater sense of purpose to be obtained. I am a more confident and fulfilled individual today as a result of Amber's coaching."
–Laurel McCloskey, Health Communications Professional and Classical Singer, Albuquerque, NM
"I worked with Amber for the past year after struggling to find the next step in my career and to explore the possibility of living abroad. Amber was fantastic. We set objectives for what I wanted to accomplish, identified my values, tackled current work issues and explored future career ideas. I was so pleased at the structure and focus of each session. A year later, I can honestly say that I have work/life balance, better non-defensive communication skills, plus I'm on my way to live in Europe. I highly recommend Amber. She's the complete package: focused, reflective, practical, productive, and supportive."
–Kerry Philp, Marketing Manager, San Francisco/Rome
"I had 3 sessions with Amber during a time when I had to make an extremely challenging life decision. She helped me weigh all my options and we narrowed in on my strengths and core values to ensure that I incorporated these into my decision as well. She also helped me with my resume and within one day of changing it and applying for a new job, I was immediately asked to come in for an interview, and offered the job the next day."
–Alison B, Customer Support, Mountain View, CA
"After working with Amber, I finally found the job I was waiting for for so long! They made me a great offer and all of my "non-negotiables" and values were respected and my expectations were exceeded. Our sessions really helped me to focus on what was important and definitely contributed to me finding a fantastic position."
–Ana Schuster, Research Scientist, San Francisco, CA
"I worked with Amber to discover my leadership style and how I want to show up at work. She is an excellent listener and hones in on key words from my descriptions. Amber gives excellent perspective on work situations, and offers alternative ways to view things. Every session was actionable, and she kept me accountable by assigning homework in which I had to practice using different tools in specific work situations. One particularly impactful session, Amber walked me through a visualization exercise in which I was able to see myself in 6 months, and that gave me a lot of understanding on what I need to do, and how I was going to accomplish my goals. I've worked with coaches previously, and none of them came close to the kind of impact that Amber had on me during our time together. Best of all, I didn't feel like I was talking to a therapist, I felt I was talking to a wise and funny friend. She was completely down to earth, and approachable and I look forward to working with her again."
–Cherie G, Senior UX Designer, San Francisco, CA
“Working with Amber for 8 months was life changing. Going into my mid 40's I came to her to seek help in building the next chapter in my career. What I didn't expect is that I needed guidance in my personal life as well. Every session was therapeutic and eye opening, however I had to work at it everyday to see the results and improvements. The homework Amber assigned during each session were relevant to push me forward, to get me to the place I needed to be and feel positive. Amber has a gift to closely listen, she's able to tap into your inner thoughts and formulate the root cause and suggest ways to work through difficulties. I've grown spiritually and healed mentally from our sessions. I'm a better person today through Amber's dedication and willingness to push me forward even on days I was struggling. Words and expression on this review does not serve justice to what I learned and experienced and to take away permanent positive changes and apply it to my daily life. In addition, Amber helped recreate my cover letter, referral letter, resume and update my LinkedIn page. I was ready and willing to make changes in my life - Amber was there to guide me in the right direction. She impacted my life in ways I did not expect, she provided knowledge and skills her website did not describe; ultimately the sessions were above and beyond my expectations. Amber will be a part of my life as I continue to grow as a person.”
–Angela F, Director of Asset Management, Dublin, CA
"I greatly appreciate your grounded, clear, approach to understanding my ADHD mind and your help distilling and calendaring my action items so I don’t get anxious and give into procrastination!"
–Jennifer Hodges, Head of Corporate Communications, Palo Alto, CA
"Thank you so much, Amber! Everything has been going so well for me since our first session. I got the raise I wanted at work and I realize how much more confidence I have. I wake up grateful everyday with a big smile on my face."
–E.C., Fundraising, Los Angeles, CA
"I can't tell you how amazing this process has been for me. I've come so far since we first started working together—I barely recognize the woman I was—and I owe a great deal of that to you."
–Stacy Karol, Professional Life Coach, San Francisco, CA
"In just a few short months of working with Amber, I have experienced what I can only describe as exponential internal growth. Amber's unique insight, her attention to the not so obvious, lends to her overall spirit and excellence as a life coach. I am blessed our paths have crossed. She is indeed exceptional."
–Leslie Stephenson, Business Owner, New York, NY
"I interviewed a few other coaches and was put off by how much they talked and how little they listened! Amber really knows how to listen. She has such a patient, grounded, yet totally engaged way of working. She was able to give me all the space I needed to think out loud (which is how I work through problems and dilemmas) and offered just the right amount of inquiry, support and encouragement to keep me chugging along. In my work with Amber, I was able to identify my goals, narrow my focus and generate a ton of cool ideas which I am now plugging away at with great results."
–Stephanie Morgan, Therapist, San Francisco, CA
"As a business owner, I need support sometimes on the emotional side of things, and sometimes the practical. Have had a couple sessions with Amber, one a coaching session to help sort out some emotional issues affecting my business; and a consulting session to help me expand marketing ideas for my business. In both sessions she was extremely helpful! She seems quite comfortable and competent working in the different roles of coach and consultant, easily navigating the emotional and practical. Even a couple sessions has made a big difference for me!"
–Gayle Olson, Business Owner, San Francisco, CA
"I worked with Amber during a big transition time in my life. I was deciding between a career shift and going to graduate school. She helped me focus in on what I'd like to contribute to the world and navigate balancing work and personal commitments. Amber is a great listener and was able to reflect back to me my own experience. I can especially recommend working with Amber if you are at a point of transition in life and want someone who is action-oriented."
–Justina Cross, Program Director, Berkeley, CA
"In the past four plus years, Amber has helped me work through two work layoffs, some serious financial problems, more than a few relationship breakups and family issues. She has helped me to restore my self-confidence and "positivity" on numerous occasions and to realize that I DO have wonderful qualities which help me to contribute to the world I live in. Thank you, Amber, for helping me be the person I am today!"
–Gaelen Harber, Customer Relations Manager, Mountain View, CA
"Working with Amber was a wonderful experience! She really helped me in a time of transition to balance my family and professional goals. When we completed our work together, I found myself much more grounded in my values and confident about pursuing my professional goals. I highly recommend her services for anyone wanting career or life coaching. Again, thank you for taking the time to work with me, Amber. I'm very grateful!"
–Emily Hittle, Non-Profit Web Manager and Mother of Two, San Francisco, CA
"I can't recommend Amber highly enough. I was introduced to Amber when my husband bought me a package with her for Christmas. I wasn't quite sure what a 'Life Coach' would do for me but I soon realized that she was transforming the way I not only did things but how I thought of myself. She has helped me with tangible aspects in my personal and professional life that would not have developed without her guidance. As a mother and business owner I have found Amber to be a great asset to helping me with the areas I would like to improve. She listens to what my goals are and helps me develop achievable ways to tackle them so that I can make them happen. From this experience I have found new paths that have opened up because of her style of coaching. I believe that she has enriched my life which makes it a pretty darn good Christmas present!"
–Amy Osborn, Business Owner and Mother of Two, Walnut Creek, CA
"Juggling 3 kids, two cross-continental moves in two years AND a writing career became a lot more manageable once I started working with Amber. Although I certainly don't always get it right, I can now identify much more quickly what's most important even if that task wasn't on my original to do list. Working with Amber, I also have learned to set boundaries which are mine alone to erect or relax: a very important skill given that the hardest task for me as a mom/writer is taking care of the kids but making sure I am also taking care of me so I can do my best by them. I also now give myself credit for my successes big and small whereas before Amber I tended to see all the things I hadn't achieved. Acknowledging those successes puts everything in a better light."
–Suzanne McFayden Smith, Professional Writer and Mother of Three, Austin, TX
"My experience with Amber was a huge success! I was able to easily identify the areas I wanted to work on and incorporate strategies to feel empowered and move forward. Amber helped me to identify a new mental framework for relationships where I can express what I need without feeling guilty. I feel so much more free! Thanks, Amber. I'm so grateful for your expertise and sensitivity. Thanks also for not letting me off the hook until I reached my goals. You're the best personal coach out there."
–Christina Smith, Program Specialist Technician, Sonoma County Office of Education, Mother of Four, Santa Rosa, CA
"Thank you so much for offering such a wonderful service to working mothers. You're a great coach and I deeply value the time we've spent together and the progress you've helped me make in my life. I wouldn't be this far along in my goals or have this much courage to push forward without your support. I've made more progress with you in the last 2 months than I made in 2 years of therapy."
–Joanne Stewart, Geography/Wildlife Project Manager. Mother of One, Glasgow, MT
"I really have found our coaching sessions VERY helpful. I have to thank you for helping me find my way back to a balanced life."
–Jennifer Acquaah, Payments Strategist, Mother of Two, Aurora, ON, Canada
"After working with Amber, I was able to clearly articulate a future vision for myself and define my priorities to achieve greater work/life balance, which was having a significant impact on other aspects of my life. With Amber's supportive coaching style, I was able to gain the confidence and made a significant career move that was long overdue. I'm not sure I would have made the transition without Amber's know-how, encouragement, and support. Amber is able to span the personal & professional spectrums so seamlessly, it's like getting two coaches for the price of one. She's great at understanding the whole person and I would highly recommend her for anyone looking to make changes in their life for greater overall satisfaction."
–Susan Nelson, Sr. HR Manager, Mother of One, San Jose, CA
"Amber is amazing. She is a gifted coach and her intuitive, sensitive listening skills have supported me through some professional challenges. I highly and without reservation recommend Amber to anyone seeking to improve their professional communication skills or personal life skills."
–Corinne Meulrath, Regional Director, Sonoma County Office of Education, Mother of Three, Petaluma, CA
"I've been working with Amber for several years now and as a hands-on single father and business owner, I can honestly say that she has added so much to my life. We have worked on all aspects, from being in business with family members to building healthy relationships with my children and my wife-to-be. My communication skill have improved tremendously as well as my self-worth. She gives me perspective on what I'm doing and has helped me understand that I am on a journey to be my true self. I'm grateful for her and I wouldn't be where I am today without her help and guidance and of course my willingness to try hard."
–Jason Rittenbach, Business Owner, Father of Three, Oakland, CA
"Thank you for coaching me toward my dreams...you've helped me grow into a woman who is embracing what I really want in life. Thanks for making the world a better place!"
–Jenna Chambers Burrow, Publisher, Mother of Three, Hutto, TX
"Amber uses her humor, compassion, and direct nature to help bring out the best in me. She is committed to helping me live...I mean, really live, life to its fullest."
- Jason Rodriguez, Small Business Owner, Los Angeles, CA
"Through my work with Amber I learned how to better manage time and be more productive. Amber helped me get through my last year and a half of dissertation writing, and helped me feel ready to tackle whatever comes my way."
–Letty B., (Former) Graduate Student, Berkeley, CA
"In the three months that I've coached with Amber, my client base/income has increased 40% which gives me the peace of mind to be able to take time for myself."
–Nadine Bush, Small Business Owner, Mill Valley, CA
"Amber's positive energy has helped me to make choices from a place of optimism instead of fear which has had a powerful impact on my relationships and career."
–Jessica Manelli, Executive, Santa Clara, CA
"I've been working with Amber for nine months now. With Amber's help, I have been able to advocate for my self-worth, gain a work-life balance, and figure out a self-fulfilling career that matches my core values. More importantly, I gained self-confidence. Every day I wake up grateful in every aspect of my life. I have been able to use my intuition, perspective and attitude to navigate through life's different situations. With Amber's guidance, I have learned that happiness is a choice that takes a lot of work."
–Elaine Cartas, Fundraising Professional, Los Angeles, CA
"Amber has been the guest speaker at several of CSIX Connect meetings. She is a dynamic presenter with a highly interactive workshop and continually receives very strong feedback from our members. Amber's great personality along with her compelling presentation skills makes her one of the most effective guest speakers."
–Hamid Saadat, Founder and Chairman of the Board, CSIX Connect
"I truly enjoyed working with Amber on two occasions. She is such a calm and well organized person. She is always present at the moment and very in tune with people when she does her presentations. She is very observing and has a keen way of engaging with her audience. She is skillful on what she does as a Life and Career Coach and would love to work with her again in the future."
–Fides Magisa, Executive Assistant/Office Manager at Federal Judiciary, San Francisco, CA
"Amber is an engaging, focused and energetic speaker who consistently produces overwhelmingly positive feedback from our members. There's always a waiting list to get into Amber's presentations and we enthusiastically and wholeheartedly recommend her as a speaker for your group."
–Vidya Kaif, Founder of Women's Professional Association, Mother of Two, San Francisco, CA
"Before and after surveys show that Amber's workshops increase employee job satisfaction, morale and productivity. With such an impressive return on investment, we now offer ongoing quarterly workshops and follow-up one-on-one coaching with Amber. Amber is a stellar presenter and coach and we're lucky to have found her."
–Naomi Jaffe-Smith, Human Resources
"The workshop 'Your Career, Your Way' gave me a completely new outlook on my career search and my future."
–Dee-Dee Franco-Wright., Danville, CA
"I got so much out of Amber's workshop 'How to Achieve Work/Life Balance' that I attended it twice. As a former workaholic, I made the life changing decision to have a baby."
–Lillian Strouth, Public Relations Executive, Cupertino, CA
"The presentation 'Your Career, Your Way' was the fuel needed to start my engine. The following two weeks, I set up three interviews and received a great job offer which I happily accepted."
–Paul McFarland, Technical Writer, Danville, CA
"The women in leadership workshop helped me to have a new trust in myself and my ability to fully step into my leadership skills."
–Laura Bellafont, Non-Profit Executive Director, Cupertino, CA
"My work with Amber has helped me to see myself as a more powerful and confident woman, which has had a positive impact on both my professional and personal relationships."
–D.M.C, Human Resources Director, The Gap, San Francisco, CA
"As an over-achiever with workaholic tendencies, my coaching with Amber has helped me to slow down, figure out what's important to me and enjoy life more than I have in five years."
–Cheryl Stein, Fortune 500 Executive, Boston, MA
"As a result of coaching I've decided to open up my own business. Through working with Amber, I realized that life is too short to wait to pursue my passions."
–Scott Finley, Entrepreneur, Palo Alto, CA
"Working with Amber was a great investment. As a result, I was able to more confidently manage my team and better manage my time. I also earned a promotion, which was the icing on the cake."
- Jane William, HR Director, San Francisco, CA
"I've found our work together to be extremely effective. Thank you for your inquiries and insight. It has made all the difference in my role as a leader."
- Noelle Rozen, Communications Director, San Francisco, CA
"Since I started coaching with Amber four months ago, I've lost 20 pounds and earned a promotion at work which has boosted my confidence to start dating again."
–Randy Goodwin, Fortune 500 Executive, San Francisco, CA
"I started working with Amber because I was at a cross-roads in my career and relationship and I needed some direction. Through coaching, I've discovered my life purpose and have decided to get married. I attribute much of this success to the great inner-work I've done in coaching."
–Rebecca Fields-McKinley, Writer, Washington, DC
"When I run into people I haven't seen for awhile, they comment on how happy, energized and great I look. I tell them it's due to the work I've done with Amber."
–Joelle Lapin, Actress, Los Angeles, CA
"I got more out of one month coaching with Amber than I did from all of the self-help books I've read and seminars I've attended over the years."
–Rebecca Roche-Indrine, Small Business Owner, Belle Plaine, MN
"Amber has been very effective in helping me clarify my key issues and find the sense of grounding that I need to make changes and forge new paths in my career and life."
–Margaret O., Marketing Consultant, Fairfax, CA
"Before coaching, I was living my life on auto-pilot. While it was easy and safe, I always had a nagging feeling that I could do more...be more. Through my work with Amber, I've learned how to make intentional choices and have developed a newfound confidence that allows me to present my best self to the world."
–Lisa Matias, Engineer, London, UK
"I came to coaching because I was stressed out and overwhelmed while struggling to open my new business. Amber offered me rock-solid support in this time of transition. Now the business is thriving and I've learned how to actually enjoy and celebrate my successes."
–Gretchen Silvio, Small Business Owner, New York, NY
"After my sessions with Amber, I feel like I've had two glasses of my favorite red wine or a therapeutic massage. Amber also knows how to challenge me which has helped me to get back into exercise and to feel great about carving out time for myself."
–Heather Madison, Sales Manager, San Francisco, CA
"I'm grateful for all the ways your fingerprints are on the beginning of my coaching business/practice and that our coaching together really has helped me stay true to myself on this path."
–Renata Razza, Professional Life Coach and Trainer, Berkeley, CA
"Your coaching has been the catalyst for profound change in my life. Your guidance has been amazing."
–Anita Packard, Attorney, San Francisco, CA
"If you're considering making changes in your life or career, I wholeheartedly and enthusiastically recommend you contact Amber. Through her supportive and no-nonsense style of coaching, I've landed a lucrative and fulfilling job and met a beau who I connect with on a deeper level."
–Denise Rizzo, Director of Customer Relations, San Francisco, CA
"Amber has guided me through several major career and life decisions and has helped me to feel excited and at ease about my choices."
–Ayesha Brown, Marketing Manager, San Francisco, CA
"I cannot begin to express how much gratitude I have for you and the help you have provided me over the past year to get this project up and running. I'm really pleased with how it turned out. Thank you again, so, so much!"
–Nell Desmond, Professional Life Coach, Staunton, VA
"I enjoyed spending the day learning about myself. You do an excellent job facilitating this type of an event."
–JD Woods, United States District Court
"(The) workshop was fun, enjoyable and informative."
–Connie Cook, U.S. Probation Officer, LCSW, United States District Court
"I worked with Amber in weekly phone appointments for several months. I was looking for a life coach, because I wanted help transitioning out of a career that left me feeling chronically overwhelmed. In our appointments, Amber helped me to unravel that there was much more than just work contributing to my unsustainable lifestyle, including worries about family health issues, etc. She helped me to identify the issues I can control, the issues I can influence, and what is out of my hands. She also helped me to identify my core values. At first I was somewhat dismissive or reluctant to get into conversations about core values, because I was looking for specific strategies to get into a different line of work (eg. networking, etc.), and the core values conversation seemed too intangible to be helpful. However, Amber helped me to see that identifying core values is a necessary first step in order to ensure that any changes I make in my career, personal life, etc. will actually bring me satisfaction with my life.
Amber had some specific suggestions to help with my work-life balance and sanity in the immediate, and she had some general questions and guidelines for making decisions in any situation. Like many a wise guru, therapist, mentor, or coach, Amber helped me to discover that everything I needed was already inside of me. She gave very little direct instruction and instead did a lot of listening, echoing, and asking guiding questions. This sort of teach-a-man-to-fish coaching demonstrated Amber's dedication to the principles of her practice, because it gave me a life-long internal coach and a guiding star of my core principles, but at the same time, she also worked herself out of a job.
Some people would be able to do this kind of work by themselves with a good self-help book. I am not one of those people. By working with Amber for several months, I made tremendous progress on issues that I had been struggling with on my own for several years. Sometimes Amber assigned me homework, but as I progressed, she coached me to assign my own homework by asking, "What's the smallest possible step you can take to move yourself in that direction, and when is a reasonable deadline when you can have that done?" Just knowing that I would have that phone call with Amber at 4pm on Tuesday gave me the external accountability and the kick in the pants that I needed to follow through on tasks that I had wanted to do but found excuses to never get around to doing. When I tended to get overwhelmed with how much farther I had to go on major life projects, Amber genuinely celebrated my small steps in a positive direction. Her encouragement helped to keep me motivated, and her one-small-step-at-a-time approach was very effective with me, because one success gave me momentum to keep moving forward to the next success.
At first I thought that I would have preferred in-person meetings; however, I quickly appreciated the benefits of phone meetings. You can't beat the convenience, and I believe that I made faster progress by working over the phone. On the phone, I felt safer to take risks, open up, and let myself be vulnerable. I am confident that Amber would be just as warm, empathetic, and encouraging in person as she was on the phone, but not having to face another person helped me to feel safe enough to get right to the heart of difficult topics.
In the two years since I stopped working with Amber, I have recommended her to a number of friends and colleagues. I have often used my core values and Amber's guiding questions to coach myself through decisions. As a public school teacher living in San Francisco, cost was definitely an issue for me, but I was ready to make a big change, and I knew that I needed help, so I was ready to seek professional guidance and pay accordingly. What I have found in the subsequent two years is that working with a life coach is an investment that pays off in the long-term. I feel that I have received more than my money's worth in terms of the self-empowerment, sanity, and improved life satisfaction I now experience. My life isn't where I want it to be yet, but I have to tools to create the life I want, and I'm well on my way.
One last word- working with a life coach is like anything else. It's not a magic pill. You get out of it what you put into it. You have to work the steps, etc. So when you're motivated and ready to put in the effort, give Amber a call."
–Rebecca Rush, Public School Teacher, San Francisco, CA