In our world, ordained ministers and other pastoral workers can make present the fragrance of Christ’s closeness and his personal gaze. …this “art of accompaniment” teaches us to remove our sandals before the sacred ground of the other.”
– Pope Francis
Our coaching services are for women desiring growth in their relationship with God, healing from emotional wounding or past traumas, and discovering the abiding presence of Christ within their own hearts. We’ll move in that direction together, through prayer, deepening awareness of self, and removal of obstacles, spiritually and emotionally. Our approach has been shaped by many great saints and spiritual thinkers, including St. John Paul II, St. Ignatius of Loyola and Henri Nouwen to name a few.
We’ll move forward together using tools and methods from the fields of Coaching, Inner Healing, Spiritual Direction and Gestalt Pastoral Care, while standing firmly upon the pillars below.
Pillar 1: Coming into God's Presence
Our work together begins by entering into God’s presence with open hearts and engaging in sacred conversation. The art of conversation with one another and our Lord involves speaking, listening and sometimes sitting together in silence. Our sessions are a safe place to lift the veil on our hearts and simply come as we are, discovering our authentic voice.
Pillar 2: Identity
Our foundational identity in Christ is Beloved of God. We stand firmly on this truth in our work together. Oftentimes, an important part of our work involves simply being with the Lord and letting His love sink in deeply. Each time we allow ourselves to receive His immense love, we gain strength to take the next step.
Pillar 3: Wholeness
“Just as our bodies mobilize for healing when we have been physically injured, we can be confident that this same energy for wholeness is expended on wounds of emotion and spirit. In this context, discomfort or pain or anxiety are certainly not imaginary, but are a sign that something is pushing for resolution inside…We trust our inner process precisely because the Holy Spirit is at work in it, for the drive toward wholeness is written into our very beings by the One who created us.” – Tilda Norberg in Consenting to Grace, an Introduction to Gestalt Pastoral Care.
“Behold, I make all things new.”
– Revelation 21:5
To experience the depth of encounter that our work enables, your sense of safety and trust is essential. We encourage you to schedule a sample session at no charge so we can get to know each other before embarking on this journey together! Fill out the form at the bottom of this page so we can set up a 30-minute meeting to get to know you and your needs. From there, we will put you in touch with one of our coaches to schedule your sample session.
We look forward to getting to know you and discovering what the Lord has planned for us!
Meet Our Coaches & Spiritual Director
Ann Armstrong, Spiritual Director, has herself received the abundance of Christ’s promise, and desires to help others know life beyond their challenges, wounds and traumas. Through listening prayer and prayerful counseling she works to make a place for God to encounter those with whom she meets.
“One of the greatest joys and privileges I have is to wait with women [and men] for the transforming, life giving presence of the Trinity to meet them. As we invite Them and do our best to quiet ourselves, They come in ways beyond our imagining, and our lives are forever changed! I pray we may all grow in our desire for and expectancy of the fullness for which we are created!” – Ann
Elizabeth Leon (Betsy) is a Catholic author, speaker, wife, mother, and grandmother from Ashburn, Virginia and has been a leader in ministry and faith formation for more than twenty-five years. Betsy accompanies women on the Journey of the Beloved to claim their identity as beloved daughters of the King and to find transformation and freedom through healing in Christ. Her coaching draws from the Lord’s restoration and redemption of her own journey through shame, divorce, adultery, abuse, and child loss.
“Jesus has allowed suffering in my life not as a rebuke or punishment, but as an invitation to draw close to His sacred heart. When I open myself completely to the gaze of Jesus, He can do the work of healing, transforming, and restoring me. Our identity is always victorious in Him, but it takes courage to let ourselves be loved and to do the work of tearing down the lies of shame and condemnation. The Lord is always faithful and the power of his presence in the crucible of our suffering is worth everything.” – Betsy
Read Betsy’s bio: here
Bonnie West is a wife, mother, grandmother, hospital chaplain and spiritual mentor. Through the circumstances the Lord has allowed in her own life and the grace of Jesus’ tender remedies for them, she has come to know the riches of His tender love. Her joy is to share His healing heart with those He brings to her.
“How it breaks Jesus’ heart to have us picking up nickels and dimes off the sidewalk when there is a bank vault of treasure He offers us! He lives and moves and has His being within us. He does not disdain our misery, but is madly drawn to it, longing with infinite patience to restore us to our true selves. Let us discover His Heart together! Let us learn to live heaven on earth.” – Bonnie
Read Bonnie’s bio: here
Denise (De) Yarrison coaches women along the journey to spiritual and emotional freedom. The heart of her work is facilitating healing encounters with the Lord that lead to resolution of early wounding, past traumas and their adverse effects, so we can live more freely in the present. De has witnessed again and again the healing power of our Lord’s immense Love and His ardent desire to, not only free and restore every one of His children, but to truly make us new.
“I am humbled and privileged to walk alongside my sisters in Christ, to be invited into their stories and life experiences. I pray we will each know – really claim in our bones -how deeply, unconditionally, and extravagantly we are loved by God our Father. May we open ourselves to His love and allow it to change our lives!” – De
Read De’s bio: here
Marian is owner/founder of Marigold.care, where she offers a presence of compassion through the healing arts of massage therapy, doula support, movement, and music. Marian served as a Con-solatio missionary in Brooklyn, living in a prayerful Catholic community that sought out the lonely, suffering, and abandoned. She continues to serve weekly as a Eucharistic Minister to the homebound. Marian has been formed in Theology of the Body and healing ministry and is grateful to now work with Hope’s Garden and You Are Made New Ministry. It is Marian’s desire to be a little instrument of Mary, to share her tender maternal Heart of consolation, grace, and mercy with each person entrusted to her.
“Our littleness, our weakness, our poverty, and our ache surrendered to our Lord draw down His merciful love and intimate care. Let us trust in His mercy. Let us plunge our wounded, broken selves into the wounded Side of Christ, our healing balm. Let us together glorify His mercy with our little lives embedded in His Sacred Heart, our refuge and forever home.” – Marian
Watch an introductory video with Marian here.
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