"There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. … Keep the channel open."
This quote by Martha Graham has been the primary influence and compass of my work and my life. Ever since I can remember, my focus has been to help others realize and live their unique and full potential – and I can help you achieve yours no matter what is getting in the way.
What will it be like to work together?
First and foremost, our work will be a collaboration, a joint effort. We will work in partnership to make your life what YOU want it to be (not what I or anyone else thinks it should be). We will also uncover the values and passions that naturally drive you forward and that will move you into action.
And don’t worry if you don’t know what you want for your life, or what your goals are. We will figure it out.
Each time we meet, we’ll take a look at how you’ve been able to take action toward the life you want, and we’ll explore where you are struggling, overwhelmed, and stuck. Together we will “peek under the hood” and explore what’s happening in your mind and body that’s influencing you and that may be keeping you from doing what’s important to you.
We will use what’s happening in your life today to uncover the invisible, automatic stuff that has been keeping you stuck and miserable. We will shine a compassionate, non-judgmental light on it.
Unlike other therapy and coaching approaches where what you are experiencing is viewed as problematic - we will welcome it all and stand firmly in the knowledge that whatever feelings and reactions you are having are normal and logical given your history. Our job will be to uncover and shine a lite on the learning experiences and natural reactions that are producing your distress distress, so that instead of being whipped around by it all, you can pause and choose wise, values based action.
When we find what is holding you back (and we will find it because I know where to look!), we will take its power away, not by getting rid of it, ignoring it, avoiding it, or fighting it – but by getting to know it, understanding it, learning to calm and soothe it, and learning to work skillfully and wisely with whatever is arising that is getting in your way.
Will it be uncomfortable?
This work is about fundamentally transforming your life, and yes, it will probably at times be somewhat uncomfortable, but I know you can do it.
If you’ve been in therapy or coaching before, you are probably going to find the work we do together to be different and eye opening.
I promise that I will not just sit there and stare at you while awkward silence takes over the room. I promise that I cannot read your mind and I am not analyzing or judging you. I also promise that I will not let you talk on and on and on while I gently smile and nod, leaving you feeling listened to, but still confused and without direction.
This approach may feel counterintuitive, but it works!
You’ll find that experimentation is a big theme in our work – trying new things to get new results. Regular reflection and noticing what is happening is also highly encouraged.
Most of my clients leave each session with a bunch of notes covering fresh insights they’ve gained, new actions they want to try, and practices and strategies they are going to experiment with to improve their lives. So grab yourself a notepad and let’s get to work to free you from the tyranny of your mind and make your life what you want it to be!
My journey of helping people achieve their unique lives began with a very fulfilling career as a VP of Talent Management and HR in a Global Fortune 500 company, including earning my MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
When I “retired” (I know, right? I even get invited to the annual retiree luncheon), I reflected on what I loved doing most and it was clear that Executive Coaching was the next step of my path to helping people thrive in their lives.
In order to make sure I had effective skills and strategies to offer my clients, I earned an Evidence Based Coaching (EBC) Certificate from Fielding Graduate University and became a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coach Federation.
Cathryn Campbell, LSW, MSS, MBA, PCC
Clinical Social Work Therapist / Executive Coach
Turns out, even executives have tricky human minds (hahaha, I knew that from personal experience) so I went to Bryn Mawr College's Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research to learn how to most effectively help my clients work with their inner world stuff and achieve the changes they were seeking. In 2014 I earned a Master of Social Service (MSS) degree, became a Licensed Therapist (LSW) and have been in private practice in Media, PA ever since.
When I’m not working with my clients or learning something new and useful, I can be found hanging out with my husband, children, step-kids, and our Tibetan Spaniel Bodhi at our home in Delaware County, PA. We enjoy regular family stuff and watching superhero and sci-fi movies together. I try to workout and meditate daily (even though I’m not always successful), and for the last couple of years have been really enjoying negative strength training with the X-Force system.
The bottom line is that I have the experience and knowledge to effectively help you become who you want to be and build the life you want to live.
Let’s work together to create your own unique life. Call me today at (484) 816-6181 to set up a free 15-minute phone consultation to see if we are a good fit to help you achieve the life you want. I look forward to talking to you!