Our life coach team: Kessuda Chatayanondh, Tom Van den Beemd, Kim Roberts, Nick Thorp, Adam How, and Samina Khan
(you can read more about our life coaches on Our Team page).
Our life coaches are, above all, good listeners. We believe everyone has talents, wisdom, potential, and the ability to achieve personal goals. Everyone can find value and meaning in life; this is something we can all learn.
A life coach listens to whatever you’re feeling and thinking–pleasure, pain, suffering, worry, confusion, doubt, challenges or despair. Your coach does not judge or criticize. He/she is your friend, your champion, always encouraging and supporting. He/she does not solve your problems. Rather, he/she helps you see problems clearly and brainstorm solutions.
The life coach helps you envision and create a balanced and sustainable lifestyle. He/she guides you in understanding yourself – thoughts, feelings and actions, especially those that cause suffering. By questioning, probing and guiding, the life coach helps you discover your own individual potential and the value of your life. With this awareness, you will be able to set and achieve goals.
We use diverse tools at New Life: Enneagram for discovering your true personality; dialoging to improve listening skills; non-violent communication for conflict resolution; and cognitive behavior therapy. The coach also helps you to incorporate what you learn in group activities into daily living.
Residents can meet up with the life coach 3-4 times a week, 30 to 60 minutes per day, depending on the needs. For the volunteers there is an option to do personal work with the life coach as well.