“When I started coaching with Melissa, I was in a long-term relationship, professionally successful, and had a wide network of loving, supportive friends and family. Despite fully functioning on the outside, I felt adrift, unhappy, off-balance. I didn’t have a sense of who I was or a sense of purpose. I was extremely self-critical. I often felt overwhelmed and wanted to bury my head in the sand. Since coaching with Melissa, I feel like a different person. Coaching has brought me more happiness and fulfillment than I ever could have imagined, helping me to uncover the best version of myself. For the first time, I can see myself and love myself on my own—not as I define myself by the relationships I am in or the work I do or where I’m living. I feel authentically happy, and like that happiness is coming from within. I’m single, but I don’t feel lonely—I feel whole. And at last, I’m not saying that I’ll be happy when…”
– Tasman Rubel
“Before working with Melissa, I didn’t believe that I could have the life and love I so wanted and was hiding my authentic self from the world. Despite being professionally successful, I had no sense of direction or motivation, because I was making choices in my life based on what I believed others thought was best for me. After working with Melissa, I leave every coaching session with higher energetic vibrations—like a light is emanating from me! She makes me feel powerful, calm and loved and inspires me to shine. These days, I’m making choices based on my gut instead of fear. I beat myself up a lot less, I got a job that provides great work/life balance, and I’m more present in my relationships. I am more in love with myself than I have ever been and have been using my voice and shining my light in the world. Instead of feeling like a victim of circumstance, I finally feel like the creator of my own life!”
– Marisol Espinoza
“When I signed on for coaching with Melissa, the thing keeping me up at night was my own inner critic voice, telling me I should do more, do better…and I was longing for an intimate relationship.
I felt completely safe and supported to be vulnerable with Melissa right from the start. I cannot emphasize enough how authentically Melissa shows up for coaching, even from the first minute of our first session. It resonates out of her, and put that together with her powerful intuition, her willingness to call a spade and spade and not shy away from the ‘tough stuff’ in a lovingly supportive way, and you cannot fail to find meaningful and sustainable growth on a cellular level.
My inner critic is just quieter now, which is truly life-changing. My self-trust has increased immensely, as has my ability to listen to my intuition and my body’s wisdom. I am more compassionate with myself, providing peace from my mind chatter and inner critic voice. I feel more joy!
And about 2 months into our Deep Dive, I manifested a wonderful relationship that is still going strong. These things are not coincidence so I am truly thankful to Melissa for helping me unblock that stuck energy and also for being such a wise, supportive partner as I bravely leaned into true, authentic vulnerability – enabling me to experience, perhaps for the first time, true, authentic, intimate connection.
I always looked forward to our coaching sessions and I always felt better afterwards. It was an adventure of fun, playful, curious exploration. I felt supported, cared for, empowered, and always much more clear, with a sense of purpose and a positive direction to channel my energy.
Melissa is a loving, generous, compassionate, and deeply wise teacher. If your intuition is telling you that coaching with Melissa is right for you and/or if any of this resonates with you, you should definitely do it. You won’t regret it!” – Sally Nilsson
“I’ll tell anyone who will listen that Melissa is worth her weight in gold. For me, I’ve gotten way more out of our work together than I ever did in all my years in therapy combined. She helped me realize — and believe in my bones — that I can manifest the life I want for myself. Years ago, I would have thought that was a bunch of woo-woo nonsense if I hadn’t experienced it for myself firsthand with her guidance. In my relationships with loved ones, in my work, and most importantly in my relationship with myself, I was able to bring about the changes I wanted. It didn’t happen right away; nor did it happen without a lot of introspection that’s not always pretty, but it did happen. Now I totally buy into the fact that life happens for us, not to us – and I’m grateful for all the lessons. A million thank yous to you, Melissa, for showing me how ‘ease-y’ this can be.” – Laurie
“Signing up to work with Melissa made 2016 my best year yet. I was THE responsibility queen when I started working with Melissa. I wanted assignments, deadlines and anything that would allow me to pack on more achievements. Through working with Melissa, I started to unpack those achievements one at a time until I was revealed, just as I am, enough. When I signed up with Melissa, I was not even making enough to pay my bills, so money was such a factor in signing up. Making the decision to sign up for coaching with Melissa transformed my relationship to money. I made decisions and had conversations with my loved ones that have contributed to a calmer and more abundant relationship to money. Every time I left a call with Melissa, I felt tremendously lighter and so much more capable of my deepest desires. Her presence is unmatched and allowed for tremendous growth and reflection. The most profound change I’ve experienced as a result of the coaching process is that I believe in myself and I accept myself right here, right now. I have a better relationship to my body, to my partner, and I no longer operate in the world of ‘shoulds’ and ‘not enoughs.’ There’s always a way. I am enough. I prioritize my joy. I find solutions because I know I am capable and worthy. I am forever grateful to Melissa.”
– Andy Zundel, CPC, ELI-MP
“I highly recommend Melissa as a coach. I started working with her coincidentally the day after the traumatic end of my marriage. She was right there with me with my grief, and working with her was pivotal in my success in surviving the initial month of my breakup. She was completely present and was able to be with the deep sadness and helped shed light on the slivers of hope during this time. She works very intuitively, authentically and thoughtfully. I feel stronger and more aligned due to my coaching sessions with her. Melissa empowered me during the darkest days of my life and I am forever grateful.” – Mati M.
“From the first time I spoke with Melissa, I knew she was the person I was meant to work with both because of her radiant empathy, humor, and insightfulness, as well as her deep knowledge of her field. She shaped our bi-weekly coaching sessions so that they were filled with ease, even when she was using her uncanny ability to ask me the questions I most needed to consider (and most wanted to avoid). And she struck an amazing balance between giving me the space to work through my answers in my own time, and pushing me when I needed to be pushed. My experience being coached by Melissa was truly transformational. I learned things about myself, and tools for creating more positive behaviors in my own life. And with her help I was able to realize that I wanted to spend six months exploring the world and reflecting on how I wanted to contribute positively to it, which ultimately led me to starting my own business.” – Alison Gold
“When I started working with Melissa, I was feeling stuck and trying to deny the self-doubt whirring inside my head. Was I really meant to be an entrepreneur? Melissa’s authentic and intuitive coaching style opened the door to life changing breakthroughs that have shifted my energy in dramatic ways. We dug into some deep and tender areas I didn’t know were lurking and yet I felt safe exploring this territory with her by my side. Thanks to her support and gentle nudging, I have a greater sense of ease and clarity around the direction of my business. And perhaps the most significant shift is the confidence I have found stepping into my authentic self. This is huge for me after a lifetime of doing what I thought everyone else thought I should do. Bit by bit, Melissa helped me shed the old beliefs that were holding me back both personally and professionally. Melissa, thank you for showing up with me week after week and sharing your gifts. With immense gratitude…”
– Julie Kelsey
“Working with Melissa has brought me more benefits than can be measured quantitatively or wrapped up in a short testimonial. I chose to work with Melissa because I was experiencing lots of stress and blocks around starting my coaching business. I wanted help with getting to a place where I had enough energy and clarity to create a business and support others as well as myself. During the process, she helped me unlock a side of myself that I had been downplaying my entire life, and the magic that has flowed into my life from opening to my intuitive self has been unbelievable. You can’t put a price on something that changes the course of the rest of your life, but if you could, it would be far more than what Melissa charges. I highly recommend coaching with Melissa to anyone who is ready to transform into their greatest being with the help of a playful, kind hearted, free spirited coach.”
– Alex Milaychev
“It had been a long time since I had felt a ‘gut feeling.’ I had become acclimated to favoring head over heart and was living the day to day, going through the motions. I overanalyzed decisions to a point where I didn’t even want either option anymore. I had considered finding a therapist but all my consultations said I should look into a more behavioral approach…and then I found Melissa Maher. Over 8 weeks we did a lot of work together. I started the process pretty aware of the areas I felt I wanted to focus on but open to others that came up throughout the sessions. The work wasn’t easy, but as the phrase goes, ‘Nothing worth having comes easy.’
I’ve walked away with a renewed sense of self. I can recognize gut feelings and actually have the confidence to trust them and, even more importantly, act on them. I’m reminded of the power around slowing down and creating time for myself. And I am constantly refocusing on the idea of being ‘intentional.’ Having purpose behind my actions and allowing a brief moment of thought before action. The key takeaway from all my work is that it’s not an 8-week solve. The work continues every. damn. day. Just like any other goals you work towards in life. But Melissa coached me to keep it a priority and top of mind…and I’m not 100%. But I’m a lot closer than I was before the amazing work and progress I made with her as my coach.” – Alison Fyfe
“Melissa’s coaching has had a tremendous impact on my life. At a time of complete confusion, I found her to be grounded, intuitive, and full of wisdom and grace. I felt understood. I felt safe. I also felt like I came away with tools and insights that were spot on for my journey and the steps I needed to help me at that time. There was a depth to her understanding, a lightness to her words, and an incredibly magnetic personality. Dare I say, in the middle of chaos, I had fun and laughed! Melissa is truly gifted and ‘gets it’. An amazing gift in my life.”
– Traci Hines
“Before my session with Melissa, I felt stuck and stalled out. I had an idea running around in my head about becoming an entrepreneur, but my ‘rational side’ was holding me back from making an real moves. Melissa was able to help me see that my ‘rational side,’ the side of me that kept saying ‘play it safe,’ was actually my gremlin in disguise. That truly was the ah-ha moment that changed everything for me. Melissa helped me understand and make peace with my fear, while also helping me give myself permission to succeed. If you’re serious about bettering yourself and getting un-stuck, Melissa is the coach for you!”
– Colleen Nichols
“At a time when I was making a career transition and felt uneasy about leaving the corporate career I had become so complacent with over the years, Melissa, with much grace and competence in the field of mindfulness, created the space for me to connect more deeply with my values, springing clarity on what I what I wanted to do next. She also supported me in unrooting limiting thoughts that were getting in the way of the life I wanted to create for myself. Still today, I use the tools that I learned in my work with Melissa to continuously move forward in my life, with Joy.”
– Ada Rosales, Certified Life Coach
“I started working with Melissa because I was feeling a bit stuck and uninspired at work. Within a few weeks and just 4 sessions, I was able to articulate and visualize how I wanted to define my ‘work’ from now on. I found myself throwing away unnecessary lists of ‘shoulds’ and focusing on the things that truly mattered. It seems so simple as I write it now, but it was a profound shift that not only improved my time at work, but also my time spent outside of work. It also led me to create both a physical space (an art studio of sorts) and the mental space to connect with these wants on a more regular basis so I could actively embrace this new mindset each day. Melissa has been supportive of my journey from day one and has helped create a safe place for me to try on new ideas and dreams without judgment.”
– Laura DeNatale
“Before I started working with Melissa, perfectionistic thinking, self-criticism, and useless anger and resentments were keeping me up at night. I felt stuck as a victim in my life, with no choices and at the mercy of everything, especially time. I felt inadequate, frustrated, and trapped. And I was hesitant to sign on for coaching because I didn’t feel comfortable spending money on myself in this way. Since working with Melissa, I have way better control with my emotions and thoughts. I’ve discovered I have plenty of time. I feel courageous and decisive and more compassionate for myself and others. I feel empowered. I love and accept myself. I’m a “shot-taker” now, instead of waiting on the sideline wishing I were. I feel an inner peace; I’ve let go of so much unnecessary anger and worry. I now like myself just as I am and I’m so much more gentle towards and accepting of myself. I notice my strengths much more than I notice my weaknesses now. It feels like such a relief! I wish this happened earlier in my life, but better late than never. Having Melissa as my coach was one of the best things I’ve ever done.”
“I love having Melissa as my Mindfulness Coach. Being a Life Coach myself, I really wanted a mindfulness partner to help me cultivate a real ‘in-the-moment’ approach to everyday living. I have less self-judgment, more self-compassion and a true awareness that broadens my ability to experience more peace, more love and more clarity. Melissa’s insights, questions and observations have taken my own personal development to the next level.”
– Jennifer Barley, PCC
“Before coaching with Melissa, I was feeling overwhelmed, sad, disconnected, overweight, and anxious. After the death of two close friends I had little energy to pursue my interests, try new things or make new friends. Since working with Melissa, I have more momentum and clarity. My days are delightfully busy. I’ve lost, and continue to lose, weight. I feel more connected to myself and others. I feel consistently happy, and able to cope with challenges MUCH better. I have more compassion and love for myself and others. Now I listen to myself and trust that I already know what to do.”
– Heidi Bennett, Creative Life Coach, HeidiBennett.com
“During the year Melissa and I worked together, I lost over 50 lbs and got the life I always wanted in return. My meetings with Melissa became something I looked forward to each week. It never felt like work to change my life for the better. There were many things in my lifestyle that affected how and why I ate certain things, so it was extremely important to deal with them all. I have to say, I was resistant to deal with some of those things, and if it weren’t for Melissa’s help I’m not sure I would have pushed through them until they were forced upon me. I am extremely blessed to have had the opportunity to have Melissa in my life.”
– Jennifer Keating
“Melissa is a fabulous coach. She’s so insightful and intuitive. Her questions help me see things in a different way, revealing the core issues I’m not even aware of consciously. I’ve learned so much about myself in our work together. I’ve really been able to reconnect with myself and find more clarity of purpose and passion. She’s always so present in our sessions and creates a comfortable, accepting environment that allows me to deal with my deepest issues. She’s the perfect coach for anyone looking to bring more mindfulness, depth, self-awareness, and personal growth to their life.”
– Lynn Oschmann