Raise your hand if…
your life and career hasn’t quite gone as you expected post-graduation
you’ve found yourself jumping from job to job while daydreaming about your own side projects and ideas, but don’t see if and how it all fits together
you feel passionate about serving in your own unique way, but you’re not exactly sure what that would look like or how to get from here to there
you label yourself as a “creative” because “entrepreneur” feels a bit imposter-y and “blogger” just doesn’t encapsulate everything you do
you believe your girl Staci Orrico was onto something when she said, “There’s gotta be more to life.” ;)
You're definitely not alone.
If you’re anything like me, you believe that the way we traditionally work and live is changing and you’re determined to find your place in it. You’ve been following someone else’s rules for your life and it just isn’t working anymore. You’re ready to start living a life and finding a career that feels more like you and serves a higher purpose.
And that’s where I come in. As a Certified Professional Coach who knows what it feels like to have one foot in the creative world and the other in the traditional working world, I’m here to serve as your fearless guide in helping you get from where you are to where you want to be. (Oh, and if you don’t know where you want to be, I’ll help you figure that out, too!)
Here’s just a glimpse at some of the steps we'll tackle together:
Acknowledge and assess where you are right now
Identify and challenge limiting beliefs
Uncover and define your core values
Untangle the web of possibilities
Co-create a realistic action plan
Devise go-to strategies for obstacles or roadblocks
Support you in your transition
All sessions are completed virtually over the phone, though exceptions may be made for Pittsburgh-based clients. Sessions are booked prior to the end of each session to honor both the coach and client’s schedules and responsibilities.
What You Get:
1 30-Minute Intention Setting Session
Twelve Bi-Weekly 60-Minute Sessions
Investment: $375/month for 6 months
Kind Words from Clients
“Wow, what a tremendous gift the past six months of coaching with Marissa has been - coaching has probably been the single most important gift I have ever given myself!
If I had to summarize my life pre-coaching, I'd say I was coasting. I let others opinions of me dictate my opinions of myself and I was on a never-ending path of trying to mold myself into the person that others wanted me to be. I was exhausted, unhappy and emotionally fragile. With Marissa as my guide, I began to unravel so many of the mental blockages that were holding me back. In each session, she masterfully guided me on a journey of exploring my own thoughts and beliefs and through it all I learned new ways to identify and deal with my own negative beliefs that were getting in my way. She helped me get to the core of who I wanted to be and honestly helped re-establish me in the driver's seat of my own life. Today, I am so much more joyful, energetic and I constantly surprise myself with the way I am showing up at work and at home. And I now have so many tools in place to keep growing and building on what started here - this is only the beginning! “
Working with Marissa is an investment in yourself. If you are willing to be open, and answer some questions where the answers may not come easily, then you will reap far more rewards than you put in. Marissa provided direction for me in an area where I didn't know how to make sense of all the options that lay ahead. Instead of doing it FOR me, she walked right through it with me.
Best of all, Marissa stayed engaged in every minute of every conversation I had with her. Not once did her attention stray. Having all of that focus on ME was a gift to myself that I've never gotten before.
Over the course of four calls, we worked through my anxiety around debt and going back to school, the possibility of entrepreneurship, and how to focus on what I want to feel more than the job itself. The latter shifted my perspective significantly and helped me find more meaning in my current situation while I determine the next step. Our calls felt like talking with a wise, engaging friend and her insight brought me back to that fire I felt in college.
If I’d offer one piece of advice to anyone considering coaching with Marissa, it would be that it’s absolutely worth the investment. Taking that time and energy upfront will help give you the confidence and insight to help you thrive!
- Maura S.
I'd considered coaching in the past, but hesitated because I wasn't certain that I would find someone compatible with my goals. One short phone call with Marissa completely changed my mind! I was instantly at ease with sharing my plans and ideas on how to change the way I earn a living by staying open and creative. Marissa took a professional and open approach to our conversations, allowing me to think and talk freely, while pointing out themes and realizations that I had never noticed. Thanks to our conversations, I've completed old and new projects, refined my long and short-term goals, and I feel confident in my new path.
- Andy G.
Not only will you feel perfectly at ease sharing this time with Marissa, you'll leave the conversation with the support you asked for at the beginning of your time together whether that’s a mantra, a new way of looking at a situation, or a list of action items to apply to your life. Marissa is a natural listener and supporter; she’ll hold you up, but she’ll also guide you to make your own sustainable changes.”
- Angelica R.
"I was at first surprised to hear the decisions and certainty with which I was talking through my concerns, but by the end of our call, I felt more confident in the direction I knew was best for me. Talking with Marissa is like having a diligent, note-taking friend by your side when you’re talking to yourself, trying to make sense of it all.”
- Kristin A.
"Marissa listens well, asks powerful questions and connected easily with me. I was blown away by her natural ability to coach, encourage, help me move forward and accomplish my goals. I would highly recommend Marissa to anyone who is searching for a coach who will help you make awesome things happen in your life!”
- Jennifer M.
"What I loved about the ELI assessment is the focus on motion. Instead of putting me in a single box, it gave me the option to move between different feelings (energies) in different circumstances. It helped me identify and articulate what kinds of situations I find draining, and what spaces and circumstances make me feel most alive. And once I had an opportunity to explore that with Marissa’s guidance, I am much better able to catch myself in draining moments, and to move toward more life-giving spaces and approaches."
- Clara M.
“Marissa is able to tap into emotions and explore areas in a way that feels natural and energizing. She’ll talk through a situation with you and allow you to a) feel comfortable as you’re sharing your experience with her and b) ask questions that illuminate new areas of exploration and challenge you think differently about what you’re going through."
- Angelica R.
“Marissa is a natural coach. She was able to help me navigate what I was actually saying by pulling key phrases out of our conversations, and was able to guide me in exactly the right direction that I hadn’t anticipated going. I’m grateful for her powerful insight, because without it, I wouldn’t have realized that I had all the tools I needed. I learned to better trust my intuition, and that the powerful phrases she spoke back to me were living inside me after all.”
- Brigid M.
“From the very first coaching session, Marissa and I connected. She challenged me to get out of my own way to be my “best self” all while supporting and cheering me on. When I felt stuck, she magically moved my energy so that I could move to a space where all things were possible. I have implemented lasting changes to improve my relationship with my boss, spend more quality time with my family and intentionally live the life that God intended me to live!”
- Michelle K.
“Marissa makes you feel comfortable right from the start. Her ability to listen makes her coaching sessions feel reflective and truly self-guided through her attentiveness and ability to rephrase and clarify ideas. I was struggling to make sense of a lot of abstract, complicated “what-ifs” in my career, and Marissa was able to help me identify the next-steps for myself. Just by listening and noticing the patterns, she arranges and organizes the ideas in your head almost as you’re saying them so that you can see those patterns clearly before you."
- Kristin A.
“Marissa has this amazing blend of: the warmth that invites you to open up and feel comfortable right away, the know-how to expertly guide the conversation in a meaningful direction with ease, and the wisdom to help you connect the dots for yourself in ways you’d never considered. I left our conversation feeling clear about how to move forward with my creative work, and relieved that I didn’t need to waste more time spinning my wheels and doubting my direction. If you’re even considering working with Marissa, absolutely do it. I promise you won’t regret it.”
- Michelle A.
“When I started working with Marissa, I was feeling stuck in my current situation wanting a change but uncertain of what change exactly I was looking for and how to go about it. We set out, not necessarily to answer these huge questions in six weeks, but to figure out a strategy to make change and to be ready for it when it comes. Along the way Marissa helped me uncover parts of my identity I thought I’d lost, and even some new aspects and angles I’d never identified before. I ended up with a realistic and exciting action plan, a deeper understanding of myself, and the confidence to move forward into whatever may come.
- Clara M.
“Marissa is an outstanding coach! She brings great energy and enthusiasm to our coaching sessions, and makes me feel like the most important person in her world at that time. She makes me feel heard, and celebrated along the way. I was going through a ton of change in my life, including career and relationship transitions. Marissa and I worked together to get clear on what I needed to move forward, what the priorities were for me and how to orient my focus so I was really going after what was most important to me. I was able to navigate tough conversations with people in my life, and broke through barriers that seemed overwhelming at the time."
- Jennifer M.
I worked with Marissa for a year and it was an awesome experience. She is an amazing coach who truly cares about her clients. She helped me reach my goals while helping me feel heard and supported. When we started I was just signing up to get certified as a coach and she helped me through my certification process and launching my business. I appreciate her coaching and our time working together.
“After enough frustration with myself and the progress I was making [in my job search], I decided to finally give Marissa a call. After we were finished, I wondered why I waited so long. It’s great to have someone on your side who’s only incentive is to help you identify and then make progress towards goals you feel confident about. It’s hard to emphasize how important it is to sound off your thoughts about your life and career to someone who has the training and knowledge to help you come to realizations you couldn’t have on your own.”
Coaching with me is the right fit for you if you are...
Ready for a change and willing to accelerate the process by taking real, meaningful steps
Prepared to “go there” and get vulnerable in order to grow
Eager to know yourself so well
Passionate about connecting who you are with what you do and how you do it
Not interested in band-aid solutions
Not satisfied with life being simply “good enough” or “fine”
Need to talk it out first? Schedule a free clarity call with me to answer any of your questions and get to know one another better.