In 2017 I decided to leave my job as a teacher and invest in myself. I became a Professionally Certified Coach and took the best principles from teaching and combined them with best practices in coaching and launched my practice.
Since then, I've continued to invest in myself and have learned from the best about Cognitive Behavioral Coaching, Acceptance and Committment Therapy, Positive Intelligence, and Trauma-Informed Somatic Experiencing Coaching.
I've worked as a Mental Health Coach and an Executive Coach. And now, I'm pivoting toward Trauma Resolution because I believe we can all benefit from this work.
In addition to being a Coach, I am a mom to 2 incredible teenagers, 2 rascally cats, and 1 sweet dog. When I'm not working, you will find me hiking, kayaking, SUP, standing in rivers, laughing with friends, or reading a good book.
As a professionally trained and experienced coach since 2017, I have the tools and understanding to help you to create the life you imagine and get a renewed sense of self.
Committing to a healthier lifestyle is just that – a commitment, and it’s a big one that will take a lot a dedication. My commitment is to provide you with accountability, understanding and support. This work is not for anyone who wants a solution, or an easy way out.
I began coaching with Sam at a time when it felt that almost every part of my life was in transition. I was grieving the loss of a life imagined and hoped for. Bigtime. With compassion, honesty, sensitivity, and great wit, Sam helped me see that I was, in fact, not starting over. I was starting NEW. She guided me to ask myself challenging, yet essential, questions. Who am I? Who do I want to be? What are my strengths? And what are the gremlins that I allow to hold me back? Wielding insight and boundless grace, she offered tools and strategies to help me start down the Winding Path of Finding Me — the path where my desires and decisions reflect the truth in my heart, mind, and spirit. What a lovely thing to understand now that every step taken can be a step closer to my best self.
It's not an exaggeration to say that my experience with Sam Salenger has been nothing short of transformative. She has a gift for helping me see myself for who I truly am, and finding that whole perfectly imperfect person to be remarkable and worth loving. I can see so clearly the tools and resources I have inside my own self, and how to use them well to continue on my path towards being my BEST self. Life is filled with both joy and challenge, and those challenges can overwhelm our capacity to feel joy, more often than I even realized before I started this work. I can handle the hard times and not lose sight of the joy. Sam's collaborative approach consistently affirms my agency while offering unconditional support along the way. I feel grateful to have found her.
Working with Sam has been an exceptional and impactful experience. I was considering a major life change and was unsure why I wanted change and how to go about it in a healthy way. Throughout our ~1 year together, Sam coached me to listen to myself, introspect in healthy and patient ways, and be kinder. I appreciated that she uses techniques from CBT and other scientifically-based frameworks, in conjunction with more spiritual practices. The combination is exactly what I needed with my pragmatic mind. What I have learned with Sam helped me approach my life change and more importantly, the perspectives and practices have stayed with me. She is truly an expert in her field and I am so grateful to have found her!
Sam is an exceptional coach. She helped give me the tools I needed at a pivotal time in my life during a major transition in my career. I was having trouble sleeping and having a hard time seeing my way through the situation. With Sam's compassion, humor, thoughtfulness, and advice, I was able to navigate that transition incredibly well and am now on the other side on a much more positive path. Sam is phenomenal at tapping into the truths that you know but haven't been able to verbalize yet – some of the visualization work that we did was incredibly impactful, and still sticks with me. I can't recommend Sam more highly as a person, coach, and for the outcomes she helped deliver – she's a gem!
When I started working with Sam I was in a place of fuzziness. I didn’t believe in myself, I didn’t know what I wanted, how to even start if I did know, and I was totally buying into the stories that I wasn’t worthy. Now, I know exactly what my life is going to be like. I am following my dreams, I have clear goals, and I understand why I am passionate about creating the life I want. I have a feeling of freedom because I’ve pulled back the layers of all the bullshit that were keeping me living small and in fear. Sam helped me cut through all the stories, negative self talk, and stories to see that I am capable of achieving anything I put my mind to. This is the best work I’ve ever done and in the shortest amount of time. It was scary and real, and totally worth it.