Hi I’m Elise, and for decades, I was sleepwalking. I did the right things, got good grades, went to the right schools, and chose a prestigious career in academic medicine. A nagging internal voice kept whispering I had it all wrong. But having a plan made me feel safe, and I didn’t have a clue what else to do.
Barely conscious of my inner world, I ignored a gnawing emptiness, which grew into a thickening blanket of numbness. I got married, had two children and built a life full of parenting, work, and time with friends – and in the quiet moments, I was nonetheless utterly lost and alone. As long as I stayed busy, I could keep myself calm and functioning. I maintained a fiercely tight grip on the steering wheel of my life; it was how I kept the car on the road.
Mercifully, seven years ago, I lost control of the car. My life blew up in my face, and I had no choice but to wake up and turn off the autopilot and look inside and feel my pain. And that’s when my deep dive into personal growth and development began in earnest. After a few years of intense personal work, I trained first as a life coach, and then found my way to TRS. Learning how to “do” and teach about relationships is now my primary goal and purpose – which I carry out by being a lifelong student, as well as a relationship coach and trained TRS mentor. In my coaching practice, I work with both individuals and couples, drawing on my trainings and my personal experience with marriage, infidelity and divorce, as a survivor of childhood abuse, as a pediatrician, and as a wife, mom, daughter, colleague, and friend.
Wherever you are on your journey, I applaud you for deciding to walk this path. And I’d be honored to walk alongside you for a time – sharing the insights I’ve experienced and offering what I’ve learned about how to best serve others to have the courage and take the risks necessary to be more fully themselves and in connection with others. I invite you to reach out and let me know how I can best support you.
Elise can be reached at [email protected] for coaching and mentor supervision.