Leslie focused in her undergraduate years, 1970-74, on educational philosophy, behavioral science and humanistic psychology. Her graduate work was in the exploration of how the brain learns, culminating in a Masters of Science. From 1975 until 1982 she was an educator in the NYC school system, first teaching in a classroom and then creating a Resource Room program at an elementary school in NYC. It was in this capacity that Leslie honed her skills to listen empathically, assess wisely, teach patiently, advocate courageously and communicate compassionately. These abilities are foundational to her coaching work.
A life changing Near Death Experience (NDE) happened on Father’s Day 1978. This NDE awakened Leslie’s connection with the subtle and transcendent worlds. The NDE was a result of the first of her 5 ectopic pregnancies. Determined as she was to mother a child, she finally embraced adoption and loved her two gifts, her son and her daughter. In 1998 she was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease after contracting Salmonella. This began her committed healing journey, melding traditional western medicine with alternative holistic approaches, to regain her well being.
After 22 years of parenting, Leslie continued her formal learning to enhance and clarify her developing theories that were percolating within. She pursued ongoing training in Spiritual & Positive Psychology, Kundalini Yoga Breathwalk, Qi Gong, Instinctive Feng Shui and Equine Assisted Coaching. In 2009 she completed her Accredited Equine Assisted Coach Training Program. In this training she learned a Multi-level Systemic Business Coaching Model combined with the EPONA Approach to Equine Experiential Learning.
Leslie developed and implemented her initial programs from her experiences and learnings. An eight week Self-Coaching Program for Pregnant Adolescents and a five day Self-Coaching Retreat for the Staff at Skyland Ranch, an addiction recovery center.
Also in 2009 Leslie was informed that her Crohn’s had progressed to the stage of needing to have her diseased large intestines removed. She used this personal crisis to live from her core belief that if she positively shifts her mind and her choices, her body will heal. She chose to listen, learn and make major revisions in her life, taking her journey of healing to new levels. Improvement was gradual and consistent and in 2014 she was thrilled to still have her healthy functioning large intestines with not even microscopic signs of Crohn’s…a very rare accomplishment.
It is clear that Leslie’s way of being in the world is positively influencing her life and her work… a loving, holistic and conscious approach to being and coaching. During her personal quest to find her health and her reason for being in this world, she acquired a wealth of information, resources and abilities to positively guide, coach and mentor others in…
→ the powerful impact of unconditional communication and relational skills
→ the clarity and settling effect of self discovery through mindfulnes
→ the ability to discern what is useful vs hurtful, what is within our control vs. not
→ the healing gifts of forgiveness, gratitude, unconditional love for self and others
→ the power of believing you are worthy, loving and lovable
→ the peace, beauty and potential of expanded awareness and presence
→ the connecting energy of vulnerability, empathy and compassion
→ the undeniable benefits of courage, resilience, intuition, openness and open hearted communications
→ the belief that the more expansive your perspective the greater your choices and possibilities
Expand your mind and therefore, your potential.
DARE TO BE COURAGEOUSLY REAL &
LIVE A MORE VIBRANT, LOVING & ABUNDANT LIFE!
“I am an inspired coach using an ontological approach (the study of the nature of being) to get to the heart of what it means to be a human being. The privilege and honor to be a catalyst, active witness and learner as my clients’ perceptions and behaviors shift is both motivating and healing for all concerned.” ~ Leslie
Background and Education
As an undergraduate Leslie studied Educational Philosophy and then went on to earn her Masters at Hofstra University in 1975 studying Brain Science for Special Needs and began a career as an educator in NYC. Through listening, assessing, teaching and advocating for her students Leslie developed her outstanding communication and relational skills which are now the foundation for her coaching work. A life changing Near Death Experience happened on Father’s Day 1978 which directly introduced Leslie to her spirit, her real/true self.
After 5 ectopic pregnancies, she made a choice to embrace adoption and loved on her two gifts, her son and her daughter. After 22 years of parenting, Leslie continued learning and developing her theories that were percolating within. She pursued post graduate training in Spiritual & Positive Psychology, Kundalini Yoga Breathwalk, Qi Gong, Instinctive Feng Shui and Equine Assisted Coaching. .In 2009 Leslie was informed that her Crohn’s (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) had progressed to where she needed to have her large intestines removed.
Creating The Coaching Method
She used this personal healing crisis to live from her core belief that if she positively shifts her mind, her body will heal. She chose to listen, learn and then make major revisions in her choices, taking her journey of healing seriously. Improvement was gradual and consistent and in 2014 she gratefully has her healthy functioning large intestines with no verifiable signs of Crohn’s… a very rare accomplishment.
It is clear that Leslie’s way of being in the world is influencing her work… a loving, integrated and conscious approach to living and coaching. During her personal quest to find her health and her reason for being in this world she acquired a wealth of information and the ability to positively guide, coach and mentor others in…
→ The powerful impact of unconditional communication and relational skills.
→ The clarity and settling effect of self discovery through mindfulness.
→ The gift and purpose of another’s opinion, our personal challenges, mistakes and pain.
→ The healing of forgiveness, gratitude and unconditional love and self love.
→ The power of knowing and acting worthy of being loving and lovable.
→ The peace, beauty and expanded awareness of being present.
→ The connecting energy of vulnerability and empathy.
→ The undeniable benefits of resilience, emotional intelligence, self-awareness, intuition, a beginner’s mind and openness.
→ The belief that the more expansive your perspective the greater the possibilities.
Leslie truly exemplifies the possibilities that come from believing that our minds, our thoughts, feelings and beliefs, create our world and that the wisdom of living in the present illuminates our path.
Coaching Personalized For You
Her coaching paradigm will connect you to your highest self by accessing the wisdom of your body, heart and soul while respecting the powerful tool of your intellect. You will expand your mind and therefore, your potential. Her work shows you the way to consciously live in the moment where positive possibilities are always present through the inevitable highs and lows of life.
Leslie, like her horses, is a sentient coach. She is unique in her ability to offer verbal and nonverbal, fun coaching options, with or without her horses. However, there is no doubt in Leslie’s mind that the process of becoming REAL is greatly accelerated with the help of her horses as they have an uncanny ability to sense if you are presenting what you believe to be desirable vs what is honest and authentic.