Work | Life Coaching
Group Facilitation | Seminars
Conventional practices (think most psychotherapies, self-help and how-to literature and videos) can work well with the day-to-day challenges that most of us face at one time or another. Yet some of us are forced out of the mainstream into much deeper waters when possessing exceptional talents or abilities, when knowing we can do better with our work or personal lives- but not knowing how, while in long-term recovery from addictions or trauma, when facing life-threatening health concerns, when feeling an unrelenting desire to live an authentic fully-embodied life, while being stigmatized or attacked for being perceived as “other,” when thinking consistently in non-traditional or original ways, and when hearing an urgent but ill-defined calling to heal ourselves and our global, planetary issues.
Changing our thoughts and adopting new behaviors can always help at some level. But what happens when it is not obvious what type of new thinking or new behavior is necessary? When widely accepted spiritual or psychological practices do not provide the growth or expansion they promise? When we have tried everything possible we can think of to make progress, yet our progress is stymied or slowed by some internal or cultural barrier that we cannot articulate or grasp? When we have lost our sense of who we are or what really matters after a life-altering transition?
WORK | LIFE COACHING
Work|Life coaching helps turn insight and discovery gained from coaching conversations and self-reflection into practical action. It is a process by which we start determining what is important and essential, and answering questions like: what is possible right now? what is the next right step I can take? how and where am I willing to try something new or change my behavior? what actions and activities can move me toward my heart’s desire or deepest longings? where do I need to say yes or no to myself or others?
Merriam-Webster transpersonal definition- 1: extending or going beyond the personal or individual; 2: of, relating to, or being-psychology concerned especially with esoteric mental experience (such as mysticism and altered states of consciousness) beyond the usual limits of ego and personality
Transpersonal methods are beneficial, even necessary, when conventional therapies and mainstream problem-solving strategies provide some but not enough healing, insight, or relief. Transpersonal strategies bypass our ego and the common everyday knowledge and conditioning we have absorbed through our culture. Instead they tap through us into deeper levels of “God,” “Higher Power,” or “Higher Self” consciousness.
Transpersonal hypnotherapy allows us to discover relevant information and clues that are available in the unconscious.
WHY TRANSPERSONAL METHODS MATTER
They give us access to our natural inner wisdom, to our spiritual self. This capability is latent in each of us, and is accessible when we want to find it.
Our culture promotes the value of experts: people who can explain us to ourselves and help us live our best lives. They persuade, influence, and monetize us through social media, often with the promise in changing us permanently in anywhere from 3-5 easy steps. They create “best practices.” Sometimes these best practices work and sometimes they don’t. The more disillusioned we are with the status quo, the less likely these best practices will fit our specific needs.
In recent years we have witnessed the underbelly and the crumbling of once highly respected religious, economic, and social institutions that provided purpose and meaning. Many of us are are now aware that external authorities and experts do not have all the answers, despite their strong assurances that they still know much more than we do. Many of us are reclaiming our right and responsibility to seek and find our own answers, both outside and within ourselves. Those of us who burn with a talent or impulse or creative urge to bring something fresh and evolutionary into the world recognize ourselves here.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
My sweet spot is catalyzing greater awareness and insight through individual and group conversations that take place at either conscious or unconscious levels.
Coaching conversations take place at the conscious beta level of mind. Discovery of new information, discernment, planning, evaluation, and determination of next steps take place here. Coaching is solution-focused and grounded in continual learning and growth.
Coaching is recommended for those who already have a fairly clear idea of the challenges they face, but do not yet have practical strategies for navigating these issues with greater awareness and skill. Typically, these clients are already self-reflective and have a good sense of their innate talents and strengths; also, where they are likely to struggle or repeat mistakes at work and home. Most importantly, they have the capacity to mobilize their inner and external resources to take constructive action once they identify what those actions are.
There are others who are interested in personal exploration but do not have the capacity to make changes that they have identified for themselves as being necessary. People in this situation benefit more from psychotherapy than coaching as they need first to reclaim their ability to act on their own behalf. If clients are unable to take action on their own behalf, I suspend coaching and refer them out to psychotherapists.
Transpersonal hypnotherapy takes place at the unconscious level. My responsibility is to create the ambiance and relaxation necessary for a client to retain their awareness and ability to speak in the alpha or theta state of consciousness. I do not “insert” ideas or suggested behaviors into the client in this altered state: I guide them toward seeing, sensing or experiencing the parts of themselves that hold important information. In hypnotherapy, the client has firm control throughout the process and sets the agenda for each session. Transpersonal hypnotherapy allows direct access into the center of perplexing questions and challenges.
Once in that deeper state, clients are ably to bypass their normal everyday consciousness and internalized cultural belief systems. Time is no longer fixed. Using age regression methods, I facilitate access to root cause events in this life or even past lives that create difficulty. By exploring memories and other images that emerge to point the way, clients are able to use their inherent deeper wisdom to unlock persistent blocks. Please see my blog page for videos that provide more in depth discussion on these topics.
My work is client-centered. This means that I work around you rather than expect you to fit into a standardized formula. The goal of the work is: 1) discovery of inner-knowing and guidance; 2) harnessing will to explore, experiment, and become more aware of alternate skillful options; and 3) deliberate choice of more intentional, precise action.
Typically I work with people who are already highly effective in their areas of interest and expertise. The progress they make allows them to bring even more of their authenticity and gifts into the world. Since there are far fewer effective resources available for them than there are to those on more traditional life paths, I limit my practice to this group.
I create bespoke seminars on request.
SERVICES AND TIMEFRAMES
Work | Life Coaching:
$250/hour (some partial scholarships available)
All sessions are offered via Zoom typically between 10am-5pm EST.
I offer a complementary 15 minute session to determine whether hypnotherapy can be a good fit for you and the issue you are working on. If you do not have experience entering into altered states through meditation, visualization, or some other means, a shorter introductory practice session is recommended . Reach out here .
-First transpersonal hypnotherapy session: $275 @ 1 and 1/2 hours
-Follow-up sessions as requested: $250 @ 1 and 1/2 hours
-Introductory practice session for people new to altered states: $175 @ 1 hour
Group Facilitation | Seminars: Please contact me directly for more information
ABOUT ELIZABETH SUDLER
I am a person in long-term recovery with considerable depth of knowledge in 12-Step, mental health, and other emotional recovery programs. I have substantial business|leadership experience and years of practice with a wide variety of psychospiritual healing methodologies. A path of lifelong multi-disciplinary learning forms the basis of my current work|life coaching, transpersonal hypnotherapy, and group facilitation|seminar practice.
I have held strategic roles in health and wellness divisions at both Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch. As a senior leader at Magellan Behavioral Health and HealthNet, I had profit and loss responsibility for large clinical and call centers, one of which won a company-wide Distinguished Service Center of the Year for outstanding quality indicators.
I launched the first fee for service coaching program for US employees at Goldman Sachs’ corporate headquarters. I also helped design, deliver and incorporate resiliency and mindfulness training into all levels of Goldman Sachs Americas leadership and development programs before these practices became a national trend. Over a period of 30 years, I provided thousands of hours of clinical, coaching, and consultation services to managers and leaders across multiple industries. I’ve conducted hundreds of seminars in a wide variety of industries on topics related to change management, strategic self-care practices in the workplace, and mental health|substance use awareness. Most recently I re-implemented and directed a large recovery coaching program in western Massachusetts and I currently conduct educational training for people new to recovery.
PARTIAL CLIENT LIST
Previous clients include people in recovery, change agents, and employees and leaders in corporate, union, NGO and military settings, including: Bank of America, Towers Watson, Columbia University, B.F. Goodrich, Coca Cola, Deloitte, Oracle, EY, The New York Times, Coach, Carnegie Hall, World Bank, Kate Spade, US Army, US Coast Guard, Dunkin’ Donuts, National Hockey League, the International Coach Federation, the National Council for Behavioral Health and others.
DEGREES, LICENSES & PUBLICATIONS
I received performance-coaching training in London, England from Sir John Whitmore’s Performance Consultants International, and also from W. Timothy Gallwey, creator of the Inner Game coaching brand. I have been a long-term student at the New York Psychosynthesis Institute and the Huntington Meditation and Imagery Center.
I earned a master’s degree in community organization from Hunter College School of Social Work, and a BA in history and psychology from Sarah Lawrence College. In addition to being classified as an International Coaching Federation (ICF) Associate Coach, I hold certifications in Transpersonal Hypnosis, Clinical Meditation and Imagery, and Transpersonal Coaching. I am licensed in New York state in clinical social work, with a specialty in substance use and recovery. I am also a National Trainer for Mental Health First Aid at Work.
Although I maintain a clinical license, I no longer provide traditional insurance-covered psychotherapy. My practice is focused on mentor/recovery coaching, transpersonal hypnotherapy, facilitating addiction education groups and delivering seminars.
The Children of Alcoholics Foundation published a series of remedial work skills training programs I developed for children from dysfunctional families. My corporate work has been featured in Fortune, Bloomberg, and Crain’s.