Our Thesis & Dissertation Liberation Coaching Program is an individualized program designed to guide you at all stages of your thesis and dissertation process. With a deep understanding of the academy, oppression and trauma, we address academic bumps, emotional labor, & motivation.

What is Coaching?

The International Coach Federation (ICF) defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.

my coaching philosophy

My framework and practice is grounded in two coaching and healing methods. The first one is the Orange Method (OM) developed by Dr. Joi D. Lewis of Joi Unlimited Coaching and Consulting as part of the Community Coaching Program in Healing Justice. The four main components of the method include mindful leadership, conscious movement, meditation, and emotional liberation.

The second framework is rooted in Positive Psychology from The Coaching and Positive Psychology (CaPP) Institute developed by Valorie Burton. This program is one of few approved by The International Coaching Federation (ICF). The main components are: mindful listening, direct communication, coaching for resilience, the elements of well-being, character strengths in action, cultivating happiness and positive emotion, action and accountability.

Dr. Martin Seligman, renowned research and professor at the University of Pennsylvania,  defines positive psychology as "the scientific study of optimal functioning that aims to discover and promote the factor that allow individuals and communities thrive." In other words, the study of what happens when things go right in life. What enables people to thrive in work and life?

our coaching Process

Coaching is NOT coaching without the following components:

  • Mindful listening: we focus on you and your hopes for the best life possible. The gift of being listened to deeply and honestly is rare.

  • Clarity: we will ask powerful and insightful questions to help you get clear on what you want, how you want it and steps to get you there.

  • Accountability: this is the greatest gift of coaching. We care about you and your dreams for a better life. We will check on you when you commit to doing something.

  • Action: we will end each session with a commitment to key actions that will shape the shift you are seeking for your life.

  • Ethics: we take coaching very seriously. Our coaching practice abides to the International Coaching Federation (ICF) Code of Ethics and Core Competencies.

Your Thesis & Dissertation Liberation
Coach can help you to:

  • Reclaim your writing work space

  • Make sense of the prescribed scholar identity

  • Affirm and unpack the emotional labor, hyper impostor syndrome and perfectionism

  • Determine short & long-term goals, and prioritize tasks including critical deadlines

  • Develop a radical self-care plan

  • Unpack emotions and feelings keeping you from completing

  • Affirm and validate what you are experiencing with the right amount of tough love

  • Re-establish contact with your faculty if you have not been in touch in a long time

  • Work with challenging chairpersons and committee members

  • Demystify the master and doctoral process

  • Prepare for oral proposal and defense meetings

  • Talk with someone who has been through the journey

  • Develop templates and exercises to assist your process

  • Keep you accountable

  • Get to the finish line and so much more!

are you tired of not making progress? are you considering quitting your program or simply not finishing?