Teresa Lodato, CPCC

 

From a very young age I was fascinated by people of all walks of life. Different cultures, languages and lifestyles left me curious and wanting to know more.  I have spent my life exploring, traveling, and meeting new people, as well as experiencing cultures, traditions, communities and relationships. I have always wanted to know why people do the things they do, how they form their beliefs and what motivates them. This global perspective has given me an open mind and a non-judgmental mindset. You can feel safe bringing to me whatever your heart desires. In fact, our sessions will benefit you the most if you do.

Throughout my life, I worked in male-dominated industries. This experience gave me a great deal of insight into male and female psyches and helped form the perspectives I hold. A rare and serious illness abruptly brought an end to my career in the financial services industry.  At first, I told myself that I simply needed to switch careers, so I began graduate school studying Psychology (Counseling and Consciousness & Transformative Studies). However, I soon realized my body needed deeper healing than just a career change. With my illness still not controlled, I succumbed to the realization that my doctor’s prognosis of never working again could be my reality. I was not ready to accept that however, until I had explored every other option. 

I discovered many different western and eastern healing modalities on my path in search of ways to balance and restore my mind-body connection and deal with chronic stress related illnesses. In fact, the techniques I am trained in often come through in coaching sessions since they address the mind-body connection and bring forth valuable insights for my clients. 

As a result of my healing journey and the implementation of the practices I learned, I was able to finally pursue a career path that embraced my passion for supporting others in overcoming obstacles. The extensive training and certification I received through the Co-Active Training Institute (CTI) gave me the technical skills I needed to pursue this career. I absolutely love combining the skills I gained from CTI with my experience and research to bring various tools to the table for serving my clients in the best possible way.

Formerly a divorced woman who found love online and overcame the statistics by marrying the love of my life in my forties, I now live in the San Francisco Bay Area as a blended family: one child from each of our marriages and a surprise child born in 2016.  My experience in this regard has given me skills for creating a framework for healthy and supportive co-parenting relationships as well as a joyful and fulfilling marriage.

When not coaching, you can find me hiking along the trails in Northern California, doing yin yoga, spending time with friends and family, playing a round of golf, volunteering with local animal assisted therapy groups and serving on various boards for patient support and therapy programs.  As a working mom, I have a lot to balance. The most important thing is keeping priorities in line and maintaining the skill set to maneuver the complexities of this modern day love affair.