Bonnie Howell Coach and Counsel, LLC

You Don’t Have to Do it Alone, Be Coached

Deal With Your Life Issues Effectively

Discover more about yourself and your inner aspirations with help from Bonnie Howell Coach and Counsel, LLC in Ithaca, NY. I am here to offer you one-on-one coaching and counseling services. Services designed to give you the encouragement and motivation you need while you’re on your way towards self-discovery and development. My company is the first certified coaching and counseling practice  in the area that practices integrated coaching.

Customized to Your Needs

I offer specialized programs wherein I utilize different modalities to address the specific needs of every individual. Perhaps your individual program will make use of several different modalities during the course of our work. YOU are always in charge and any modality I suggest will be thoroughly discussed and it is your decision to accept or reject.

The modalities I use include:

Conversational Coaching ™

Over the years, I have coached many people from all walks of life. While their issues were different, they all came to me with specific issues that had grown out of  a particular life path or set of decisions.  Those issues brought them to me because they were holding the him/her back from achieving their full potential, causing them to be unhappy, disappointed, and usually had negatively impacted a relationship or two in their life. During their time with me, I use my proprietary Conversational Coaching™ method, which allows  them to see how their story led them to where they are but provides the answers to making needed change as well. 

Since it’s my own brand of coaching, let me say a little more about it. I’ve found a common denominator in all the clients who’ve come to me in the last nine years. They are of different ages, genders, and occupations, and bring very different life issues to discuss. What did they have in common? Every one of them had a story, usually never completely told until they sat in my office. We don't dwell in the past, we only visit it to help make sense of why we're where we are today.  It's not a visit to assess blame only understanding.

Using the Conversational Coaching™ technique, my clients were able to find a solution to the problems they came in with. More often than not, I was also able to help them discover new or different questions and answers that might be more important to their life path as it unfolds in future. With those answers and the tools taught and mastered along the way, my clients are  able to move forward with renewed energy and confidence.

Conversational Coaching™ involves careful listening as the individual tells their story, whether they have told it before or, as is usually the case, for the first time.  I actively listen to their stories trying to uncover the feelings as well as the facts. Sometimes, I ask gentle probing questions in the pauses, giving specific feedback as the occasions arise.  I have witnessed some amazing transformations using this technique alone, or in combination with some of the other modalities I practice.


Spirituality Based Counseling:  As an ordained minister with a masters degree in divinity, I provide pastoral counseling from a nondenominational vantage point.  I believe we are all born with a need to believe in a power greater than ourselves, and when that need is not being met it causes a variety of symptoms which often mimic psychiatric conditions.  On the other hand, if in our background we have had connections with the punitive, unaccepting, prejudicial, versions of organized religions or parental philosophies often justified by religious beliefs that too can have major ramifications for our adult adjustment and well-being.  Of course, the expression "spare the rod, spoil the child" comes immediately to mind.  No matter what religious affiliations you have or have had, I believe you will benefit from counseling based on the well spirit, not the sick mind that traditional counseling modalities adhere to.  I work comfortably with and have good referral relationships with traditional counselors, and I accept as equally valid all religious denominations.  The first visit is always free to make sure my approach will meet your needs.


Specialized Counseling for Retirement:  


 Give me six weeks (or a few more or less if you wish) to work with you on the rest of your story. As your retirement coach, I will help you bridge the gap between where you are now and where you want to be. I work with SkillScan™ to help you find a new role in your retirement years. In addition,  I'm proud to have received certification as a retirement life coach by the Boomerang™ Institute for Retirement Life Coaching.™  For additional information click here

Specialized Counseling for Compassion Fatigue

Caregivers, paid or unpaid, physicians, nurses, military, police officers, social workers, counselors, and that's only the short list. If you deal with other people's illness, hardship, problems day after day and you feel burned out, tired, emotionally turned off then you may be suffering from secondary traumatic stress, or compassion fatigue. Take the Compassion Fatigue Assessment tests now and let me help you overcome your anxiety and potential career, even life threatening disability. Download the test using the link below, fill it out, and then send it to me through email. I will get back to you as quickly as possible to discuss your results. I'd also love to come speak to your group about Compassion Fatigue, what is it, who gets it, how you get back on track. 

     I am certified by the International Association of Trauma Professionals, in coaching victims of compassion fatigue.

APPRAISAL AND ASSESSMENT TOOLS

I am certified to administer various personality, interest and career appraisals, including the DISC personality assessment.  DISC is a product of Wiley publishing and it is considered the most thoroughly tested, generally accepted personality profiling instrument available. In addition, I am the first certified in the area to be qualified as a Five Behaviors of a CohesiveTeam™Coach a new instrument developed by Wiley aimed at leadership team performance improvement.  My goal is to help individuals identify skill gaps, and provide coaching and training solutions aimed at creating personal growth with less stress. I’m fond of saying what you don’t know about you can hurt you.  I also administer SkillScan™ for those just starting a career, interested in making a change or figuring out how to transition to retirement without giving up work.  The best of its kind providing a comprehensive over-view of skills, interests, values--a very holistic, as well as, scientific approach.

HYPNOTHERAPY

I am certified in hypnotherapy and believe it to be of real benefit to many of my clients. In conjunction with Biofeedback Using Heartmath™ and Conversational Coaching™, I have used hypnotherapy to address weight loss, smoking cessation, and performance issues. This type of holistic healing is not a sideshow, but rather a very effective, proven technique used by physicians and other health providers to address health and behavior issues. I am certified by the International Association of Counselors and Therapists and participate in their continuing education program.  Find out more about how hypnosis can help you by calling me today.  Don't think you can be hypnotized?  Click here for more information

MEDITATION

For those interested in learning, I teach meditation, which I believe is the best pre-requisite for self-soothing, self-care, self-hypnosis, I use the book Meditation by Nature as my guide, which I co-authored for beginners and to take some of the mystique out of the practice.  It teaches guided meditation around specific life issues. With it, I will be able to provide you with techniques and tools that offer a life time of a very effective stress management, problem solving, introspection. It's available at Amazon.Just search for:   Meditation by Nature  Bonnie Howell. For more information on the benefits of meditation click here and see my special offer here.

 

Using Heartmath™

Heartmath™ connects people to the heart of who they truly are, helping them to live healthier, happier, and more fulfilling lives while building a brighter future. It's a very portable system taught in my office, but designed to be taken to your home or office. The benefits of this healing according to documented study include:

Biofeedback Using Heartmath™ is a scientifically proven method to reduce stress and social anxiety. This technique is an easy way to monitor and improve emotional and physical health. It is also utilized in children’s testing, fear and performance anxiety assessments.
1 Improvements in mental and emotional well-being of over 5,500 people in just 6-9 weeks 
2 50% drop in fatigue
3 46% drop in anxiety
4 60% drop in depression
5 24% improvement in the ability to focus
6 25% improvement in listening ability
7 30% improvement in sleep

Anger Management, PTSD, Compassion Fatigue, Forgot how to Play, Relax, Enjoy?

WAR VICTIM REDEFINED.


IN MANY WAYS WAR USED TO BE A SIMPLIER CONCEPT. OUR COUNTRY WENT TO WAR WITH AN ENEMY OVER SPECIFIC ISSUES.  ISSUES THAT, AT LEAST ON THE SURFACE, WERE UNDERSTOOD AND SUPPORTED BY THE POPULATION, AS THEY SENT THEIR YOUNG PEOPLE OFF TO FIGHT ON FOREIGN SOIL. THE TWO EXCEPTIONS WERE, OF COURSE, THE CIVIL WAR WHEN THE ENEMY AND THE FIGHT WERE BOTH RIGHT HERE ON U.S. SOIL. AND THE OTHER EXCEPTION THE VIET NAM WAR WHERE THE CAUSE, THE SOLDIERS, THE ISSUES WERE NOT WELL UNDERSTOOD.  THEREFORE, BY EXTENTION NOT WELL SUPPORTED BY THE POPULATION AT HOME.

TODAY, WAR LOOKS MORE LIKE THOSE EXCEPTIONS AND IT'S IS ALL AROUND US. WE CAN’T HELP BUT BE IMPACTED. FROM POORLY DEFINED WARS FOUGHT IN FOREIGN NATIONS TO THOSE FOUGHT IN OUR NEIGHBORHOODS, IN MANY CASES IN OUR HOMES, SCHOOLS AND FAMILIES.  WHAT REMAINS THE SAME IS THOSE DIRECTLY INVOLVED IN THESE WARS WANT TO COME "HOME" AND TRY TO ASSIMILATE BACK INTO THEIR LIVES. ASSIMILATE OFTEN WITH INVISIBLE WOUNDS THAT NO ONE SEEMS TO UNDERSTAND. WAR ISN'T JUST A CONCEPT  RELEVANT ONLY TO OUR LATE TEENAGE AND EARLY TWENTIES YOUNG PEOPLE CALLED TO MILITARY SERVICE.  INSTEAD THIS NEW VERSION OF WAR TOUCHES  OUR SCHOOL CHILDREN, FROM ELEMENTARY THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL, AND COLLEGE AGE AS THE ENEMY BRINGS A CAUSE AND A GUN INTO A CLASSROOM OR ONTO A COLLEGE CAMPUS.  WE NOW HAVE WITNESSED HOW EVERY OTHER AGE GROUP,  WITH OR WITHOUT KNOWLEDGE OF THE CAUSE,  CAN BE INVOLUNTARILY CAUGHT ON THE FRONT LINES OF AN UNDECLARED WAR.    IF YOU ARE THAT INDIVIDUAL, OR HIS/HER FAMILY MEMBER, BOSS, FRIEND YOU TOO ARE IMPACTED BY THIS NEW, MORE CONSUMING, MORE INSIDIOUS VERSION OF WAR. CALL ME (607-319-4151) AND LET’S TALK ABOUT IT, SUFFERING ALONE IS IN NO ONE’S BEST INTEREST.  ESPECIALLY IF YOU SUFFER FROM  SYMPTOMS AS VARIED AS ANGER MANAGEMENT, SLEEP ISSUES,  FEAR, FLASH-BACKS, NIGHTMARES YOU NEED TO FIND OUT WHY.

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ALSO KNOWN AS, WORDS FROM THE WONDER WOMAN CRONE.