the day I started life coaching with Hava Kohl-Riggs,
I was trapped in a career that I had "settled
for" during college. We were living in a house
that I did not feel comfortable in because it lacked
character. I was feeling the distance between the
adventurous young person I had been and the verbally
camouflaged professional I had become. Hava encouraged
me not to compromise on any of these things. As a
result, we are now living in a house that is much
more interesting. I'm returning to school this year
to pursue a more communicative career. I have also
become more outgoing and changed my appearance significantly.
David Goodman, M.D., M.P.H.,C.I.M.E.
with you as my coach has been an enriching, enlightening,
and very challenging experience. In a few short months
of working with you I feel as if I have made tremendous
and significant strides in my personal growth. This
is reflected in my experiencing a consistent level
of well-being that is beyond that of any other time
in my life; by feeling passionately about all that
life has to offer; by generating relationships that
are satisfying, fulfilling, and filled with wonder.
your coaching, I feel as if for the first time in
my life I am actually grounded and have a firm foundation
to stand on. This has been the result of my finding
my Self. Before working with you I was being pulled
in many directions, not knowing which way to go and
sometimes going in all directions at once. I was feeling
my life was fragmented and I was being stopped from
getting that which I truly wanted. I was feeling that
I was capable of great things but not being in life
such that I was fulfilling on my potential.
your coaching, my life has altered, and I have transformed
my relationship to life, loving the life I live and
being the inspiration that others similarly love their
lives, ultimately leading to the enrichment of the
is it! We only have this life to lead (that we know
of), and with your coaching, I am making the best
of it for my Self, my Family, my Friends, my Community,
and for Everyone.
decided to try coaching because I was at a point in
my life where I felt stuck on several levels-there
were decisions and projects I had been wrestling with
in my head but not moving forward on.
the time I was not sure if I wanted coaching or therapy
but I listened to my intuition and decided to do coaching
told me that getting help with ACTION was the most
important thing. It was also very valuable to me that
Hava had been a therapist and had those skills. I
knew there were emotional underpinnings to my inability
to move forward, and I wanted to work with someone
who could be sensitive and knowledgeable to those
issues without necessarily putting all the focus on
proved to have just the right combination of awareness,
empathy, warmth, and get-to-business-orientation to
make the whole process come together for me. I found
that if I followed through on the action steps I was
given, the emotional stuff moved along too, and both
were addressed. To me this was the biggest gift and
the biggest surprise.
a result of working with Hava in coaching I have gotten
through some of the biggest hurdles I had, and have
made the changes I wanted to make. She's also helped
me gain a kinder perspective on myself and my relationships,
and given me emotional and practical skills to look
at current and future challenges differently.
than education, different than psychotherapy, coaching
really is the best of both venues for change! I'd
highly recommend it to anyone who wants to get "unstuck".
you for helping me get a realistic perspective on
my skills and the values I bring with me to the job,
for helping me see the value of the skills I have,
for helping me restore my self-confidence, for always
seeking to help me understand, rather than judging
months ago I was in a work setting where I was feeling
more diminished daily. I knew I needed to make a change,
but it was hard to stir up the energy and guts to
go out and look for a better job from that spot. Luckily,
I learned a long time ago that I can't do everything
by myself-and that I don't want to.
always work better and faster when I work with someone
who cares about my success. So Hava was a perfect
coach for me.
boosted my self confidence so I had no apologies for
the set of skills I brought to a job, she kept me
rooted in what gave me energy - the things that are
in sync with who I am and not what external voices
tell me I should be or do. Hava made it fun. She kept
me rooted in the possibilities for me. She asked pointed
questions designed to help me see I needed and wanted,
not what others think I should do or be. She focused
on learning. If I didn't do an assignment, she looked
for what motivated that...
From feeling like I'm "not enough" to recognizing
the unique skill set and the strength of my personal
am so grateful for Hava's coaching. Thanks to Hava,
today I have a job working with people who are doing
work I find worthwhile, with people who I share values
with, for a pay that is commensurate with my responsibility,
and where I feel valued for who I am and the strengths
questions, total support, no shaming, quest for understanding
and learning, honest feedback, all designed to help
me move forward, get unstuck and make choices that
helped me find the best opportunity for me.
questions that helped me listen to what I wanted and
quiet the messages to please others. Able to cut to
the core issues. Honesty in a very supportive environment.
Clearly she worked to help me achieve my goals-not
hers. Attentive. Perceptive. Honest.
with Hava was transforming and energizing. It made
a scary life change enjoyable and manageable.
I've learned that I don't have to do everything alone.
Finding a job is a lonely proposition and it was great
to have Hava on my side
gave me self confidence, helping me see that while
I don't fit in "everywhere" or just "anywhere" I would
be very valuable to the place that needs the skills
and person that I am.
helped me see my own strengths, expect to find an
employer who valued my skills and my values.
will help you grow as fast as you want to. All the
change is in your hands, but she is there cheering
you on, encouraging you to listen to yourself,
Gola, artist and owner of Out of the Gallery Arts
I began working with Hava I knew that there was a
larger purpose to my life. My difficulty was accepting
and embracing it with love and passion. Fortunately,
when the moment came that I stepped into and owned
my life's purpose, Hava was with me. My eyes filled
with tears and my heart filled with joy. I'll never
forget what she said, "feels like home, doesn't
words are the best way to describe what Hava does.
She helps you unite your body, spirit, and mind to
a place where you feel peaceful, protected, and loved
- at home.
I graduated from college thinking I knew exactly what
I was supposed to do: land a job in a great advertising
or graphic design agency. In fact, my last semester
was geared toward that goal. Just like the other 25
student colleagues. What I forgot is that I have something
else to give. Each of our lives are different why
did I think I'd be happy following the stamped-out
What I yearned to do was combine the things that I
love and do them with courage and confidence. Starting
my own business was only a faint dream. The scary
thought is that without the encouragement and guidance
of my coach, I may never have pursued that dream.
It would have been "something I've always wanted to
do" but today, now, I am doing it! After less
than two months of coaching, Out of the Gallery
Arts is up and running, and I am happily earning
a living designing and painting murals, producing
books, tile art, and creating just about any other
fine art project that interests me! I have bigger
plans to expand my business, too, and, working with
Hava as my coach, I know I'll achieve those goals.
best athletes have talented gifts - but not for a
second do they think that the next step will come
easy. Living your purpose is the same- it's hard work.
There are times when it's uncomfortable, emotional,
and strenuous. That's when I know I'm working. That's
when my coach keeps me going, on track. As my coach,
Hava, holds and treasures my vision while I run my
marathon. It's a lot easier with someone skilled dedicated
to helping me move forward.
people get help from others - I heard that somewhere
and I believe it! In a world where we are so independently
driven in our professional and personal lives, the
concept may be difficult. Every four years, though,
this same world stops to cheer the Olympics - we value
the spirit of teamwork, determination, and success.
Is it so difficult to value those same attributes
in our own life?
Denman, May & Associates
working with Hava--I was able to see what was important
to me for both my business and personal life. I was
able to focus on what steps I needed to take to reach
only did Hava help me to clarify what course of action
was needed--it was clearly the easiest route to quickly
achieve what I set out to accomplish.
an individual, it is so easy to get caught up in the
same routine--with the help of a professional--they
are objective and know precisely what to do to get
you going in the right direction.
Hermann Madison, WI
can highly recommend Hava as a personal and professional
coach. When I first met Hava, I was immediately impressed
by her insight as well as her ability to communicate
powerfully and poetically. I found our coaching sessions
to be supportive and inspiring. When I first began
working with Hava, my goal was to find fulfilling
paid work that supported my primary "work" as a parent.
Within one year, I found exactly that, and my coaching
relationship with Hava was crucial in helping me achieve
this goal. Hava was incredibly skilled at helping
me to clarify my values and reminding me of what I
was committed to when external influences distracted
me from the "path." Hava also supported me in strengthening
my parenting by coaching me in the use of Holding
Time; this has allowed me to maintain a close connection
to my son despite being away from him several hours
a day while at work. Prior to my work with Hava, I
would not have thought maintaining such a connection
possible if I was employed outside the home. I always
felt energized and "ready for action" after our coaching
calls, especially when it came to making difficult
decisions. It has been several months since our last
coaching call, but I continue to use what I have learned
from working with Hava on a regular basis. She is
a great person to have in your corner, whatever your
goals may be!
Mother and Physicians Assistant
I came to you for Personal Life Coaching, it was as
if I was standing out at the edge of a forest, very
confused. I had no idea which way to go and things
were a jumble, a mess in my head.
Now, Im on a path; Im definitely going
Hava, as my personal life coach, sometimes you were
a life mentor, sometimes "a mom" (in the
best sense of the word!). You are an advocate for
me, a teacher, and always gentle and accepting. You
had no trouble "forgiving" what I thought
of as my failures, and you taught me to forgive myself
and learn to understand failure as learning opportunities.
What have I accomplished as a result of our work together?
Specifically, Im more fit and have more energy,
my work and family priorities are clear to me, Ive
learned whats most important to me and I make
choices that are in line with those values. Im
getting involved in relationships that are better
for me, and Im setting limits that improve relationships
that were not serving me so well, Im speaking
up for myself, and say "no" when I want
to. Ive started on a major home remodeling project,
my home is a more comfortable place to be in. Most
importantly, Ive started to figure out what
I want to do with my time in life and then Im
going out and doing it!
Engel Madison, WI
I don't suppose you listen to the same music I do
but some time ago there was a headbanger tune out
that captured my mind. My mind would chant "in spite
of my rage I am still just a rat in a cage". When
I wasn't thinking of something my mind would revert
to that chant over and over for weeks, months, and
was caught. So cloistered for so long I had no sense
of direction, no point of reference. Afraid to even
enter the maze that would potentially take me out.
helped me locate my compass. Without her I'd still
be looking at the entrance of that maze.
much more than one year later I have a new career,
learned a lot about myself, and gained new friends
whose priceless insight and advice I will have now
sharing my new trail I traveled it with the fun-loving
fearlessness others note me for but I could never
quite manage to muster in affairs of my own.
you, Hava. You have been a large part of changing
the trajectory of my future. A small amount of change
in trajectory, you know, makes a much larger difference
in the end destination. So the adventure begins. It
was fun and will continue to be. If it's not fun I'm
going the wrong way.
I know where to find my compass. I can go anywhere
amazing how, just a short time ago, I was feeling
stagnant and without direction.
Thank you, Hava, for helping me find my true voice
I thought, perhaps, it was forever lost to
I have appreciated your many gifts and skills that
you have brought to the coaching partnership, especially
your willingness to share relevant personal experiences,
as well as your mighty enthusiasm about my ideas,
goals and progress you are a wonderful cheerleader!
have been particularly impressed by your ability to
reframe a negative self-view into a positive one and
to see criticism as a learning experience, not as
a reflection of failure.
I have felt encouraged and propelled forward by your
support and advice. This experience has made, and
will continue to make, a positive impact on my life,
especially upon my new chosen profession life
Principal, Gritton Design
have been working with Hava since the end of last
year and have been very pleased with the coaching
experience (I hadn't done this before) and with Hava
style is very "no nonsense" and she has
an ethical underpinning to her approach that was a
perfect fit for me. She offered a mix of very practical
and specific "techniques" to use in situations
I wanted assistance with and she also offered a respectful,
professional moral support that I personally benefited
from. Her support included positive feedback for progress
made or skills I displayed (but may not have recognized
and taken ownership of) and she also didn't hesitate
to point out areas where I sabotaged myself or needed
to do some work to be more effective. I appreciated
both kinds of feedback.
In terms of whether or not the coaching progressed
as I expected it would...that's difficult to say because
I didn't have clearly defined expectations not having
done this before. If anything, I think I was pleasantly
surprised at how useful it was.
assisted me with a number of personal, family and
professional goals. I think the best way to sum it
up was that I had a lot of valuable "raw material"
floating around as unexpressed potential and I needed
help bringing my insights, experiences, energies and
drive into a more focused plan of action for my life.
I had always heard people talk about having a personal
mission statement or having some unique "gift"
to express in the world and I felt like I could never
zero in on this kind of clarity for myself. I have
a deep spiritual faith which is of course a compass
so I was looking not so much for the values that guide
my life as how I express what is uniquely me in my
business and in my personal life. One of the most
valuable aspects of this work with Hava has been getting
that clarity for myself.
Donald K., Madison,
Hava's coaching has helped focus my
efforts on the things in my life that are most important.
Working with her has challenged me to make sure that
my own needs are met, and helped me find clearer ways
of thinking about the issues in my life. Working with
her, I clarified that my primary commitments in my
life right now are to my children's care and to my
own self-care. I have made wiser choices in my romantic
relationships. I have given myself permission to say
no to demands others make on me. Because coaching
is much more concrete than therapy approaches I have
tried in the past, I have been able to make concrete
progress at reshaping my life in my own best interests.