Personal Coaching


Personal coaching is goal oriented and an enrichment change process. The primary areas of Self Development categories are: Emotions, Values, Needs, Talents, Organization, Balance, Time Management.


Anyone interested in life enrichment and increasing life satisfaction is a candidate for coaching. Commitment is necessary, but often in the beginning focus areas are vague. It is not unusual, however, for an individual to come to coaching with a very specific goal and plan, but in search of support, motivation, and, if desired, a checkpoint for accountability of progress.

How Long?

It varies widely depending on the person and the focus area. While coaching generally spans a period of 4 to 12 months, some individuals get the coaching they need after 4 to 6 sessions. Others may complete one focus area and return later with another goal.

Meet Your Personal Coach

For over 20 years in her private practice setting, Patt Hollinger Pickett, M.Ed., L.M.F.T., Ph.D., has counseled and coached hundreds of clients. Often complex webs of emotion and unproductive thinking are identified as obstacles to achieve greater happiness and life satisfaction.

Dr. Patt has an uncanny talent for finding humor in unexpected places and uses it to promote learning and change. As your personal coach, Dr. Patt will help you reach your life vision.

Common Questions About Personal Coaching

Question: I have a personal  trainer and get massages once a month. How can a personal coach help me?

Dr. Patt’s Response: These are great strategies to honor your body. In a holistic approach, your mind and spirit and body are connected. Each aspect of your whole person affects the health of the parts. Personal coaching can assist with focus areas in the mental and emotional zones of your life. Mind and spirit fitness deserve attention.

Question: I completed therapy years ago and resolved the difficult issues in my past. How could I use personal coaching now?

Dr. Patt’s Response: Have you ever felt you could be happier? Do you want more out of your life? A Coach can help you progress from mental wellness into excellence.

Question: I am successful in business and have lots of friends, but often I feel anxious and dissatisfied with my life. How could coaching help me?

Dr. Patt’s Response: This  could be a sign that you work too hard meeting other people’s standards while ignoring your own. Coaching can empower you to act on your own standards and feel more content. You may benefit from learning how to limit commitments and say “no” more often.

Question: My life is comfortable and stable. I do not deal with change well, but sometimes I  feel stuck and bored. What could coaching teach me?

Dr. Patt’s Response: If  there’s ever been a part of you that questioned, “What if things were different?” Come to coaching to discover what these “what ifs” might be and decide whether you want to take action.

Question: I enjoy great relationships with family, friends, and co-workers EXCEPT for this one individual who seems to work at making my life miserable. Can coaching provide any tools for this situation?

Dr. Patt’s Response: Most of  us have at least one “difficult” person in our life. While we CANNOT change that person, we can change our reaction to them which will cause a change in our encounters with them. Coaching can help you develop your personalized strategy for coping with difficult people.

Question: I am a  stay-at-home mom with a very full life. Eventually, I want to develop my own career interests and potential. What can I do now to get the  best of both worlds?

Dr. Patt’s Response: There are many stay-at-home parents who spend precious years expertly and lovingly meeting their family’s needs while neglecting individual needs. The toll this approach can take on self esteem and future happiness may not be anticipated or visible in the short term. Life coaching during the at-home-years can foster an investment in the future and preserve individual identity and fortify the at-home parent to meet family obligations.