Building your faith in marriage and families
"His mercy flows in wave after wave on those who are in awe before him." ~Luke 1:50
Barbara Fiscus, M.A., CCLC
Master of Arts, Counseling Psychology; Certified Christian Life Coach
I am a Relationship Coach, Author, and Speaker.
I love helping people grow through challenges and break through barriers
(scroll down for testimonials). I am especially passionate about the importance of healthy relationships and building people's faith in marriage and families.
Some of my earliest professional positions involved working with high-risk youth. This experience later influenced my decision to be a full-time, hands-on, intentional parent, and ultimately, homeschool mom. Although I earned a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology, it is my faith and personal experience as a wife and mother for the past 25 years that has helped me most in coaching others.
I am a Certified Facilitator for the SYMBIS (Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts) Assessment, which provides me with a practical tool for helping couples begin their marriages well. In 2014, I published my first book, Be Strong and Courageous, and I am currently working on another. I am also available to speak at events (click here).
I have been married to my best friend for 25 years and parented and homeschooled two amazing kids through high school. My son has graduated college and my daughter is currently a sophomore. There have been incredible memories made along the way, but there have also been some very challenging times--in my relationships with my husband, my kids, and my God. And yet, it is some of those very same times that truly defined me--that helped to clarify both who I am and who I am not. I have come to the end of myself and discovered true strength in my weakness.
These experiences, combined with my training and the gifts God has given me, have equipped me to both relate to my clients' weaknesses, and help them identify and build on their strengths. I have been the grateful recipient
of God's mercy and grace, and feel blessed to share with others what I have learned along the way. In the Bible, it says that God "comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God" (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).
This is my passion--to use my pain for others' gain.
As your coach, I will listen and partner with you to design practical, positive action steps that bring you closer to your goal faster than if you were going it alone. As a Christian, I also partner with our Heavenly Father on your behalf, trusting that He is "able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us" (Ephesians 3:20). I will pray with you and for you, seeking God's wisdom and guidance for your situation.
There is always hope, because there is always God!
Why Life Coaching?
Maybe you're on the fence about whether life coaching is right for you. You might be thinking, "I have friends I can talk with; shouldn't that be enough? It's not like I need a therapist!" Yet, you feel like you could be doing better or doing more. Your friends are great, but they're not helping you to move forward.
Perhaps you have goals--in your marriage, your parenting, or another area. You know what you need to change, but you've had a hard time staying focused. You just need someone to help keep you motivated and accountable.
Or possibly, you have tried counseling but felt frustrated after spending so much time talking with so few results. You are ready to make changes, if you could only see what to do.
These are the kinds of things that drive people to hire coaches--they want change, they just need a little help.
If you're not sure whether coaching is right for you, contact me for a free consultation. We can discuss your situation and goals, then make a mutual determination from there.
"Barbara has been a huge part of God’s transforming work in my life. I have grown in ways, and broken through barriers that I thought were impossible." - B.M.
"Barbara is a true student of the Word and able to encourage and help navigate others' life challenges with God-given wisdom and compassion. Insightful wisdom, practical applications and encouragement...blessed by our sessions." - D.H.
"My sessions with Barbara were goal-driven, very professional; she made me at ease sharing my past, mistakes, hopes, goals, dreams and even my mishaps... I have made significant positive changes since I started coaching with Barbara and I must say that I've never been more excited about anything in my life after each session as I felt empowered to do something greater in life." - J.A.
"I attended a Journaling Workshop hosted by Barbara...and it was awesome! I learned easy ways to make my Journaling practice more interesting, enlightening and fun which will definitely help me to stick with it. Thanks Barbara for this info, it was great!" - C.M.
"(Barbara helped me to) figure out myself even through the hardest times...through everyday life activities. She is great!" - M.O.
"...Barbara was the keynote speaker...being able to listen to [her] share her passion of life coaching/helping others and her own experiences dealing with relationships...was very enlightening. It wasn’t hard to convince me to purchase her book afterwards and in starting it, I’ve had a hard time putting it down. I’d definitely trust someone like her to be a life coach for me. She’s open, vulnerable, actively engaged, God-fearing, and accommodating." - A.F.B.