"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
Hello! Welcome to my coaching site! Here's a little information about me that I hope you will find helpful. If you want to know more, just send me a message via my Contact page.
Some of my earliest professional positions involved working with high-risk youth. Those experiences later influenced my decision to come home as a full-time parent when my first child was born, as well as to later homeschool both of my children.
In 2013, I became a Certified Christian Life Coach and opened my business,
Action Life Coaching. I enjoy the opportunity to share my gifts, faith and experience--especially in the areas of marriage and parenting--with people eager to grow in these and other areas. I am also a Certified SYMBIS (Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts) Assessment Facilitator, which provides me with a practical tool for helping couples to begin their marriages well. In 2014, I published my first book, Be Strong and Courageous, and I am currently working on my second book, Consider the Source, due out in 2020.
I have been married to my best friend for 23 years and have parented and homeschooled two amazing kids through high school. My son just finished his third year in college and my daughter graduated high school. 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 have defined me--that have 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.
It is these experiences, along with the gifts God has given me and the training I have received, that have equipped me not only to relate to others' weaknesses, but also to help them identify and build on their strengths. I have been the grateful recipient of God's mercy and grace. But God blesses us to be a blessing. In 2 Corinthians 1:3-4, He is referred to as "the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God." This is my passion--to use my pain for others' gain.
Whether you are in a proactive or a reactive position to your relationships,
I can partner with you to design practical, positive action steps to bring you closer to your goal faster than if you were going it alone. As a Christian, I also realize--and rely upon the fact--that we have a loving God who 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 His wisdom and guidance for your situation. Regardless of the issue, 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 to talk to; 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 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."