About Ilse

Believing deeply that every moment is a multi-faceted jewel of infinite possibilities to create meaning — I meet with non-judgmental, unconditional acceptance for who you are. I open space for you to explore your personal aspirations and visions. I offer you evidence-based tools and techniques, combined with traditional contemplative mindfulness and self-compassion practices, to guide you toward creating meaning and fulfillment in your own life.


In my coaching practice, I draw from both personal experience as well as formal education and training. I have  a masters in Buddhist studies from Maitripa College, where I trained in contemplative practices and focused specifically on interfaith chaplaincy and pastoral care. My own reckoning with grief and loss has inspired me to turn and face this complex and universal experience, to walk with those who are grieving the loss of a loved one, or are themselves at the end of life. This calling led me to earn a End of Life Doula Professional Certificate through the University of Vermont Lerner College of Medicine. Currently, I am pursuing certification through the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and the Mindfulness Coaching School as a Mindfulness and Somatic Coach. I am also delving into the practice of Motivational Interviewing, a compassionate technique that inspires change by helping clients discover their personal motivation in what brings their life meaning.


Previously, I worked as a professional writer and editor, part of that time spent advocating for and exploring evidence-based approaches to addiction recovery, with an interest in Harm Reduction methodologies.


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