STAMFORD, Conn. -- Making the changes you need to achieve more in life often is just a matter of confidence, said a Stamford life coach.
"Self confidence is an area where I do an enormous amount of work," said Judy Garfinkel about the clients who come to her seeking help and direction. "They tell me: 'I want a coach to help me with my confidence."
That's where Garfinkel, a board certified life and career coach, comes in and uses her talents, knowledge and education to help. She works with a wide variety of people who are either contemplating a career change or who believe they have stagnated and want to create a new situation for themselves. In some cases, it is recent graduates who are struggling with whether or they should continue their education or plunge into the workforce.
In some cases it is men and women who have been out of the workforce for an extended period of time, often women who stepped away from their careers to raise families, who come to her as they seek to resume working.
"They want to go back to work but they can't figure out what to do," Garfinkel said. That's where she steps in by helping them realize they have skills and abilities that can be used to restart their careers. Often she focuses on developing their confidence and leading her clients to develop the confidence to deal with struggles and to maintain a balance that allows them to question what they do but continue to move forward with their lives.
Garfinkel is a former ballet dancer who performed widely but the rigors of professional dancing and a desire for a change led her to question what she was doing.
"At 28 years of age it wasn't working for me anymore," she said about her professional dancing career.
That look at herself led her away from the performing field and into teaching dance, which is what she did for eight years at Sarah Lawrence College.
She later moved into creating movement classes at her children's school that turned into another career move teaching movement classes to pre-k to eighth grade students.
Once again, her curiosity and creativity led her away from working with students on movement classes to helping them develop their social and emotional skills. She also worked with new teachers and designed development workshops for the entire faculty at the school.
"I reinvented myself a couple of times," she said about her journey.
Yet, with all this success she said that there was something lacking in her life and she began digging deep into herself and through that discovered her new path in life as a life and career coach.
Garfinkel said she wanted to bring out the best in others, that they may have struggled to find, in order for people to life lives of joy and to chart new directions in their lives and careers.
For more information on Garfinkel's program go to: http://www.moveintochange.com
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