Western NY Life Coaching Center Shawn Cichowski Heals People from the Inside-Out by Brad Gower
ahatma Gandhi once intuition, built upon years of said, “Be the change coaching experience. After that you wish to see in earning a degree in sociology the world,” and plenty of wise and psychology, Cichowski men and women have put forth spent 25 years in corporate the sentiment that change must America working on business come from within. Still, it can development, where she was be difficult to take this advice inspired by the way individuand apply it to the Western als bring their own versions world, where solutions to our of themselves into relationproblems are usually sought ships. At WNY Life Coaching from external sources. Center, she teaches people Walking through the how to help themselves in office door of Shawn the same way. “I truly try to Cichowski, a life and soul give people life skills, coping coach at Western New York skills and empowering skills Shawn Cichowski Life Coaching Center, in Wilso they can help themselves. I liamsville, may be the first step people take toward reconcilreally start from the inside-out,” she says. ing their inner self with the changes they seek in life. “The This thread of self-care runs through every personal and sense of self is the nucleus, but that goes against what we’ve professional goal clients bring to WNY Life Coaching Center. been taught,” says Cichowski. Even in relationship coaching, Cichowski believes in defining She applies this principle from the very beginning with the space between two people’s sense of self, which always new clients. Her first priority is learning everything she can begins with self-care. “Instead of give and take, which is about them, zeroing in on their inner self. Clients should okay, we offer and receive,” she explains The principles apply expect a great number of questions on the first visit. After a to children, as well. In fact, working with children is one of time, they should begin to realize that the external problems Cichowski’s passions and main sources of fulfillment. they have can be addressed from within. “It’s their life, so I Cichowski’s primary mission is getting her message respect that,” says Cichowski. “They will be the experts of out, and she’s found an impressive amount of success on their own life. I am not, but I help coach them to get there.” local television shows, in her published writing and hosting “People do have the answers, so I try to have them tap into her own online radio show. She’s excited about the Dream that,” Cichowski advises. “There is an inner wisdom. This is how Building Program, a 12-week process for which she’s seen I work with people.” One example she describes is a difficult great response. WNY Life Coaching Center is also launching relationship at work. In the case of an overbearing or unreasona fusion meditation, Reiki and breath work class. “You don’t able boss, the best approach is often to address the problem see that combination,” Cichowski says. from within, including how we are looking at it and how we One of her highest priorities continues to be searching can manage it. Cichowski thinks the key to the process is findfor ways to collaborate with schools and work with more ing one’s sense of self and finding ways to care for it. children, which makes sense, considering that she counts Self-care doesn’t call for a one-size-fits-all approach. her family and own three boys as her greatest accomplish“We understand that people process and connect in their ment of all. own authentic ways, so we have a lot of modalities to reach “I’m so happy to do this work. People come in and people where they’re at and try to help them, to pull them they’re stuck or not happy, and I always say that it’s a life forward in their life,” Cichowski notes. At WNY Life Coach- expression seeking to be expressed. I was stuck once, ing Center, these modalities include traditional and nontraand I found it. I am happy every day and I feel blessed,” ditional coaching techniques such as Reiki, mediation and enthuses Cichowski. the use of essential oils. For example, if someone becomes stuck during the process, Cichowski might introduce breath- WNY Life Coaching Center is located at 5500 Main St., Ste. ing exercises. 313, in Williamsville, NY. For more information, call 716 In making these adjustments, Cichowski relies on her 560-6552 or visit wnylifecoaching.com. See ad, page 25. natural awakenings
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