My name is Chris Cole.
I'm the life coach here at Cole Coaching, where I work with clients who may or may not be in recovery from any number of addiction, mood, or behavioral issues. I have been through quite a journey myself, and I have no doubts about your capacity to thrive in recovery, whatever that might mean for you. I offer an experienced perspective, a total wellness orientation, and an encouraging relationship conducive to sustainable growth in every area of your life.
You might be wondering, "How does someone become a life coach?" It really all started with my own difficulties. As a kid, I struggled with disordered eating and addiction, and then I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age of eighteen, and still, I wasn't ready to change. But I eventually went to rehab, so everything was fine, right? Well, not exactly. It turns out my substance abuse was not my only problem. In fact, substance abuse was pretty much my only solution. So when I wasn't using anymore, I really had a lot to figure out. Sobriety was just the starting point.
Shortly after I got sober, somewhere between recovery meetings, therapy, and college psychology courses, I developed an irrepressible urge to help people like me for the rest of my life. When I was younger, I only cared to talk to people who had been through the same sort of troubles, and those ended up being the people who helped me the most. It was important for me to relate, and I hoped to do the same for others.
My first job in this direction was as a wilderness therapy instructor. I worked in the wilderness for a couple summers while I finished my bachelor's degree in contemplative psychology from Naropa University. Then I went on to work as a therapeutic mentor in a transitional living program. My most recent position in the clinical field was as a life skills coach for another program that helped young men transition out of treatment.
What these few years in the treatment arena taught me, combined with my personal experience, is that the best programs in the world all have one added component complementing their clinical services: life coaching. They may use different titles, like "mentor" or "peer support" or simply "staff," but basically these are people a little further along the path who are helping others navigate familiar terrain.
I like to call myself a life coach because we're taking a holistic approach to the entirety of your life. No part acts independent of the whole. Beneath every thought, behavior, and action is a deeper wisdom–a life principle–calling us to come back into balance. The extent of our success together will depend on cultivating a trust in this fundamental sanity.
So in 2013, I got certified as a Strategic Intervention Coach and started my own little company, Cole Coaching, LLC. I help people develop clarity, focusing on practical action toward a more purposeful existence. I truly believe in everyone's innate wisdom and their ability to choose health when given proper support. I live in Boulder, Colorado, but I coach over Skype or phone, so there aren't any geographical constraints. If you happen to live in the Boulder/Denver area, I'm happy to find a way to meet up in person.
In addition to life coaching, I have written a book about my own recovery journey. I've titled it The Body of Chris, in honor of the delusion that I was the Second Coming of Christ. It took me a really long time to finally come to terms with treatment for my bipolar disorder, and I could never find many resources for men's eating and body issues, so I felt like it was important for me to tell my story. The Body of Chris: A Memoir of Obsession, Addiction, and Madness is now available everywhere books are sold. I'm also proud the book was recently named a two-time Finalist in both Spirituality and Religious Non-Fiction for the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. If you're not quite sure whether we could relate, my memoir is a great place to start.
Let's get started!
To inquire about life coaching, please call me at (303)225-9606 or fill out the form below. I offer a free 30-minute consultation for you or your loved one. On the rare occasion that I can't help, I'll make sure to point you in the direction of someone who can. I'm looking forward to meeting you!