San Francisco Life Coach for women from coast-to-coast - Empowering women in transition to make choices that really work -  Professional Certified Coach, Certified Professional Co-Active Coach
 San Francisco Life Coaching. Nicki Michaels, PCC, CPCC, Professional Life Coach, Certified Life Coach

Why Coaching?

Investing in a credentialed life coach is investing in yourself.

95% of coaching clients surveyed report that their investment in a coach was well worth the money.*

Heres how clients describe the results of working with a Life Coach:*

  • Higher level of self awareness & discovery
  • Improved quality of life
  • Increased energy & more fun
  • Smarter goal setting
  • More self-confidence
  • Lower stress levels & more balanced life
  • Enhanced communication skills
  • Project completion
  • Health or fitness improvement
  • More income
  • Stopped a bad habit

Buyer Beware!

Many people who call themselves coaches, have no formal coach training, nor are they credentialed by a recognized coaching professional organization with a strong Code of Ethics. Both my coach credential and my coach certification let you know that I am a well trained coach who succeeded in a rigorous coach training program, and who meets the strict requirements of credentialing.

I am proud to hold the Professional Certified Coach credential (PCC), awarded by the International Coach Federation (ICF), the world's foremost international professional coaches' organization.


My PCC credential recognizes:

  • My successful completion of a rigorous approved coach certification program, accredited by the ICF (see below)
  • My documented minimum of 750 professional client coaching hours with at least 25 clients.
  • Letters of recognition of my coaching skills by two Master Coaches who have either been coached by me, or who have heard me coach.
  • Five recommendation letters from coaching clients who have benefited from their coaching with me.
  • My commitment to complete 40 hours of Continuing Coaching Education (CCE) by ICF approved programs, over each 3 year period.


About my Coach Certification Training

I'm proud to be a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC), trained and certified by the Coaches Training Institute, a highly regarded coaching school which is accredited by the International Coach Federation.


This certification means that:

  • I successfully completed of 116 hours of prerequisite course work in order to be accepted into the certification program
  • I've been coached by a credentialed Certified Professional Co-active Coach throughout the intensive six month certification program
  • I accumulated a minimum of 100 professional coaching hours coaching my own clients during the certification program
  • I spent 10-15 hours per week on interactive classes, lectures, reading, and homework assignments which were all successfully completed
  • I successfully completed at least 9 supervision sessions with a team of Master Coaches who both listened to and evaluated my actual client sessions
  • I successfully passed a day long oral and written exam including two live coaching sessions in front of a panel of Master Coach Supervisors and video camera


Since starting my coaching practice...

I've logged over 1400 professional coaching hours, and coached over 85 clients, many of whom have made significant positive changes in their lives—changes which they credit to the dynamic, challenging and supportive environment that coaching creates. You can read some of their comments on most pages of this site.


If you're seriously considering coaching, try a complimentary sample session

  • to discover if you're ready for coaching
  • to experience how becoming my client could help you to create the changes you're longing to make
  • to discover how coaching with me will support you in the process of change
  • to understand exactly what life coaching is

**From a survey of coaching clients taken by the International Coach Federation



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What My Clients Say:

"You were instrumental in empowering me to come up with a MAJOR life choice—one that'll TOTALLY change the course of my life—for the good, better BEST. It is clear to me that our half year's worth of work provided a quantum shift in the way I think, which has prepared me for a quantum leap in my experience of joy. I already FEEL the effects of my decision. I breathe deeper, my energy is slowly returning; I am DEFINITELY on the right path! THANK YOU!"
E.C. Burke
Carborro, NC

I am really enjoying our coaching...Your intuition, your experience...your training and your warm heart all are making you a wonderful coach. Working with you I am learning to have more joy and fun in my life and am getting a lot of things done successfully and easily."
Jean Sward
San Rafael, CA

"Our coaching sessions have been an anchor in making changes that feel good — not leaps into the unknown where I am then working hard to regain my balance. I feel like you granted me grace in my angst. Cheers to you Nicki for all your wonderful coaching and support. I have loved it."
Sarah Mitchell
Belgrade, MT

"You seem to intuitively flow with what is in the moment, helping me follow my process. You have been direct and honest, a good balance between supporting me and confronting me to stay accountable, so a big THANK YOU!...I have gained many new insights and understanding into my blocks as well as my strengths. I have accomplished many different goals. I have felt 100% supported!"
Maggie Scobie
Bethesda, MD

"You helped create a very safe space, and your sensitivity is a strength...You stayed on purpose, held the focus and shifted as necessary. You stayed even and centered and reflected back to me in a very effective manner...I really value the time we have shared. It's amazing what can happen in this context. Thank you."
Linda B.
Stockton, CA