Our lives can take turns and directions that are unanticipated and unplanned. Even for those who had carefully thought through goals, events can impact us in ways that alter our plans. For others, envisioning one's future can be confusing and overwhelming. We can face challenges as we work to enhance our careers and/or deal with compromised or undeveloped personal relationships. Establishing a life plan requires understanding one's own self - recognizing one's strengths, capabilities, desires and potentials as well as apprehensions, weaknesses or fears. To act on one's plan requires understanding viable options, an optimistically focused inner "drive" and the self-confidence to take on those "reasonable" risks calculated to bring success and fulfillment.
The coaches of LifePath recognize you for who you are, but more so, for the potential you have to achieve. THE most experienced and credentialed life coaching practice in the area, LifePath has offices in Richmond and Charlottesville. It offers unsurpassed coaching to individuals seeking to determine and act on their desired life goals. Our award-winning coaches are exceptionally knowledgeable with over 100 years of combined experience in health care administration, coaching and clinical appointments. Through careful listening and inquiry, we identify your circumstances, interests, needs and desires, then work with you to develop the self-image, confidence and motivation needed to establish your path toward a fulfilling life. Issues that may be actual or perceived barriers to your success are explored with the intent of revealing the means of overcoming them and enjoyably progressing on with your life. Further, as each of the LifePath coaches' extensive administrative experience includes having hired personnel at all levels, they are very familiar with the employment search process, effective resumes, maintaining positive work relationships and particularly what determines a winning job interview. Our clients consistently report their coaching as a positive, focused, motivating and personally uplifting experience.
Dr. William J. Spitzer is a nationally recognized and well-published professional with over forty years of leadership experience in major health care/trauma systems, university teaching, coaching, counseling and consulting. His coaching focuses on both career and personal life transitions, with clients across all age ranges and situations.
Dr. Spitzer's academic degrees were awarded by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and include a PhD in Social Work and Business Administration, Masters Degree in Social Work (MSW) and dual Bachelors degrees in Psychology (BS) and Sociology (BA). He holds professional credentials as a Clinical Diplomate in Social Work (DCSW), Certified Life Coach (CLC), as a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW) and as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Oregon and Texas. Dr. Spitzer is the recipient of seventeen national, state and organizational awards for practice as well as for university teaching and professional association leadership, including as President of the Oregon, Virginia and Illinois (Central District) Societies for Social Work Leadership in Health Care, as an officer/board member of the Virginia, Oregon and Central Michigan Chapters of the National Association of Social Workers and on the National Board of the Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care.
He has chaired 20 professional conferences, presented nationally and internationally, served on publication editorial boards and formal university re-accreditation committees. While Director of Social Work Services at the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University Hospitals, Dr. Spitzer's department was honored as "Best Patient Care Department" by health system administration. At Oregon Health Sciences University Hospitals, under Dr. Spitzer's leadership, the Department of Social Work Services received two state health care program awards and commendations from both hospital and State of Oregon administrations. Dr. Spitzer's Illinois health system department operations were featured in two national business conferences. Among his 50+ publications, Dr. Spitzer's textbook Social Work Practice in Health Care: Advanced Approaches and Emerging Trends was adopted for use by 27 universities and colleges.
Personal Statement: The satisfaction of coaching arises from being able to successfully engage clients to address opportunities and challenges in their lives. . .to empower them to achieve their potential and realize greater fulfillment in their personal and professional experiences. Working with each client as a "team", my approach is one of being realistic, understanding, supportive and encouraging, overcoming barriers and moving forward on positive life goals. Clients set the pace, determine their priorities with guidance and then establish practical, achievable plans to better their lives.