Leah B. Mazzola, PhD, BCC
Owner & Board Certified Coach (Specialty Designations: Personal/Life & Career Coaching)
Registered ICF Mentor Coach
Member, International Coach Federation
1(800) 207-7750 Ext. 1, firstname.lastname@example.org
My passion for people development is two-fold. First, personal experience with quantum change in life, relationships, and career means I know a single choice today to change your tomorrows is a powerful place to be. Second, near a decade of formal study and research into human functioning means I understand the science behind the process. Personal, professional, and social development are the keys to create the outcomes we seek. Each begins with self-exploration and self-mastery; and grow with focused work. Unfortunately, there’s no way around the work part. That’s where coaching comes in.
One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again.- Abraham Maslow
I am Founder, Lead Coach Trainer, and Practicum Supervisor of Youth Coaching Institute, LLC, an accredited youth life coach training organization. I also teach psychology at the high school and community college levels. Prior to transitioning to full-time psychology and coaching related work, I spent 18 years climbing the corporate ladder into management between the financial and insurance sectors. My coach specific training includes over 250 hours with various accredited coach specific training providers.
- PhD in Psychology with Forensic Psychology Specialization
- BS in Criminal Justice Administration
- AA in Criminal Justice
- Numerous licenses and certifications relevant to my areas of expertise
- International Coach Federation
- Association for Contextual Behavioral Science
- American Psychological Association
- American Psychology-Law Society
- American Bar Association
- International Positive Psychology Association
- Society for Personality and Social Psychology
- Society for Humanistic Psychology
- Society for Psychological Study of Ethnic and Minority Issues
Psychology cannot tell people how they ought to live their lives. It can however, provide them with the means for effecting personal and social change. – Albert Bandura
The Following Concepts Guide My Approach
- Humans share a natural drive to meet the following needs: autonomy (free will, self-direction, human agency), relatedness (belonging), competence (to be able and capable), psychological growth, well-being, and self-actualization (to achieve our fullest potential).
- Social contexts (environments and relationships) that encourage the satisfaction of these needs foster inner motivation enhancing psychological growth and well-being.
- Social contexts that stand in the way of our basic needs cultivate poor motivation, performance, and well-being.
- Humans are self-determined agents with the power to grow, change, overcome, and achieve.
- Our perception DOES create our reality. The problem there is that our perceptions are too often flawed leading to unfounded assumptions, beliefs, resulting attitudes, perspectives, motivations, and behaviors born of automatic processes that we too often allow to go on unchallenged. The beautiful thing there is that perceptions are easily adjusted with attention, time, and effort. Hence, intentional transformation is possible.
- Many of our life moments are born of self-fulfilling prophecies.
- All behavior is a result of the complex interplay of the person and the situation at the time of the behavior. Context is everything.