Hiiiiii! I'm Maria Ann Green, and I've done (and do) a whole lot of different things with my life. That means I've had a lot of varied experiences in my thirty-some years of time here on this earth that have lead me to where I am now, which is the perfect place to work with you, both coaching and supporting you through your loss and far beyond.
Before starting my new phase of life, I began with a Bachelors degree in Psychology and then worked for a decade in mental health. While working in the mental health field I had several different positions that gave me tons of experience working with all kinds of individuals from all types of backgrounds and histories, in many areas of mental and emotional health. This includes case management, mental health practitioner, and more. I also have experience as a coordinator, which means that I'm basically an expert in helping clients manage all areas of their life and coordinating their services, providers, and aspects of their lives and unique situations, to ensure everything works smoother.
In addition to my work history in mental health, I'm also an author which means I have experience in several areas of creativity - which can be incredibly therapeutic. I have written fiction books that normalize miscarriages and similar losses. I also have a series of nonfiction books about losses. There is a special kind of catharsis and healing in words, and I've spent most of my life working on developing this for myself and others. I have done a lot of journaling as well, which I find as helpful as writing for others - the act of writing for yourself. I’ve written and published journals as well. I'm an illustrator too, and have been working on a project illustrating my own grief, which can be so helpful. I've developed many creativity projects to deal with my loss and grief, and have many ideas for others if creativity may help you heal or even break through obstacles. With my expertise in all of this, I've affirmed my belief that creativity and art are amazing therapeutic techniques that can help through so many facets of grief, and even in other areas of life.
But beyond my job experiences, my life experience may be the most important piece of how I can help as a coach and support. I've suffered several types of losses in my years. I've faced infertility for years due to PCOS as well as unexplained infertility, which is it's own type of loss. I've also suffered through vanishing twin syndrome and lost one of two babies when my daughter was conceived. Although she is healthy, the loss of the other was a very different kind of loss to experience. And finally, as well as most recently, I've suffered through a second trimester miscarriage. Now, trying for another baby after this miscarriage I have to face my infertility again and it feels like just one more loss, although different as well. Through each of these losses I've gained insight into the processes and stages of grief, and different ways I've found to heal. I've read about a million books and have even more on my shelf for recommendations that may help. Just ask me for a photo if you want a laugh about book overload! I've done therapy, and creative projects, and basically looked my grief head on and roared right back.
In my opinion there's a special connection with individuals and providers who have been through similar losses, a deep understanding that can't be found everywhere or with everyone. There are, of course, amazing providers who are wildly helpful despite not losing a child, but I can understand every feeling you have and want to walk with you through them as well as listen. I want to help you with your struggles that pertain to your loss, and any afterward as well. I can do more than emphasize, and I want to walk down a new journey with you.
That's a lot about my experience and qualifications, but to choose the right coach you also want to pick the right fit personality wise. SO about my personally - I'm constantly working on improving my positivity mindset and gratefulness, as these are so important to my healing process. I've been working on these as well as my confidence and self-love for years, and have insights to help with these if you need. I also am always working to be more mindful and present in each moment no matter the type of moment. In hard and grief-filled moments it's important to lean into the honest emotions so that you can work through them instead of bury them. And with this skill perfected, then in the happy moments it's even easier to feel every moment of bliss that you absolutely deserve. Another huge bonus, is that I'm a fantastic listener. As the oldest of four girls and with a large circle of close friends I've been a listening ear for a long time. Not to mention all of my job experience with empathy, sensitivity, and listening. Because of this, I know to only provide advice and recommendations when you are ready for them, as listening comes first. I've also been through therapy myself, which I find incredibly helpful, and have learned several therapeutic techniques that can be helpful in the midst of grief.
I'm incredibly open to communication, and in fact I find it to be one of the most important aspects to any relationship, especially a coaching and supportive one. I'm always open to questions and suggestions. If you have any questions for me please reach out any time, especially if you want to know more about me and how I can be the best coach for you. You can reach me here via the contact form, my email, or social media. I do hope to work with you, and to help you.
All my love and support,
Maria Ann Green