Meet the Coach: Caterina Arends, MMC, CVCC

What Has Shaped Me into the Life Coach that I am

My father was 44 when, through a series of medical events, he lost his eyesight, becoming totally blind. I was 12 years old at the time, the eldest of 3 children. This experience laid the groundwork for my later understanding. Pierre Teilhard deChardin quotes: “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience.”

My work is my calling. I feel honored and blessed to serve and impact others’ lives for the better. I work along the entire continuum of human growth and development: healing and fostering growth, while teaching life skills and life balance, and inspiring empowerment and service.

I grew up in Madison, Wisconsin and was shaped by the Native American energy, beauty and wisdom of the lakes, woods and Indian Mounds. In the late 1970’s, I was teaching Human Potential classes at Brevard County, Florida Community College, based on Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and self-actualization. This was the beginning of the Positive Psychology movement, leading the way to Life Coaching.

In addition to my Coaching Certification, I am also a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, running a private practice since 1981. Philosophically, I have always come from a coaching perspective, focusing on and building upon a person’s strengths.

I am extremely intuitive and empathic. This has led to mystical experiences that contribute to my belief in developing a balance of “feet on the ground and head in the heavens.” I work with people to develop a balance in the 4 areas of their lives: physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual. I also encourage everyone to learn to balance the 3 qualities in the triangle of love, wisdom, and power. This can lead to great joy, meaning and gratitude.

My coaching practice Higher Vision Coaching has the tagline of “Inner peace to world peace.” I strive to live my own life as an example of what I teach and guide others to do.

In 1994, I was guided to start a global peace project called, “Let There Be Light!”. The focus of the project was to create a web of people, 1 for every 10,000, globally, working with the power of thought and intention to create peace. This is when I truly experienced miracles all around me. I love and believe in Albert Einstein’s quote: “There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle or you can live as if everything is a miracle”. I choose to live and coach as if everything is a miracle.

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