MEET MICHAEL & VALERIE
Michael is a relationship expert who has worked with individuals, couples, and families since 1979. He is a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist in the states of Washington and California. Michael has been a Clinical Member of The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy since 1995.
His passion, is to help couples who work together in business, and any couple wanting more, to create extraordinary powerful relationships that keep love and intimacy alive.
He believes since life is precious and short that we must live it to the fullest and with no regrets. This requires a certain the amount of courage as life has many challenges. In order to face these challenges we must rise to the
occasion, grow, and make the necessary adjustments.
Personal growth is a continual process and we are never done. That is, if one is willing to face the challenges of life head on. Otherwise, we are likely to shy away, restrict our growth, and not feel as free to enjoy our life completely.
Intimate relationships are what give people enough reason to grow through their challenges and evolve further.
The first 12 years of his professional development was spent working with adolescents and their families in a variety of therapeutic settings. He focused on the family systems and how they operated. He’s come to appreciate that presenting problems are evidence of underdeveloped skills that may need refining rather than a system that is "dysfunctional". This work eventually let him to focus on refining parental skills and then marital relationships.
In addition to Michael’s work with adolescents, parents, and families, he spent five years doing crisis intervention work where he developed the skills to manage the most difficult of circumstances.
Rather than looking for what is "wrong" or what needs to be "fixed" he is more inclined to respectfully explore and curiously investigate what might be challenging each individual's current level of skill. Knowing he can more effectively support couples to create the relationship they desire. He refers to this as a Humanistic Approach or a Health Based Model.
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Their company provides business and relationship coaching, assessments, workshops, signature presentations, couples retreats and programs. The couples programs are based on a unique system she co-created with Michael. Their book, Courageous Couples, Loving, Living and Working Together to be released in October 2018 shares their 7-step system for success when you work with your partner.
As the founder of a number of women's groups (Empowering Women Entrepreneurs in Pinellas County, and Empowering Business Women of Greater Spokane), Valerie knows the importance of vision and collaboration for success. She loves bringing like-minded people together to prosper and grow. She also serves on the board of NAWBO Lakeland Metro as the Director of the Tampa Forum where she helps support women business owners as they grow their businesses together. She arranges speakers from the community and from NAWBO who share their personal and professional expertise.
Valerie became passionate about coaching/consulting shortly after the death of her close friend, a defining moment for her. She made the choice to leave a lucrative state job she had outgrown to pursue her dream; and knows firsthand the importance of breaking through outdated beliefs that limit one’s potential. She has been in the coaching field since 2007.
She also partners with an innovative, international health/wellness/tech company and loves sharing products and services to support people to live vibrant, healthy lives. Health and wellness is a integral part of everything she does.
Additionally, Valerie’s background includes 30 years of combined experience in social work, law/mediation, counseling and advocacy. She holds a Juris Doctor degree and BA in Social Work.
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ON A PERSONAL NOTE:
We have been married and together since the early 80’s and we understand that marriage (or any intimate relationship) takes attention and commitment. There were times we were very challenged and not sure how or if we would stay together. Yet, we made a decision to leave “no stone unturned” and it literally changed everything. Our passion now is to help couples create a relationship they truly desire- no matter where they are starting from. You can read more about our journey HERE
VALERIE is a certified coach/business consultant, published author and speaker. Previously she was the CEO of Inspired Living Now, LLC, a company that offered programs for small business owners and women solopreneurs ready to up level their results.
Since forming Couples and Business, LLC with her husband, Michael, her primary focus is working with spouse/couple run businesses supporting them to thrive personally and professionally. There are unique challenges that these companies face and both Michael and Valerie grew up with family who worked together and saw some of the challenges and benefits firsthand.