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There is a deep power resting within you, something that has helped you survive all of the hardship life has sent your way. It’s this inner power that you can now use to transform your life, authentically and joyously.

In Uncover Your Joy life coaching, we’ll focus on this self-empowerment. Having a mental illness means there are certain obstacles you face every day. Sometimes, these obstacles are permanent or long lasting and these can make life tough—I’ve been there, I feel you. Despite these challenges, you can always experience positive and powerful inner transformation. That is the focus of this coaching. Read on for more details! 

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How Does Life Coaching Work?

There are millions of life coaches out there and each one focuses on a different area. Here, it’s all about mental health and self-empowerment. Through a blend of scientifically-backed therapeutic techniques and coaching strategies, I’ll help you conquer limiting beliefs, create a stable foundation for your mental health, empower you to overcome the major obstacles you face, and so, so much more.

All coaching is collaborative. You know your experiences, dreams, and struggles the best. My role to help you process them and align your inner world with the goals you have for your life. I’ll ask insightful questions, provide therapeutic techniques, send you worksheets upon request, and help you notice and eliminate beliefs that are holding you back from believing in your beautiful and radiant power.

As someone who lives with a mental illness, every session is from a place of empathy and understanding. There are some unique struggles you live with, and that’s okay! Uncover Your Joy life coaching is about how you can empower yourself even with these obstacles in your life.

What Does Uncover Your Joy Coaching Include?

Each session is 60-minutes in length, and includes a follow up PDF summary of our discussion, additional worksheets and exercises upon request, and email support throughout the coaching relationship. All packages also come with a free 90-minute follow up session three months after the last session in the package (this does not apply to session-to-session coaching, booked individually).

Want to try out a free 30-minute intro session? Here’s where you can reserve a spot.

If you’d like to learn more about coaching, there’s plenty more information below (plus some awesome free resources!).

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Why Life Coaching and Not Therapy?

Therapy’s awesome! In my book, life coaching and therapy are partners—not competitors. I highly recommend that you partake in therapy and life coaching simultaneously. They work miraculously well together.

Every therapy and coaching session is different for everyone, but, if I had to paint a one paragraph picture of each, here’s the general difference.

Therapy, in my understanding, provides a great foundation for your mental health. Symptom stabilization, treatment plans, and having a place to talk about the hardship you’re facing week in and week out are the primary focuses of therapy. There’s some great goal setting and personal growth that happens too, but it’s not the primary focus.

Life coaching is a more interrogative practice. Instead of working on the struggles you face each week individually, we’ll look at the bigger picture. To do this, life coaching explores your subconscious mind (that inner critic and inner doubter) and helps free you from feelings of powerlessness over your life. It can also provide some techniques to help with mood stabilization and be a place to talk about weekly struggles, but these are not the primary focuses.

See how coaching and therapy match up perfectly? That’s why they’re so wonderful together!

Results to Expect with Uncover Your Joy Life Coaching

Every client has individual dreams and desires, but there is a certain baseline that makes all of these possible. It’s from this that all of your goals come into reach.

Self-Acceptance: This is the foundation for inner peace. Without self-acceptance, you may be struggling with feelings of self doubt, blaming yourself for the problems in your life, and feeling worthless. We’ll turn these feelings around. You’ll be able to accept your mental illness, accept the bad days you have, and accept where you’ve been and where you are right now.

Self-love: From a foundation of self-acceptance comes self-love. You will start to fully trust yourself, honor what you’ve been through and the person it has shaped you into, and feel a transformative compassion that will keep you going even on the hardest of days.

Self-empowerment: As you learn to hold yourself tenderly and with love, an unstoppable sense of empowerment is created. It’s an authentic, messy, human empowerment. One where your emotions are vibrant, you’re engaged with the world around you, and you are fearless in the pursuit of your desires.

You can have each one of these when you live with a mental illness. Uncover Your Joy Coaching is so effective because we’ll focus on these core things. We’re not aiming for a cure, we’re aiming so much deeper than that.

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Accommodations and Intentions Regarding Mental Illness

It’s rare to find a life coach that knows what it’s like to live with a mental illness or survive serious trauma. Since I’ve had firsthand experience, here are some particular intentions and options that will make coaching all the more accessible and transformative for you.

I provide coaching services through Skype, phone, or text/IM. Not all of us have the ability to speak over the phone and I totally respect that. All three of these options are available for everyone (excluding phone if you’re outside the US or Canada, but Skype audio is fine!).

We’ll go at your pace. Personal growth can be emotionally and mentally demanding. I offer sessions on a weekly, biweekly, and an as-you-need-them basis. I’m also happy to create a unique package just for you!

We don’t rush the process of growth. This coaching isn’t about being totally cured or “forever happy” in a few months time. It’s about creating a sustainable inner foundation from which you can continue to evolve in every day of your life.

You never have to reveal something you’re not comfortable sharing. There’s no requirement to talk about your trauma, illness, or any situations in your life. I do recommend sharing your diagnosis, so I can educate myself and be a better coach for you, but this is totally optional.

I respect the sudden need for self-care or a change of plans. Hey, mental health can be unpredictable! I’d never force you to attend a session if you’re feeling too tired on that day. If you reschedule, even just a minute before, there’s absolutely no cost to you. Please note that last minute cancellations do incur a 50% fee of the original session.

Try a Coaching Session—Risk Free and Cost Free

Finding the right coach for you is important. They have to vibe well with your style, be attentive and in tune with your needs, and dedicated to your transformation. It’s my hope that I vibe perfectly with you, but you don’t need to take my word for it and blindly book a coaching package. A free 30-minute coaching session will give you a clear taste of what my coaching is like.

It’s not an interview or interrogation, like so many coaches start with. We dive right into productive and collaborative coaching—discussing your goals, the challenges you face, and problem solving so you’ll leave the session with a concrete idea of what steps you can take to heal (regardless of if you continue after this session or not).

Please note that only one free session is available per person.

Here’s where you can sign up for a free session!

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Current Pricing:

All coaching packages come with a free 90-minute follow up session three months after the last session purchased. I’m not just going to leave you hanging! This comes with every coaching package—anywhere from 1 month biweekly to 12 months weekly.

15% of every purchase goes directly to fund the current coaching scholarship recipient.

Introductory 30-minute session: Free

Single session Cost: $150 

Available packages:

Weekly Coaching (4 times per month):

1 month: $600
2 months: $1200
3 months: $1800
4 months: $2400
5 months: $3000
6 months: $3600
7 months: $4200
8 months: $4800
9 months: $5400
10 months: $6000
11 months: $6600
12 months: $7200

Biweekly Coaching (2 times per month):

1 month: $300
2 months: $600
3 months: $900
4 months: $1200
5 months: $1500
6 months: $1800
7 months: $2100
8 months: $2400
9 months: $2700
10 months: $3000
11 months: $3300
12 months: $3600

Kind Words from Clients


"I started working with Arien about 2 to 3 months ago. I approached him because I was concerned about where I was heading in life, and how happy I was. I was having a lot of problems with who I was and where I belonged in the world as well as where I should go in life.

Arien's sessions have been beyond helpful to me. Before, I had been relying on cyclist coping mechanisms that although did help for the time being, wouldn't help me overcome the same difficulties and issues again and again. It was a band aid on an infected wound. Helped to prevent more infection, but I was neglecting the wound and thinking if I kept covering it, it would heal.

The first session I had with Arien was more eye opening and healing than I could have ever imagined. Not only was he able to address my issues in the most caring way, but he was able to pin point more or less what the underlying issue was, then make it crystal clear to me. Every time he would, I felt like I was finally truly understood and even better, finally truly understanding myself instead of the huge mess my scrambled thoughts seemed to be. We touched on 7 very important self-discoveries and even a little goal for myself at the end.

Although I still have troublesome times now, whenever I read over what Arien and I addressed, I am able to feel a little better and know for a fact that the rough patch will pass. I am reminded of the progress I have made and how much more progress I am capable of making. 

I recommend Arien's sessions to anybody who is in need of help. I promise you, that you will make more progress than you possibly imagined even with only one session. I fully trust Arien and his abilities to help. I don't believe I have ever felt more comfortable addressing my issues and problems with anybody before, or more confident that someone will understand and actually be able to help me in my healing process. He makes you feel truly understood, human, nurtured, safe, and capable. Almost like a guardian angel in human form.

You are in wonderful hands. I promise."

-Miriam Estrada, June 2016


"I was nervous initially about coaching because I felt I would be sharing a lot of my personal experiences and feelings. After my first talk with Arien I became less apprehensive and I knew that if I ever felt uncomfortable or didn’t want to continue, that he would be receptive and understanding. And I’m glad I did continue because of the benefits and insights that came of it. Coaching helped me accept and realize my true potential. Through this I’ve recognized my goals, learned better goal-setting strategies, and learned how to trust myself more.

With a little help from Arien I’ve become more of the person I want to be and accepted myself for who I am. This has helped me help others’ as well. I know that when I am able to be present with myself, I can be present for others. This is so important to me because I wish to ease other people’s suffering and live my life through love. I’m so happy and grateful to have this experience with Arien and I feel that it has been essential to my growth."

-Kai Ramey, October 2016

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Free Resources

Can’t afford coaching? That’s okay! I have lots of free resources available too.

Overcome Any Obstacle: 3-part eCourse

There are three ways we can address any obstacle: we can change our situation to overcome it, we can resist or deny the obstacle exists, or we can accept the obstacle and find a way to work with it. This eCourse will help you take actionable steps to overcome the obstacles you can, or learn clear ways you live a great life even with the obstacles that won’t budge. Download it here!

Arien Inspires: Weekly Online TV Show

Embarking on a journey of personal transformation when you have a mental illness is a unique path. It’s something that not every personal development leader understands. All episodes of Arien Inspires are created from the heart, with personal experience and therapeutic techniques interwoven in the show. Check it out


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