Roan Coughtry

writer. educator. healer.

Roan Coughtry is a sexuality educator, freelance writer, and holistic healer working with folks toward collective and embodied liberation.


Coaching

 

Sometimes people need a little extra support. Whether you're at a transition in your life, exploring something around your gender or sexuality, supporting a loved one through a hard time, or want to up your "self-care" game during these tough times, coaching might be for you.

 

What is coaching?

A coach is a person who provides support, encouragement, education, and skill-building for someone who is working through a particular challenge or issue. Distinct from therapy, coaching tends to be solution-focused and time-oriented; it emphasizes building the skills, knowledge, and awareness a client needs to improve a particular area of their life. A coach can be a sounding board for something you're working through or exploring, and they can provide you with the information, tools, skills, and even practice (for instance, if you want to practice being a better communicator) for getting where you want to be.

 

offerings

Roan offers individual coaching sessions for people who:

  • Are transitioning genders or questioning their gender
  • Want to explore something related to gender
  • Never received proper sex ed, and have unanswered questions
  • Want support as they explore an aspect of their sexuality
  • Want to heal their relationship with their body
  • Want to improve their ability to communicate - in all areas of their life
  • Want to have healthier and more fulfilling relationships
  • Are curious about polyamory and non-monogamy, or are actively practicing and want support
  • Are overworked, under-rested, and aren't sure what "self-care" looks like in real life
  • Want to be a better ally, friend, or support to someone in their life (especially someone of a different gender, sexual orientation, or race)

 

Roan also provides family/group coaching (whatever 'family' means to you) for people who:

  • Are supporting a loved one who's transitioning genders or questioning their gender
  • Are supporting a loved one who's come out as gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, or something else
  • Want to improve their ability to communicate with each other
  • Want to learn how to express needs and respect boundaries in a healthy way
  • Want to be a better ally, friend, or support to someone in their life (especially someone of a different gender, sexual orientation, or race)

 

Sessions are guided by what the client is looking for, and can include any combination of talking, education, reflective writing, skill practicing, or embodied practice (such as guided meditation, centering, or breathwork).

 

background and training

Roan holds a Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work from Smith College, and has clinical counseling experience working with youth and adults in a wide range of settings. They are trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), including skills such as emotion regulation and stress management, and they specialize in issues related to gender, sexuality, race, and relationships. From 2006-2009 they were the Coordinator of Outpatient Programs at Walden Behavioral Care, where they provided coaching, clinical counseling, crisis management, and therapeutic group work to youth and adults with eating disorders. Since 2009, they have worked in numerous settings providing counseling and coaching to survivors of domestic violence; people who have perpetrated violence; trans and gender non-conforming youth and adults; LGBQ folks; survivors of sexual assault; refugees; and people struggling with addiction, codependency, depression, anxiety, and PTSD. In 2016, they began a course in generative somatics, an integrated approach to healing that incorporates many body-centered practices.

 

While coaching is not therapy, Roan's background and years of clinical experience give them a unique perspective and have deeply informed their work as a coach. Roan brings a warmth, acceptance, and non-judgmental energy to their coaching work with clients; they are especially skilled at creating safe space for people to be their full, complex, and beautiful messy selves.

 

For more information or to book a coaching session or series, contact Roan.