Life Coaching

A Personal Trainer for Your Life

  • Are you experiencing more stress than is healthy for you?
  • Do you feel stuck in a pattern that no longer serves you?
  • Are you going through a period of intense transition?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, Open Door can help.

"Coaching isn’t therapy. It’s product development, with you as the product."

Judy Hehr​

What is Coaching?

Coaching is a co-creative process focused on YOUR needs, challenges, and goals. It is a highly-tuned process of communication and problem-solving. You set the agenda, and I will be at your side to guide you along the way.

What I do as a coach:

  • Hold the space for you to grow
  •  Draw out your wisdom, inspiration, and ideas
  •  Be fully present, open minded, and open hearted
  •  Teach you to trust yourself
  • Voice my own perspectives, ideas, and opinions only to clarify yours
  •  Empower you
  • Reinforce your behaviors that show growth and integrity
  • Encourage forward movement
  •  Be your advocate and cheerleader
  •  Hold up a mirror for you to see yourself more clearly
  • Challenge you to go beyond self-imposed limitations
  •  Hold you accountable for the goals you set for yourself.


The relationship between a coach and client is Co-Creative, meaning that we are equals and both have an active role. I am not a therapist, counselor, or consultant. I am a trained coach using honed communication skills to support you as a detached thinking and accountability partner. Together we create more power for you to effect meaningful change and take dynamic actions towards your goals.

A coach can help you maximize an opportunity or accelerate your growth. Anyone who has goals can benefit from the structure, advice, and support of a trained life coach.

Benefits of Working with a Life Coach

Coaching is a valuable process for:

  • designing life intentions that include both your business and personal goals
  • building your personal integrity and learning to base all decisions on your values
  • making meaningful personal changes that reduce stress and simplify your life
  • freeing up energy and other resources to attract what you want for your life now
  • clarifying what you want, why you want it, and how you can get it
  • developing strategies and techniques to help you reach your goals faster
  • overcoming obstacles, low confidence, and insecurities
  • exploring and evaluating all possible options available
  • holding you accountable for the goals you set for yourself.

A coach helps you identify your goals and create an actionable plan to achieve them. Coaches provide experience, enthusiastic support, and an objective perspective. Everyone from athletes to business leaders use coaches of different types. A life coach is professionally trained to help you maximize your full potential and attain your desired results.

Coaching can help you to:

  • improve self-confidence and self-esteem
  • experience emotional healing
  • identify and clarify personal or business goals
  • forgive others
  • release negative feelings and patterns
  • improve relationships
  • get motivated
  • develop a clear action plan
  • create and maintain healthy boundaries
  • work through major life transitions
  • get organized

​The distance between your DREAMS and REALITY is called ACTION.

What to Expect from Your Coaching Journey

We will start with a FREE, 30-minute Discovery Session by phone or Zoom. During this time, you get to know me, see how I work, and get a feel for whether I’m the right coach for you. And I get to know you, see how you react to coaching, and learn whether your goals are suitable to a coaching relationship. There is absolutely no cost and no obligation.

Once we decide to work together, we will meet once a week by phone or Zoom. I’ll email you a brief 7-question worksheet to complete before each meeting. This helps you get focused on what goals or issues you want to address. Having an agenda for each meeting helps to save time – and therefor saves you money! You are free to complete as many or as few of the seven questions as you like each week.

I ask you to come to each session centered and ready to engage. Arrange a quiet, private location where you can be fully yourself. Give me feedback in the moment about your coaching experience -- what works, as well as what does not.

We will work together for as long as you feel you are receiving the support you need. Once your preliminary goals are met, you may decide you no longer want coaching. Or, you may have found additional challenges that a coach could help you address. It is entirely up to you. There are no long-term contracts with Open Door Coaching.

"A life coach does for your life what a personal trainer does for your health and fitness."

- Elaine MacDonald

Your Investment

Open Door Coaching's rate is $85 per session. Sessions are weekly and last for 45 minutes.

About Your Coach

Ven. Dr. Myodo Jabo (Sandy Gougis) is a Priest and Zen Master in the Five Mountain Zen Order. A meditator since 1998, she began teaching meditation in 2008. She is the Guiding Teacher of an ever-growing number of Zen Centers in Southern California.

Myodo is a Reiki Master, breast cancer survivor, lover of good books and hot tea, and a rescuer of stray animals. Her motto, like that of her Zen Order, is "How may I help you?" You can find her frequently neglected blog at


Q: What’s the difference between a therapist and a coach?

A: Therapists are experts in medical or behavioral sciences trained to treat diagnosable conditions; coaches see their clients’ brilliance, strengths, and areas in need of development and are trained to support the client as they achieve a certain desired outcome. Therapists work with clients who need professional help to work towards healing, recovery, and issue resolution; coaches work with clients who want a detached partner to help them evolve and enhance their lives. Therapists are required to keep their personal thoughts and feelings removed; coaches use personal disclosure as a tool to catalyze and challenge their clients.

Q: What’s the difference between a consultant and a coach?

A: Consultants Advise their clients on how to solve problems; coaches guide their clients to their own solutions. Consultants are focused on results; coaches are focused on people. Consultants are hired to produce a certain outcome; coaches are hired to support the client as the client achieves a certain outcome.

Q:Does coaching work well online?

A:Absolutely! Back in the “old days,” I coached my clients by phone. Now we can see each other, too! No one has to drive, parking isn’t an issue, and we can both be geographically independent.

Q:Can I hire a coach for a short-term project?

A:Yes. Coaching works extremely well for special projects and temporary situations. But don’t be surprised if you benefit so much from coaching that you want to continue!

Q:Can life coaching harm me?

A:No. You are always responsible for all of your own decisions, actions, and feelings. If you ever feel bad after meeting with your coach, let them know immediately. It is most likely a miscommunication, or it is possible that your coach is simply not the right fit for you.

Q:Will I become dependent on my coach?

A:This is highly unlikely. Coaches work with people who are healthy and successful on their own – they don’t resolve therapy issues. If you should start to feel dependent on your coach, it could be a sign of deeper issues best addressed by a therapist.

Q:I’m already successful. Why would I need a life coach?

A:No one truly “needs” a life coach. Many people want one, however. With the growing complexity of modern life, things aren’t as simple as they once were. There is more stress than ever before. And with the recent societal shifts brought on by COVID-19 and racial injustice, life seems more uncertain. A life coach can help you find your own answers to the questions of our time, and move from putting up with your life situation to enjoying it.

Q:How does life coaching provide such fast results?

A:There are several reasons for this. First, a coach helps you set better goals, goals that are achievable and in alignment with your values. Second, coaching provides a support structure. Most people start a new project strong, but quickly get bogged down when something goes wrong. Your coach will help you overcome the roadblocks and get back on track quickly. And third, your coach is an objective, positive supporter. Few people have a friend or colleague who can provide these qualities, much less one with training.