Meet Caroline Rickson, our first Creative Life Coach. We are pleased to offer this new service to our clients.
What inspired you to pursue a career as a Creative Life Coach?
When I was in high school and college I had a poster in my bedroom. It read “Climb High, Climb Far. Your Goal, the Sky. Your Aim, the Star.” This poster reflected, and still reflects, my goal to go after my dreams and live a life that provides me purpose and meaning, creativity, stability, growth, and connection.
My road has had many winding turns. At times I thought I would not be able to live the life I had been working for, or hoped for. Initially, I worked in television broadcasting but found myself working with equipment rather than people. In my 20’s, I discovered that I gravitated toward creative expression as a tool to express myself and heal, and I felt energized when working with people. So I began a long personal and professional journey studying art and psychology, speaking my truth and going after my dream.
Along the way I hit many obstacles and felt lost, but eventually I learned new skills and felt empowered, sought support and was able to overcome them. I believe if I had had a Creative Life Coach to guide me, my personal and professional life could have been less complicated. This work touches me deeply. I believe with the right direction and support a person can reach their dreams and experience a greater sense of wholeness.
What is your favorite thing about being a Creative Life Coach?
A Creative Life Coach works with the whole person, not just one section. It is strength-based. Its premise is that every client is creative, resourceful, and whole. I get to be creative. It’s challenging. I get to join a person’s journey, which is a privilege. It’s a partnership. There is no hierarchy. I get to see people grow, succeed, heal, and learn how to value themselves.
What is a personal challenge you’ve overcome that makes you a better coach?
I’ve had to learn how to value myself. I’ve had to keep going and not shut down. I’ve had to let go of people and situations that were not supporting my growth. I’ve had to learn how to be grateful for what I have. I’ve had to reassess my values and what’s important to me. I’ve had to face my own walls. I’ve had to quiet the voice of my inner-critic and to keep painting, drawing, and going after my dreams.
As a creative life coach, what are you most passionate about?
I get to combine my expertise with coaching and my expertise with creative expression. I see people learn and create and find their voice and live a balanced life. I get to see people believe in themselves and feel empowered to make the changes they need to succeed at their version of success.
What are your specialties and what drew you to them?
I specialize in incorporating creative expression with personal and professional development coaching. Depending on the needs of the client, I provide coaching, self exploration through art, or a combination of both. No art experience or “talent” is required in Creative Life Coaching. Creative expression can help you to feel more centered in your body. It can help you to work through painful experiences and is a great stress reducer. It is an excellent avenue for self exploration. Combined with life coaching it can help you to develop clarity and come up with a plan to achieve your dreams. It is practical, straightforward, and optimistic.
How would you describe your coaching approach?
I focus on personal and professional development. I relate to overcoming obstacles and understand that creative expression can be scary. I never push anyone to create. I only engage in the gentle process of creative self-exploration. I like to work with people who have felt lost and need support and validation to believe in themselves so that they can take risks, not shut down, and keep trying.
Everyone needs self-care. How do you practice self-care?
I enjoy anything outdoors. Biking, hiking, walking, looking at sunsets— it reminds me there is so much more to life and it grounds me. I like being around creative people and socializing and creating. I enjoy painting, drawing, and cooking. I absolutely love animals, especially elephants and cats.
What is your favorite… Quote, Movie, Book
My favorite book is Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen. My favorite movie is The Shawshank Redemption. My favorite quote is from Marianne Williamson — “It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.” Our playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightening about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. As we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
What is one thing that is important for anyone to know?
Everybody is imperfect! You deserve love, belonging, and connection. It’s about progress not perfection.
What’s most important to you?
My friends, family, and partner. Having a balance with work, social, and alone time.
What is your take on a current social issue?
I wish we lived in a matriarchal culture. I believe both women and men need a break from patriarchy.
Do you have any passion projects or interests?
Animals, art, my work, family, friends, socializing , traveling, and “living life!”
Interested in setting up an individual appointment with Caroline or joining one of her groups? Contact our administrative staff at 717-462-7003 x1.
Author: Alison Pidgeon, LPC
Alison is the Founder and CEO of Move Forward Counseling, a boutique private practice for women with three locations in Lancaster County, PA. She is passionate about reducing the stigma related to accessing mental health services. She can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.