What is Life Coaching with Marilyn?

Life coaching can address both personal and professional challenges. A life coach can help you get clear what is important to you so you can achieve your goals. A life coach helps you get unstuck in your journey. It is often oriented on improving your performance regarding your current issues.

Coaching is about understanding where you are, where you want to go then designing a path together to get you there.  As you start taking new actions, old habits of thinking, feeling, acting and speaking will show up. I’ll be with you every step of the way as you design new habits that will you have you reach new levels of presence and performance. 

Typically, my client is a heart-centered professional woman who wants to be her best self in love, work, and life. She may want to work on her love or personal relationships or on her work relationships, leadership skills or other situations. The same challenges with love relationships show up in her roles as a leader or influencer. Ultimately, to elevate, she must work on her relationship to herself -beliefs, emotional habits/reactions (such as resentment, anger, shame, resignation) to become more emotionally resilient, self-confidence, body image, boundaries… and anything else that is keeping her from achieving the results she wants. She will develop new relationship and communication skills that will create deeper connections with others, new confidence in supporting others without giving up her own needs and the freedom to discover and express her unique gifts.

What will you do?


Marilyn never gave up on me or us.

Marilyn’s commitment to me and her caring about my quality of life (I’m dealing with an autoimmune disease) was amazing. Her listening is impeccable. She knew exactly what to say that worked to create an opening and freedom for me and my husband in each situation we dealt with.

I feel beyond blessed that she took a huge stand for our relationship. How lucky am I to have someone with such a strong commitment to our, and our son’s, happiness and futures. She created a space in the course and led us with the greatest compassion and care to a place of growth, peace, love and a breakthrough that we never thought would happen. Marilyn never gave up on me or us!

Sarah Bentley, Chiropractor

When we work together, our relationship will be:

A Partnership

You and I are committed partners responsible for establishing and maintaining the coaching relationship. As the client, you are responsible for practicing the learning and providing feedback. As your coach, I am responsible for designing a safe space (in group or private sessions so you can discover and practice the skills more important to you in accomplishing your goals. 


Coaching is an evolving, iterative process where you bring your life to the coaching conversations and then bring the awareness, learning, and openings from coaching into your life.


What you practice grows stronger! What you practice becomes a habit – so we focus on developing kind, loving, confident, and healthy relationship and communication habits. We start where you are and you build competency in your awareness, understanding, and practicing of new habits to be your best self. Practice includes having your body and heart learn new habits not just your mind.

Simplicity and Execution

We will create realistic on-going practices that will support you in creating new relationship and life habits.  The point of our work is for you to develop competencies and make sustainable changes to be more of who you are. When you see the impact in your relationships, with yourself and others, you will be more willing to change.

Learning Focused

Coaching is focused on growing your relationship and personal competencies so you have more confidence and capacity in your relationships, especially with your partner(s), family, colleagues and with yourself.

Acceptance, Curiosity, and Presence

Practicing letting go of criticism of others and yourself creates the opportunity for self-awareness and curiosity on your journey. Acceptance of others and yourself opens up the possibility of being present.  When you are present, love and compassion can arise.  Love is Acceptance!

Being More of Your Whole Self

My commitment is for you to integrate and align your thoughts and beliefs, your feelings, body sensations, what you say and what you do with who you really are (your “True Self”). You will develop confidence and a sense of being home with yourself as you better understand yourself and others. You will be aware of what is working and create new ways of functioning in the world that will directly impact your ability to achieve your personal and professional goals as you become more of who you are – aligned and open-hearted, effective an fulfilled.

Personal & Customized

We explore and experiment with new ways of working together that meet your needs and are personal and customized to you. The more willing you are to share and try on learning, the more I’ll understand you (and you will understand yourself, too. Our goals is for you to integrate your learning so it is a self-expression, not something to do!

How does Group Coaching Work?

You’ll be part of a group of people who are moving through a course together. You’ll come together every week or every other week (depending on the program) to get training, share results from the last inquiry as well as other results, ask questions and get coached. You’ll be part of a private Facebook group where you’ll post assignment results and ask questions. Some of the courses can have private coaching sessions as part of the course.  You will be part of a Facebook  community to ask questions, share with, provide mutual support and learn from others in addition to Marilyn.

How does Private Coaching Work?

You can work faster and deeper in private coaching – we can meet weekly, every other week, or every 3-4 weeks – and focus specifically on you. We’ll create a package for you to get the support you need and can afford. Click on the Apply button below, and let me know the challenges you are facing and what you want. Then we can get on a call and discuss what you want and how best I can support you – in love, self-love, personal relationships, professional relationships, career, and being a leader in your life and your company. 

We create practices together that work for you. I offer ideas and then you choose what you feel will work best or create something else. You own your plan. We’ll work together so you are inquiring into what you want, your challenges, your dreams, and how to close the gap to reach your dreams. We’ll create strategies and practices to reach your goals and you’ll take action (journaling, talking with people, reading, taking assessments and more) to remove the obstacles to live your dreams and sustain the results.

There is also an option for an Online Course where you work at your own pace and join a monthly small group Q&A session with Marilyn where you can ask questions about whatever you are learning. This is a rare offer in online courses.

Click on the Apply button below, complete an application so we both are clear what your challenges and dreams are, and we’ll explore if or how I can support you.

When you are ready for a change, I’m here.

Click below to contact me and apply to have a complimentary session and find out the best way to work with me to reach your goals. There are group coaching programs, online courses to work at your own pace with monthly support, and/or private coaching options.



“After 2 private sessions with Marilyn, I realized I’m letting my life pass me by. I have 9 siblings who always want my help. Now I realize just because my siblings ask doesn’t mean I have to do it. I can say NO and step back from them. My sister is always trying put me in the middle of her relationship. I told my sister and her boyfriend I am out of their relationship and now, if she tries to tell me about her boyfriend, I remind her that it’s not my business. I’ve never done that before. I am finally setting boundaries. I feel better about myself. I removed the drama out of my life and have peace now.

I’ve been afraid to open the door into my life since my husband died 20 years ago. I’m starting to open the door and rays of sunshine are coming into my life. All I have to do is step out into my life and get it.”

Andi C., Widow for 20 years, has not dated since losing her husband

UPDATE one year later:

“Last year, Marilyn encouraged me to talk to men just to get me comfortable talking to men who are not my brothers! I did that and now I’m able to have conversations with me at church, at the grocery store and other places. I’m more open. In the last few months, I started going out on a few dates and one man was very interested, but I’m not interested in getting serious. I just want to meet new people and have some new experiences. I’m proud of myself.”


“Marilyn helped me through a difficult time when I was grieving.

My husband wanted to support me, but the ways he tried to support me made me feel upset and angry. Marilyn helped me come up with the words and the ways to explain to him how he could support me that worked for me.

Her listening, and then coaching, of me, really helped me find the right words and it worked! We were able to go out to dinner and a movie after I told him what I needed. We had a really nice connection.

Marilyn is a great listener and a very wise coach about relationships. I highly recommend her.”

Laura Cornell, PhD
Founder of Divine Feminine Yoga


“Marilyn is an amazing coach with a deep understanding of relationships. After struggling with a blended family, Marilyn showed me how to create a home that was more open and understanding. Her practices for gratitude created a stronger bond between me and my husband and also with my children.

Even more remarkable, my children’s bonds with each other have strengthened as well and they have been kinder and more loving to each other. Marilyn’s course has created an invaluable impact on my life, and I couldn’t be more grateful!”

Sarah K.
Married for 9 years, Mother of 4 children ages 7-14.


Marilyn Sutherland and I have worked together now on numerous occasions.

When I first met Marilyn, she was the HR Director for a group of companies, including a Dallas-based restaurant corporation. We were both part of the leadership team for the restaurant. She was always available for any human resource advice or regulation explanation I needed. Her commitment, and the fact that you could actually tell that she cared about every employee, was evident in every interaction.

Her abilities to communicate her point, and to help show others how to communicate, both by talking and listening, are amazing and incredibly helpful.

Recently I was on a job search myself and Marilyn came to mind. I contacted her online and she got right back to me. I found her knowledge and expertise to be an incredible help to me during the job hunt, resume creation/refinement and the always painful interviews. She helped me to see the hiring process from the perspective of the employer and how to clarify what is most relevant to the hiring company. This was instrumental to me understanding how to best communicate my skills and how they can benefit the potential employer. (And yes, the interview went very well. The hiring manager actually told me my “answers to his questions were amazing!”)

Marilyn has always been delightful to work , and her career advice has been spot on! She helped me feel much more confident and prepared for the entire process. Because of her skills, knowledge, and attitudes, I can not speak highly enough of Marilyn!

Jon Schwarzenberger
Clearwater, FL