I have worked in a variety of occupations, including artist, deputy tax assessor, magazine publisher and editor, hypnotherapist, counselor, marketing manager for an aerospace corporation, director of a natural healing arts center, public relations coordinator, mental health executive director, life/business coach, and photographer.
I have 47+ years combined experience in Life/Personal Coaching. I served as the Executive Director of several mental health programs and crisis centers, and I worked as a therapist in two psychiatric hospitals. I am a Reiki Master Teacher and a Certified Hypnotherapist.
I was born in Reno, Nevada. After age five, I grew up in East Los Angeles. While in my early teens, the notorious White Fence gang recruited me into their gang.
My single parent family later moved to Orange County in Southern California where I attended high school. I surfed in Huntington Beach, lettered in Track and Cross Country and was the school paper Editor in Chief. I was the Editor in Chief of my college paper.
Drafted into the U.S. Army, I served a 14-month tour in Vietnam. I taught myself to speak Vietnamese with the eager assistance from local Vietnamese. Subsequently, these same local Vietnamese introduced me to families where I shared meals. They introduced me to Buddhist Monks who offered me an opportunity to study with them during the remaining months of my military tour in my ‘off duty’ time. I learned ancient
techniques for meditation, Buddha’s art of energy-healing, sacred traditions, and more that I continue to practice today. I received the United States Army Bronze Star Medal while in Vietnam.
After my return to the U.S., I immediately re-enrolled in college to continue my Journalism studies. I received a suicide note from an older female classmate within my first week back to college. We both stood in the college parking lot that Friday morning talking several hours until she drove home. She returned to class the following Monday, and I soon changed my major to Psychology.
I created and directed several non-profit social service organizations developed to serve the community. I was successful in writing state and federal grants. My knowledge of founding, directing, and funding non-profit services gives me expertise in coaching not-for-profit agencies and organizations.
In 1983, I founded and directed Southwest Institute, in Phoenix, Arizona. My comprehensive training provided students with Executive, Corporate, and Business Coaching techniques, principles, and methods. Southwest Institute also provided services to numerous businesses and corporations and to psychological, social service, law enforcement, judicial, medical, employee assistance, and education personnel. In addition, we provided diverse classes and workshops, now defined as Personal and Life Coaching, to the public.
Experience as the Marketing Manager for McDonnell Douglas Travel Company, a subsidiary of McDonnell Douglas (now the Boeing Corporation) and as the owner of several small businesses, provides me with the knowledge, skills to coach corporate, and business clients.
A published author, I was the Publisher and Editor of the Northern Arizona Review, a monthly literary, art, and photography magazine. I also published a 20-page weekly advertiser. I organized and directed two national writers’ conferences in Oregon and Washington. I am currently working on several novels and nonfiction books.
An avid artist, photographer, and writer, I utilize creative arts in my coaching practice. I am an insatiable reader.
My spiritual journey has taken me many places, and I have worked with people from all lifestyles. I bring a wide breadth of life experience, having lived and worked in diverse geographical areas including Sedona, Arizona; Lake Tahoe, Nevada; San Luis Obispo, California; Crestline, California; Monterey, Phoenix, Arizona; California; Ashland, Oregon; the Oregon Coast; Santa Fe, New Mexico; Truches, New Mexico; Reno, Nevada; Austin, Texas; Prescott, Arizona; Seattle Washington and more.
I have been where you are and I know how frustrating, confusing and hopeless it can feel. I recovered from a serious life-threatening illness, which has increased my compassion, healing gifts, and sense of presence. You will leave the Life Coaching session renewed, re-energized and inspired!
To learn more about me read my personal blog at https://stephenbrunoblog.com/