I’ve been called “the Life Coach Guru”
But I didn’t always trust myself or my gifts…
Over the past 14 years I've chosen to explore people. First as a social worker, then as a counselor, and for the past 9 years as a life coach. However, it really all started on January 8th, 2014...
I woke up with the dawn, walked downstairs, poured myself a cup of coffee, and opened my journal to write like every other morning. And then something it would take almost two years to understand happened:
I had a spiritual awakening.
Let me back up…35 years. I grew up in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, surrounded by evergreen trees and refreshing rain (and plenty of coffee). I am the youngest of three and the only daughter. My parents, who were married for 46 years, were amazing parents. Although they are both gone now I am grateful to have been raised surrounded with so much love, tradition, books, music, and the encouragement to “follow our bliss.”
We were also atheists. We prided ourselves on knowledge, logic, and getting to the simple truth of life.
When it felt like Source/God/Universe cracked me open on that January day, I was a lot confused. Questions began to pour out of my pen which I had never contemplated or given much thought to. Questions like, “What is consciousness? Are we infinite?”
I would spend the next two years in search of answers. What happened to me? What did I miss? Where do I come from? Why am I here? Is there a God? What is Source? How do I feel about religion? What is spirituality? What are the mystics telling us? What is my role in all of this?
I read every text I could get my hands on. I asked teachers, leaders, healers, intuitives, and mentors these questions. I wrote hundreds of pages in my journal. And slowly the answers began to flood from me. I knew what I believed…but I was terrified to say it.
So I hid.
I didn’t talk about my awakening with many.
I didn’t write about it or share it.
I didn’t work with it or invite it into my sessions.
The truth was, this wasn't new. I wasn't simply "waking up" so much as I was remembering who I was. I've always been intuitive and tapped into things I can't see but know to be true.
I've always been that girl strangers share their life stories with.
It doesn't matter if I'm in line at the grocery store or on an airplane, I often find myself as the person others tell deep and meaningful things to. I have a gift.
I call this gift compassion. I call this gift empathy. And I call this gift love. This gift isn't unique to me but it is the thread of my life and the lens for my work.
We all have a calling. Sometimes it comes through loud and clear. Other times it's merely a faint whisper, and you feel crazy for even thinking something is speaking to you. (You're not alone!) In order to answer your calling, you have to let go. And risk the leap into the unknown.
Since bridging masterful coaching, brave guidance, and spiritual nudges I’ve seen ‘impossible’ things happen…
...I've watched as people heal stories that have been plaguing them for years, when no amount of therapy or medication could help.
...I've seen people change their relationship to money in a moment and have years of stress melt away.
..I've sat with leaders in major companies who now feel safe enough to have vulnerable conversations for the first time in their career.
...I've seen entrepreneurs finally feel like enough after years of hustling and struggling to be successful, and watch as they let themselves be seen and then finally experience the success they were pining for.
...I've supported my fellow coaches and healers embody their gifts and no longer allow the outside world convince them they're too sensitive and to stay small.
...I've watched people shift old habits and patterns that instantly mend relationships and allow them to let go of anger and resentment.
Through my ability to SEE people and my willingness to go first, I use my own wisdom and stories to help others extract their own truth using questions, inquiry through listening, and a safe and patient but strong container.
Today I lead and coach a community of people near and far who are following their bliss, answering their calling, and rewriting their stories, from the inside out.
Wherever your wild and magical life takes you, you are worth being brave with your life.
To being brave,
Inside my work
A Certified Master Life Coach
I am accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF) and graduated from The Institute for Life Coach Training and am a Master Certified Integrative Wellness and Life Coach with the Integrative Wellness Academy. I have been in private practice since 2010. To date, I've served more than 300+ clients and spent more than 5,000 hours in session. If you’re curious about being a client, learn more about my Brave Life Coaching.
An Avid Journal Writer Since 1999
In addition to my personal journal practice I am a Certified Journal to the Self® instructor from the Center for Journal Therapy. Journaling is not only a passion of mine, it is a daily practice in knowing myself more honestly. I encourage my clients and students to embrace this simple but powerful tool. Join my monthly journal subscription, The Brave Page and twice monthly journal practices, prompts and techniques in your inbox.
I write weekly for my free subscription, The Weekly Practice where I share content to help you be brave with your life and business. To get you started, you’ll get my 30 Days of Brave Notes in your inbox as my gift to you.
A Practitioner of MER, ECM, Somatic Release Therapy, and Guided Hypnotherapy
The mind is a vast landscape and through creative tools such as Mental Emotional Release™ Therapy, Emotional Clearing Method, and Hypnotherapy we have access to symbols and metaphors that can bubble up from the unconscious giving you access to deeper meaning, healing, understanding, and self-awareness.
A Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming
I study how our experiences are stored in the brain and how we interpret our reality. We are walking story-creators and story-tellers and the story you tell yourself literally matters. I want to unpack how you see and create your world so I can help you change it.
A Mentor to Heart-Centered Coaches
I love mentoring my fellow heart-centered life, business, and leadership coaches who want to run their businesses with integrity, generosity, and ease. Be the coach who changes more lives with my 10-month coaching mentorship, Awaken Your Practice.
A Teacher of Transformational Life Coaching
I believe that a significant part of intentional change is intentional knowing. I enjoy teaching the only 200-hour master life coach training that is also designed to change your life, Awaken Your Life. I love our small cohorts and using immersive experiences to deepen the work.
Andrea Leda has been called "the Life Coach Guru" and "a force to be reckoned with who truly makes this world go round." As a sought-after master coach, teacher, and mentor, she is dedicated to helping people understand that no matter where your life takes you, you are worth being brave with your life.
Andrea brings a deep understanding and practical application of powerful coaching techniques, NLP, journal therapy, and mental and emotional release work to her coaching. Additionally, she is dedicated to helping heart-centered coaches and positive influencers reach their fullest potential in life and business.
When not coaching or writing in her journal, Andrea, her wife, and rescue dog can be found on their 3.5 acres in West Linn, Oregon where they are building their dream home.
Education & Training
Certified ICF Life Coach, CLC – Institute for Life Coach Training, accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF)
Certified Master Practitioner of Integrative Wellness & Life Coaching, MILC – Integrative Wellness Academy
Master Practitioner of NLP and Hypnosis -The Association for Integrative Psychology
Master Practitioner of Mental Emotional Release™ Therapy – The Association for Integrative Psychology
Certified 200-Hour Yoga Teacher, RYT-200 - The Yoga Conservatory, accredited by the Yoga Alliance
Certified MindMap Coach Level 1 & Level 2 - Neuroscience Approach to Transformational Coaching
Certified Journal to the Self Instructor, JTTS – Center for Journal Therapy
Graduate Work in Systems Counseling – Saybrook University
B.A. Social Work and Human Services – Western Washington University
Member, Association for Coaching
Member, International Coaching Federation
In addition to extensive training, Andrea has taught for the International Coach Federation and remains a teacher-in-residence with the Integrative Wellness Academy.