Hi, I'm Andrea
Most people refer to me as a 'journal obsessed, generous, big-hearted, sensitive soul.'
But i didn't always trust myself or my gifts...
Let me take you back,
Over the past 13 years I've chosen to explore people. First as a social worker, then as a counselor, and for the past 8 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, sat myself on the couch, 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…34 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.
I answered my calling because I ached to return to my intuitive roots and use my gift to help people heal and radically love their life.
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 spiritual mentorship and masterful coaching...
...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 as empaths and no longer allow the outside world convince them they're too sensitive and to stay small.
...I've watched people break old habits and patterns that instantly mend relationships and allow them to let go of anger and resentment.
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.
I want to help you change more lives by being yourself.
Wherever your wild and magical life takes you, I send you so much light and love. Know that I believe in you and you ARE enough.
Light and love,
Keep scrolling for my professional bio & training.
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.
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.
An educator of transformational life coaching
I believe that a significant part of intentional change is intentional knowing. I enjoy teaching the only master life coach training that is also designed to change your life, Awaken Your Life. I love our small cohort and using immersive experiences to deepen the work. Retreats bring my favorite places in the Pacific Northwest, incredible food, community, and days filled with self-exploration and new self-awareness together.
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.
A mentor for service-driven entrepreneurs
For some, when you answer your calling it will lead you toward a purpose you want to pursue full-time. I love encouraging my fellow service-driven entrepreneurs to run their businesses with integrity, generosity, and ease with my business mentorship, Awaken Your Practice.
It took me many years to say out loud, "I am a writer." I write weekly for my Inner Circle on topics such as service, vulnerability, answering your calling, money, life purpose, and more.
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 spiritual leader, she is dedicated to helping people understand that we don’t interact with our world by watching it, we create our world by how we see it.
She brings a deep understanding and practical application of powerful coaching techniques, NLP, journal therapy, and mental and emotional release work to her coaching. Andrea leads entrepreneurs, leaders, and coaches plus organizations such as the ICF, Nike, and the Integrative Wellness Academy through experiences and methods to reach their fullest potential in life and business. She believes that by supporting people to heal from within we can heal the world.
She lives in Portland, Oregon.
Education & training
Certified ICF Life Coach, CLC – Institute for Life Coach Training, accredited by the 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 - *Currently enrolled, Yoga Alliance & The Yoga Conservatory
Certified Journal to the Self Instructor – 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
Member, Spiritual Directors International
In addition to extensive training, Andrea has taught for the International Coach Federation and remains a teacher-in-residence with the Integrative Wellness Academy.