About Twin Cities Life Coaching
Twin Cities Life Coaching is passionate about self-care. If we don’t take care of ourselves first, how do we expect to care well for others in our lives?
Think of the oxygen mask in an airplane. The instructions given to you before taking flight insist that if there is a change in cabin pressure, we are to put on our own mask BEFORE we assist others with theirs.
Our hectic, over-scheduled, over-worked lives push us to meet everyone else’s needs and deadlines before our own. We have it backwards and need to take an airplane oxygen mask approach instead.
Take care of yourself first, and the rest will follow.
That is what Twin Cities Life Coaching is passionate about. It’s time to take care of YOU!
How do we do this? By living by our own core values. This line of work is about people. Our desire to care for people like you, and help you discover and do the best you is based on the following Core Values:
Twin Cities Life Coaching Core Values
- Giving Non-judgmental Honesty
- Showing Kindness & Compassion
- Valuing Healthy Living & Healthy Relationships
- Having a Positive Attitude
- Growing in Self-Care and Self-Acceptance
So whether you choose to Clear the Clutter, join a Back on Track group, or dive into 90-days of Habits for Health and Happiness, we care about you and value you. We thought you should know this.
Twin Cities Life Coach Linda Fliss, M.A. (Owner and Life Coach)
Linda Fliss, M.A.
Linda Fliss is the owner of Twin Cities Life Coaching. Linda has over 10 years of experience in guiding and helping others. She is a former relationship and trauma therapist, so she knows the difference between therapy and coaching. She is a Self-Care advocate because she knows how vital it is to a life of health, happiness and peace. And she is an expert in building healthy relationship skills.
Linda is passionate about life coaching, the positive impact she has seen it have in the lives of so many of her clients, and the way being a life coach affords her the opportunity to help people become more congruent in their lives in ways that she could not do as a therapist.
Linda holds a B.S in Psychology, a Masters in General Psychology from the University of Northern Iowa and a specialized certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Mary’s University. Linda also holds certification from the Health Coaching Institute and a certification from the Road Runners Club of America as a running coach.
On a more personal note:
Linda is a huge dog lover! She understand how pets can be a major part of your family and found that they can even help in the road to recovery after physical/emotional stress. She recently lost her Doberman named, Gracie, who was featured on her Instagram, Facebook, Google+, and Twitter accounts. Linda adopted a puppy from the Humane Society who is keeping her busy. Kona has now been featured on her website and social media. He will hopefully be trained as a therapy dog but he is kind of a lovable dope so she’s not entirely sure.
Linda also loves running regularly as part of her own self-care, and tries to run one marathon each year. She recently began running on the trails in MN and finds the beauty in nature to be both healing and invigorating. Linda and her husband of 26 years live in Oakdale, MN and have two grown children.
University of Northern Iowa
Masters in Psychology
Saint Mary’s University, MN
Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy
Specialized Training with Relationship/Couples
Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT)
Completed a 4-day intensive training. This training is officially sanctioned by the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT). EFT is a short-term structured psychotherapy approach to working with individuals, couples and families. This style is established in attachment theory although it has elements of experiential, person-centered, constructivist, and systems theory.
Gottman Method Couples Therapy: Level I
Completed an 11-hour program from The Gottman Institute. Gottman Method Couples Therapy is a research based relationship skills approach that is designed to noticeably improve the intimacy and friendship in your relationship and help couples resolve conflict in a more productive way. Foster respect, affection, and closeness.
Gottman Method Couples Therapy: Level II
Completed a 21-hour program from The Gottman Institute. Level II expanded on the key concepts in Level I including helping couples build and share a deeper connection, keeping conflict discussions calm, and breaking through the gridlock that conflicted couples experience.
Attended “The Emotional Intelligence in Couples Therapy: Advances from Neurobiology and the Science of Intimate Relationship” by Dr. Brent Atkinson
Introductory Workshop in Clinical Hypnosis
University of MN Medical School Training
Advanced Workshop in Clinical Hypnosis
University of MN Medical School Training
DBT (Dialectic Behavioral Therapy)
Completed DBT Skills Training for Therapists
Completed Individual Therapy Mode in DBT
These two combined into a 4-day training. DBT utilizes cognitive-behavioral techniques and teaches individuals to utilize four skill modules: interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance, core mindfulness.
Trauma/Eye-movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) Training
EMDR is an effective treatment method for resolving emotional difficulties that are a result of difficult (scary, life threatening, painful) life experiences. Click here to learn more about EMDR
• EMDR Basic Training
• EMDR: Working with Addiction & Substance Use Disorders
• EMDR and Ego state Therapy: Across the Dissociative Continuum
• Reprocessing Early Trauma & Neglect
• Making EMDR Treatment Effective and Developmentally Appropriate for Children and Adolescents
New Frontiers in Trauma Treament
Bessel A. van der Kolk, MD
TFT (Thought Field Therapy)
Treatment for distress, which provides an algorithm for the specific type of stress an individual, is working on.