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Meet Alison

The Owner of Life Essentials is Dr. Alison Miller

Alison is the owner of Life Essentials, a company that offers retreats, workshops, individual coaching and group coaching. She also owns, The Dissertation Coach, a business dedicated to helping graduate students earn doctoral degrees. Alison has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Bachelorís in psychology from Cornell University. She has received training from the Coaches Training Institute. She works with people throughout the United States and abroad to help them live extraordinary lives and experience greater peace, balance, and joy.

In addition to being a frequent speaker at retreats, conferences and corporate events, Alison has appeared on ABC, NBC, Fox News, and the Oprah Winfrey show. She recently finished writing the forthcoming book, Finish Your Dissertation Once and For All: How to Overcome Psychological Barriers, Get Results, and Move on with Your Life, designed to help doctoral students finish their dissertations. Alison has been featured in Time Out Chicago, Womanís Day Magazine, and Chicago Magazine. She is the life coach columnist of Todayís Health and Wellness Magazine.

Alison is passionate about coaching women to live great lives. Her clients benefit from her direct yet gentle approach to learning new skills, identifying limiting beliefs and behavior patterns, and making positive life changes. Alison strives to create collaborative coaching relationships of safety and openness that help her clients identify important life goals and create a path towards meeting those goals. She seeks to promote the personal growth of all her clients by helping them gain insight, take action, and live their lives according to their own values.

She lives in Chicago with her husband and two children.

See Alison on Fox News in the Morning:

Coping with Stress
Keeping New Year's Resolutions

Read Crain's Chicago Business featuring Alison

Lauren Ginsberg, LCSW

We have expanded our services to meet the demand East Coast of the United States. Our New York coach, Lauren is based in New York City and holds a Master's degree in Social Work from New York University and a license in Clinical Social Work. She later received a post-masters' certification and served as an adjunct faculty at the New York University School of Social Work.

Lauren brings over twelve years of experience from the non-profit sector and city government.  In addition to her own psychotherapy practice, Lauren is currently on staff at New York University serving as a psychotherapist to undergraduate and graduate students. She has extensive experience in working with clients in areas of career development, managing stress, enhancing relationships and improving health and wellness. As a certified yoga instructor, Lauren's work often brings clients to a place of change faster through incorporation of mind-body techniques.

Lauren strives to create a coaching practice informed by her clinical and leadership skills in helping clients identify what they really want in life and create a course toward making their goals a reality. She recognizes clients as the experts in their own lives who arrive at coaching with a desire for substantial and lasting change. Lauren works in partnership with her clients to uncover new perspectives and create unforeseen options and opportunities.

Lauren is a member of the International Coaching Federation and the National Association of Social Workers. She is a native New Yorker and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY and practices in Manhattan, NY.

Dr. Bibiana Adames, Ph.D.

Bibiana Adames offers life coaching and dissertation coaching. She has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is an adjunct faculty member at DePaul University in Chicago, IL.

Bibiana is a talented and experienced psychotherapist who transitioned to becoming a highly effective coach.   Born in Colombia, South America, she has lived in the U.S. for over twenty years and now resides in Chicago, IL.  Bibiana is fluent in Spanish and English, and considers herself to be bicultural.  She has extensive experience working with people from various cultural groups, and understands and coaches people in a way that honors their personal background. 

Bibiana views coaching as a collaborative partnership through which she and her clients discover the clients' maximum potential.  She works with her clients to explore their wishes, clarify their goals, and create and implement plans to attain their objectives.  In the process, Bibiana provides her clients support and encouragement in a manner that is genuine, straightforward, thoughtful, firm, non-judgmental, and structured.

Rosie Guagliardo

Rosie works with clients to address all realms of life based on their priorities. She uses a holistic approach as part of the change and growth process. She aims to help her clients feel more alive and energized as they seek to live life according to their own vision.

Rosie has had a successful 13-year career in marketing and advertising building brands such as McDonald’s, Unilever, and Anheuser-Busch’s Adventure Parks. She is highly skilled at strategic thinking and developing creative solutions for both business and personal challenges. In her business career and as a coach, Rosie helps clients identify important goals and stay on course to achieve them.  

Rosie is a graduate of the Coaches Training Institute recognized by the International Coaching Federation as an accredited coaches training school and continues to receive training from organizations such as Coachville. She graduated with a bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences from Northwestern University where she majored in Psychology and International Studies.

Rosie’s multi-cultural background has given her the gift of seeing and valuing different perspectives. Here keen awareness and sensitivity to the impact of individuals’ culture, family background, and personal life story on their lives is integral to her work as a coach. Living in Italy with her Italian family helped her develop the skill of of identifying solutions for challenging situations while remaining compassionate to all perspectives.

James Baird

James has been a personal and team coach for over 10 years, building, leading and managing teams and individuals focused on both short-term project results and long-term goals. He is a master of personal transformation distinctions, supporting his clients in creating the results they want and being who they want to be in the world. His primary source of expertise comes from years of study and practice with a worldwide educational corporation and a premier provider of powerful transformational programs. James’ experience includes: Coaching individuals and groups working on a wide range of issues, training and developing people to coach and lead various programs, managing the production of seminar and training programs, providing both onsite and remote office management and multi-site logistics. James has a warm hearted personality and the kind of ruthless compassion to inspire his clients to win. He instinctively knows how to have others open up and get to the heart of the matter of the challenges they face. He is committed to helping clients create major breakthroughs in their personal and professional lives. James lives in Chicago.

Jeremy Miller, MBA

Jeremy is our first West Coast member of the Life Essentials team. After a successful 9-year career in high tech project management and marketing strategy, Jeremy ventured out on his own to run his strategic consulting and executive coaching practice for several years now.

Jeremy offers an integrative approach for both his individual and organizational clients to set powerful goals, achieve results and create high performance cultures. He has worked with professionals and teams from organizations such as Microsoft, Disney, THQ, Amgen and NBC Universal, as well as with entrepreneurs just starting out. As an entrepreneur himself, he understands what it takes to be on one's own and move past fear, ambiguity and uncertainly and into meaningful actions that lead to meaningful results.

Jeremy has an MBA in Strategy from the Anderson School at UCLA and a Bachelor's in Industrial Engineering from Cornell University. He is a graduate of the Coaches Training Institute and continually grows his coaching and consulting capacities through seminars, workshops and interactive public speaking engagements at US business schools. The purpose of Jeremy's coaching practice is that you achieve the results you desire this year. He acts as an advisor and personal guide to powerful people who are already strong, successful or upcoming leaders in their organizations or entrepreneurial endeavors. Jeremy lives in Los Angeles with his wife.

Lisa Huffman, MSW

Lisa is our newest member to join the Life Essentials Coaching Team, offering expertise in the areas of personal development and fulfillment, relationship and life transitions, work/life balance, mediations and media training. She is a Master's level social worker bringing extensive psychotherapy experience with adults, adolescents, couples and families. And she derives much inspiration for her coaching today, from her past work with former homeless women in a non-profit Chicago program called "Create Your Life.”

Lisa also brings with her two decades of experience working in television, for networks and programs including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Cold Case Files, NBC, CNBC, CBS, TLC and Discovery Channel - in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, DC. As a producer and writer she interviewed thousands of people from all walks of life, in an effort to deliver their stories with compassion and insight.

Lisa brings to coaching her unique weave of media and therapy skills, and her ability to ask the challenging life questions with a delicate balance of empathy and vision for the future. She is an eternal optimist and believer in the human spirit who supports her clients' innate wisdom to know their best direction. Lisa revels in championing people to achieve heightened personal clarity and confidence on their road to attaining life goals and dreams.

Lisa has a Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago and has done graduate work at the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the Writer's Guild of America. She lives in Chicago, where she provides coaching both in-person and via telephone.