If you’re ready for support while
you experience growth and shifts in your
career + life, then we need to connect.


Marissa L. Evans, Owner + MPOD, GPCC, ACC

Hi, I’m Marissa and I empower individuals to flourish in their personal and professional lives by managing big life changes and transitions so that you can evoke awareness to create new opportunities for exploration.


We will establish clarity around your goals and vision and will meet on a continuous basis for ongoing support to help you reach sustained and desired positive change. Using Gestalt coaching methods, we will focus on the here and now and work together to evoke awareness, which will provide you with greater choices and opportunities for exploration and experimentation.


I specialize in positive and strength-based approaches to facilitate change within organizations and use frameworks and models that focus on the whole system, making the change process more inclusive and participative. Each intervention is designed to meet the organization’s specific needs and all survey and interview data is collected directly from the organizational system.

Q + A

What's the process like?

I work with my clients to define their goals or topic for a coaching engagement. We discuss where the client is now and what they are hoping to achieve in a coaching relationship. I share the coaching techniques I’ve learned and how I specialize in what I do and answer any questions the client may have. We come to an agreement on the focus of the coaching relationship and coordinate the logistics of the engagement. I meet with my clients via Zoom but I am willing to meet in person if it best meets the client’s needs. 

What is the difference between coaching and therapy?

The International Coaching Federation (ICF) defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. Coaching focuses on visioning, success, the present and moving toward the future. Therapy emphasizes psychopathology, emotions and the past to understand the present, and it works more with developing skills for managing emotions or past issues than does coaching.

How do you create safety within the coach and client relationship?

As an ICF member, I abide by the ICF Code of Ethics, which you can review here. As a coach, I am required to maintain strict confidentiality on what is shared in our coaching sessions. I will not repeat or talk about information that is shared in a session once the session ends, though I do check in on progress that was made in between sessions. 

Other ways I create safety within the relationship include using your own language, maintaining boundaries, setting clear agreements between the coach and client relationship, and partnering with you (not prescribing or problem-solving) to heighten your awareness of how you would like to move forward. If you have any questions related to this topic, I encourage you to reach out to me.

What topics have you worked on in your coaching engagements?

The goals and topics vary based on what the client is hoping to achieve. Some of the topics that I have coached my clients on so far include: setting boundaries, gaining greater clarity on business priorities, managing relationships, maintaining a healthier lifestyle, gaining greater awareness of self, creating a business or personal vision, and living a well-balanced life.

Marissa L. Evans



Hi, I’m Marissa and I’m the founder of Marissa L. Evans Coaching + Consulting. I am a Gestalt Professional Certified Coach (GPCC) that specializes in positive psychology and strength-based frameworks to facilitate individual and organizational change. I have a Master of Science degree in Positive Organization Development & Change (MPOD) from Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. I am an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) with the International Coaching Federation (ICF). 

I understand what it feels like to experience transitions in your life. A few years ago I found myself at a low point in my career. I was experiencing high levels of stress and burnout in my role as an Associate Director of Development and Alumni Relations Communications at Oberlin College. I knew I wasn’t happy with the work I was doing but I did not know where to begin or who I could ask for help and there were times when the help I received was not helpful. When I started my master’s degree, I realized I have a magical strength for listening and meeting my clients where they were.

I resigned from my role so I could make space to explore the work that gave me meaning. After many conversations, some coaching as client, a focused effort towards visioning my ideal self, practicing new behaviors, and getting very comfortable with failure, I discovered my true passion for supporting and being in service to others.


I help individuals manage big changes in their lives in a supportive and safe environment. I work with my clients to heighten their awareness of themselves, their wants, dreams, goals, and vision and help them gain clarity on how they will take action. My clients come from a place where they feel stuck or unmotivated in their career or personal life, want to create boundaries in their relationships, work, and life, and have a desire to strengthen their capacity to create a greater sense of well-being and wholeness in their lives. 

I became a coach so that my clients feel supported in their growth journey and reach greater clarity on what it is they want. By evoking my client’s awareness of what is within them (their thoughts, feelings, body, and sensate experience), they become more motivated and energized to move towards the change they seek. 

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