"Vision without Action = Fantasy

Action without Vision = Chaos"

-Japanese Proverb



My purpose is to help people help themselves, but I didn’t always know that.

To the outside world, I had it all together. The truth was, inside my world, I felt worthy of nothing. 

Looking back at the ages and stages of my life, I realize how deeply my experiences created my perceptions and interpretations of the world around me. I created narratives in my thoughts about ‘what’, ‘how’ and ‘why’ things happened in life. I watched people around me deal with pain, loss, denial, avoidance and grief. In my earlier years, I felt victim to my circumstances and blamed the outside world for why I was in so much pain.  I created patterns of behavior that perpetuated how I perceived myself, what I said to myself with my ‘mind’s voice’, and my value, if any, in the world. Needless to say, I was a very unhappy person inside for years. No one ever knew the depth of self-loathing and sadness I carried in my invisible backpack. Attempts to prove myself valuable often turned into self-sabotaging backfires because I either tried too hard to be externally validated, and was rejected, or I gave in too quickly because I thought I would never get another opportunity to be accepted. This was the line I walked every day.

Despite the level of confusion, anger, grief, and self-sabotage, there lingered an ember of “fire” deep inside me that nudged at me. Call it motivation, ambition or intuition, but something within me said “You can do whatever you want to do and be whoever you want to be in this life.” I would ask myself “What do you want and how are you going to get it?” And sometimes the voice was a such a quiet whisper that I questioned if I really heard it or maybe I just thought I did. And sometimes the voice was strong and powerful and pushed me, kicking and screaming, to trust and believe in myself. Eventually, I noticed that when I listened to that force within me, and trusted my intuition, I created actual action steps towards what I wanted to achieve.

I quickly and inquisitively became a lifelong personal growth geek. The phrase: Mind, Body, and Spirit started to resonate with me and I became determined to explore existing concepts that support the meaning of life and the power of purpose. I challenged my existing beliefs, defined my values, and took one small step at a time toward my visions of success. Without any outside guidance, I lived through trial, error, reflection, and adaptation. I often wondered what my journey would have been like, had I enlisted the help of a mentor or coach to move me through the process.

Throughout the years of doing, being, and becoming who I really am, I have developed a deep compassion for people who struggle to find their self-worth. My personal journey is not unique by any means, only the specific details in my story are unique to me. Many people struggle with self-worth issues which can show up as relationship challenges, work avoidance, work-a-holism, problem solving difficulties, financial issues, self-esteem struggles, and more. Coaching is a creative, intuitive, and powerful process that helps people find clarity, purpose, and satisfaction with their lives. My passion is to be that support for others who wish they had a non-judgmental person to talk to, whose sole purpose is to get you to where you want to go.

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Dr. Trish began her career path in healthcare as a Licensed Massage Therapist in 1993. This was the first inspired action step she took on her journey exploring alternative methods for mind-body-spirit healing. After approximately 3 years, she merged her knowledge with occupational therapy and has practiced in the field for over 20+ years, and specialized in sensory processing throughout the lifespan, mental and emotional health, and spirituality.

While practicing in the field of OT, Dr. Trish also embraced the role of educating college students for over 16 years in associate and graduate OT degree programs. Ultimately Dr. Trish became a program director for occupational therapy assistant students, and this is when the passion for helping others aligned with her deepest values and goals.

Championing the roles of supervisor, mentor, and director of various healthcare and educational settings, Trish chose to further expand her education and training and became  a certified health coach and certified professional coach in order to deliver authentic client-centered services without the pressures of traditional healthcare system requirements. 

The broad array of educational, training and administrative experiences fuel her desire to work with people who want to change or improve their life circumstances, yet struggle with the self-confidence and action plans to do so. She has worked with adult students for 15+ years and the most rewarding part of that role was watching people who lacked direction, had traumatic pasts, and doubted their abilities, re-frame their story to focus on what they wanted to achieve.


"It's time to start advocating for your assets, and release your limitations."

-Trish Mahan


The Kawa model is a model that uses the metaphor of a river with different contextual elements to represent human life. The key features of the Kawa model include water, river sidewall and bottom, rocks, driftwood, and space between obstructions. Water represents a client’s life flow or life energy. River sidewall and bottom reflects a client’s physical and social contexts which are inseparable with the water flow. Rocks represent the problems or difficult situations that hinder smooth water flow and they are usually difficult to remove. Driftwood represents a client’s personal attributes and resources. Most importantly, the space between obstructions is the current life flow of the client, which occupational therapists should focus on and apply the treatment. In particular, the Kawa model reflects the Eastern culture that a person is inter-related with the whole system rather than an independent self. It emphasizes on the harmony between the person and environmental factors, and believes that the harmony will enhance well-being.


Trish will use the Kawa model to understand your life experiences, help to prioritize your challenges, and maximize potential opportunities that will improve your life's flow. The information will help to widen the space for your life flow without completely removing the other elements in the river and, eventually, you will have a stronger and smoother life.  As part of Trish's unique coaching approach, she uses the KAWA model theory in conjunction with Core Energy Coaching techniques. The river metaphor will provide relatable connections to your world and offer opportunities for Trish to authentically coach you toward an improved, less painful, and happier life.


"When you focus on problems, you will get more problems. When you focus on possibilities, you will have more possibilities."

-Zig Ziglar



Youniversal Coaching offers a comprehensive process to improving your quality of life using an authentic client-centered approach at the forefront of the coaching process. The integration of occupational therapy and professional coaching affords the client a deeper experience of learning who they are as an ‘occupational being,’ helps them to explore and clarify what they want and need to ‘do’ in life that brings them joy, and ultimately teaches clients how to be mentally, emotionally, and behaviorally adaptive in daily life experiences. This is the key to improving self-esteem, emotional regulation, and task performance in order to achieve greater levels of life satisfaction.

Life Coaching
Life coaching helps individuals identify, clarify, and create personal and professional goals and develop an actionable plan to achieve them. The life coaching process encourages the client’s self-discovery of values, beliefs, strengths and aspirations. One of the most effective explorations of life coaching is that it acknowledges, supports, and guides the client through their “blind spots” (we all have them) in order to empower growth.

Transitions Coaching
Transformational coaching involves helping people bettering themselves and their lives by bringing about necessary changes. In addition to exploring the way client’s think, feel, and act, transitions coaching works on changing the way they see themselves. I am your coach and your partner during this intense time of hard work and transition. You are the expert of you, you are responsible for knowing yourself. My expertise is powerful questioning, and change management. I am your accountability partner during this time. My education, knowledge, experience, skills and training all come into play to help you succeed.

Energy Leadership Index (ELI)

The ELI is an attitudinal assessment which is based on an energy/action model. This assessment differs from personality assessments. The ELI measures your level of energy based on your attitude, or perception and perspective of your world. Energy Leadership refers to the process of leading energy so that it works for you, rather than against you. The Core Energy Coaching process uses the ELI as an awareness tool to help increase your ability to shift your own energy and the energy of those around you. Energy is categorized into catabolic and anabolic. Catabolic energy is draining, resisting, and contracting energy. It can be distracting and act like a blinder through which you see only a limited view of a situation. Anabolic energy is constructive, expanding, fueling, healing and growth oriented. It helps you to move forward and have a more complete view of what is going on around you, and to more easily come up with solutions. The ELI provides insights into how much catabolic and anabolic energy you have. It also indicates how you show up in various aspects of your life and measures how involved or engaged you are in your roles and tasks in personal and professional situations. The ELI  illustrates your energetic reaction to stress so that you can recognize and (if desired) modify that reaction.

Energy Leadership Development System

(for Teens)
The Energy Leadership Development System (ELDS) is a complete client program that focuses on the “doing” topics that clients might bring to coaching. The program is broken down into 12 individual segments on a variety of topics such as leadership strengths and gaps, removing barriers to success, dynamic communication, problem solving, and time management, among others. The content of the ELDS program focuses on helping clients create that powerful WHAT (do I want) and HOW (..am I going to achieve what I want) in multiple life aspects.


"Forgive yourself for not knowing what you didn't know until you lived through it. Honor your path. Trust your journey.

Learn, grow, evolve, and become."



Mindfulness in Coaching

Mindfulness is an ancient concept derived from the Pali word sati, which can be translated as presence of mind. Mindfulness involves purposefully paying attention to the present moment in a curious, open way without judgment. Mindfulness and coaching are like chocolate and peanut butter, they go well together! Coaching helps individuals to become more aware of what they are thinking, feeling, and perceiving. It is an active, mindful process which provides great insight into how we ‘show up’ in our daily life situations.

Coaching is an evidence-based, interpersonal process used to engage clients in developing their own self-care tool box and using those tools effectively. It facilitates safe passage for people facing personal transitions. Coaching can also help clients initiate and sustain behavior changes that achieve outcomes such as

  • effective self-care,

  • decreased perceived stress,

  • improved quality of life (QOL),

  • increased self-efficacy.

One of the tools that I use as a coach to help clients achieve these outcomes is mindfulness. Evidence shows that mindfulness can reduce stress and promote self-care and QOL in a variety of clinical and healthy populations. Mindfulness can be taught and implemented regardless of a patient’s race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status.

In the literature, mindfulness is shown to significantly decrease emotional exhaustion and increase job and relationship satisfaction. Mindfulness coaching tools are effective in reducing a variety of psychological challenges (stressors) including anxiety, depression, and trauma. Mindfulness approaches help manage a variety of mental stressors such as depression, social anxiety, relationship conflict, anger, coping, and the stress of long-term caregiving.


"Pain that is not transformed

will always be transmitted"

-Brene Brown

Trees From Above


Trish has a ground belief that clients have arrived at the right place at the right time in their life journey, ready to explore old patterns of thinking, reveal wounds, heal, and grow, Trish is committed to facilitate this personal growth by identifying the blockages that have held you back/your spirit down. She will guide you to see the ways in which you have been approaching your life and guide you to create new thought patterns by replacing them with a strong, healthy sense of self-awareness.

 Trish brings a wide breadth of experience to her craft.She has the balance of professionalism, and intuition that allows you to feel comfortable approaching the uncomfortable places. Trish is extremely professional, hard core at times, but most importantly I’d call her a professional listener. She is able to hone in and remain focused as you weed through the brush together. That’s another thing. You’ll never feel alone, I’ve always sensed the learning is an exchange, a process you’re sharing and growing in together, as it should be. No man is an island on to himself.

 Trish has  helped me arrive at powerful insights that are moving me forward. I highly recommend coaching with her if you want to get deep down to matters and make a significant personal change.


Trish has an amazing intuition and is usually very spot-on in bringing up matters. She always made me feel very comfortable opening up and discussing tough points and situations. I highly recommend coaching with Trish if you want to get deep down to matters and make a significant personal change.


"If you can't figure out your purpose, figure out your passion.  For your passion

will lead you right to your purpose."

-Bishop T.D. Jakes


What is Professional Coaching?

Professional coaching is a partnership between a coach and a client. The true power of the coaching approach comes in the trust and alliance that is created between the two. Professional coaching is client-centered and creates awareness towards designing action steps that achieve the client’s desired goals. Coaching focuses on helping the client gain awareness and clarity of present situations, assess beliefs, habits, and routines that may or may not be serving their purpose, align with values that support well-being, and ultimately explore the possibilities and options that support desired change. The coach’s agenda is only to help the client get where they want to go. A coach will never judge the client’s results and will always create a safe space where the client can be honest and open.

What is the difference between a regular conversation and a coaching conversation?

A coaching conversation is an intuitive, non-judgmental, thought-provoking interaction that has a meaningful client-centered outcome. The process is creative, and inspires the client to maximize their personal and professional potential. Coaching focuses on performance improvement, learning, and development in any area(s) of life identified by the client. The coach helps the client move forward by bringing awareness to what was, and moving forward into what is and what can be in order to create the world they choose. A friend may have an agenda and try to advise you using their experiences.Coaches do not give advice; a coach will help you to figure out what you believe is bestfor you.

How is coaching different than psychotherapy?

The main distinctions between coaching and psychotherapy are based on focus, purpose, and population. Psychotherapy focuses on psychopathology, problems, and exploring the past in order to understand the present (figuring out the “why”). Coaching focuses on the present, visioning success, exploring options, and moving into the future. The coaching process helps the client focus on “how” to achieve their goals. Coaching serves well-functioning individuals of the general population.

What is Core Energy Coaching?

Core Energy Coaching emotionally connects the client’s inner purpose and passion to outer goals and strategies in order to bring about sustainable results. It serves to connect clients with their core thoughts, emotions, and actions. This process coaches the client from the inside out because true change starts from within. No matter what we perceive to be the obstacles preventing us from moving forward, the key to change and growth is self-awareness. Core Energy Coaching uses empowering questions to explore the client’s limiting beliefs, assumptions and interpretations of the world as they see it. Core Energy Coaching also addresses our internal gremlin messages (the little voice inside our heads that keeps us playing small by telling us we are not good enough to do, be, and have what we desire). The purpose of Core Energy Coaching is to shift energy by using your analytical mind, intuitive mind and emotional mind to create a whole, complete picture of where you’ve been, where you are and take action steps toward where you want to go.

What can a coach help with?

Professional coaching can help with a great variety of client concerns. Youniversal Coaching specializes in Transitions Coaching. Dr. Trish is a COR.E Dynamics Transitions Specialist and believes in the power of transformation through awareness and action.

Some examples of client experiences include:

  • Constructing a plan to help college students improve academic performance by managing performance anxiety.

  • Facilitating the creation of innovative work opportunities for college graduates.

  • Navigating expected and unexpected career transitions by maximizing personal and professional strengths.

  • Creating life balance while raising a child with special needs.

  • Gaining confidence after a break-up/divorce.

  • Helping teens transition from high school to “what’s next”?

  • Creating physical, mental, and emotional health and wellness routines

“The only constant in life is change” ~Heraclitus

How do I know if I would benefit from Professional Coaching?

Professional Coaching may significantly improve your life experiences if:

  • You are motivated to consider that change can be a positive experience that brings forth deeper mental and emotional well-being.
  • You believe it is possible to improve how you respond to life’s experiences.
  • You have experienced psychotherapy and yet something is still ‘missing.’
  • You want to gain confidence in your potential to create positive change in areas of life where you may feel ‘stuck.’
  • You experience frequent anxiety which prevents you from being who you really are.
  • You desire to improve your self-confidence in certain area(s) of your life (work, relationships, personal identity, etc).
  • You believe that the power of choice creates your current reality.
  • You are open to exploring your values and beliefs, releasing those that do not serve you and developing those that align with your best vision of yourself.
  • You feel confused about your life purpose and want to gain clarity in order to maximize your quality of life and perceived level of life satisfaction.
  • You want to embrace a more self-compassionate and non-judgmental perception of yourself and the world around you.

If you can relate to one or more of the above statements, professional coaching may be for you. Click here to fill out a simple worksheet to see how ‘coachable’ you are.

Are my coaching sessions confidential?

Yes. As an occupational therapist I am required to adhere to the Health Insurance and
Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) which ensures that individuals' health
information is properly protected while allowing the flow of health information needed to
provide and promote high quality health care and to protect the public's health and well-being. In addition, I adhere to the International Coaching Federation (ICF) Code of Ethics
which require that I maintain the strictest levels of confidentiality with all client
information unless release is required by law.

Do I need to sign a coaching contract?

Yes. A coaching agreement is required in order to ensure that clients feel they will get a quality service, and also to get commitment from them, which is essential to achieve desired outcomes. The agreement lays out the terms and conditions for a successful delivery of the coaching service. Youniversal Coaching uses a simple but comprehensive agreement as a foundation for your coaching journey.

What are my payment options?

Payment is expected per session or at the time of committing to a package.

  • Cash- payment must be made at or before each session.

  • Online- Payment must be made before each session. You can use a credit card or PayPal as well.

How long is each coaching session and how many sessions do I need?

Each coaching session is 50 minutes. Youniversal Coaching offers a 6-session package, which includes the Energy Leadership Index (ELI) Assessment, ELI debrief, and 6 coaching sessions. Individual appointments are offered on an as needed basis. Individuals do not seek out coaching services because they need to be coached. They seek out coaching services because they want to be coached. The process requires commitment in order to see maximum benefits.

Where are the sessions held?

Coaching sessions are primarily held virtually, however, face-to-face appointments are also provided. (*Please note- Face-to-face appointments have been suspended due to COVID-19. We will keep you updated on when they will resume). Your coach will email you a Zoom link and the session can be held with or without video. It is easy to access and you can attend your sessions from the comfort and privacy of your own home or office. We do ask that during your appointments you remove all distractions from the environment in order that you remain present and focused for the duration of the session.


"Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve."

-Napoleon Hill

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Dr. Trish Mahan, OTD, MS, OTR/L, CHC, CPC, ELI-MP, CDTS

Registered Occupational Therapist

Certified Health, Executive, and Professional Life Coach

Core Dynamic Transitions Specialist

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