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About the Coach


Education, Experience, Excellence


Hello, my name is Sharon Esonis, and it has been my pleasure and honor to have been involved in the lives of so many individuals over the past 25 years!

Actually, my passion for working with people in the positive transformation of their lives started at a very early age. As the oldest of eight children, I had many opportunities to learn about human behavior and motivation, especially from my six brothers! So it was no surprise to family and friends when I earned my Master's Degree in Counseling at Ohio University, and then my Ph. D. in Counseling Psychology at Boston College.

My training at Boston College was particularly inspiring since I was mentored by an eminent psychologist who was renowned in the field of Cognitive Behavior Therapy. As luck would have it, he was teaching Positive Psychology long before it came into vogue. I was his co-author of a professional manual for the assessment of children, and I also served as his teaching and research assistant.

I am licensed in psychology in Massachusetts and Arizona. In addition to my many years of private practice as a clinician and coach, I have supervised Masters and Doctoral students in their clinical work at Arizona State University.

I have served as a staff psychologist at a hospital in Arizona, and I've lectured at hospitals and to the general public on topics such as stress management, meditation, assertiveness, relaxation training and sleep management. Today, I teach classes in Positive Psychology, Stress Management and Anxiety Disorders in the Extended Learning Program at Cal State University San Marcos, and my private practice is dedicated exclusively to personal and professional coaching.

My first book -- It's Your Little Red Wagon... 6 Core Strengths for Navigating Your Path to the Good Life -- is available in both print and e-book editions. This is my contribution to the field of Positive Psychology and contains much of what I've learned about building a life of purpose, motivation and personally-defined success based on six core strengths. I've found that Positive Psychology Coaching, which incorporates strength building, is a potent, enjoyable, results-oriented way for people to get where they want to go.

My latest book -- 8 Crazy Beliefs That Screw Up Your Life; Change These Beliefs and Become a Healthier, Happier Person -- is also available in print and e-book editions. To read the Introduction and a Free Bonus Chapter, click here. To order the print edition from CreateSpace, click here. The print edition is also available on Amazon.com; to order, click here. For the downloadable e-book edition from Smashwords, click here. For the Kindle edition, click here. It's also available on a number of popular online retail outlets such as Barnes & Noble, Apple, Sony, Kobo and Diesel.


Areas of Expertise

  • Positive Psychology Coaching for Personal and Professional Change
  • Health Psychology
  • Stress and Anxiety Management
  • Parenting/Family Relationships
  • Assertiveness
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Association Memberships

Centre for Applied Positive Psychology (CAPP) / CAPP Founding Member
Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapy (ABCT)
San Diego Professionals Coaches Alliance (SDPCA)
International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA)