Coaching is a practice where the client comes first. You set the agenda, you bring the material, and you experience the rewards! I am your guide on your journey of self-discovery.

Coaching is asking meaningful, effective, powerful questions that get you to a deeper understanding of yourself, your values, and your aspirations. And then guiding you to ways those insights inform action towards positive change in your life.

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Lea Appleton


With over 20 years in higher education, along with training in mindfulness, spirituality, and emotional intelligence, I can help you find your next step.


My Background

Your experience is varied and so is mine. I’ve coached writers, entrepreneurs, small business owners and more. I’ve worked with hundreds of students, as well as parents, managers, educators, and coaches. I have experience working with people with disabilities, elite youth athletes, and religious leaders. In addition to being a coach, I am also a musician, educator, and avid outdoor adventurer. I am a member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF), and am currently working towards my credential with ICF. I completed my training with Erickson International Solution-Focused Coaching in 2019 and am now enrolled in an Advanced Course with Erickson International to be completed Fall 2021.

I hold a Master of Divinity from Pacific School of Religion, a Master of Arts in Music and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of California, Riverside. In addition to my years as a dean in student and academic affairs, I have worked for county government and local non-profits.

I'd love to know more about you!


My Approach

You are OK. Already. Without coaching.

Coaching will simply give you the opportunity to invest some time in yourself to explore your dreams, align your values, get unstuck, imagine new options, and make tangible plans to complete your goals. And then take action. Sometimes the work is really hard, but clients tell me it's worth it.

My approach to coaching is to focus on solutions, to utilize practices that will enhance your progress in each session, and to help keep you on track towards your goals and next steps in life, especially if you are in transition in your career, business, education, or relationships.

One final note about my approach: my favorite award I received early in my career was the Quietly Making Noise Award in appreciation for my behind-the-scenes work. My favorite summer job in my youth was being a camp counselor. And as a young child my favorite teacher was in Kindergarten--she made everyone feel important. I integrate these into my coaching work as I support clients behind-the-scenes, accompany you on your inner exploration and external adventures, and strive to create an environment where you matter most.

Are you ready for that next step?



Hear what people say about Appleton Coaching


"I had coaching sessions with Lea and can confidently say that she is a very professional coach. Lea helped me to figure out what I really want and how to get there. I did my homework which we crafted for me together, and that moved me to the desired level of self-confidence. Also, Lea immediately made me feel comfortable sharing my deepest concerns and dreams. I will keep working with her and recommend you give it a try as well!"
-Lily B.


If you still want even more information about coaching, check out this link from the International Coaching Federation on the coaching experience.