Dee Cooper is known for both her big energy and big heart. She brings a love of play to all all she does, and travels alongside her clients as they dive deep and soar high (figuratively and literally – from scuba diving and to mountain climbing). Dee holds a Masters in Psychology and a Doctorate in Divinity. She is a clinical licensed Clinical Marriage and Family therapist since 1993. Dee is also a certified Hendricks coach, a LAT grad, and a certified Radiance facilitator. She draws on her broad spiritual background and decades of counseling and coaching experience to guide others as they encounter the wild love within both animals and themselves. Today, Dee holds a private coaching practice and leads individuals and groups on healing animal encounters throughout the world. Check out her webpage www.adventuresforthewildatheart.com. She is also launching, Radiance, as an End of Life Choice. An embodied salt water experience of releasing into the waters all that one wants to release before transitioning from this life. It is also an embodied experience of letting go and being fully supported as one moves into palliative or hospice care.
What vision do you have for your life and your coaching practice?
My vision for my life is to co-create invitations of transformative connections, as people are willing to co-create them, and to provide loving accompaniment in their explorations, all while having a really great time. When individuals are willing to explore a bigger expression of themselves, I find deep joy in accompaniment in their adventure. And when animals are invited into the process, my spirit soars. The thread of all my expressions of this are around big life transitions, of birth, dying, commitments, marriages, trauma, vocational changes, or major life changes.
What are the top three things you love about coaching?
I love when people invite space into what feels impossible and they are open to explore and wonder into something new. It’s that glimmering moment, that spark of “oh…ahh”…as something is being birthed. It is like the skies opening up allowing some light and air to fluff up something new.
I love the moment when people engage and play full on with what is surfacing in their awareness
I love it when that deep inhale, and then following exhale breath. It feels to me like a settling into acceptance of this moment, this breath, of being loved.
Before I started coaching I …
was an irreverent reverend for 20 years of several big large downtown Presbyterian churches, a psychotherapist, Clinical Fellow Marriage and Family therapist for 21 years, a chaplain on an inoperable cancer floor superhero of heroes, a pie maker, a field hockey coach, a professional painter, an Assistant Dean of Students, and a veterinarian technician.
What makes you laugh?
I laugh a lot and I love to laugh so I would offer many things, including myself. Currently, my greatest laughter generator is my Golden Retriever puppy Winnie. She invites many opportunities of laughter into my day.
The legacy I want to leave behind is …
Loving connections. I want to impact the world in a manner that people’s lives are changed in facilitating intimate loving connections with themselves, others, and the larger world. I feel profoundly that by inviting deep connections with animals into our experience, we transform and expand our capacity for love. That drop of love into the world of our lives and then ripple impact, has far reaching implications for all of us. By continuing to open our own hearts, welcome learning in all forms, the world will change.
Who are your top three people you would want to coach and why?
Walt Disney– He had huge vision and dreams of playfulness and manifested them to concrete realities and yet there always seemed to be an evil mother in his productions. I often wondered if he could release and find completion with his relationship, what his movies would have been like then and their impact today.
Julie Andrews-Julie Andrews is a person recognizable on every continent and yet it mostly through the characters from the Sound of Music and Mary Poppins. She continued a successful career beyond these characters and then encountered damage with her vocal chords. Each time finding a new way to express through her various transitions. I would love to explore with this woman of amazing impact what is next on her horizon.
Jane Goodall-I find Jane so utterly fascinating and would love to spend time exploring her profound connections with the chimpanzees and how that informs her living and decisions today.
What were the greatest benefits you received from studying at the Hendricks Institute?
As a participant at workshops and as a Leadership and Training graduate, my life is radically changed. I have always had big dreams. I feel the Hendricks tools have liberated me to being with the dreams and co-create them into tangible mass reality. I love presencing authentically with others, and deepening the intimacy with myself and with them. I love playing, appreciating, and loving the facets of myself that I used to try to eradicate from my life. I love playing. I love feeling. I feel radically alive and eager to commit each day to my own creativity and presence in this world. Seeing people as whole, has transformed my life in the many ways I focus my energy and attention.
The movie that inspired me most was_______.Why? The book?
The movie that inspired me the most and still brings me to tears is Hook with Robin Williams. The moment that one of the lost boys pushes back the aged skin layers of Peter Pan and says, oh there you are, I see you. Is the embodiment of one seeing another in their essence, no matter how many layers of personas we create.
To Kill a Mockingbird has played and instrumental place in my life. The book as a whole about social justice, going against the social wave of conformity, being a voice to those oppressed. And yet for me, the bedroom scene, when Jem is unconscious on the bed, and the door swivels a bit and Scout is introduced to Boo Radley. When she in her inner wisdom sees this man who has been untouched for decades, and invites him to touch Jem. A profound connection of love and humanity.
What brings you the most joy in your day to day life?
Hmmmm, there are so many possibilities, a sunrise, a hawk, a discovered flower, dancing to a song I love. And if I was choosing the most, it would be a meaningful authentic connection with myself, or another.
What ten things could you not do without?
The blended sweet moments of love and laughter with dear friends
The colorful amazing wise world of animals
The feel of grass or sand under my bare feet
The sound of a lion’s roar
The view from atop a mountain peak
The feel of a friend’s hand on my back
The refreshment of fresh water on a hot summer’s day
The vibration of a dolphin’s energy of love
The whoosh of excitement on the upward movement of a swing
The power of the ocean waves breaking on the shore