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Julia Kelliher



Julia Kelliher is the founder of Skills For Change Coaching. SFC Coaching is a unique style of life coaching which helps us look at external limitations, political conditions, how we use power, and internalized beliefs in order to make change in our lives.

For twenty years, she has been helping clients, couples, families, and groups create more satisfying and powerful lives.

Her teachers include Beth Roy, Robert Hall, Richard Strozzi-Heckler, Jack Kornfield, S.N. Goenka, & Gabrielle Roth.

Nancy Shanteau


phone: 530-273-5170

Nancy Shanteau helps people achieve their dreams. She offers compassion and understanding to her clients’ journeys. Both pragmatic and visionary, Nancy offers support for creative and artistic expression, transformation from traumatic experiences, and life transitions. Nancy identifies as a white, multi-ethnic, pansexual, relationship anarchist, cis woman settler living in unceded Nisenan territory.

Nancy offers coaching and mediation for individuals, couples, families, children, friends, groups, teams, small business owners and organizations that want to implement the skills of Cooperative Communication. She offers skills for change bodywork, and coaching supervision both in person and by phone. She specializes in helping people write books. Often working by phone, Nancy supports her clients with articles, websites, Master’s theses, books, CDs, and DVDs.

A certified Skills for Change Coach, a certified Strozzi Institute Somatic Coach, Nancy studied Somatics and Trauma with Staci Haines and Denise Benson. She founded the Folkloom School in 2011 and teaches Skills for Change Coaching, Bodywork, and Mediation courses to certify Skills for Change Coaches. She graduated with Highest Honors from UC Berkeley’s English department. You can take her Cooperative Fusion Partner Dance classes in Grass Valley, CA.

Nancy is a major contributor to the book Access to Power: A Radical Approach for Changing Your Life. “This book provides a general theory of change, why and how we get stuck, and what we can do to make a shift. Through an
exploration of common obstacles, we learn to recognize the truth about what is possible, identify the difference between our power and powerlessness, and make plans to achieve a positive future.” More information about Access to Power can be found at

Nancy offers many online courses including Quiet Mind, Empowered Boundaries, Relationship Anarchy & Skills for
Change, Managing Anxiety, and The Art of Planning. She launched the Skills for Changemakers Patreon community in 2017 Her YouTube videos can be found at

Marybeth Paul



Marybeth has been working with ways of clarifying and improving communication for over 25 years. After a dozen years in sales and marketing she started her training in bodywork, verbal process and somatics. Her career as a Certified Massage Therapist began in 1993 after completing trainings with Touch for Health and Tom Hendrickson’s Orthopedic Massage Institute. She has provided massage therapy in chiropractic offices, corporate offices and in private practice, treating clients with acute and chronic pain.

Marybeth describes her work in her own words:

“My massage clients frequently confide in me regarding difficult situations they’re experiencing. I find it undeniable that the body holds memory; our muscles hold memory. In order to experience relief from some long-standing ailments, revising out-dated beliefs can be key. I witnessed my client’s lives becoming more satisfying as they applied concepts I shared with them from Skills For Change. With mentoring from my teacher, Julia Kelliher, it was a natural transition to begin coaching clients and leading Skills For Change Group Classes. The concepts in SFC are easy to duplicate and require a commitment to steadfast follow-through.

Since conflict is part of life, resolving conflict is essential to enjoying life. I was introduced to Skills For Change in 1997 as I deeply examined my life, mid-divorce, and in need of new single-parenting skills. The understanding I gained from that study has helped me navigate some of life’s most challenging situations. To my coaching clients I bring compassion, life experience, an open heart, and the belief that ANYTHING is possible. I invite you to join me in experiencing this richly rewarding work!”

Sarah Griscom


phone: 530-264-6282

“My belief is that when we meet ourselves with understanding and compassion then we free ourselves to show up more in our lives the way we want. And by addressing where we do have power as opposed to what is out of our control, we can step outside of the blame/shame spiral that can get us feeling quite stuck. “

Sarah was a stay at home mom with her 2 young boys, now 10 and 7. She felt like something was wrong, but she couldn’t quite put her finger on what “it” was. She struggled with very low energy and had a very critical inner voice. She also felt extremely powerless, as the work she was doing was not given monetary value, which is one of the big ways we get a sense of worth in our culture. As an attempt to figure out the problem, she pointed the finger at herself, claiming that if only she were more motivated, clever and resourceful I wouldn’t be struggling so much. Her husband and boys were not safe from her judgmental and blaming thoughts. Some of her worst moments found her locked inside a closet to get away from the demands of her boys or collapsed and crying on the kitchen floor due to severe depletion and hopelessness. To say she was uncomfortable is an understatement.

Sarah started seeing Julia, who would quickly become her mentor. What she experienced in her office was a profound sense of relief and understanding. It was so significant that right away she realized that whatever she was “doing”, she wanted to learn and offer. Sarah wanted to offer that same feeling of understanding and compassion to every one she met. She persistently asked Julia to mentor her. And she did.

“Ever since I started working with Julia my life looks completely different from how it once did. But most importantly, I feel completely different in my life. I feel much more engaged, energized and resourceful. This is not to say that I’ve got it all figured out. From time to time, I still struggle with feelings of powerlessness or that nagging critical voice. But I now have tools that help me to understand what is happening for myself and how I can get outside support. Sharing these tools and helping others move at a place of greater self-compassion, connection and resourcefulness is my work. “

Sarah incorporates her background as a bodyworker and birth doula with her training in Radical Therapy and Skills For Change to provide a safe space to inspire self-compassion.

Molly Fisk


phone: 530-265-8751

Molly helps people become more deeply and truly themselves. Whether it’s connecting with a creative dream, paring away layers of trauma history, or coping with life’s unexpected curve balls, Molly offers support for figuring out and implementing lasting and compassionate change.

Change is scary for many of us, yet it truly is, as the Buddhists say, the only constant. The better we get at facing it, the more we free up our minds and hearts for other things, like fun, love, and saving the world.

Molly works on the phone and in person: sitting, standing, walking, and sometimes swimming. She uses Skills for Change bodywork to help overcome creative limitations, especially writer’s block.

Molly has studied Skills for Change coaching and bodywork with Nancy Shanteau since 2010. Her coaching is grounded in 20 years of experience as a poet and writing teacher, 10 as a sweater designer, and all told, 35 as an entrepreneur. The poet’s tools of close observation and intuitive thinking stand her in good stead as a coach. Molly also has an undergraduate degree from Harvard University with honors and a Master’s in Business Administration from Simmons College Graduate School of Management with honors, both of which support the more pragmatic aspects of her coaching.

In addition, Molly’s the author of two collections of poetry: The More Difficult Beauty and Listening to Winter, and is nearly finished with a book for mid- to late-stage trauma survivors called Healing Abuse: How to Create Your Own Sweet, Messy, Authentic Life.

Glenn Smith


phone: 530-478-0770

Glenn has a passion to help people get through their inner and outer judgment to see their true value, where they actually are, and the power they actually have to help themselves and help others.

“We all have the right to live fulfilling, meaningful and empowered lives, free of external and internal oppression.”

Glenn became involved in a predecessor to Skills For Change, Radical Therapy, in 1989 where he worked on communication skills in relationships and other issues in his freelance classical music career. With Julia Kelliher, his life partner and founder of Skills For Change Coaching, he attended Lomi School’s Lomi Somatic Education training in 1993. Together they trained in Radical Therapy in San Francisco from 1997 to 2001. Later, Glenn participated in two of Julia’s Skills For Change trainings as student and then student/assistant.

Since 1998, Glenn has led or co-led problem-solving groups and offers individual coaching sessions and conflict-resolution sessions for couples, friends and groups. Glenn has enjoyed a career as a professional musician since the 70’s and has maintained his bodywork practice, Solid Ground Bodywork, specializing in orthopedic massage since 1994. Glenn feels blessed to have the opportunity to work in these three mutually inspiring and very rewarding fields.


Laura Chamberlin


Phone: 530-559-3928

Laura brings a variety of talents to her work as a Skills for Change Coach. With careers in marketing, business development as well as 14 years as a practicing prenatal counselor, childbirth & lactation educate and doula. She has worked as a motivational speaker and trainer.

As a coach Laura guides seekers on the path to a better life offering acceptance, validation, support, and a fresh perspective to an old pattern that might just need an upgrade. Evolution of ourselves is individual and personal, as a client you will grow with skill and confidence.

“A friend recommended Laurie, and without even knowing what coaching was, I committed to 12 sessions. I learned so much, yet the change felt effortless and profound at the same time. My husband watched as I became more confident and the burdens of motherhood seem to lift and become more joyful.” – Stacy

Laura’s training style is effective as she gives useful, practical tips to navigate specific situations which are immediately applicable.

When we look at our conflict with the Skills for Change lens, we immediately have new understandings of old situations. With Laura’s guidance, fresh insights and the ability to make change comes from a place in ourselves that feels empowering.

Coaching with Laura is a process of self discovery mixed with a plan for change. You can bring a clear vision with a goal or you can bring frustration and confusion and together a new path will be cultivated.


  • Julia Kelliher, Founder Skills for Change
  • Nancy Shanteau, Owner Folkloom Coaching School
  • Beth Roy, Mediator, Author
  • Gayle Peterson, MSSW, LCSW, Ph.D, Author

Torin Lee


phone: (703) 625-6107

Torin Lee is a certified Skills for Change and Folkloom School coach. She brings almost 20 years of coaching, communication, training and business experience to the field. Torin is most passionate about helping people in navigate crisis and major life transitions. She helps those she partners with find their path forward.

A global citizen (she has lived in MI, CA, CO, Washington DC, Australia, other locales), she has worked with business leaders, couples, teenagers and women, motivating and inspiring people to create a passion-driven life.

Torin is the founder of Oneida Holistic Health Center ( and Executive Director of the newly launched Oneida Health Foundation (a 501c3 whose mission is to make holistic healthcare accessible for everyone).

Torin holds degrees in the field of political science/sociology and has studied psychology, coaching, leadership, sex therapy, organizational development, training, and is a Reiki Master.  She was trained by Nancy Shanteau in the Skills for Change Coaching and Folkloom School methodology.  She abides by the IFC Code of Ethics. Torin takes a holistic approach, looking at all areas of the client’s life including the body, mind and spirit.

In her leisure time, Torin enjoys travel, reading, hiking (most recently a trek through Nepal), Sailing, photography, volunteering and spending time with her partner, friends, family and soon-to-be friends.

Sara Russell


phone: 831-535-8080

Sara Russell is a Skills For Change Coach from a Radical lineage, a Qi Gong instructor, and a Relationship Anarchist in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Skills For Change is a practice that gives people back their hope and teaches them how to live from choice instead of fear and habit.

People are doing the best they can with the tools and resources available to them. Unfortunately, culture and oppression often undermine and confuse our efforts to live our best lives.

Sara helps people analyze behaviors, relationships, systems, and transactions to see where old habits are no longer serving her clients.

Through practice and repetition we create sustainable embodied change.

Sara teaches how to cultivate awareness of where you have power, how to use it, and how to create spaciousness to accept where you are powerless.

And, she teaches radical self-love, bringing compassion to all of the above work, because change is hard, and being in a body is hard, and we don’t have to do it alone.

David Stockhausen


phone: 415-602-2696

David Stockhausen Is a certified Skills For Change Coach, Mediator, and Bodyworker trained by Nancy Shanteau, and a student of David Zimmerman LMFT. He holds a B.S. in Human Development & Family Systems with honors from the University of Vermont. David studied and taught permaculture as a Certified Permaculture Instructor in California and Australia, both with the San Francisco Permaculture Guild and Geoff & Nadia Lawton at Zaytuna Farm. He’s started and run several small businesses as a professional chef and farm-based food educator—teaching students how to grow and prepare healthy food and create robust local food systems and relationships.

David runs a coaching practice in Santa Cruz, CA focused on nourishing healthy relationships. His work focuses on healing masculinity wounds, attachment & trauma recovery, conflict mediation, and cooperative communication. He also works with folx exploring plant-based healing, co-creating programs for psychedelic therapy integration and harm reduction. David is also in the process of gaining his Masters in Family Therapy (LMFT).

David works with all kinds of individuals, couples, groups, and families seeking healing and change. He works with organizations, small businesses, entrepreneurs, leaders, and teachers to shift mindset, build consciousness, and learn to forge cooperative working relationships. He practices inclusivity and works to share power with people outside of his intersections of privilege.

David’s journey as a white, queer-identifying man has led him through a life of compassionate service, radical activism, and learning. He’s dedicated to exploring and integrating his privilege in service and allyship. His relational history includes both normative relating as well as polyamory, cooperative divorce, and progressive coparenting. He is a dedicated father, surfer, songwriter, hiker, cook and hobbyist who identifies as a perennial student, activist, and artist, with a passion to nourish humans in relationship with others, themselves, and with nature itself.

David offers flexible commitment-based pricing for in person, phone, video, or text coaching.

Drop in rate starts at $150 per hour with email support.