My Philosophy on Coaching & Life...

As humans, we are created in the image of God.  Having once been created perfect, we live in a fallen world.  We are naturally prone to conflict, chaos, and condemnation of ourselves and others.  God is a personal being who cares about every detail of our lives. He has revealed Himself through scriptures, provided us with a clear path out of the hopelessness of our human experience, and continually invites us His children into relationship with Him through His son Jesus Christ.  Jesus became one of us and by His suffering and sacrifice opened the way to peace with God. By His grace we are offered the opportunity to have peace with God and with each other. Human marriage was created not by humans but by God to provide us with a laboratory to experience His love for us. 

In our deepest conflicts, we understand that our human spouses can never satisfy our eternal longing for God Himself.  In our joyful intimacy, we experience a taste of God’s love for us. A Christian marriage is designed by God to lead us to reflect the mysteries of His nature.


Although the world is corrupted, it is still beautiful.  As humans, none of us are perfect. We waste a lot of time trying to be perfect or present ourselves as perfect.  Part of the human experience is to fail. Another part is to aspire and imagine. One of our Godly traits is our drive to create.  The gift of reproducing the image of God (bearing children) is a sign of being created in God’s image. Creating art, building, cultivating—all these are marks of God’s creative image that we bear.  


In coaching, we have the time and space to learn, explore and create.  We learn to acknowledge ourselves, listen deeply, discover who we are, take risks, and build deeper relationships with others.  In coaching there is no rush, there is no force. The coach’s role is to shine light on the client and invite deeper exploration.  The coaching process works for anyone who is open to learning, no matter what their worldview.


A Little About Coach Andrea

Andrea Happel is a Relationship Coach who helps couples build loving, joyful marriages.  She also works with individuals who want to build healthy relationships with themselves and others.

Andrea’s core values are faith, relationships, honesty, creativity, and vitality.  Once upon a time, Andrea was a world traveler and teacher of languages.  When she discovered coaching in 2011, it was a natural continuation of her love of language, story, and adventure.

When she’s not with clients, she’s homeschooling her three boys, writing, dancing, singing, and growing food.  She and her husband Greg have been married since the year 2000.


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