Phil Okrend, Stepping Stones Coaching

Certified Life and Business Coach, Author and Musician, Phil Okrend, CPCC, JD offers over 25 years of personal and professional development experience. Phil has a talent to bring forth your greatest gifts so you can live the life you were always meant to. Phil uses a creative healing process that acknowledges truth with compassion and embraces the power of living in the moment. Whether you are seeking to fulfill a life dream or calling, career change, healthier lifestyle, improved relationships or greater sense of harmony and peace, coaching with Phil will bring you fresh insight and provide the accountability, support and tools needed for you to achieve what is most important to you.



A Step by Step Process Builds the Momentum for Change
I believe that effective change is a step by step process where the accomplishment of each goal builds a powerful momentum, whereby the life you imagine is the life you actually begin to live.

The Coaching Process Keeps You Moving Forward To Achieve Your Goals
I know it is not easy maintaining momentum alone. As your coach I will keep you focused with structure, exercises, mentoring and support. The coaching process will motivate you to be accountable for your commitments while moving you forward in your life.

You Have the Answers. You Are Naturally Creative, Resourceful, and Whole
I believe you to be naturally creative, resourceful and whole. The answers and solutions you need are inside of you, and as your coach, I will be your facilitator in bringing forth your own plan and vision. I will also assist you in releasing any negative and self defeating beliefs that stop you from achieving what you really want.

The Coaching Relationship Provides a Safe and Confidential Environment
I highly value trust, respect, non judgment, and treat all your conversations as confidential. I will provide you with a safe space so you can explore, take risks and be courageous. Through this environment, your authentic self which knows what is right and meaningful for you will emerge to become the guiding force in your life.

Explore what coaching can do for you. E-mail or call 919-621-1578

Stepping Stones Coaching Services

About Phil

Phil began his professional career as an attorney in New York, specializing in business and family law. As a result of his own self reflective journey, he was able to transition into the life of a creative entrepreneur. Along with his wife and partner, Elise, he took a creative idea from inception and developed it into a successful greeting card company, MixedBlessing, Inc. Through their vision and efforts, they were able to sell and distribute their cards to the finest stores throughout the country. The story behind their company has been featured in national media such as The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Businessweek Online, The Washington Post, The News and Observer and seen on Good Morning America.

One of the passions and special talents Phil has is for music. He composes and performs
on the piano and one of his great pleasures is performing with his son Jordan, a gifted guitarist. Phil produced, composed and arranged the CD, Dinner Notes, A Smooth Blend of Jazz and Rock which is available on Phi’s last CD, Emergence, A Meditative Journey Through The Seasons received a glowing review in CHOICE, The Magazine of Professional Coaching and was recommended by John Assaraf of the movie, The Secret. Phil often incorporates his relaxing, meditative music  into his work as a coach to facilitate higher levels of self awareness, clarity and focus.

In 2014, Phil collaborated with his wife, Elise to produce the beautiful coffee table book, Messages to the Heart, Reflections of Beauty and Truth pairing Elise’s healing pastel paintings with Phil’s mindful writings derived from years of coaching clients to success. Phil and his wife, Elise currently offer interactive and inspiring workshops based on the principles of their book to move people forward in their lives with clarity, passion and purpose.

Phil received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the State University of New York at Binghamton and his Juris Doctor Degree from Brooklyn Law School.

He is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach and received advanced training through the Coaches Training Institute. Member of the International Coach Federation. Phil has also been certified as a Family and Superior Court Mediator.

Phil  currently makes his home in Asheville, NC with his wife, Elise and their blue eyed dog, Maya.

Client Testimonials

“You have a rare talent to balance the business aspects of coaching while being personable. Your coaching has profoundly impacted my life. It gave me the courage to take specific actions in my life that I normally would not have done. My relationship with my wife has improved, and I am finally pursuing another career which is something I have talked about for decades and never did anything about. I also appreciated your flexibility in hours and physical or remote coaching.”
Steve Benkin, Corporate Manager

“Phil has coached me through major life changes with integrity and out of the box thinking. Through his coaching I have been able to create a new dream career that
has taken off at a dramatic curve. Thank you for moving me to a new level of awareness and centered power. You really are gifted with what you do and have an incredible intuition on what the real issues are. You are an amazing coach worth every dime of investment into finding your way to your own center.”
Candida Von Braun, Photographer

“I discovered Phil in early 2009, and while there are many coaches out there, I can say that Phil’s approach is unique and not like any other I have tried. Through my work with Phil, I have conquered so many obstacles in my life and created so much space to achieve things I never thought I could. I feel happier, younger, and most of all inspired each day. Should I ever have an off moment, I just regroup and use my coaching tools I use with Phil. I also recommended him to people, and the effects have been positive. I plan to continue my work with Phil, and I recommend him to not only individuals, but also groups, firms, and all sorts of organizations.”
Karen Coltun, Financial Services Editor

“Because of your coaching, my husband and I have learned to recognize long standing, self-defeating internal dialogue and its possible origins. It’s true freedom that has allowed us to begin a journey that’s building positive momentum and touching the people with which we do business. One client told me in a meeting last week that we’re very lucky people because of the relationship that we share and are able to place that relationship positively in our business. I believe that you’ve genuinely helped us to gather this momentum, all that’s left for us to do is to ride it.”
Holly and Chris Parker, Owners, Parker Visuals, Computer Graphics

“Phil’s coaching work with us was instrumental in giving us the support and courage we needed to launch our new business. Phil helped guide us to look more deeply at our thought processes, motivations, and desires for the future – all of which helped to clarify and illuminate the obstacles we needed to overcome to begin to reach for our goals and pursue our dreams. Phil has a real passion for this work, and his insights and intuition can help anyone who seeks a better life.”
Catherine Kline and Karen Huckabay, Brokers/Realtors

“Phil made a big difference in my life. He helped me overcome some personal as well as professional hurdles and my business and personal life are the better for it. Phil has such a nice way about him and I felt comfortable right off the bat. He immediately tuned into what I needed, and the style of listening and interaction that would work with me. I would recommend Phil to anyone who would like to grow.
Lesley Gray, Owner, Another Daughter, Elder Care Services

“The impact of your coaching has been huge, fast and powerful. In just over three months of coaching, I went from a state of grief, confusion and hesitancy during a life and career transition to near completion of a Life Coaching Program and the beginning steps for my own Coaching Practice.”
Terry McDougall, Ed.S., NCSP-School Psychologist

“You helped me change my life! I learned how to look at myself and the world differently by making authentic choices. Specifically, the coaching helped root out my fears until I realized those fears were baseless. Your requests and challenges kept me taking action on what was really important to me. I feel empowered to step out into the world with confidence, wide open and with great anticipation of my future. “
Trinnie B., Attorney

“Since I began life coaching with “Stepping Stones Coaching”, my life has dramatically turned around. In early 2006, I was unemployed, single and very dissatisfied with almost every aspect of my life. Today, in October of 2006, I am employed in my chosen profession in a facility that I enjoy with people I like and respect; I have just moved into a new home with a wonderful man whom I love and we are planning to marry next year. Phil helped me to release the stories of the past and to find my voice to become what I believe to be my authentic self.”
Jennifer G, Nurse

“Phil is extremely intuitive, and many times picked up on subtle clues from me to verbalize a suggestion or idea. It was uncanny how many times he was right on the mark. I really liked Phil’s special talent to capitalize on intuition. Since I began working with Phil a little more than a year ago, my average monthly sales have increased by 43%, my income results have been much more consistent, and I have greater peace of mind about the direction in which my business is heading.”
Teb B., Former High Tech Marketing Executive Who Made the Transition to Entrepreneur

“I want you to know that the work we did together was instrumental in manifesting
my move to Asheville and new job. Your coaching made me aware of things I didn’t realize I thought, felt or did. Our connection and my trust in you helped me be more open and get better results.
S.C., Contract Manager

“Your coaching helped me pursue dreams that I had been suppressing for ten years. Your coaching and the exercises we completed helped me shake up, define, and understand what I really wanted. Coaching served as a catalyst for getting me going.
Now that I’m pursing my dreams, I am much more fulfilled.”
Joe, Home Builder and Technical Writer


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