She has so many tools and so much knowledge but that is all behind the scenes. What you see is a compassionate, curious yet effective coach. Courtney was able to give me perspective on a long held pattern and the metaphor that we came up with together is now a tool in my pocket. Thanks Courtney!
Denise, Martha Beck Trained Life Coach, Alabama
Courtney’s coaching connects you to your own inner coach. She offers questions and suggestions – and creates an inviting space – that opens your own creative impulses and allows you to move into a deeper understanding of your purpose, while motivating you to take the next steps in bringing your vision to reality.
“COURTNEY HELPED ME FIND MORE HAPPINESS + HEALING.”
Upon the last coaching session with Courtney, I am ready to dive into my life again with the confidence I needed to discover within myself. It has been an incredible journey with her and we’ve discussed everything from meditation to life cycles to essential oils to nature therapy. After a year of experiencing trauma and painful relationships, this was the perfect time to search inwards for the answers I had been looking for. She’s been a gift in my life, and I’m so proud of myself for working so hard with her towards happiness and healing. Rachel, Recent College Grad + Global Traveler
“COACHING WITH COURTNEY LEFT ME HAPPIER + MORE GROUNDED.”
Coaching with Courtney is like taking a class about You. You find out things you like, and things You don’t like – about yourself, about the world around you, about patterns that You get stuck in. It has been wonderful to talk to someone smart, caring, & thoughtful to work through things, as it is not always so easy from the inside to see how you are stuck. As a result of our coaching sessions I feel more in control of my life. When stressful things happen I now have a very practical toolkit of what to do that works for me. I have also been happier and more grounded. Meditation has been an unexpected and awesome bonus.
Liena, Publisher, Brooklyn NY
“COURTNEY CREATES FREEDOM & SPACE.”
I recently reached out to Courtney to help me make an important decision. She gently walked me through a process that created freedom and space around the question and brought out a need for more rest and meditation rather than an immediate need to change my life. After our session I felt more open and less stressed about my decision and was able to envision multiple solutions to the problem.
Jessica, Architect, Dallas, TX
“COURTNEY HELPED ME MAKE A HUGE LEAP IN MY LIFE.”
I have known Courtney for several years and recently reached out to her for guidance in helping me hear my inner voice and removing the clutter of noises that were making it hard to listen. Courtney walked me through a meditation to identify where the tough questions were sitting in my body. After the session I could clearly hear my voice and where it was coming from. I was able to confidently move forward and take a huge leap in my life! She also followed up with some incredibly helpful resources. Courtney truly cares for others and this is evident in the tone of her voice, her silences while listening, and her practical guidance.
Kristin, Volunteer for Women’s Empowerment, Brooklyn (+ Nepal)
“COURTNEY MAKES SELF-AWARENESS A HABIT.”
Now I feel better. It is easier to wake up in a better mood. I used to frequently go to bed with a hurt on my heart and now I can process it, with meditation. It is easy to be a snowball rolling down hill. Now I can stop. I recognize when I am spiraling, or being too overbearing and I can push the pause button. These months working together have made self-awareness a habit that I will carry with me into the rest of my life.”
Amy, Urban Farmer, Dallas, Texas
“COURTNEY HELPS YOU MOVE BEYOND FEAR.”
In terms of explaining the benefits of Bird in Hand coaching to someone else… that is hard to do because the benefits are probably different than what people expect going in. In a way it is always going to be a surprise! For me learning my Enneagram type was hugely impactful and led to a big “aha moment.”
I came to better understand how fear has often been a motivator and to make some big changes in response to that insight. In particular it has helped me approach relationships from a more realistic standpoint so that I can better take care of myself. I highly recommend Courtney Pinkerton’s Enneagram coaching. I’ve found it to be a very enlightening process, and Courtney is quite skilled as a coach!
Randall, Real Estate Broker & Meditation Leader, Dallas, Texas
“COURTNEY LEADS A FANTASTIC JOURNEY OF SELF-DISCOVERY!”
My life has always been good but with meditation it’s as if the colors of the world have become brilliant and everything is just better so I wanted to make a list of the improvements that I have seen in me since I have been meditating:I am more patient and compassionate with coworkers, myself and others. I am more present. I talk to people more…. I speak from within more often and my words are now authentic.
When I stop and ask myself/my inner guide, what am I really saying or what do I really want? The thoughts that come out seem truer than if I thought them or analyzed them in my head. I am Calmer. My emotions do not debilitate me anymore. I still feel my emotions in my body but I don’t hang on to them…This has been such a fantastic journey in self-discovery. I have learned more about myself through meditation in 8 weeks than I have in 7 years!”
Tiffany, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Erie, Pennsylvania
“COURTNEY CLEARS THINGS OUT SO YOU FEEL HEARD.”
I look forward to coaching sessions with Courtney because I know she will help me clear things out and I will feel heard. I use what she taught me about my Enneagram personality all the time now! Not in a harsh way but it makes me recognize that I can do things differently and not get caught in the pattern. It also makes me question more and ask what is my ego and what are my true deeper desires?”
Catalina, Entrepreneur & Montessori School Director, Dallas, Texas
“COURTNEY GIFTS ENTRY INTO YOUR BODY WISDOM.”
Through this coaching process I have been given the gift of an entry into myself. I’ve studied other forms of personality typing in the past, but am finding that the Enneagram gives depth and insight that I’ve lacked in other typing profiles. I have definitely become much more mindful as a result of our conversations. Courtney helped me pay attention to and counter the voice telling me I don’t measure up. We spoke at length about the difference between internal and external motivation. Courtney helped me draw on my own interior thoughts and feelings as motivators, rather than relying on others’ expectations to shape who I am. She encouraged me to see value in myself and honor that value and my own experience. She helped me listen to the messages my body sends me and not rely solely on my intellect in interpreting my experience.
I would highly recommend Bird in Hand and Courtney. Her insight and growing wisdom and experience, coupled with the container of caring in which she holds her clients, make for an amazing and insightful journey together.”
Jeff, Foundation Director, Midland, Texas
“COURTNEY IS AUTHENTIC.”
Courtney is the real deal. She’s authentic and she walks her talk. She’s unabashedly human. The way she talks about and holds our humanity is truly spectacular. She’s kind and compassionate. It’s been very easy for me to trust her – which is necessary for transformational work. She’s really truly one of a kind in the coaching world!
Ashley, Integrative Nutrition Coach, www.ashley-donovan.com
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“COURTNEY’S SUPPORT IS BOTH UPLIFTING + GROUNDING.”
I’m finding my personal journey trying to change my life in certain ways (recovering from overachieving, stemming from my participation in UPLEVEL, etc.) is also often a mix of ups and downs – but no matter what my mind is on, it’s like a “green smoothie” in my inbox whenever I get Courtney’ weekly emails. Thanks for the simultaneously uplifting and grounding effect!
Jeni, M.E.M, National Park Financial Manager, California
“COURTNEY HELPS TURN DOWN THE INTERNAL TEMPERATURE & SPEED SO YOU CAN BE MORE PRESENT.”
As I suspected, this is EXACTLY what I needed in my life. I feel so fortunate to have connected with your work & grateful that you’re answering your calling so thoughtfully. When I say it’s exactly what I needed I mean this: I came to meditation because I was looking for new — un-consumerized — ways to turn down my internal temperature and speed, and increase my ability to be present in soft, loving ways for myself and my family. In just a few days, I’ve found that meditation begins to do all of those things. Yes, because of the time I spend being intensely quiet and contemplative, in a forgiving stance. And also because I create an internal reminder, an index of that feeling of peace and calm, which stays close to the surface of my emotional landscape within easy reach. I feel the beginnings of an internal shift in my resting emotional frequency. The effect brings me back to meditation every morning and evening with eager gratitude. thank YOU!
Shilyh, Film Studies Professor, Dallas, Texas
“COURTNEY BRINGS EXPERTISE WHILE BEING APPROACHABLE.”
You have such a beautiful teaching presence. I find it absolutely amazing at how you manage to bring full expertise and skill, all the while being approachable and invitational and empowering. You are a true teacher. Also, I loved love loved hearing you speaking Spanish! It was so cool to me! Thanks for the class it was wonderful.
Skyler, Visual Artist, Dallas, Texas